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Popularity of the Baby Name Raiden

Number of Babies Named Raiden

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Raiden

Cortana: Another Video Game Baby Name

Cortana
Cortana in Halo 3
A couple of months ago, I noticed the name Cortana in a birth announcement round-up over at Waltzing More Than Matilda. After reading that post, I realized we hadn’t talked about the name Cortana over here yet. :)

The baby name Cortana first appeared on the U.S. baby name charts in 2008, thanks to the character Cortana from the video game Halo.

  • 2013: 21 baby girls named Cortana
  • 2012: 10 baby girls named Cortana
  • 2011: 10 baby girls named Cortana
  • 2010: 10 baby girls named Cortana
  • 2009: 7 baby girls named Cortana
  • 2008: 12 baby girls named Cortana [debut]
  • 2007: unlisted

Wait a minute, you’re thinking. Didn’t the first Halo come out long before 2008?

Yes — the first installment came out in 2001, and Cortana has been a part of the series since the beginning.

But she began playing a larger role in the game starting with Halo 3, which came out in 2007. This is what accounts for the 2008 debut.

Cortana’s name is thought to refer to a type of short, blunt sword more commonly known as a ‘curtana’ (from the Latin word curtus, meaning “shortened”).

Want to see some other video game baby names? Here are Dovahkiin, Kain, Kairi, Raiden, Rinoa and Tali’Zorah.

UPDATE: Professional namer Nancy Friedman happened to post about the name Cortana today as well: How Cortana Got Its Name (about Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana).


Baby Named Tali’Zorah for Video Game Character

A baby girl born in North Carolina in early January was named Tali’Zorah (full first name) after a character in the video game Mass Effect.

Tali’Zorah’s father, Adam, said the name was his wife’s idea:

“I was playing the first Mass Effect while she enjoyed it as a spectator, and she fell in love with the name ‘Tali’Zorah’ the instant we met the Quarian being hunted by Fist.

“She told me back then, ‘If we ever have a daughter, I’d love to name her Tali’Zorah,'” Adam said. “It just sounds so beautiful.”

Is he worried Tali’Zorah might be teased about her unusual name?

“Kids will pick on other kids, whether it’s for a name, their hair, or their clothes, so the best I can do is to teach her how to treat people with respect and how to handle those who refuse to do the same.”

Good answer.

What do you think of the name Tali’Zorah? (Her middle name is Rose, btw.)

Source: This Baby’s Name Comes From Mass Effect, and Grandma is Thrilled

Other video game baby names: Dovahkiin, Kain, Kairi, Raiden, Rinoa, Zelda. Not Turok, though.

Unique Baby Names in Quebec, 2012

One thing I love about Quebec? Their yearly baby name list includes all baby names.

Not just names given to 5 or more babies, like the U.S. list. Not just names given to 3 or more babies, like the England and Wales list.

Every single name. Regardless of whether the name was given to hundreds of babies or just one.

Privacy: Who needs it! :)

Here are some stats on all those Quebec names:

  • 7,921 boy names total
    • 6,107 (77%) of them were given to 1 baby boy
    • 7121 (90%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby boys*
  • 9,074 girl names total
    • 6,686 (74%) of them were given to 1 baby girl
    • 8058 (89%) of them were given to 1, 2, 3 or 4 baby girls*

*So, if the names given to 5+ babies in Quebec account for only about 10% of the names on the full list, and we assume baby name distribution in the U.S. is similar, the “full” U.S. lists should contain over 140,000 boy names and over 190,000 girl names.

