How popular is the baby name Pippa 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 Pippa.
Ireland’s rankings came out early this year! Typically we don’t see them until the start of June, but this year they were released at the end of February.
Anyway…according to Ireland’s Central Statistics Office (CSO), the most popular baby names in the country in 2017 were Emily and Jack.
Here are Ireland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:
In the girls’ top 10, Chloe replaces Lily.
In the boys’ top 10, Harry replaces Oisin.
Interesting factoid: “While there were 2,981 baby boys named John [the #1 boy name] 50 years ago, taken together the five most popular boys’ names in 2017 accounted for 2,765 baby boys.”
The names that saw the most growth in popularity — just within the top 100, I believe — were:
- Girl names by…
- Rank: Aoibhin (+81 spots), Nina (+41 spots), Hazel & Pippa (tie; +21 spots each)
- Number of babies: Aoibhin (+57), Evie (+54), Sadie (+34)
- Boy names by…
- Rank: Theo (+33 spots), Jackson (+29 spots), Ruairi (+27 spots)
- Number of babies: Luke (+45), Logan (+44), Harry (+36)
In 2016, the top two names were Emily and James.
Sources: Irish Babies’ Names 2017, Babies’ Names 2017 Tables, Jack and Emily most popular baby names in 2017
You may already know that the 2011 royal wedding of William and Kate in London helped boost the usage of Pippa, the name of Kate’s sister.
But did you know that several long-ago royal couples from a very different region of the world gave similar boosts to a handful of Arabic baby names in the U.S. — as far back as the 1930s?
In January of 1938, 17-year-old King Farouk of Egypt married 16-year-old Farida Zulficar in Cairo. LIFE made Farida a cover girl in February. The magazine even correctly defined her name as “unique” in the accompanying story.
Right on cue, the baby name Farida appeared for the first time in the U.S. baby name data:
- 1939: unlisted
- 1938: 6 baby girls named Farida [debut]
- 1937: unlisted
The name dropped off the charts the next year, but returned a few decades later. These days, dozens of U.S. babies are named Farida every year.
Interestingly, Farida Zulficar’s first name at birth was not Farida. It was Safinaz. (The components safi and naz mean “pure” and “pride” in Arabic.)
Why the name change? Because Farouk’s father Fuad had decided that all members of the royal family should have identical initials (to match his initials, naturally). Hence, the five children he had with his second wife were named Farouk, Fawzia, Faiza, Faika, and Fathia. To fit the pattern, Safinaz’s name was changed to Farida before her marriage to Farouk.
Farouk and Farida went on to have three F-named daughters — Ferial, Fawzia, and Fadia — before divorcing a decade later. Several years after that, Farouk was deposed.
Do you like the name Farida? Do you like it more or less than Safinaz?
New Zealand’s top baby names of 2013 were announced last week.
According to NZ’s Department of Internal Affairs, the country’s most popular names of 2013 were Charlotte and Oliver.
Here are the top 25 girl names and top 25 boy names of 2013:
Girl names on the rise include Isla, Mila, Aria, Eden (30th), Willow (33rd) and Pippa (44th).
Boy names on the rise include Hunter and Elijah.
Another boy name — Braxton — debuted at #28 on the NZ top 100 in 2012 and was still going strong in 2013 at 29th. The explanation for Braxton’s sudden popularity could be the Australian soap opera Home and Away, which is popular in NZ. In 2011, the show introduced a trio of brothers named Darryl “Brax” Braxton, Heath Braxton and Casey Braxton. The eldest, Brax, seems to have emerged as the favorite Braxton brother.
Sources: The baby names NZ loves, Most Popular Male and Female First Names
The royal family has given me a lot to blog about in the last few years — Pippa in 2011, Jubilee in 2012, the royal baby name (twice!) in 2013…
So will the royal-inspired baby name of 2014 be Cressida?
The gossip sites are telling me that Prince Harry and his girlfriend, socialite Cressida Bonas, may marry next year. Apparently Harry met Cressie (as friends call her) via cousin Eugenie.
Where does the name Cressida come from?
We know it from Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida (1602). Cressida is a medieval form of the Greek name Chryseis, which Shakespeare would have known from Homers’ Iliad. In the Iliad, Chryseis (as her name indicates) was the daughter of Chryses, whose name was derived from the ancient Greek word chrysos, meaning “gold” or “golden.”
How are Cressida and Cressie doing on the charts right now?
- The baby name Cressida has appeared on the SSA’s list a handful of times, mostly in the 1970s and 1980s, but no more than 8 Cressidas have ever been born in a single year. It was last listed in 1990.
- The baby name Cressie has had better luck, though it was more popular during the 1910s and 1920s than it is today. It was last listed in 1987.
If Harry and Cressie marry next year, do you think the royal wedding will popularize the name Cressida in the U.S.?
(And if they don’t, do you think there’s a chance the name could become trendy anyway thanks to the third Hunger Games film, due out in late 2014?)
Source: Prince Harry planning to marry Cressida Bonas, friends say
Other predictions so far for 2013: D’Ussé, Lincoln, Cypher, Elon, Macklemore, Elon, Malala, Gatsby, and more.