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Popular Baby Names in Northern Ireland, 2013

Northern Ireland’s top baby names of 2013 were announced today.

According to provisional data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), the most popular baby names are Grace (and Emily, see below!) and Jack.

Here are Northern Ireland’s projected top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Grace
2. Emily
3. Sophie
4. Ella
5. Lucy
6. Sophia
7. Aoife
8. Jessica
9. Amelia
10. Anna
1. Jack
2. James
3. Charlie
4. Daniel
5. Harry
6. Noah
7. Ethan
8. Matthew
9. Jacob
10. Thomas

Within the top 20, the fastest risers were Ella and Luke. New to the top 20 were Ava and Ruby.

Within the top 100, the fastest risers were Elsie and Robyn for girls, Jackson and Theo for boys. The biggest drops were Shannon and Elizabeth for girls, Corey and Reece for boys.

Some of the unusual names given to Northern Ireland babies in 2013 include Boleyn, Cadhla-lilly, Chulainn, Colmcille, Finvola, Geiste, Gillespie, Jimia, Kidd, Lucymollymay, Macushla, Martin-luther, Nittelani, Ollie-j, Oraoibhe, Phoebegail (Phoebe + Abigail? A smoosh I’ve never seen before!), Poppy-chelle, Saorfhlaith, Svajone (Lithuanian for “dream”), Testimony and Zefrito.

Northern Ireland’s finalized 2013 list will be out next summer, so I’ll come back and update this post at that point (if it needs updating). In the meanwhile, check out the 2012, 2007 and 2006 lists.

Source: Jack and Grace First Place

UPDATE, 8/2014: Here are the finalized rankings. Check out that tie for #1!

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Emily, 203 baby girls (tie)
2. Grace, 203 (tie)
3. Sophie, 194
4. Ella, 189
5. Sophia, 174
6. Lucy, 171
7. Aoife, 163
8. Amelia, 159
9. Anna, 158 (tie)
10. Jessica, 158 (tie)
1. Jack, 293 baby boys
2. James, 285
3. Charlie, 119
4. Harry, 207
5. Daniel, 201
6. Noah, 188
7. Matthew, 164
8. Ethan, 160 (tie)
9. Jacob, 160 (tie)
10. Oliver, 150

A quote from the bulletin: “None of the top 10 most popular girls’ names in 2013 were in the top 10 in 2003.” That alone is fascinating.

Here are the top names of 2013 broken down by the age of the baby’s mother:

Mother’s Age Top Girl Name Top Boy Name
<20 Amelia Riley
20-29 Sophie Jack
30-39 Anne James & Jack
40+ Grace James

For more of the top names, check out Northern Ireland’s 100 most popular baby names over at British Baby Names.

Source: Most Popular Baby Names 2013


Most Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2012

The most popular baby names in England and Wales were announced last week.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the region’s top names were Harry for boys and Amelia for girls.

Here are the top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Amelia
2. Olivia
3. Jessica
4. Emily
5. Lily
6. Ava
7. Mia
8. Isla
9. Sophie
10. Isabella
11. Evie
12. Ruby
13. Poppy
14. Grace
15. Sophia
16. Chloe
17. Isabelle
18. Ella
19. Freya
20. Charlotte
1. Harry
2. Oliver
3. Jack
4. Charlie
5. Jacob
6. Thomas
7. Alfie
8. Riley
9. William
10. James
11. Joshua
12. George
13. Ethan
14. Noah
15. Samuel
16. Daniel
17. Oscar
18. Max
19. Muhammad
20. Leo

The England-only top 20 included all of the above except for Archie (not Leo) on the boys’ side.

The Wales-only top 20 included Dylan, Mason, Logan, Tyler and Isaac (not Samuel, Daniel, Oscar, Max or Muhammad) for boys and Seren, Megan, Ffion and Layla (not Isla, Chloe, Freya or Charlotte) for girls.

Newbies to the England and Wales top 100 are…

  • Hugo, Sonny, Seth, Elliott, Theodore, Rory and Ellis for boys. (Out are Joel, Hayden, John, Ashton, Jackson, Ben and Reece.)
  • Mollie, Ivy, Darcey, Tilly, Sara and Violet for girls. (Out are Lexie, Lauren, Rebecca, Tia, Nicola and Kayla.)