Here are some of Quebec’s unique names (used only once):

Baby Girl Names Baby Boy Names
Aghogho Elise
Alphee
Aoua
Apphia
Arnautilik Louisa
Aupale
Auphelie
Ayagutaq
Becky Tillikasak
Berlidia
Brunette
Cloud
Cloudine Mae
Cocolo
Delphine Eleonore
Desneiges
Euphelie
Evodine Ntshila
Feenix
Felixia
Fella
Fenixia
Feriel Nouara
Fihagarra
Flechanne
Flechelle
Fleurange
Franstevia
Fritzmaelle Deborah
Garrissa
Grace Nono Dipita
Iakohontsiio
Iakoteraswiioshton
Iaohseranawen
Ibtihel
Ichnekanoron
Idonia
Iehwatsirahnira’ts
Ietohrhuostha
Iotenhariio
Ipena Alexa
Iphigenie
Itohan
Justinique
Katsitsenhawitha
Kayla de la Caridad
Kelo-Meteore
Knoxia
Lady-Snider
Latt Hemlyss
Livia Mbombo
Ludgy
Lumen Pascale
Lyora Lyssandre
Maatiwaaytaabinukwaa
Maisie Inuusiq
Maniphone
Maori
Mar Mar
Mardochee Widlyka
Mavourneen
Mavrixe
Mennishkuess
Mewefca
Myrianna Pishumuss
Myrrhielle
Nancy Silaggi
Necerine
Nephthalia Elani
Oriana
Oriella
Orlanel Keriane Elsa
Orlguine
Ossossohou
Ouassila
Ouerdia
Paglianie Stacy
Perpetua
Prielle Tehora
Qilabuk
Qiluqi
Qods
Qullik
Qupanuaq
Ralphine
Roldyanna
Romance
Rosemaelle-Esperance
San San Jessica
Scotia
Sevim
Shellsea
Shyness
Sila Grey
Sombriddy
Stephanie Daystar
Stevia
Stherlyn’s
Sublime
Tally-Ann Uapikuniss
Teiakotshennonnihat
Teieronhiathe Tha
Teietsitsen Tons
Thalia Sgrolma
Thaliamenie
Thea Daphnee
Tiewennaie Na’s
Tillikasak
Trickcy
Tsubaki-Constance
Vinuki Sethlini
Vithusha
Vithushana
Wazberly
Wildana
Willfalya Gladaelle
Wilthalia
Windflower
Woodaelle
Wylianna
Xxxxxxxalaniq O’oka
Yvedianah
Zaely Hyacinthia
Agape Enrique
Aws
Brudginel-Bryan
Chedly
Chivens
Christian Braveheart
Chromeo
Cliffordson
Darling Jose
Darvens Moteler
Davinnsly
Delivrance
Dykxon
Ecclesiaste
Enbo
Fackel
Favour-Fane
Folly
Fougnigue
Fred-Eden
Ghemsley Nollens
Gia-Uy
Godly Christian
Heaven Theophile
Hichembentaiba
Ittulaaq
Judley
Kahrhata’kehshon
Kendley-Wilgenson
Kenny S. Phacoly
Klyf
Kylliam
Lafleche William
Lamartiniere Junior
Lewandowski
Lord-Lee Treasure
Manhattan-Zola
Manic
Mardochee
Milliam
Mortadha
Neo-Phoenix
Nyrlberson
Olmo Centeotl
Pat-Leo
Perseus Koperqualuk
Po Bing
Polycarpe Riley
Quincy-Herby
Quindlley
Rahontsawaks
Rahontsiiostha
Raiden Jethro
Ra’kerenhat’atie
Rakhmondzhon
Rallendi
Ramzi Nizar
Rani’ Konhra Katste
Raniehtenha Wi
Rarennisa’s
Rarennonni
Ratanakpich
Ricci Smily
Rocky Junior
Rolmerson
Ronikonrahniron
Roolens
Roque
Roweniente
Salomon Ghandi
Sebastian Berry-D
Shaquille-Shanqi
Shelby-Christ
Success
Sunny Skye
Sunny-James
Tchy
Tebly
Thominhdy
Tiesto
Toly-Jos
Tristar
Trooper
Tsikahnawakeniate H
Uqitatuq
Uqittuk
Utshimass
Victor-Sam Ikuagasak
Vuyolwethu
Wa’kenhrawakon
Widolph-Tristan
William-Promedi
Winner
Wynn Oscar
X-Zaylen
Yanga
Ylai Santiago
Yohann Tresors
Ywisnavin
Zack Browndly
Zion-Lee Eliott

I had my eye out for Inuit names in particular.

