How popular is the baby name Pepper in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Pepper and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Pepper.
Nature is waking up again! Let’s celebrate by checking out which nature names are the most popular for baby girls right now. Ironically the top 50 list below includes all the seasons except for “Spring,” but it does feature lots of springtime things: flowers, birds, trees…
For this list I stuck to names that are also correctly spelled English words. This means that I skipped names that are non-English words (like Stella and Luna) and alternative spellings of words (like Brooke and Briar). I should also mention that several of the above (including Rowan, Robin, and Clementine) do have more than one etymology to choose from.
Here are links to the popularity graphs:
Which nature name(s) do you like best?
P.S. Nature names that didn’t quite make the top 50 included Stormy, Zinnia, Sandy, and Acacia.
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.
We know what Victoria’s most popular baby names were last year, but what about the names that got rejected?
The Australian state gave a thumbs down to the following in 2013:
- Fireman Sam (a Welsh cartoon character)
- Honest Mary
- Glory Hallelujah New Covernant (sic)
- Princess Diana
- Wonderful Beautiful
Among the odd-but-approved baby names? Jazz, Pepper, Reef and Texan.
(Tit reminds me of Atit, which is a one-hit wonder on the U.S. list.)
Source: Royalty and religion among Victoria’s banned baby names
Here are the results of the 2012 pop culture baby name game!
Below are all the names we came up with and how they fared on the charts last year.
First up, the names that made the biggest gains. (Some of these were on their way up anyway, so I’ll leave it to you guys to interpret just how much each one was/was not helped along by pop culture events.)
- 2012: 16687 baby boys named Liam
- 2011: 13401 baby boys named Liam
- 2012: 2882 baby boys named Lincoln
- 2011: 2156 baby boys named Lincoln
- 2012: 6140 baby boys named Dominic
- 2011: 5415 baby boys named Dominic
- 2012: 2510 baby girls named Penelope
- 2011: 1863 baby girls named Penelope
- 2012: 1677 baby girls named Ivy
- 2011: 1208 baby girls named Ivy
- 2012: 754 baby girls named Arya
- 2011: 387 baby girls named Arya
- 2012: 1404 baby girls named Luna
- 2011: 1142 baby girls named Luna
- 2012: 1049 baby boys named Louis
- 2011: 917 baby boys named Louis
- 2012: 178 baby boys named Trayvon
- 2011: 55 baby boys named Trayvon
- 2012: 559 baby girls named Adele
- 2011: 460 baby girls named Adele
- 2012: 847 baby girls named Olive
- 2011: 760 baby girls named Olive
- 2012: 131 baby boys named Zayn
- 2011: 48 baby boys named Zayn
- 2012: 1043 baby girls named Selena
- 2011: 979 baby girls named Selena
- 2012: 918 baby girls named Anastasia
- 2011: 859 baby girls named Anastasia
- 2012: 184 baby boys named Grey
- 2011: 125 baby boys named Grey
Toby, +32 / +59
- 2012: 93 baby girls and 349 baby boys named Toby
- 2011: 61 baby girls and 290 baby boys named Toby
- 2012: 1761 baby girls named Melissa
- 2011: 1704 baby girls named Melissa
- 2012: 1081 baby boys named Lorenzo
- 2011: 1027 baby boys named Lorenzo
- 2012: 155 baby girls named Jubilee
- 2011: 103 baby girls named Jubilee
London, +22 / +32
- 2012: 3179 baby girls and 482 baby boys named London
- 2011: 3157 baby girls and 450 baby boys named London
- 2012: 162 baby girls named Viola
- 2011: 134 baby girls named Viola
- 2012: 59 baby girls named Renesmee
- 2011: 33 baby girls named Renesmee
- 2012: 82 baby girls named Lovely
- 2011: 56 baby girls named Lovely
- 2012: 194 baby girls named Sarina
- 2011: 168 baby girls named Sarina
- 2012: 399 baby girls named McKayla
- 2011: 374 baby girls named McKayla
- 2012: 109 baby girls named Berenice
- 2011: 129 baby girls named Berenice
- 2012: 32 baby girls named Rue
- 2011: 13 baby girls named Rue
- 2012: 242 baby girls named Selina
- 2011: 224 baby girls named Selina
- 2012: 58 baby girls named Kateri
- 2011: 42 baby girls named kateri
Merida, +15 at least
- 2012: 19 baby girls named Merida [re-entered list]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Merida
- 2012: 132 baby girls named Pepper
- 2011: 117 baby girls named Pepper
Rooney (for girls), +15
- 2012: 21 baby girls named Rooney
- 2011: 6 baby girls named Rooney
- 2012: 630 baby boys named Hugo
- 2011: 617 baby boys named Hugo
Primrose, +12 at least
- 2012: 16 baby girls named Primrose [re-entered list]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Primrose
- 2012: 82 baby girls named Lisbeth
- 2011: 71 baby girls named Lisbeth
Blue, +3 / +9
- 2012: 10 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Blue
- 2011: 7 baby girls and 11 baby boys named Blue
- 2012: 16 baby boys named Romney
- 2011: 5 baby boys named Romney
- 2012: 13 baby girls named Cassadee
- 2011: 5 baby girls named Cassadee
Katniss, +8 at least
- 2012: 12 baby girls named Katniss [debut]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Katniss
- 2012: 42 baby boys named Niall
- 2011: 34 baby boys named Niall
- 2012: 79 baby girls named Octavia
- 2011: 72 baby girls named Octavia
Arrietty, +6 at least
- 2012: 10 baby girls named Arrietty [debut]
- 2011: ? baby girls named Arrietty
- 2012: 77 baby boys named Loki
- 2011: 71 baby boys named Loki
Names that went up by 5 or fewer:
- Hawk (though Hawkeye debuted)
- Joss (for boys)
- Maxwell (for girls)
Names that went down:
Names still not on the SSA’s list:
- Dev (for girls)
Did any of these surprise you?
P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who played!
Actress Moon Bloodgood welcomed a baby girl named Pepper late last year.
Here are some of the reactions from commenters at People.com:
- “Just because it’s not a name you are familiar with doesn’t make it strange or unusual.”
- “If she has a boy next she can name him “Salt” then she would have a matching set.”
- “My best friend at work is named Pepper. I think it’s a great name! And she always gets compliments because you don’t hear it very often.”
- “Pepper??? That’s the name of a dog, not a little girl.”
If you were having a daughter, and you had to name her either Moon or Pepper, which would it be?
Source: Moon Bloodgood Welcomes Daughter Pepper