Here’s a selection of names from the other end of the list (each given to 10 babies or fewer):

Rare Girl Names Rare Boy Names
Ambreen, Anest, Arrietty, Arzoo, Bowie, Charvi, Cressida, Csenge, Delyth, Devoiry, Eveie, Flourish, Gwenno, Liepa, Llio, Lliwen, Loveday, Mayameen, Mazvita, Migle, Makanaka, Ocean-Blu, Pip, Senuli, Strawberry, Testimony, Tiggy, Tulsi Alieu, Atreyu, Bede, Betzalel, Boston, Cavalli, Celt, Cem, Connah, Croyde, Dacre, Exodus, His, Huckleberry, James-Dean, Jools, Jovi, Louix, MD., Messiah, Motty, Neyo, Nuh, Nuno, Papa, Peregrine, Platon, Reco, Rhome, Soul, Ting, Tirth, Ugnius, Wing, Winner

Finally, here are some older posts with the 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 lists of most popular names in England & Wales.

Source: Baby Names, England and Wales, 2012 (ONS)

Gender Test: Which Boy Names Are Not Quite Boy Names?

Time for the annual masculinity test!

Now, when I say “masculinity,” I’m not talking about a name’s image or associations. I’m talking specifically about how the name is being used nowadays.

The question I’m asking is: Which boy names were given to a significant proportion of baby girls last year?

If you’re looking for a name that will clearly identify your son as a boy, the answer will help you avoid names that could cause gender confusion.

This time around, I’m making the masculinity test even simpler by sticking to a pass/fail system. So, if a boy name was…

  • Given to baby boys at least 80% of the time, the grade is pass. (But less than 90% of the time: warning.)
  • Given to baby boys less than 80% of the time, the grade is fail.

I analyzed all of the boy names on the top 1,000 list. Of these 1,000 names, 71 failed and 43 got a warning. (Scroll down to see lists of the failed and warning names only.)

