How popular is the baby name Onyx in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Onyx and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Onyx.
Here are five names that have gotten some attention recently. Do you think this attention will translate into higher-than-expected usage in 2016? (I say “higher-than-expected” because all five are already on the rise.)
- Lyanna: The 10-year-old Game of Thrones character Lyanna Mormont was introduced to viewers in June.
- Juno & Jupiter: NASA’s space probe Juno entered orbit around Jupiter in July. (Jupiter’s jump in usage last year coincides with the release of the movie Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones.)
- Onyx & Solace: Alanis Morissette announced the arrival of her daughter Onyx Solace via Instagram in July.
Which of the five do you like best?
Reported in Notes and Queries in 1870:
The taking of the United States’ census, now nearly completed, has brought to light some curious specimens of given names. […] In Smythe County, Virginia, a Mr. Elmadoras Sprinkle has called his two sons Myrtle Ellmore and Onyx Curwen, and his six daughters Memphis Tappan, Empress Vandalia, Tatnia Zain, Okeno Molette, Og Wilt, and Wintosse Emmah. The great number of persons surnamed Sprinkle in that county is given as the excuse for these extraordinary names.
I’m not sure how true that last sentence is, but Elmedorus Sprinkle did exist, and some of his kids did have unusual names. Here’s his family on that 1870 census:
According to Find a Grave, Elmadorus Sprinkle was married three times and had children with his first and third wives. With his first wife he had about 6 children, but we only know 4 of the names: Matilda Jane, John William, Memphis Tremain and Latincy Jane. With his third wife he had 5 more children named Myrtle Elmore, Okinna (or Okeno) Maletta, Og Wilt (or Ogwilt, or Willie), Emma Wintossee, and Onyx Curwen.
Source: “Curious Christian Names.” Notes and Queries 10 Dec. 1870: 499.