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Popular Baby Names in Oregon, 2017

According to the Oregon Health Authority, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Oliver.

Here are Oregon’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 211 baby girls
2. Olivia, 209
3. Sophia, 159
4. Charlotte, 153
5. Evelyn, 147
6. Amelia, 145
7. Harper, 128
8. Ava, 120
9. Mia, 118
10. Abigail, 116

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 233 baby boys
2. Liam, 220
3. Benjamin, 193 (tie)
3. Henry, 193 (tie)
5. William, 181
6. Noah, 166
7. Logan, 165
8. James, 160
9. Wyatt, 159
10. Samuel, 150

In the girls’ top 10, Mia replaces Isabella.

In the boys’ top 10, Logan, James, and Samuel replace Owen, Mason, and Elijah.

In 2016, the top names were Olivia and Oliver.

The SSA’s 2017 rankings for Oregon show the same top 10 names for both genders, though the boy names are in a slightly different order.

Source: Oregon Health Authority – Annual Report Volume 1, 2017

Popular Baby Names in Alberta, 2017

According to the government of Alberta, the most popular baby names in the province in 2017 were Olivia and Noah.

Here are Alberta’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 236 baby girls
2. Emma, 215
3. Charlotte, 187
4. Ava, 184 (tie)
5. Sophia, 184 (tie)
6. Emily, 159
7. Abigail, 154
8. Amelia, 149
9. Isabella, 141
10. Aria, 129

Boy Names
1. Noah, 250 baby boys
2. Liam, 244
3. Benjamin, 229
4. Logan, 226
5. Lucas, 216
6. William, 213
7. Ethan, 192
8. Oliver, 190
9. Jack, 189
10. Jacob, 178

In the girls’ top 10, Isabella replaces Chloe.

In the boys’ top 10, Logan and Jacob replace Lincoln and Owen.

Rare baby names that were bestowed just once in Alberta last year included:

  • Unique Girl Names: Apphia, Bluebird, Caragana, Dalida, Ejona, Feni, Gurmehak, Hillvilah, Ipsha, Jadassa, Kairaluchi, Lemon, Minadora, Nicou, Otito, Plamedie, Qylie, River-Moon, Sembina, Thywill, Urcula, Viris, Widd, Xybelle, Yorkabel, Zyanne
  • Unique Boy Names: Aldrex, Brew, Caffrey, Doc, Etro, Floribert, Grizzly, Hark, Iorveth, Jomart, Kemfon, Luxiano, MavErick, Nitorious-Shyne, Omeshen, Parx, Quintas, Roam, Sights, Tesla, Uzuvira, Vesper, Wolfram, Xax, Yemi, Zoltan

In 2016, the top two names were Olivia and Liam.

Sources: Alberta’s Top Baby Names, Noah, Olivia were Alberta’s most popular baby names in 2017

Popular Baby Names in North Dakota, 2017

According to North Dakota’s Department of Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Emma and Oliver.

Here are North Dakota’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Emma, 64 baby girls
2. Harper, 55
3. Olivia, 47
4. Amelia, 45
5. Ava, 42
6. Abigail, 34
7. Quinn, 29
8. Addison, 28 (3-way tie)
9. Ella, 28 (3-way tie)
10. Evelyn, 28 (3-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 63 baby boys
2. Henry, 57
3. Liam, 52
4. Easton, 43 (2-way tie)
5. Noah, 43 (2-way tie)
6. Logan, 41
7. Asher, 40
8. Jack, 39
9. Owen, 38 (2-way tie)
10. Ryker, 38 (2-way tie)

In 2016, the top names were Harper/Olivia and Oliver.

In the girls’ top 10, Abigail and Quinn replace Charlotte and Nora.

In the boys’ top 10, Noah, Logan, Asher, Jack, and Ryker replace William, Mason, James, Wyatt, and Hudson. And Easton is still going strong!

There were also differences between these rankings and the SSA’s 2017 rankings for North Dakota. The SSA data has Ellie and Hazel (instead of Quinn and Addison) in the girls’ top 10, and William (instead of Ryker) in the boys’ top 10.