1. Jacob
2. Mason
3. Ethan
4. Noah
5. William
6. Liam
7. Jayden
8. Michael
9. Alexander
10. Aiden
11. Daniel
12. Matthew
13. Elijah
14. James
15. Anthony
16. Benjamin
17. Joshua
18. Andrew
19. David
20. Joseph
21. Logan
22. Jackson
23. Christopher
24. Gabriel
25. Samuel
26. Ryan
27. Lucas
28. John
29. Nathan
30. Isaac
31. Dylan
32. Caleb
33. Christian
34. Landon
35. Jonathan
36. Carter
37. Luke
38. Owen
39. Brayden
40. Gavin
41. Wyatt
42. Isaiah
43. Henry
44. Eli
45. Hunter
46. Jack
47. Evan
48. Jordan, Warning
49. Nicholas
50. Tyler
51. Aaron
52. Jeremiah
53. Julian
54. Cameron
55. Levi
56. Brandon
57. Angel, Warning
58. Austin
59. Connor
60. Adrian
61. Robert
62. Charles
63. Thomas
64. Sebastian
65. Colton
66. Jaxon
67. Kevin
68. Zachary
69. Ayden
70. Dominic
71. Blake
72. Jose
73. Oliver
74. Justin
75. Bentley
76. Jason
77. Chase
78. Ian
79. Josiah
80. Parker, Warning
81. Xavier
82. Adam
83. Cooper
84. Nathaniel
85. Grayson
86. Jace
87. Carson
88. Nolan
89. Tristan
90. Luis
91. Brody
92. Juan
93. Hudson
94. Bryson
95. Carlos
96. Easton
97. Damian
98. Alex
99. Kayden, Warning
100. Ryder
101. Jesus
102. Cole
103. Micah
104. Vincent
105. Max
106. Jaxson
107. Eric
108. Asher
109. Hayden, Fail
110. Diego
111. Miles
112. Steven
113. Ivan
114. Elias
115. Aidan
116. Maxwell
117. Bryce
118. Antonio
119. Giovanni
120. Timothy
121. Bryan
122. Santiago
123. Colin
124. Richard
125. Braxton
126. Kaleb
127. Kyle
128. Kaden
129. Preston
130. Miguel
131. Jonah
132. Lincoln
133. Riley, Fail
134. Leo
135. Victor
136. Brady
137. Jeremy
138. Mateo
139. Brian
140. Jaden
141. Ashton
142. Patrick
143. Declan
144. Sean
145. Joel
146. Gael
147. Sawyer, Warning
148. Alejandro
149. Marcus
150. Leonardo
151. Jesse
152. Caden
153. Jake
154. Kaiden
155. Wesley
156. Camden
157. Edward
158. Brantley
159. Roman
160. Axel
161. Silas
162. Jude
163. Grant
164. Cayden
165. Emmanuel
166. George
167. Maddox
168. Malachi
169. Bradley
170. Alan
171. Weston
172. Gage
173. Devin
174. Greyson
175. Kenneth
176. Mark
177. Oscar
178. Tanner
179. Rylan, Warning
180. Nicolas
181. Harrison
182. Derek
183. Peyton, Fail
184. Ezra
185. Tucker
186. Emmett
187. Avery, Fail
188. Cody
189. Calvin
190. Andres
191. Jorge
192. Abel
193. Paul
194. Abraham
195. Kai, Warning
196. Collin
197. Theodore
198. Ezekiel
199. Omar
200. Jayce
201. Conner
202. Bennett
203. Trevor
204. Eduardo
205. Peter
206. Maximus
207. Jaiden, Warning
208. Jameson
209. Seth
210. Kingston
211. Javier
212. Travis
213. Garrett
214. Everett
215. Graham
216. Xander
217. Cristian
218. Damien
219. Ryker
220. Griffin
221. Corbin
222. Myles
223. Luca
224. Zane
225. Francisco
226. Ricardo
227. Alexis, Fail
228. Stephen
229. Zayden
230. Iker
231. Drake
232. Lukas
233. Charlie, Fail
234. Spencer
235. Zion, Warning
236. Erick
237. Josue
238. Jeffrey
239. Trenton
240. Chance
241. Paxton
242. Elliot, Warning
243. Fernando
244. Keegan
245. Landen
246. Manuel
247. Amir
248. Shane
249. Raymond
250. Zander
251. Andre
252. Israel
253. Mario
254. Cesar
255. Simon
256. King
257. Jaylen, Warning
258. Johnathan
259. Troy
260. Dean
261. Clayton
262. Dominick
263. Tyson
264. Jasper
265. Martin
266. Kyler
267. Hector
268. Edgar
269. Marco
270. Cash
271. Edwin
272. Shawn
273. Judah
274. Andy
275. Donovan
276. Kameron
277. Elliott, Warning
278. Dante
279. Braylon
280. Anderson
281. Johnny
282. Drew, Warning
283. Sergio
284. Cruz
285. Dalton
286. Rafael
287. Gregory
288. Lane
289. Erik
290. Skyler, Fail
291. Finn
292. Reid
293. Gunner
294. Jared
295. Caiden
296. Holden
297. Emilio
298. Fabian
299. Aden
300. Brendan
301. Rowan, Fail
302. Emiliano
303. Braden
304. Jase
305. Jax
306. Emanuel
307. Lorenzo
308. Roberto
309. Amari, Fail
310. Angelo
311. Beau
312. Louis
313. Derrick
314. Beckett
315. Dawson
316. Felix
317. Pedro
318. Brennan
319. Frank
320. Maximiliano
321. Quinn, Fail
322. Dallas, Fail
323. Romeo
324. Braylen
325. Joaquin
326. Waylon
327. Allen
328. Colt
329. Ruben
330. Milo
331. Julius
332. Grady
333. August, Warning
334. Dakota, Fail
335. Cohen
336. Brock
337. Kellen
338. Brycen
339. Desmond
340. Malik
341. Colby
342. Nehemiah
343. Leland
344. Jett
345. Marcos
346. Taylor, Fail
347. Karter, Warning
348. Marshall
349. Ty
350. Phillip
351. Corey
352. Ali, Fail
353. Adan
354. Dillon
355. Arthur
356. Maverick
357. Leon
358. Brooks
359. Tristen
360. Titus
361. Keith
362. Dexter
363. Karson
364. Emerson, Fail
365. Landyn
366. Armando
367. Pablo
368. Knox
369. Enrique
370. Cade
371. Gerardo
372. Reed
373. Kellan
374. Jayson
375. Barrett
376. Walter
377. Dustin
378. Kolton
379. Ronald
380. Trent
381. Phoenix, Fail
382. Ismael
383. Julio
384. Danny
385. Kason
386. Scott
387. Messiah
388. Jay
389. Esteban
390. Gideon
391. Tate
392. Abram
393. Trey
394. Keaton
395. Jakob
396. Jaime
397. Devon, Warning
398. Braydon
399. Izaiah
400. Donald
401. Albert
402. Raul
403. Darius
404. Archer
405. Colten
406. Damon
407. River, Fail
408. Gustavo
409. Philip
410. Atticus
411. Walker
412. Matteo
413. Randy
414. Saul
415. Rocco
416. Davis
417. Enzo
418. Noel, Warning
419. Orion
420. Jamari
421. Remington, Warning
422. Bruce
423. Darren
424. Larry
425. Mathew
426. Russell
427. Dennis
428. Tony
429. Chris
430. Porter
431. Rodrigo
432. Armani, Fail
433. Zaiden
434. Kade
435. Ari, Fail
436. Hugo
437. Zachariah
438. Kamden
439. Mohamed
440. Quentin
441. Solomon
442. Curtis
443. Leonel
444. Issac
445. Khalil
446. Alberto
447. Jerry
448. Alec
449. Gianni
450. Moises
451. Gunnar
452. Adriel
453. Lawrence
454. Alijah
455. Chandler, Fail
456. Ronan
457. Prince
458. Payton, Fail
459. Arturo
460. Jimmy
461. Orlando
462. Ricky
463. Mitchell
464. Maximilian
465. Cason
466. Malcolm
467. Muhammad
468. Kasen
469. Marvin
470. Jalen
471. Cyrus
472. Mauricio
473. Warren
474. Jonas
475. Kendrick
476. Rhys
477. Dane
478. Ryland
479. Pierce
480. Johan
481. Rory, Fail
482. Uriel
483. Major
484. Bryant
485. Reece, Fail
486. Casey, Fail
487. Ibrahim
488. Nikolas
489. Arjun
490. Sullivan
491. Finnegan
492. Alfredo
493. Royce
494. Ahmed
495. Amare
496. Lance
497. Ramon
498. Jamison
499. Brayan
500. Brenden
501. Dominik
502. Case
503. Kristopher
504. Maurice
505. Mekhi
506. Kobe
507. Zackary
508. Rhett
509. Jensen
510. Jaxton
511. Deandre
512. Isaias
513. Channing, Fail
514. Yahir
