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Popularity of the Baby Name Padraig

Number of Babies Named Padraig

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Padraig

Wanna Talk Names? Give Me a Call!

I’ve created a couple of videos recently (on YouTube) and I’m looking forward to creating similar audio/video content in the future.

But here’s the thing: It’s no fun if it’s just me! I’d love to feature audio from you — your stories, opinions, questions, requests, and so on.

So I’ve set up this phone number (should go straight to voicemail) for collecting anything you’d like to tell me about names: 305-204-NAME (6263).

Just call in and leave me a message!

What should you say? Here are some ideas:

Tell a story about your name.

This is the type of audio I’m most excited about. Lots of people have great name stories, and would be willing to share them…but don’t feel compelled to write those stories down and send them to some random baby name blogger. But what if they could call a number, speak their stories over the phone, and have those stories magically turned into YouTube videos (with no other effort on their part)? That sounds way more fun, right?

A few prompts:

  • What’s the story behind your name?
  • Have you had any unique experiences because of your name?
  • Has your name opened/closed any doors for you?

I’m particularly interested in name origin stories — I’ve been collecting/posting them in the name stories category for years — but I’d be happy to hear any story you want to tell me about your name and your experience of living with it.

Pronounce a name or two (or ten, or twenty).

This is the type of audio I’m next most excited about. Remember that Maryland mom who named her baby Ottilie with the British pronunciation in mind? She was so disappointed by the way Americans pronounced it that she ended up changing the name to Margot. This story makes me eager to gather recordings of names being spoken by all sorts of different people — particularly in various English accents — so that we can easily hear the differences.

Some ideas:

  • If you’re an English speaker, what’s your take on “Ottilie”? How about “Ione”?
  • If you’re from Ireland, how would you say “Aoife”? “Pádraig”?
  • If you’re Hawaiian, how do you say “Ikaika”? “Nāinoa“?
  • If you’re a native Spanish speaker, how would you say “Xiomara”? “Jacinto”?
  • If you’re a native French speaker, how would you say “Maëlle”? “Loïc”?
  • If you’re a native Italian speaker, how would you say “Letizia”? “Enos“?

I think it would be most efficient to work from a pronunciation “wish list” so that the trickiest names get priority. To nominate a name for the list, leave a comment below.

If you call in with pronunciations, please remember to mention your accent and/or location as well. (“I’ve got a Southern Irish accent.” “I was born and raised in Omaha.” “I grew up in Jamaica.”) Same for people pronouncing non-English names. (If you speak Spanish, did you grow up in Buenos Aires? Barcelona? Bogotá?) With this context, the recordings are more useful.

Submit a baby name request.

The videos I’ve made so far are based on written Five-Name Friday requests, but it would be just as easy for me to splice in a spoken request. Be sure the request is still just two sentences long, though. (Check out the Need a Name? page for more information.)

Talk about anything else related to names.

Opinions, questions, observations, rants…anything! I’m happy to listen, and I appreciate anything you’re willing to give me.

And on that note, a few general comments about the recordings:

  • Call as many times as you want, but each voicemail can only be up to three minutes long.
  • Speak clearly, particularly if you’re demonstrating how to pronounce a name.
  • Identify yourself…or not. It’s up to you. But if you’re telling a story about your name, we do need to know what your name is. :) Likewise, for pronunciation recordings we need information about your accent/language.
  • I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to use every single recording in a future video/audio, unfortunately.
  • By calling and leaving a message, you grant me (Nancy) perpetual license to use your message, in whole or in part, in any future piece(s) of media. (Here’s the policy page, btw.)

The number again is 305-204-6263. Those last four digits spell the word “name” on the telephone keypad, which is pretty cool. They also spell “oboe,” incidentally. :)

Hope to hear from you soon!

Most Popular Baby Names in Northern Ireland, 2012

The most popular baby names in Northern Ireland were announced a little while ago.

According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, the #1 names were Jack for boys and Sophie for girls.

Here are Northern Ireland’s provisional top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Sophie
2. Emily
3. Grace
4. Amelia
5. Jessica
6. Lucy
7. Sophia
8. Katie
9. Eva
10. Aoife
11. Chloe
12. Lily
13. Ella
14. Mia
15. Ellie
16. Anna [tie]
16. Emma [tie]
16. Olivia [tie]
19. Erin
20. Sarah
1. Jack
2. James
3. Daniel
4. Harry
5. Charlie
6. Ethan
7. Matthew
8. Ryan
9. Riley
10. Noah
11. Adam
12. Joshua
13. Jacob
14. Thomas
15. Conor
16. Jake [tie]
16. Oliver [tie]
18. Dylan
19. Alfie
20. Mason

The highest climbers within the top 20 lists were Aoife (15th to 10th) and Riley (18th to 9th).

