How popular is the baby name Om in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Om.
Baby names like
Zen and Bodhi have been on the rise lately, so I thought it would be fun to check out some of the other baby names that come from words we’re familiar with through Eastern thought and practices (e.g., Buddhism, yoga). Here are 50 examples I’ve spotted in the U.S. data.
I’ve only included simple/literal definitions, but most of these refer to larger concepts, actions, or things. They come from Sanskrit unless otherwise noted.
Advaita, “nondualism” Akasha, “aether” Amrita, “immortality” (or “elixir of immortality,” “nectar”) Asana, “sitting posture” Bhakti, “devotion” Bindu, “point,” “dot” Bodhi, “awakening,” enlightenment” Bodhisattva, “one who seeks awakening” Chanda, “intention,” “desire” Darshan, “viewing” Dharma, “right way of living” Dhyana, “meditation” Diksha, “initiation” Drishti, “focused gaze” Guru, “teacher” Jhana, the Pali form of Dhyana Karma, “action, “work” (past deeds) Karuna, “compassion” Koan, a paradoxical statement/question in Zen Buddhism Kosha, “sheath” Manas, “thought” Mandala, “circle” Mantra, a sacred utterance (syllable, word, or verse) Maya, “magic,” “illusion” Metta, “loving-kindness” Moksha, “release,” “liberate” Nikaya, “assemblage” Nirvana, “blowing out” (ultimate spiritual goal in Buddhism) Nyasa, “placing” Ojas, “vigor” Om, sacred syllable (Mantra) Prajna, “wisdom” Prakriti, “nature,” “source” Rishi, a sage Sadhana, “realization” Samadhi, “total self-connectedness” Samatha, “tranquility” Samsara, “flowing around” (continuous cycle of rebirth) Satori, Japanese, “spiritual awakening” Satya, “truth” Shakti, “power,” “energy” Shanti, “inner peace” Siddhi, a super-normal power Sila, “right conduct” Tendai, a Japanese Buddhist sect Turiya, “fourth (state)” Tantra, “loom” Vidya, “knowledge” Yogi, a practitioner of yoga Zen, the Japanese form of Dhyana
Would you use any of the above as a baby name?
Sanskrit Top 40: Must-Learn Lingo for Yogis, 200 Key Sanskrit Yoga Terms, Buddhism – Wikipedia
According to Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec in 2018 were
Emma and William.
Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
Emma, 612 baby girls Alice, 525 Olivia, 490 Léa, 473 Charlie, 450 Florence, 439 Charlotte, 437 Livia, 378 Zoé, 346 Béatrice, 331
William, 739 baby boys Logan, 636 Liam, 629 Thomas, 601 Noah, 568 Jacob, 540 Léo, 536 Félix, 496 Édouard, 488 Nathan, 483
In the girls’ top 10, Livia (formerly ranked 21st) replaces Rosalie (now ranked 13th).
In the boys’ top 10, Félix (formerly ranked 14th) and Édouard (formerly 13th) replace Raphael (now ranked 12th) and Alexis (now 13th).
Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed just once in Quebec last year:
Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names Aoss, Bellanie, Cinsmaya, Daphnelia, Eva-Eve, Feberly-Aena, Grey Winter, Himalaya, Imallak, Jiverfa, Kandzy, Luthien Valkyrie, Mirberlie-Hendessa, Nerlandia, Om Shanti, Prindarella, Queency, Rymasse, Sarah Believe, Thrinity, Vireldis, Westerlyn, Yzis, Zulivia Aliocha, Bienfait, Clovis Ludovic, Derda, Evanel, Flash Wilder, Gavner, Hollywood, Igor Rugwiro, Jelijah, Keo-Archibald, Ludwig-Thoddy, Myozion, Nash Yango, Onder, Pasko, Qalingo, Romerick, Seigneur, Smile, Surprise, Tommy Gunn, Valois, Wishley Jason, Yom Tov, Zyan Clyde
(I usually limit myself to one name per letter, but there was no way I could choose between “Seigneur,” “Smile” and “Surprise” on the boys’ list.)
Possible explanations for some of the above:
Himalaya, the mountain range in Asia (means “abode of snow” in Sanskrit) Om Shanti, the salutation/chant ( shanti means “peace” in Sanskrit) Aliocha Schneider, Canadian actor (born Nicolas Schneider) “Bien faire,” French for “do well” Seigneur, originally a French title referring to a feudal lord Tommy Gunn, short for Thompson submachine gun Yom Tov, the Jewish greeting (shortened from yamim tovim, “good days,” referring to Jewish holidays)
(I posted more of
Quebec’s unique baby names over on Patreon.)