515. Ezequiel
516. Tobias
517. Talon
518. Sam
519. Justice, Fail
520. Kash
521. Nash
522. Alvin
523. Jacoby
524. Ace
525. Nico
526. Quinton
527. Cannon
528. Franklin
529. Raiden
530. Joe
531. Lawson
532. Beckham
533. Gary
534. Aldo
535. Raylan
536. Frederick
537. London, Fail
538. Boston
539. Carl
540. Byron
541. Ernesto
542. Moshe
543. Terry
544. Eddie
545. Kane
546. Moses
547. Finley, Fail
548. Salvador
549. Reese, Fail
550. Kelvin
551. Cullen
552. Madden, Warning
553. Wade
554. Clark
555. Mohammed
556. Kieran
557. Jagger
558. Dorian
559. Korbin
560. Nelson
561. Roy
562. Asa
563. Matias
564. Nasir
565. Nickolas
566. Roger
567. Alonzo
568. Jaxen
569. Skylar, Fail
570. Callen
571. Malakai
572. Douglas
573. Ahmad
574. Uriah
575. Conor
576. Kristian, Warning
577. Carmelo
578. Blaine
579. Kayson
580. Bentlee, Warning
581. Braeden
582. Julien
583. Nathanael
584. Aarav
585. Keagan, Warning
586. Lucian
587. Morgan, Fail
588. Chad
589. Terrance
590. Benson
591. Noe
592. Rodney
593. Francis
594. Layne, Warning
595. Mohammad
596. Zayne
597. Tatum, Fail
598. Brett
599. Wilson
600. Kian
601. Marc
602. Rohan
603. Dayton
604. Braiden
605. Harper, Fail
606. Luciano
607. Nikolai
608. Kamari, Fail
609. Camron
610. Joey, Warning
611. Santino
612. Ellis, Fail
613. Layton
614. Xzavier
615. Jefferson
616. Winston
617. Guillermo
618. Demetrius
619. Bowen
620. Daxton
621. Melvin
622. Soren
623. Neil
624. Sylas
625. Jon
626. Raphael
627. Rex
628. Yusuf
629. Shaun
630. Brodie
631. Tommy
632. Harley, Fail
633. Quincy, Fail
634. Dax
635. Trace
636. Adonis
637. Bently
638. Giovani
639. Jeffery
640. Odin
641. Luka
642. Kylan, Warning
643. Willie
644. Lewis
645. Tripp
646. Vihaan
647. Davion
648. Kendall, Fail
649. Arian
650. Cory
651. Jamarion
652. Jonathon
653. Nixon
654. Rayan, Warning
655. Emery, Fail
656. Jermaine
657. Reginald
658. Tomas
659. Emmitt
660. Ayaan
661. Zechariah
662. Billy
663. Hamza
664. Micheal
665. Urijah
666. Aryan
667. Lee
668. Jasiah
669. Landry, Fail
670. Crosby
671. Mathias
672. Toby, Fail
673. Tristian
674. Will
675. Felipe
676. Triston
677. Eden, Fail
678. Terrell
679. Deacon
680. Matthias
681. Jamal
682. Makai
683. Maxim
684. Sterling, Warning
685. Hank
686. Gerald
687. Alessandro
688. Jaydon
689. Hayes
690. Niko
691. Branson
692. Flynn
693. Kody
694. Marlon
695. Mayson, Warning
696. Allan
697. Augustus
698. Jessie, Fail
699. Neymar
700. Adrien
701. Aydan
702. Leonard
703. Sincere, Warning
704. Kyson
705. Terrence
706. Jerome
707. Jadiel
708. Kole
709. Aron
710. Aydin
711. Omari
712. Ronnie
713. Zain
714. Vicente
715. Bobby
716. Yosef
717. Alexzander
718. Harry
719. Kale
720. Rogelio
721. Casen
722. Ray
723. Clay
724. Masen
725. Sage, Fail
726. Ulises
727. Kymani, Warning
728. Chaim
729. Javon
730. Brent
731. Jadon
732. Elisha, Fail
733. Stanley
734. Jovanni
735. Princeton
736. Alonso
737. Darian
738. Conrad
739. Dwayne
740. Eugene
741. Gauge
742. Rene
743. Kareem
744. Roland
745. Ben
746. Vincenzo
747. Abdullah
748. Camren
749. Kenny
750. Brentley
751. Memphis, Warning
752. Blaze
753. Edison
754. Osvaldo
755. Teagan, Fail
756. Westin
757. Deshawn
758. Rayden
759. Cedric
760. Marquis
761. Samir
762. Steve
763. Draven
764. Jairo
765. Giovanny
766. Brennen
767. Bronson
768. Crew
769. Davin
770. Kolten
771. Ronin
772. Ariel, Fail
773. Semaj, Fail
774. Alden
775. Isiah
776. Lennox, Fail
777. Davian
778. Jaylin, Fail
779. Cain
780. Wayne
781. Craig
782. Lamar
783. Leonidas
784. Cristopher
785. Otto
786. Bo
787. Darrell
788. Kolby
789. Marcelo
790. Bruno
791. Fletcher
792. Justus
793. Alfonso
794. Theo
795. Tyrone
796. Aidyn
797. Harvey
798. Rudy
799. Brendon
800. Tristin
801. Dominique, Fail
802. Kaeden
803. Samson
804. Kyree, Warning
805. Jovani
806. Lionel
807. Amos
808. Giancarlo
809. Misael
810. Callum
811. Quintin
812. Valentino
813. Gavyn
814. Lennon, Fail
815. Jamir
816. Kamron
817. Zavier
818. Arlo
819. Junior
820. Killian
821. Leandro
822. Konnor
823. Hezekiah
824. Jordyn, Fail
825. Markus
826. Ramiro
827. Callan, Warning
828. Chace
829. Johnathon
830. Lyric, Fail
831. Fisher
832. Rashad
833. Kamryn, Fail
834. Legend
835. Duncan
836. Harold
837. Camilo
838. Hendrix
839. Seamus
840. Coleman
841. Vance
842. Rylee, Fail
843. Elian
844. Jaeden
845. Jamie, Fail
846. Krish
847. Abdiel
848. Antoine
849. Camdyn, Fail
850. Van
851. Branden
852. Cayson
853. Gibson
854. Javion
855. Izayah
856. Darwin
857. Jamar
858. Mike
859. Randall
860. Brecken, Warning
861. Hassan
862. Thiago
863. Heath
864. Arnav
865. Kingsley, Warning
866. Kyrie, Fail
867. Xavi
868. Damari
869. Deangelo
870. Jionni
871. Joziah
872. Makhi
873. Vaughn
874. Zeke
875. Konner
876. Ean
877. Frankie, Fail
878. Yael, Fail
879. Benton
880. Oakley, Fail
881. Efrain
882. Marcel
883. Rolando
884. Maxton
885. Jaycob
886. Keenan
887. Rowen, Fail
888. Yousef
889. Ishaan
890. Jedidiah
891. Remy, Fail
892. Todd
893. Reagan, Fail
894. Bodhi
895. Damarion
896. Juelz
897. Valentin
898. Austyn, Fail
899. Broderick
900. Anders
901. Alvaro
902. Mustafa
903. Thaddeus
904. Brenton
905. Cale
906. Clinton
907. Derick
908. Jorden, Warning
909. Gilberto
910. Jabari
911. Rey
912. Salvatore
913. Freddy
914. Donte
915. Ernest
916. Aaden
917. Axton
918. Blaise
919. Lucca, Warning
920. Maximo
921. Sidney, Fail
922. Dario
923. Rodolfo
924. Trevon
925. Camryn, Fail
926. Deegan
927. Sonny
928. Cassius
929. Truman
930. Brice
931. Brogan
932. Hugh
933. Yehuda
934. Agustin
935. Eliot
936. Stefan
937. Zaid
938. Bridger
939. Damion
940. Eliseo
941. Houston
942. Johann
943. Leroy
944. Sheldon
945. Dariel
946. Darryl
947. Isai
948. Tyrell
949. Alfred
950. Demarcus
951. Kohen
952. Ignacio
953. Rylen, Warning
954. Santos
955. Cael
956. Davon
957. Kaysen
958. Mack
959. Darien
960. Ross
961. Titan
962. Tyree
963. Ameer
964. Zaire, Warning
965. Aditya
966. Briggs
967. Immanuel
968. Malaki
969. Turner
970. Bradyn
971. Graysen, Warning
972. Kase
973. Reuben
974. Yandel
975. Gaige
976. Jaidyn, Fail
977. Franco
978. Trystan
979. Maison
980. Simeon
981. Anton
982. Darnell
983. Emory, Fail
984. Roderick
985. Deon
986. Devan, Warning
987. Graeme
988. Howard
989. Jael, Fail
990. Kael
991. Karsen, Warning
992. Jarrett
993. Apollo
994. Denzel
995. Foster
996. Gilbert
997. Jaylon
998. Kylen, Warning
999. Augustine
1000. Dangelo