Among the girl names given to two babies last year, I spotted both Chaya Mushka and Katniss.

P.S. Here are the Most Popular Baby Names in Quebec for 2012.

More Unusual Baby Names in New Zealand

In an article about unusual baby names in New Zealand — the land of 4real, Zealand-New and Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii — I spotted these: Alizaye, Caution, Chevy, Daytona, Falcon, Ford, Prayz Hosanna, Qais and Raiden.

Independent midwife Leigh O’Neill said parents were influenced by the world around them, especially the media, when choosing names for their babies. One of the most unusual baby names she has come across this year was Ska, named after a genre of music.

“It’s a punk/reggae kind of music and yeah, they’re young parents.

“I guess they chose that after the type of music they like, but that’s certainly one of the more interesting ones,” Mrs O’Neill said.

I’m now on the lookout for kids named Reggae, Dubstep and Crunk.

Source: Unique baby names not just for the Beckhams

How Many Baby Girls Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

I did an analysis of baby boys with -ayden names last weekend and discovered that roughly 5% of the boys born in the U.S. last year have a name that rhymes with Jayden.

This weekend, I did the same analysis for baby girls. I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the female -ayden names, and counted both the number of the variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s what I found, sorted by ending:

-dan [239 babies, 9 variants]

  • -adan [18]
    • Jadan, 13
    • Adan, 5
  • -aedan [8]
    • Jaedan, 8
  • -aidan [111]
    • Aidan, 79
    • Jaidan, 32
  • -aydan [102]
    • Jaydan, 39
    • Aydan, 37
    • Kaydan, 16
    • Haydan, 10

-den [7226 babies, 33 variants]

  • -aden [746]
    • Jaden, 554
    • Kaden, 78
    • Caden, 56
    • Aden, 31
    • Paden, 10
    • Shaden, 7
    • Aaden, 5
    • Haden, 5
  • -aeden [98]
    • Jaeden, 56
    • Kaeden, 15
    • Haeden, 8
    • Braeden, 7
    • Caeden, 7
    • Raeden, 5
  • -aiden [966]
    • Jaiden, 538
    • Haiden, 134
    • Kaiden, 120
    • Aiden, 112
    • Caiden, 38
    • Raiden, 15
    • Paiden, 9
  • -ayden [5416]
    • Hayden, 2456
    • Jayden, 1738
    • Kayden, 707
    • Ayden, 174
    • Cayden, 156
    • Payden, 56
    • Brayden, 55
    • Tayden, 21
    • Rayden, 17
    • Shayden, 17
    • Zayden, 13
    • Layden, 6

-din [282 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adin [54]
    • Jadin, 36
    • Kadin, 10
    • Adin, 8
  • -aedin [9]
    • Jaedin, 9
  • -aidin [18]
    • Jaidin, 12
    • Aidin, 6
  • -aydin [201]
    • Jaydin, 87
    • Kaydin, 56
    • Haydin, 32
    • Aydin, 21
    • Caydin, 5

-dn [62 babies, 3 variants]

  • -adn [0]
  • -aedn [0]
  • -aidn [0]
  • -aydn [62]
    • Jaydn, 29
    • Haydn, 25
    • Kaydn, 8

-don [37 babies, 4 variants]

  • -adon [9]
    • Jadon, 9
  • -aedon [0]
  • -aidon [6]
    • Jaidon, 6
  • -aydon [22]
    • Jaydon, 15
    • Haydon, 7

-dyn [2155 babies, 25 variants]

  • -adyn [901]
    • Jadyn, 683
    • Kadyn, 112
    • Hadyn, 41
    • Cadyn, 34
    • Bradyn, 10
    • Adyn, 9
    • Aadyn, 7
    • Padyn, 5
  • -aedyn [310]
    • Jaedyn, 176
    • Kaedyn, 47
    • Haedyn, 42
    • Raedyn, 15
    • Aedyn, 11
    • Braedyn, 11
    • Caedyn, 8
  • -aidyn [823]
    • Jaidyn, 460
    • Haidyn, 159
    • Kaidyn, 107
    • Aidyn, 48
    • Caidyn, 34
    • Braidyn, 9
    • Raidyn, 6
  • -aydyn [121]
    • Jaydyn, 65
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Kaydyn, 24

