How popular is the baby name Peregrin in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Peregrin and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Peregrin.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Peregrin

Number of Babies Named Peregrin

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Peregrin

More Names from Boston Burials – Ziba, Buttolph, Fear

Granary, Boston
Granary Burying Ground, Boston
Last month I posted about interesting names that can be found at King’s Chapel Burying Ground, one of the two cemeteries on Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Today let’s check out interesting names that can be found at the other cemetery on the Trail, Granary Burying Ground (est. 1660).

Here’s what I spotted (using a book of inscriptions):

  • A: Azor, Appoline, Adelbart, Adino, Adna, Affia, Albion, Alfrena, Alithere (female), Alletta, Angalesa, Anjennette, Areton, Aroline, Atsey, Avid
  • B: Barachiah, Bethulia, Buttolph
  • C: Cassander, Clarenia, Collford, Cornwall, Crispus (Crispus Attucks), Cushing
  • D: Danforth, Dering, Duty (male)
  • E: Egatha, Electa, Eudoxa, Euphaime, Eustis
  • F: Fessenden, Fitzwilliam, Fear, Fidealia
  • G: Gad, Geradine, Grisell
  • J: Jacquith, Jenevie, Jennet, Jocastia
  • K: Knight
  • L: Laban, Lately, Lisley, Llewellyn, Lodusky (female), Loungo
  • M: Mahala, Malvina, Maranda, Melatiah (female), Metcalf, Moody
  • N: Nahum
  • O: Olimpia, Olander, Onesiphorus, Orinda, Ozias
  • P: Patterick, Peace (male), Pearly, Peletiah, Pepperell, Peregrin, Person, Philobeth (male), Phineas, Pilgrim, Plummer, Prosillo (female)
  • R: Rasilla, Reconcile, Roxana (“from Roxbury”)
  • S: Samartha, Seath, Seferanna, Sophronia, Stoddard, Stanhope, Sylvender
  • T: Tamer, Theophilus, Thusia, Trueman
  • W: Waitstill, Welthea, Wilhelmina, Winthrop
  • Z: Zera, Ziba (male)

All of the above were listed just once. Notable names that appeared more than once in the book include Almira/Elmira, Bathsheba, Dewitt, Doritha, Elbridge, Epes (relatives of Epes Sargent), Gamaliel, Gershom, Gillam, Increase, Jotham, Keziah, Louisiana, Mehitable/Mehetable, Nabby, Pamelia/Permelia, Persis, Rozamond/Rozamund, Silence, Sylvanus and Tamzen.

Source: Gravestone inscriptions and records of tomb burials in the Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass. (1918) by Ogden Codman


Popular Baby Names in Idaho, 2012

Idaho’s most popular baby names of 2012 were announced a year and a half late, as usual.

According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the state’s top names two years ago were Sophia for girls and Liam for boys.

Here are Idaho’s top 25 girl names and top 25 boy names of 2012:

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
1. Sophia (115 baby girls)
2. Olivia (113)
3. Emma (100)
4. Ava (79)
5. Abigail (76)
6. Elizabeth (71)
7. Chloe (69)
8. Emily (62) – tie
9. Zoey (62) – tie
10. Brooklyn (61)
11. Hannah* (60)
12. Madison (57)
13. Ella (56) – tie
14. Isabella (56) – tie
15. Lily (56) – tie
16. Avery (54)
17. Grace (51)
18. Amelia (50) – tie
19. Evelyn (50) – tie
20. Hailey* (48)
21. Ellie (46) – tie
22. Natalie (46) – tie
23. Charlotte* (45) – tie
24. Paisley* (45) – tie
25. Addison (44)
1. Liam (133 baby boys)
2. William (94)
3. Mason (81)
4. Jacob (79)
5. Michael* (78) – tie
6. Samuel (78) – tie
7. Wyatt (77)
8. Logan (76)
9. Ethan (75)
10. Carter (73)
11. Hunter (72)
12. Aiden (71)
13. Benjamin (69) – tie
14. Jackson (69) – tie
15. Gabriel (68)
16. Andrew (67)
17. Henry* (66) – tie
18. Noah (66) – tie
19. Cooper* (65) – tie
20. Elijah (65) – tie
21. David* (64)
22. Isaac (63)
23. Alexander* (57) – tie
24. Jayden (57) – tie
25. Joseph* (57) – tie
26. Owen (57) – tie

*New to the top 25 since 2011.

Idaho’s annual report also includes a section called “Selected Unique Baby Names, Yewneek Baybee Spellings,” which is rather awesome.

Here are the handpicked oddballs of 2012:

Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names
Alixathymia, Aunastasha, Beloved, Blessing, Britannica, Burdyn, Challyss, Echkoe, Exodus, Harlequinn, Idalyz, Killary, Lulubell, Lyrica, Mercy, Miracle, Mystic, Noble, Oasis, Pearadice, Savvy, Secret, Sunshyne, Theory, Versailles Adamant, Arsin, Awesome, Cactus, Captain, Chipper, Cross, Denym, Dually, Dynamic, Falchion, Glacier, Kasteel, Kazys, Krozlee, Lock, Mehdiullah, Mogley, Natavious, Nyte, Peregrin, Pilot, Torque, Truce, Wild

Thoughts:

  • Alixathymia – Part name, part medical condition.
  • Adamant – Synonym for stubborn. Or an Adam Ant reference. Or both.
  • Burdyn – “Burden”? Really?
  • Cactus – A nature name I’ve never seen before.
  • Dually – Rosamund Pike should pick this for kid #2. (Her firstborn is “Solo.”)
  • Falchion – A type of sword. (Do they talk about falchions on Game of Thrones?)
  • Glacier – There’s a Glacier in Quebec as well.
  • Killary – This would make a great roller derby name! So would Hellga the American Gladiator name.
  • Truce – Nice to see a name that promotes cooperation/peace instead of conflict/anger (like Rebel, Fury, Rage, Rowdy, Savage, and so on). Truce reminds me of Armistice. Speaking of armistice…
  • Versailles – It’s a pretty word, but what percentage of Americans can spell it correctly? Or even pronounce it?