The 43 “Warning” names: Jordan, Angel, Parker, Kayden, Sawyer, Rylan, Kai, Jaiden, Zion, Elliot, Jaylen, Elliott, Drew, August, Karter, Devon, Noel, Remington, Madden, Kristian, Bentlee, Keagan, Layne, Joey, Kylan, Rayan, Sterling, Mayson, Sincere, Kymani, Memphis, Kyree, Callan, Brecken, Kingsley, Jorden, Lucca, Rylen, Zaire, Graysen, Devan, Karsen, Kylen.

The 71 “Fail” names: Hayden, Riley, Peyton, Avery, Alexis, Charlie, Skyler, Rowan, Amari, Quinn, Dallas, Dakota, Taylor, Ali, Emerson, Phoenix, River, Armani, Ari, Chandler, Payton, Rory, Reece, Casey, Channing, Justice, London, Finley, Reese, Skylar, Morgan, Tatum, Harper, Kamari, Ellis, Harley, Quincy, Kendall, Emery, Landry, Toby, Eden, Jessie, Sage, Elisha, Teagan, Ariel, Semaj, Lennox, Jaylin, Dominique, Lennon, Jordyn, Lyric, Kamryn, Rylee, Jamie, Camdyn, Kyrie, Frankie, Yael, Oakley, Rowen, Remy, Reagan, Austyn, Sidney, Camryn, Jaidyn, Emory, Jael.