-d*nn [112 babies, 11 variants]

  • -dann [5]
    • -aydann
      • Jaydann, 5
  • -denn [10]
    • -adenn
      • Jadenn, 5
    • -aydenn
      • Jaydenn, 5
  • -dynn [97]
    • -adynn
      • Jadynn, 31
      • Kadynn, 5
    • -aedynn
      • Jaedynn, 11
    • -aidynn
      • Jaidynn, 24
      • Kaidynn, 8
      • Aidynn, 6
      • Haidynn, 5
    • -aydynn
      • Jaydynn, 7

And now let’s add it all up:

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 239 9
-den 7,226 33
-din 282 11
-dn 62 3
-don 37 4
-dyn 2,155 25
-d*nn 112 11
TOTAL 10,113 96

Of the (at least) 2,001,968 baby girls born last year, (at least) 10,113 were given an -ayden name. That’s about 0.5%, or about 1 in 200.

Of the 20,036 girl names on the SSA’s list, 96 are -ayden names. That’s also about 0.5%.

These percentages are a lot lower than the 4.9% and the 1.9% we saw last week, but still impressive. A total of 10,113 girls would theoretically put the -ayden name-group somewhere between #12 Addison (10,567) and #13 Alexis (9,839) in the rankings.

Update: Want to know how many babies (total) got an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn) and variants that look like Eden and Madden.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?

How Many Baby Boys Got -Ayden Names in 2009?

We all know that names like Jayden and Aiden are popular. But…how popular?

This weekend, my goal was to find out.

I sat down with the SSA’s baby name list for 2009, picked out all the -ayden names, and counted them. I counted both the number of variants and the number of babies with each variant.

Here’s a run-down of what I found, sorted by ending. (Get ready to scroll!)

-dan [8504 babies, 31 variants]

  • -adan [1296]
    • Adan, 1117
    • Jadan, 59
    • Bradan, 33
    • Kadan, 33
    • Aadan, 23
    • Cadan, 20
    • Zadan, 6
    • Tadan, 5
  • -aedan [390]
    • Aedan, 255
    • Braedan, 65
    • Kaedan, 34
    • Jaedan, 30
    • Caedan, 6
  • -aidan [5967]
    • Aidan, 5749
    • Jaidan, 81
    • Kaidan, 67
    • Caidan, 17
    • Zaidan, 17
    • Braidan, 13
    • Haidan, 10
    • Aaidan, 8
    • Raidan, 5
  • -aydan [851]
    • Aydan, 396
    • Jaydan, 246
    • Braydan, 90
    • Kaydan, 39
    • Caydan, 32
    • Zaydan, 23
    • Haydan, 14
    • Taydan, 6
    • Raydan, 5

-den [85583 babies, 94 variants]

