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Popularity of the Baby Name Precious


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Popular Baby Names in South Africa, 2017

According to Statistics South Africa, the most popular baby name in the country in 2017 was Enzokuhle — for both boys and girls!

Here are South Africa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Enzokuhle (meaning “to do good” in Zulu), 2,587 baby girls
2. Melokuhle (“stand up for what’s right,” Zulu), 2,456
3. Amahle (“pretty,” Zulu), 2,260
4. Lethabo (“luck,” Sesotho, Sepedi & Setswana), 2,243
5. Amogelang, 2,089
6. Omphile, 2,078
7. Lesedi, 2,059
8. Rethabile, 2,045
9. Luthando, 1,919
10. Thandolwethu, 1,784

Boy Names
1. Enzokuhle, 2,832 baby boys
2. Lethabo, 2,824
3. Melokuhle, 2,487
4. Lubanzi, 2,293
5. Amogelang, 2,164
6. Siyabonga, 2,147
7. Bandile, 1,976
8. Junior, 1,969
9. Bokamoso, 1,877
10. Mpho, 1,818

Interestingly, three names — Enzokuhle, Melokuhle and Amogelang — ranked in the top five for both genders.

In terms of middle names, the top choices were…

  • Girls: Precious (5,355), Princess (3,925), Angel (3,351)
  • Boys: Junior (9,196), Blessing (4,694), Gift (3,735)

In 2016, the top baby names names were reportedly Precious and Junior, but…I’m under the impression that SA rankings from before 2017 accounted for overall usage, not first-name usage specifically.

Sources: What’s in a name? | Statistics South Africa, It’s official: Here are SA’s most popular baby names, P0305 – Recorded live births, 2017

Popular Baby Names in South Africa, 2016

According to Statistics South Africa, the most popular baby names in the country in 2016 were Precious and Junior.

Here are South Africa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Precious
2. Princess
3. Amahle
4. Luthando
5. Thandolwethu
6. Blessing
7. Angel
8. Siphesihle
9. Melokuhle
10. Amogelang

Boy Names
1. Junior
2. Blessing
3. Gift
4. Bandile
5. Prince
6. Melokuhle
7. Siyabonga
8. Lethabo
9. Amogelang
10. Lubanzi

In the girls’ top 10, Luthando, Siphesihle, and Amogelang replace Minenhle, Faith, and Lesedi.

In the boys’ top 10, Amogelang and Lubanzi replace Benele and Samkelo.

In 2015, the top two names were the same.

Sources: What’s in a name? SA’s most popular baby names revealed, Recorded live births, 2016 – Stats SA

Popular Baby Names in South Africa, 2015

According to data released last October by Statistics South Africa, the most popular baby names in the country in 2015 were Precious and Junior.

Here are South Africa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

Girl Names
1. Precious, 6,598 baby girls
2. Princess, 4,762
3. Angel, 4,684
4. Amahle, 3,998
5. Minenhle, 3,347
6. Thandolwethu, 3,204
7. Melokuhle, 2,997
8. Blessing, 2,919
9. Faith, 2,906
10. Lesedi, 2,851

Boy Names
1. Junior, 10,743 baby boys
2. Blessing, 5,819
3. Gift, 4,898
4. Bandile, 4,078
5. Prince, 3,721
6. Siyabonga, 3,713
7. Melokuhle, 3,513
8. Lethabo, 3,280
9. Banele, 2,864
10. Samkelo, 2,748

The new #1 girl name, Precious, is also new to the top 10. (It replaces former #1 Iminathi, which dropped out of the top 10.) The top boy name is still the placeholder name Junior.

Most of the names above are brand new to the rankings, which is a bit suspicious. But I’m inclined to think that these 2015 rankings are more trustworthy than the 2014 rankings, as the raw numbers are much higher this time around.

At least five of the names above are from the isiZulu language. Here’s what they mean:

  • Amahle means “the beautiful ones”
  • Bandile means “they have extended in number”
  • Minenhle means “good/lovely day”
  • Siyabonga means “we are grateful”
  • Thandolwethu means “our love”

Sources: Most popular baby names in South Africa revealed, Top 10 most popular baby names for boys and girls in South Africa, Naming in Zulu – African Studies Center (Penn)

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Quebec in 2009

The most popular baby names in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2009 were:

Boys Girls
William
Olivier
Thomas
Nathan
Alexis
Felix
Gabriel
Samuel
Antoine
Xavier
Léa
Florence
Emma
Rosalie
Jade
Juliette
Camille
Gabrielle
Maika
Mia

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for the fun stuff. Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed only once in Quebec last year. (I didn’t see another Kierkegaard, but I did spot a Rousseau!)

  • Attila Norbert (boy) – Part ferocious, part dorky. Love the contrast.
  • Aztlan (boy) – Legendary homeland of the Nahua (Aztecs).
  • Bienheureux (boy) – French for “very happy” or “blessed.”
  • Billary (girl) – Bill + Hilary? Could it be some sort of tribute?
  • Carnegie Ursula (girl) – Interesting.
  • Fraidy (girl) – I was actually having a conversation about about cats when I noticed this one.
  • Galadrielle (girl) – Galadriel with a French twist. (Not the hairdo, of course. That would look completely out of place in Middle-earth.)
  • God-Day (boy) – Reminds me of God’s Power from a few weeks ago.
  • Greace (girl) and Alizee Greace (girl) – Is Greace supposed to be Grace? It looks more like Grease, which is gross.
  • Great-Rousseau (girl) – I love these philosopher names. Wonder who’ll pop up next year. Descartes? Spinoza?
  • Harvest (girl) – Call me crazy, but I like it. Nice associations, and Harvie makes a cute nickname.
  • Heavenly-Trinity (girl) – Either one or the other, I’d say. The combination is a bit much.
  • Jeanne-Bosco (girl) – Surely inspired by St. John Bosco.
  • Kinda Ahmed (girl) – Not definitely Ahmed, but kinda Ahmed.
  • Klervi (girl) – It looks made-up, but it’s legit. Comes from the name of an obscure saint.
  • Limerick (boy) – Lemme guess…an older sister named Sestina?
  • Nervastone (boy) – “Forget flagstone–try Nervastone!”
  • Precious-Angel (girl) – See Heavenly-Trinity.
  • Rafter (boy) – Do they hope he’ll swing from one when he’s older?
  • Ratzy (girl) – Well, much of January ’09 was part of the Year of the Rat. Maybe that’s where this comes from.
  • Rose-Desneiges (girl) – Des neiges is French for “of the snows.”
  • Schneider-Himrick (boy) – Sounds like a tool company.
  • Shadey (girl) – The government of Quebec complains about a superfluous diacritic, but doesn’t mind that a newborn has been dubbed “Shadey”? Hm.
  • Syntyche (girl) – Means “with fate” in ancient Greek.
  • Tayden (boy) – First time I’ve seen this particular -ayden.
  • Turquoise Gold (girl) – School colors, maybe?
  • Wilberlyne (girl) – Kind of a cute way to feminize Wilber.

Have you had a chance to look through the list? If so, did you notice any interesting names?

Source: Régie des rentes Québec