Here is last year’s masculinity test.

Top Baby Names in Oklahoma, 2011

According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, the most popular baby names in Oklahoma in 2011 were these:

Boy Names Girl Names Unisex Names
1. William
2. Mason
3. Jacob
4. Elijah
5. Noah
6. Ethan
7. Aiden
8. Michael
9. James
10. Wyatt
11. Gabriel
12. Jackson
13. Jayden
14. Alexander
15. Hunter
16. Landon
17. Bentley
18. David
19. Eli
20. Joshua
1. Emma
2. Sophia
3. Isabella
4. Olivia
5. Addison
6. Ava
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Brooklyn
10. Madison
11. Chloe
12. Avery
13. Elizabeth
14. Lillian
15. Alexis
16. Lily
17. Zoey
18. Harper
19. Natalie
20. Ella
1. Riley
2. Charlie
3. River
4. Landry
5. Reece
6. Elliot
7. Camdyn
8. Skylar
9. Emerson
10. Jessie
11. Briar
12. Justice
13. Harley
14. Rowan
15. Baylor
16. Casey
17. Chandler
18. Tegan
19. Kamdyn
20. Memphis

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a U.S. state put out a list of top gender-neutral names before. Interesting. Wish I knew what guideline/formula they were using to classify certain names as gender-neutral instead of gendered, though.

I also think it’s interesting that Zoey made the top 20, but Zoe didn’t. (Unless “Zoey” is a typo in my source article.)

I posted about bizarre baby names in Oklahoma in early 2011 — remember 12-Gage? — but the state hasn’t yet put out another of those nifty baby name PDFs, so I can’t dig any deeper into the 2011 names than this. All I know is that “Oklahoma children were bestowed with 7,517 unique girls’ names and 5,255 unique boys’ names in 2011.”