And, since I never wrote about the Idaho baby names of 2011, I’ll throw in the unique names from that year as well:

Unique Girl Names (2011) Unique Boy Names (2011)
Asma, Ajla, Bandana, Birdie, Candelaria, Cinderella, Courage, Disney-Gin, Elphaba, Jerzi, Kaymin, Khryztale, Kyraeveryn, November, Rainbow, Rockee, Rogue, Ropeer, Satchel, Soliscity, Temperenz, Thunder, Trypzee, Winter, Xxoie Adakiss, Aegis Orion, Beauxdarin, Bluesky, Cinch, Coyote, Dagr, Deevo, Diggory, Doc, Eighthin, Flint, Gator, General, Iron, Jayger, John-Wayne, Khryztian, Maverik, Pistol, Pragedis, Rifle, Riot, Slate, Wilderness

Thoughts:

  • Adakiss – Not quite as bad as Addtakizz.
  • Dagr, Pistol, Rifle, Riot – More weaponry & violence. Lovely.
  • Deevo – Inspired by Devo? Perhaps. (Two references to ’80s music in a single post? Yup.) You must whip it

Finally, here are earlier lists of Idaho’s unique baby names (2006 through 2010).

Source: Vital Statistics Annual Report

Middle-Earth Baby Names – Arwen to Samwise

J. R. R. Tolkien’s 3-part The Lord of the Rings (LOTR) was first published in the mid-1950s.

The trilogy started becoming popular in the U.S. in the 1960s, and this is when we first see LOTR character names popping up on the SSA’s baby name list.

It became very popular when director Peter Jackson turned it into three successful movies (released in 2001, 2002 and 2003).

How did the movies influence the names? Let’s check it out…

Arwen

Arwen debuted on the SSA’s list in 1968.

  • 2000: 9 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2001: 12 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2002: 41 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2003: 117 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2004: 166 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2005: 149 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2006: 96 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2007: 98 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2008: 86 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2009: 81 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2010: 79 baby girls named Arwen
  • 2011: 73 baby girls named Arwen

The name Arwen means “noble maiden” in the fictional language Quenya (which Tolkien based largely on Finnish and Latin).

Aragorn

Aragorn debuted on the SSA’s list in 1970.

  • 2000: not listed
  • 2001: not listed
  • 2002: 5 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2003: 5 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2004: 14 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2005: 9 baby boys named Aragorn
  • 2006-2011: not listed

The name Aragorn means “revered king” in the fictional language Sindarin (based largely on Welsh).

Eowyn

Eowyn debuted on the SSA’s list in 1973.

  • 2000: 5 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2001: 12 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2002: 7 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2003: 22 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2004: 64 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2005: 69 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2006: 64 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2007: 55 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2008: 50 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2009: 55 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2010: 51 baby girls named Eowyn
  • 2011: 50 baby girls named Eowyn

The name Eowyn means “horse joy” in the fictional language Rohirric (based on Old English).

Frodo

It’s never been on the SSA’s list, but I know of one in England.

The name Frodo is an English translation of Frodo’s real name, Maura, which means “wise” or “experienced” in the fictional language Westron.

Galadriel

Galadriel debuted on the SSA’s list in 1969.

  • 2000: 10 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2001: 7 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2002: 7 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2003: 15 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2004: 11 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2005: not listed
  • 2006: 5 baby girls named Galadriel
  • 2007-2011: not listed

The name Galadriel means “maiden crowned with a radiant garland” in Sindarin.

Gandalf

Gandalf was on the SSA’s list in 1970 only (5 babies named Gandalf that year).

The name Gandalf means “wand-elf” in Westron and other Mannish languages.

Legolas

Legolas was on the SSA’s list in 2003 only (7 babies named Legolas that year).

The name Legolas is based on the name Laegolas, which means “greenleaf” in Sindarin.

Pippin

Pippin was on the SSA’s list in 2009 only (5 babies named Pippin that year). has been on the SSA’s list twice, in 2009 and in 2012 (12 babies named Pippin total).

Pippin is a nickname for Peregrin. The name Peregrin, which means “traveller” or “pilgrim,” is an English translation of Pippin’s Westron name, Razanur.

Samwise

Samwise debuted on the SSA’s list in 2002.

  • 2000: not listed
  • 2001: not listed
  • 2002: 6 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2003: 6 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2004: 5 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2005: not listed
  • 2006: not listed
  • 2007: not listed
  • 2008: not listed
  • 2009: 5 baby boys named Samwise
  • 2010-2011: not listed

The name Samwise is an English translation of Sam’s real name, BanazĂ®r, which means “halfwise” or “simple” in Westron.

Update, 5/19/15: Commenter elbowin just clued me in to the fact that Thorin is now on the rise, thanks to a character featured in the more recent Hobbit movie trilogy (2012 to 2014).

Thorin

Thorin debuted on the SSA’s list in 1968.

  • 2009: 18 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2010: 11 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2011: 27 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2012: 31 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2013: 73 baby boys named Thorin
  • 2014: 112 baby boys named Thorin

The name Thorin is based on the Old Norse Þorinn, which means “bold one.”

P.S. Tori Amos’s daughter’s also has a Tolkien-inspired name.