  • -aden [17386]
    • Jaden, 4111
    • Kaden, 4021
    • Caden, 3984
    • Braden, 2017
    • Aden, 1353
    • Aaden, 1259
    • Zaden, 155
    • Haden, 129
    • Bladen, 69
    • Paden, 53
    • Graden, 34
    • Taden, 28
    • Vaden, 20
    • Xaden, 20
    • Draden, 19
    • Baden, 18
    • Khaden, 18
    • Shaden, 16
    • Sladen, 11
    • Jhaden, 9
    • Breaden, 6
    • Chaden, 6
    • Daden, 6
    • Jaaden, 6
    • Keaden, 6
    • Thaden, 6
    • Traden, 6
  • -aeden [1858]
    • Braeden, 805
    • Jaeden, 390
    • Kaeden, 328
    • Caeden, 148
    • Aeden, 96
    • Zaeden, 24
    • Draeden, 18
    • Graeden, 12
    • Haeden, 12
    • Raeden, 11
    • Taeden, 7
    • Traeden, 7
  • -aiden [23390]
    • Aiden, 15846
    • Kaiden, 2276
    • Jaiden, 2247
    • Caiden, 1316
    • Braiden, 556
    • Raiden, 361
    • Zaiden, 295
    • Haiden, 225
    • Aaiden, 76
    • Xaiden, 48
    • Laiden, 15
    • Daiden, 14
    • Draiden, 13
    • Taiden, 13
    • Khaiden, 12
    • Blaiden, 10
    • Baiden, 9
    • Graiden, 9
    • Paiden, 7
    • Shaiden, 7
    • Xhaiden, 7
    • Naiden, 6
    • Traiden, 6
    • Yaiden, 6
    • Gaiden, 5
    • Jhaiden, 5
  • -ayden [42949]
    • Jayden, 17082
    • Brayden, 8526
    • Ayden, 4959
    • Hayden, 4822
    • Kayden, 2938
    • Cayden, 2726
    • Zayden, 741
    • Rayden, 193
    • Tayden, 165
    • Drayden, 156
    • Grayden, 132
    • Aayden, 98
    • Payden, 64
    • Layden, 47
    • Shayden, 43
    • Blayden, 40
    • Khayden, 29
    • Trayden, 23
    • Xayden, 22
    • Slayden, 21
    • Chayden, 19
    • Thayden, 16
    • Bayden, 15
    • Dayden, 15
    • Vayden, 14
    • Jhayden, 13
    • Wayden, 11
    • Nayden, 10
    • Clayden, 9

-din [1807 babies, 26 variants]

  • -adin [575]
    • Kadin, 255
    • Adin, 157
    • Jadin, 69
    • Cadin, 42
    • Aadin, 25
    • Bradin, 20
    • Zadin, 7
  • -aedin [124]
    • Jaedin, 50
    • Kaedin, 34
    • Braedin, 16
    • Aedin, 15
    • Caedin, 9
  • -aidin [125]
    • Aidin, 56
    • Kaidin, 32
    • Jaidin, 18
    • Caidin, 10
    • Zaidin, 9
  • -aydin [983]
    • Aydin, 380
    • Jaydin, 278
    • Braydin, 107
    • Kaydin, 95
    • Caydin, 44
    • Zaydin, 32
    • Haydin, 28
    • Taydin, 12
    • Raydin, 7

-dn [203 babies, 6 variants]

  • -aydn [203]
    • Haydn, 80
    • Braydn, 45
    • Jaydn, 34
    • Kaydn, 29
    • Aydn, 10
    • Caydn, 5

-don [3479 babies, 37 variants]

  • -adon [752]
    • Jadon, 528
    • Bradon, 60
    • Kadon, 52
    • Cadon, 29
    • Adon, 27
    • Aadon, 23
    • Ladon, 9
    • Gradon, 8
    • Sheadon, 6
    • Shadon, 5
    • Zadon, 5
  • -aedon [429]
    • Braedon, 222
    • Jaedon, 126
    • Kaedon, 44
    • Caedon, 27
    • Aedon, 10
  • -aidon [207]
    • Jaidon, 94
    • Aidon, 32
    • Kaidon, 30
    • Braidon, 23
    • Caidon, 13
    • Haidon, 8
    • Raidon, 7
  • -aydon [2091]
    • Braydon, 1022
    • Jaydon, 686
    • Kaydon, 79
    • Haydon, 76
    • Graydon, 75
    • Aydon, 45
    • Caydon, 34
    • Raydon, 16
    • Zaydon, 15
    • Paydon, 11
    • Draydon, 9
    • Shaydon, 9
    • Taydon, 8
    • Laydon, 6

-dun [6 babies, 1 variant]

  • -aydun [6]
    • Jaydun, 6

-dyn [3022 babies, 36 variants]