Source: William, Emma top most-popular baby names

Name Needed for Baby Boy

Chelsey and her husband Ryan are expecting a baby boy “any time now” and would like some help choosing a name for him. Here’s what Chelsey says:

We had a name idea for the majority of my pregnancy that we were keeping a secret. A few weeks ago, we found another name we liked and then decided not to name him until he debuts. But now we aren’t feeling a pull towards either as much as we were and find ourselves looking through names and feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time…nothing is sticking out!!

We want a name that isn’t too crazy or unique but isn’t exactly popular either. I’m pulled more towards short and sweet names while my husband likes longer names and more unique names – that give a good nickname.

The name we have had during the pregnancy is Hudson Gray – which I still really like.

Our newer favorite is Otto Emerson.

They also like the names Jude, Dallas, Roman, Oliver and Henry. Names that are off the table include Owen and any rhyming names (e.g. Cohen, Rowan) as Owen is the name of the family dog.

This baby is their first child, and his surname will be an M-name similar to Moyer.

Here are some ideas to start us off:

Beckett
Broderick
Calvin
Dane
Dawson
Desmond
Dixon
Dominic
Douglas
Elliott
Emery
Emmett
Franklin
Gideon
Griffin
Jonah
Lance
Lane
Leon
Lincoln
Reece
Reid
Reuben
Seth
Silas
Simon
Thaddeus
Theo(dore)
Winston
Wyatt

(All but two are outside the top 100.)

What other boy names would you suggest to Chelsey? How about name combinations?

Name Needed for Brother of Sadie and Cleo

A reader named Genevieve is due with her third child (first son) in two days, and she and her husband need some baby name ideas. She sent me tons of helpful information, so I’m simply going to paste the bulk of what she wrote below. [For all the skimmers out there, I’ve boldfaced both the current faves and the gist of the request.]

I’m Genevieve, he’s Will. We have two daughters, Isadora Ruby (5) and Clementine Luna (2 1/2), and call them Sadie and Cleo EXCLUSIVELY. Last name is McGuire*.

We chose our daughters’ names for the nicknames they gave us (we felt that Sadie and Cleo were much too insubstantial for full names), not because we loved Isadora and Clementine. In fact, we really don’t love or even like Isadora; we just adored Sadie too much and Isadora was the most realistic way to get to it. Clementine we do like, though. Middle names were just names we liked that sounded nice with the full names, and the middle name for this bub will be the same.

I actually still feel really guilty about giving our oldest daughter a full name neither of us like and isn’t really that appealing at all–Sadie doesn’t much like it either. My name’s Genevieve and growing up I would get so many lovely comments about it, which gave me a much-needed confidence and self-esteem boost in adolescence and beyond. I’m worried (sometimes I fret about it to the point of being sick) that no one will ever tell Sadie she has a gorgeous name, and I feel kind of awful about hoisting upon her Isadora, though I’m still ridiculously in love with her nickname.

So we’d like not to have a lingering sense of naming remorse with this bub.

Anyway. Enough back story.

With Bub, we’ve had an awful time with the naming process. Unlike Sadie and Cleo, we haven’t even found a nickname that we totally adore yet, much less a full name.

The name we’re thinking we love is Rex, but there are numerous problems with it.

–We have no idea how to get to Rex through a more substantial name, and if we can’t find one, Rex is off the list. Any ideas?
–Rex is seen as a dog name. Sadie is seen as a dog name. Cleo is seen as a cat name. There’s a accidental theme going on here, and my husband doesn’t like it. I’m actually pretty okay with it, though.
–When we’ve told a few select people that we’re thinking of naming the baby Rex, we’ve gotten cringing and obvious distaste, even though they tried to hide it. Now, I’m not going to let other people dictate what we name our baby, BUT I don’t want people (like our parents and close friends) really hating his name, because there’s a good chance he won’t like it either.

What do YOU think, Nancy? Is Rex just too odd? As an objective third party who just so happens to be a fabulous namer, your opinion is definitely needed on this one.

Other names on our list that we’re strongly considering:

Ned–Edmund, Edward–Not a huge fan at all of either full name, with those nasally
suffixes

Max–Maxwell, Maximilian–I kind of really love the alliteration, but hubby isn’t sure. Also the pet name theme thing again. Also popularity issues that are really, REALLY throwing me off here; I really didn’t like how popular Sadie was when we named her, though thankfully we’ve never even come across another Sadie yet, and Max is set to skyrocket up the charts.

Ned is Will’s favorite, Max is mine. But neither of them feel like The One.

I guess we’re looking for a spunky, fresh, fun nickname that goes with a respectable full name. Also, if there’s a name out there that’s spunky, fresh, and fun AND suitable for an adult professional, we’d love to hear it; the nickname thing isn’t mandatory at all. We’d rather not repeat first initials or have similar beginning or ending sounds.

