How popular is the baby name Parley 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 Parley.
Jessie Jensen published her annual Mormon baby names post a few weeks ago. Some highlights:
- Dallin/Dallen, tied for “Most Mormon name.” Dallin H. Oaks is a prominent member of the LDS church and a former president of BYU.
- Rexalyn: “Ask your doctor if Rexalyn™ is right for you.”
- Roczen, which has popped up in Australia recently as well. The influence is probably German motorcycle racer Ken Roczen.
- Tannin, the “Absolute Worst Name This Year” thanks to the Biblical sea monster association. (For what it’s worth, I thought Zoei was worse.)
One commenter mentioned the historical Malan family of Ogden, Utah. Most of the 16 children were given alphabetical names:
- Alexis Bartholomew (b. 1873)
- Claudius Daniel (b. 1875)
- Ernest Francis (b. 1876)
- Jeremiah (b. 1878)
- Gideon Highly (b. 1879)
- Inez Jane (b. 1881)
- Kit (b. 1883)
- Lawrence Maxwell (b. 1884)
- Nahum Oscar (b. 1886)
- Parley Quince (b. 1888)
- Ray Stephen (b. 1890)
- Teresa Una (b. 1890)
- Verna Winona (b. 1893)
- X Y Zella (b. 1895)
- Benjamin (b. 1896)
- Louise Pauline (b. 1898)
Another commenter mentioned an aunt “named OE, it was pronounced oh-EEE, just like the letters,” who was born in Utah in early 1900s. (Reminds me of Io.)
Have you come across any interesting Mormon names lately?
Which baby names are the most disproportionately popular in each U.S. state?
Name blog Republic of Names has your answer — a bunch of cool lists of the most distinctive baby names by state. Here are some highlights for about half of the states.
- Crimson – Crimson Tide is the University of Alabama football team.
- Denali – Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is North America’s highest peak.
- Nizhoni – Nizhóní is a Navajo word meaning “it/he/she is pretty/beautiful.”
- Sedona – Sedona is a city in Arizona.
- Eztli – Eztli is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word meaning “blood.”
- Trindon – Trindon Holliday played pro football in Colorado.
- Kinnick – Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays.
- Marigny – Foubourg Marigny is a New Orleans neighborhood.
- Baxter – Baxter is a state park in Maine.
In North Carolina:
In North Dakota:
- Autzen – Autzen Stadium is where the Oregon Ducks football team plays.
- Avenir – Avenir is a French word meaning “future.” It’s also on the Washington state list below. In fact, nearly two-thirds of last year’s Avenirs were born on the west coast: 10 in Washington, 7 in California, 5 in Oregon. Anyone know why?
- Brazos – Brazos is a Spanish word meaning “arms.” The Brazos River in Texas was originally called Rio de los Brazos de Dios, or “River of the Arms of God.”
- Korver – Kyle Korver played pro basketball in Utah.
In Washington, D.C.:
In Washington (state):
- Avenir – see Oregon
In West Virginia:
See the original post for the rest. You might also be interested in checking out the “most regional” baby names in the US.
Update, 5/31/2018: Figured out Avenir!