  • -adyn [1284]
    • Bradyn, 397
    • Jadyn, 275
    • Kadyn, 257
    • Adyn, 104
    • Cadyn, 83
    • Aadyn, 76
    • Hadyn, 31
    • Zadyn, 26
    • Gradyn, 24
    • Khadyn, 6
    • Keadyn, 5
  • -aedyn [570]
    • Braedyn, 172
    • Jaedyn, 166
    • Kaedyn, 109
    • Aedyn, 45
    • Caedyn, 36
    • Haedyn, 15
    • Zaedyn, 15
    • Draedyn, 6
    • Raedyn, 6
  • -aidyn [931]
    • Aidyn, 321
    • Jaidyn, 273
    • Kaidyn, 131
    • Braidyn, 59
    • Caidyn, 53
    • Haidyn, 40
    • Zaidyn, 39
    • Raidyn, 10
    • Xaidyn, 5
  • -aydyn [237]
    • Jaydyn, 89
    • Aydyn, 40
    • Haydyn, 32
    • Braydyn, 31
    • Kaydyn, 28
    • Caydyn, 9
    • Zaydyn, 8

-d*nn [87 babies, 7 variants]

  • -aidenn [15]
    • Aidenn, 15
  • -aydenn [54]
    • Jaydenn, 29
    • Aydenn, 19
    • Haydenn, 6
  • -adynn [6]
    • Jadynn, 6
  • -aidynn [12]
    • Aidynn, 6
    • Jaidynn, 6

-dd*n [139 babies, 11 variants]

  • -adden [71]
    • Hadden, 22
    • Jadden, 18
    • Adden, 12
    • Cadden, 8
    • Kadden, 6
    • Bradden, 5
  • -aidden [28]
    • Aidden, 21
    • Jaidden, 7
  • -aydden [17]
    • Aydden, 12
    • Jaydden, 5
  • -addon [23]
    • Haddon, 23

Other [162 babies, 18 variants]

  • Aiyden, 37
  • Jaiyden, 16
  • Aodhan, 14
  • Ayeden, 11
  • Jahden, 11
  • Aiydan, 8
  • Ayedin, 6
  • Breaden, 6
  • Kaiyden, 6
  • Keaden, 6
  • Sheadon, 6
  • Aiedan, 5
  • Aieden, 5
  • Aiiden, 5
  • Jahyden, 5
  • Jayeden, 5
  • Jayhden, 5
  • Keadyn, 5

Ok, ready to add these up?

Ending Babies Variants
-dan 8,504 31
-den 85,583 94
-din 1,807 26
-dn 203 6
-don 3,479 37
-dun 6 1
-dyn 3,022 36
-d*nn 87 7
-dd*n 139 11
Other 162 18
TOTAL 102,992 267

Of the (at least) 2,095,910 baby boys born last year, (at least) 102,992 were given an -ayden name. That’s over 4.9%–about 1 in 20.

Of the 14,404 boy names on the SSA’s list, 267 are -ayden names. That’s 1.9%–about 1 in 50.

Do these numbers surprise you?

Update: Wondering how many baby girls or how many babies overall received an -ayden name in 2009?

[Disclaimer: I’m assuming all of the variants above rhyme with Jayden, but I can’t make any guarantees about pronunciation. Also, I didn’t count the following: variants with 3 syllables, variants with 2-vowel endings (e.g. -dien, -deyn), variants that look like Eden and Madden, and (possible variants?) Ajdin and Dredin.]

UPDATE: Is the -Ayden Craze Over?

From Video Games to Baby Names – Raiden, Kain, Rinoa, Kairi

Dr. Cleveland Evans isn’t a gamer. Nevertheless, he’s written an insightful article for The Omaha World-Herald about baby names that have been inspired by video game characters, such as:

  • Kain, a male character from the Legacy of Kain series.
  • Rinoa, a female character from Final Fantasy VIII.
  • Kairi, a female character from Kingdom Hearts.
  • Raiden, a male character from Mortal Kombat.

I’ve seen Raiden used as a baby name several times. Too bad it’s impossible to tell which Raidens were named after the character and which were simply given a variant of Aidan, or Jayden, or Caden…

Have you met any babies with these names before? (If so, do you know if their parents are gamers?)