Source: North Dakota Fast Facts 2017 (pdf)

Most Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan, 2017

According to eHealth Saskatchewan, the most popular baby names in the province in 2017 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Saskatchewan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 80 baby girls
2. Ava, 65
3. Emma, 58
4. Emily, 51
5. Sophia, 45
6. Harper, 43
7. Amelia, 42
8. Hannah, 37
9. Aria, 36 (2-way tie)
10. Chloe, 36 (2-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Liam, 73 baby boys
2. William, 60
3. Jacob, 57 (2-way tie)
4. Oliver, 57 (2-way tie)
5. Lincoln, 54 (2-way tie)
6. Owen, 54 (2-way tie)
7. Noah, 53
8. Benjamin, 51
9. Jack, 47 (2-way tie)
10. James, 47 (2-way tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Hannah, and Aria replace Scarlett, Paisley, and Ella. (Hanging out in 11th is Brielle, which was also in 11th in 2016.)

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob, Lincoln, Owen, and James replace Lucas, Ethan, Carter, and Logan

Source: Most Popular Baby Names for 2017 – eHealth Saskatchewan

Baby Names from “How Green Was My Valley”

Richard Llewellyn’s 1939 novel How Green Was My Valley told the story of a Welsh coal-mining family during the late 19th century. The story’s narrator was schoolboy Huw Morgan, eighth of nine* siblings, and the symbolic greenness of the valley referred to the fact that, over the course of the Huw’s life, the valley where he lived changed color from green to black due to the mining.

In 1940, How Green Was My Valley was the best-selling book of the year and won the National Book Award for fiction the same year. In late 1941, a Hollywood film based on the book was released. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and ended up winning in five categories, including Best Picture.

Thanks to the book and the movie, two Welsh names (and one sort-of Welsh name) ended up appearing in the SSA’s baby name data…

The baby name Angharad debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1943.

Let’s go alphabetically, starting with Angharad, pronounced ahn-HAHR-ahd, roughly. In the story, Angharad (played by Maureen O’Hara in the film) was Huw’s older sister.

American audiences heard this name loud and clear within the first few minutes of the movie:

The name Angharad was a one-hit wonder in the data in 1943:

  • 1945: unlisted
  • 1944: unlisted
  • 1943: 5 baby girls named Angharad [debut]
  • 1942: unlisted
  • 1941: unlisted
  • 1940: unlisted

While the name didn’t catch on in the U.S., one name-book notes that it “has been strongly revived in Wales since the 1940s.”

The middle element of Angharad has the same root as the Welsh word caru, meaning “love.”

The baby name Bronwyn debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1942.

Next we have the names Bronwen and Bronwyn. The first appeared in 1941:

  • 1945: 10 baby girls named Bronwen
  • 1944: 8 baby girls named Bronwen
  • 1943: 9 baby girls named Bronwen
  • 1942: 8 baby girls named Bronwen
  • 1941: 7 baby girls named Bronwen [debut]
  • 1940: unlisted

And the second followed in 1942:

  • 1945: 20 baby girls named Bronwyn
  • 1944: 9 baby girls named Bronwyn
  • 1943: 10 baby girls named Bronwyn
  • 1942: 9 baby girls named Bronwyn [debut]
  • 1941: unlisted
  • 1940: unlisted

In the story, Bronwen/Bronwyn was Huw’s sister-in-law (the wife of his brother Ivor).

For the book, the name was spelled Bronwen, which is the traditional form of the name. It can be traced back to Welsh elements meaning “breast” (bron) and “white, fair; blessed, holy” (gwen).

But for the movie, the name was respelled Bronwyn, inexplicably. The film character Bronwyn (played by Anna Lee**) was typically called “Bron.”

Notably, one of the babies named after the character was Maureen O’Hara’s only child, Bronwyn, born in 1944. Her birth is likely what boosted the -wyn spelling ahead of the -wen spelling in 1945.

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*The nine Morgan siblings in order were Ivor, Ianto, Davy, Owen, Gwilym Jr., Angharad, Ceridwen, Huw, and Olwen.
**Anna Lee’s five children were named Joanna Venetia, Caroline, John, Stephen, and Timothy.

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