2017, the top two names were the same.
Retraite Québec – List of Baby Names
The long and short of it is that U.S. parents don’t choose long and short baby names as often as they choose mid-length baby names. The most popular lengths for baby names in 2016? 6 letters, followed by 5 letters, followed by 7 letters…yet again.
Here’s a chart showing the length breakdown for girl names:
The most-used girl names per length (from 2 to 10 letters) last year were…
An, Jo, Eh, Vy, Bo 3 letters:
Ava, Mia, Zoe, Eva, Ivy 4 letters:
Emma, Ella, Aria, Lily, Zoey 5 letters:
Emily, Sofia, Avery, Grace, Chloe 6 letters:
Olivia, Sophia, Harper, Amelia, Evelyn 7 letters:
Abigail, Madison, Lillian, Addison, Natalie 8 letters:
Isabella, Scarlett, Victoria, Penelope, Brooklyn 9 letters:
Charlotte, Elizabeth, Gabriella, Mackenzie, Katherine 10 letters:
Alexandria, Evangeline, Jacqueline, Alessandra, Clementine
And here’s the breakdown for boy names:
The most-used boy names per length (from 2 to 10 letters) were…
Ty, Bo, Om, Aj, Cy 3 letters:
Eli, Leo, Ian, Max, Kai 4 letters:
Noah, Liam, Owen, John, Luke 5 letters:
Mason, James, Jacob, Ethan, Lucas 6 letters:
Elijah, Oliver, Daniel, Joseph, Samuel 7 letters:
William, Michael, Matthew, Jackson, Gabriel 8 letters:
Benjamin, Jonathan, Jeremiah, Nicholas, Theodore 9 letters:
Alexander, Sebastian, Christian, Nathaniel, Alejandro 10 letters:
Maximilian, Alessandro, Kristopher, Alexzander, Cristopher
Finally, here are both genders on the same chart:
Here’s last year’s post on the
top name lengths of 2015, if you’d like to compare.
I introduced the
baby name popularity graphs and a baby name directory (alphabetical) a few weeks ago.
I’ve since added another name directory. This one organizes names by
length — from 2 letters long all the way up to 15 letters long. (These are the SSA’s minimum & maximum lengths.)
Some of the shortest names are
Om, Io, Di and Ze.
Some of the longest are
Christopherryan, Laurenelizabeth, Christiandaniel and Mariadelrosario.
Here are the links to the new directory pages:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 letters long Boy names:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 letters long All names:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 letters long
And, just for fun, the graph below shows the length breakdown of all of the nearly 90,000 names that have ever appeared on an SSA list (1880-2011).
The 6-letter names are winning, but the 7-letter names are not far behind.
Hope you enjoy the new directory!
Years ago, I came up with a list of
one-handed baby names — that is, names that are typed with either the left hand or the right hand on a QWERTY keyboard.
Turns out there may be a slight advantage to right-hand names.
According to a study published recently in
Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, “the QWERTY keyboard may gradually attach more positive meanings to words with more letters located on the right side of the layout (everything to the right of T, G and B).”
It has to do with
We tend to like simplicity over complexity, and the harder-to-type letter pairs are on a QWERTY keyboard’s left side — these two facts together may lead people to prefer words (and names) that are typed on the right.
Which names are typed by the right hand only? My original list:
Io Jill, Jim, Jimi, Jimmy, Jin, Jo, John, Johnny, Jon, Joni, Joy, Juho, Juli, Julio, Jun, Juno
Kiki, Kim, Kimi, Kimiko, Kimmy, Kimo, Kip, Kiyoko, Kojo, Kollin, Kumiko, Kyou
Lili, Lilly, Lilou, Lily, Lin, Lino, Loni, Lonny, Lou, Lulu, Lyn, Lynn
Miki, Mikki, Mikko, Milly, Milo, Mimi, Min, Minh, Miyu, Molly, Momoko
Nik, Nikhil, Niki, Nikki, Niko, Nikol, Nikon,
Nuno Olli, Olujimi, Om
Phil, Philip, Phillip, Pio, Polly, Poppy
Yoko, Yuko, Yumi, Yumiko
Can you think of any others?
The QWERTY Effect: How Typing May Shape the Meaning of Words (h/t Anthony Mitchell, @aem76us)