Other high climbers were Bobby (124th to 59th), Blake (111th to 71st) and Olly (131st to 93rd) for boy names, and Miley (135th to 79th) and Layla (135th to 83rd) for girl names.

[Very curious about Bobby! Can anybody explain that one?]

Names that decreased in popularity include Calum (down 93 spots), Padraig (-49) and Conan (-28) on the boys’ list, and Ciara (-53), Victoria (-49) and Julia (-48) on the girls’ list.

Finally, here are some of the more unusual names registered in 2012:

Girl Names Boy Names
Aibhailia, Anna-bell, Blathnait, Cait-erin, Caollaidhe, Clodagh-rose, Clover-leoni, Connemara, Haianabragadiska, Iretenevesho, Napsugar, Poppyanna, Scarlett-imogen, Shammahwisdom, Tuleighza Boen-rua, Caelum, Conghaile, Connlaodh, Everley-eric, Gavin-og, Iarfhlaith, Iggi, Kekeli, Kyzler, McCoist, Naoise, Rolex, Sean-og, Setanta, Shea-pearse, Somhairle, Steven-og, Uate, Ugnius

Those “og” endings on some of the boy names are the Irish word Óg, which means “young” or “junior.” It can be used after girl names, too.

Here are Northern Ireland’s top baby names of 2007, if you’d like to compare.

Source: NISRA

It’s Paddy, Not Patty

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, so now is a good time to mention that the diminutive used in Ireland is Paddy, Not Patty. Here’s why:

Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig, hence those mysterious, emerald double-Ds.

Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella.

There’s not a sinner in Ireland that would call a Patrick, “Patty”. It’s insulting. It’s really as simple as that.

And there you have it. Paddy, not Patty.

(h/t Grammar Girl.)

Baby Name Needed – Padraig or Rory?

Jamie is back! We discussed her second son’s name a couple of years ago, and now she’s expecting her third son in October. (Congrats!)

She and her husband are down to two names, Padraig Michael and Rory Michael. They’d like help making a final selection. Jamie says, “I have no idea, at this point, what will end up being the deciding factor, but am really hoping to find something to inspire me to make my choice.”

Big brothers are Cian Joseph and Declan James, and the surname is a “super-Irish last name includes 2 K-sounds and ends in -lin.”


First, let’s get a poll going. If you vote, please let us know which name you opted for and why in the comments.

For the brother of Cian Joseph and Declan James, I like:

  • Rory Michael (72%, 89 Votes)
  • Padraig Michael (28%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

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Second, deciding factors. Here are a few possibilities:

  • Story. Which name has the best story, or comes with the most personal significance?
  • Gut Reaction. Try a coin flip — not to make a decision, but to reveal how you truly feel about the (fake) winner.
  • Wearability. How easy is it to “wear” each name through each stage of life, and into various roles and careers? Would either name be limiting in any way?
  • First instinct. Has either name been on your shortlist since the very beginning? I’ve seen many, many parents circle back (sometimes after months and months of research/reflection) and return to their original favorites.

What others can you think of?


Finally, my take. Which won’t be helpful, because I’m also torn. :)

I like that Padraig is clearly masculine and non-trendy. But I think it’s tricky for people to say/spell correctly, and doesn’t flow as well with the surname as Rory does. I’d also be slightly concerned about teasing (e.g. maxi pad, paddy wagon).

I like that Rory is easy to spell and pronounce, and that it flows well with the surname. But it’s not as mature-sounding as Padraig, and I’m not a huge fan of unisex names. (One reason why: boys with girlish names may be more likely to exhibit behavioral problems in school.)

I’m going to cast my vote for Rory on this one, but it’s close.


What say you, dear blog readers?

Baby Names from Foreign Cultures and Countries – Yea or Nay?

I was just reading about a baby named Padraig Clover. He has an Irish first name, and an Irish symbol as a middle name, but he isn’t Irish, nor was he born in Ireland. He’s half Mexican and half Filipino. He was born in Canada. His parents named him Padraig Clover because he was born on St. Patrick’s Day last year.

He reminded me of Yo Xing, who was born in the U.S. to an American father and an Australian mother, neither of whom is ethnically Chinese.

What do you think of baby names that come from cultures/countries that the baby is a not a part of (either via heritage or via birth)?

A baby name that doesn't match a baby's ethnicity/nationality is:

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If you chose the middle option, please leave a comment and let us know what circumstances would make a name like this ok (or, conversely, not ok).