If Bub had been a girl, we would have named her Penelope Isis and called her Piper; somewhat ironically, we’ve had this name in our back pockets since before we even started trying for a third baby. Sigh. Though we’re over the moon that Bub is a boy, a girl would have been so much easier to name. We’re tentatively set on having at least one more baby as well, so any name beginning with a P is also out.

*The real name is not McGuire, but it’s close.

Here are some of my thoughts. Apologies ahead of time for any rambling.

On Isadora…

This is off-topic, and also a moot point, but…I love the name Isadora. I can understand the remorse, but I’ve always thought of it as such an elegant, regal-sounding name. Right on par with Genevieve, in fact.

On Rex…

Dog name?
I’m sure many people do associate Rex with dogs. (Personally, I think of dinosaurs — far more awesome than dogs.) But I also think an association like this will matter less and less as time goes on, as more and more people use human names (e.g. Max, Jake, Sam, Bella, Daisy, Lucy, etc.) for their dogs/cats.

Family/friend dislike?
I think it’s nice to take other peoples’ opinions into consideration, but, as you said, he’s your baby, so pick the name you love. Doesn’t matter if you go with Rex, or Max, or Ned, or Enrique-Iglesias. They’ll love your son regardless. (In fact, they might like him more if his name were Enrique-Iglesias.)

Formal name?
My very first thought was Reginald. There’s no etymological connection between Reginald and Rex, but they look like they could be related, don’t they? Reginald comes from the Germanic name Reynold, not from Latin, but one source states that it was indeed “influenced by Latin regina ‘queen’.” And regina, of course, is based on rex, Latin for “king.”

My next thought was any Germanic name with the element ric, “ruler,” which is a lot like rex both in terms of sound and meaning. Some possibilities: Alaric, Emmerich, Eric, Frederick, Heinrich (even Henry?), Richard, Roderick.

Both Alexander and Xavier have the letters X and R. These are more of a stretch, though.

There’s also the possibility of making Rex out of the initials R and X — Robert Xavier, for example. Or even just an R-name (Raymond, Russell, etc.)

My take?
I like the name Rex–it’s a very strong, spunky name. Lots of personality. I especially like it as a nickname for something more traditional.

More importantly, though, it seems as though you guys both love it. And if that’s the case, don’t talk yourselves out of it! No need to make things more complicated. :) Just go with it and work on the full/formal name.

On Ned…

It sounds like Edmund or Edward would be like Isadora for you — something you’d end up regretting. Doesn’t seem worth it.

On Max…

You’re right about Max being popular — it made the top 100 for the first time ever in 2010, and could continue to climb. But, as you alluded to with Sadie, a lot depends upon your locality. There could be a ton of boys named Max in one town, none at all in another.

Also, keep in mind that today’s “popular” names aren’t as popular as they used to be, so the rankings are becoming less and less important/informative over time. For example, Max, ranked 98th right now, was given to 3,819 babies. Vincent, 98th in 1960 (50 years ago), was given to 4,384 babies. (And roughly the same number of baby boys were born in 1960 as in 2010.)

The effect is gets more pronounced the higher up the list you go. Today’s 20th most popular boy name, Joseph, was given to 13,657 babies. Fifty years ago, the the 20th most popular name, Brian, went to 21,994 (!) babies. Huge difference there.

Ok, now it’s time for some name suggestions. Here are the guidelines again:

  • “Spunky, fresh, fun nickname that goes with a respectable full name,” or
  • “A name out there that’s spunky, fresh, and fun AND suitable for an adult professional.”

No repeated first initials (S, C) or similar beginning or ending sounds, and no P-names (saving that for Penelope/Piper).

Here are some ideas to start us off:

Abe (Abraham)
Ash (Asher)
Ben (Bennett, Benjamin)
Dex (Dexter)
Duncan
Fritz (Frederick/Friedrich)
Gabe (Gabriel)
Gus (Augustine)
Gray (Grayson)
Hugh
Jack (John)
Jim (James)
Lex (Alexander)
Lou (Louis)
Raph, Rafe (Raphael)
Reed
Reece/Rhys
Tad (Thaddeus)
Tate
Trent
Van (Donovan, Evander)
Vaughn
Vin (Vince, Vincent)
Xan (Alexander)
Zack (Zachary)
Zeke (Ezekiel)

Now it’s your turn. What thoughts/advice do you have for Genevieve? Which of the above names do you like best with Sadie and Cleo? What other names would you suggest?

Want a Strong Boy Name? Avoid Weak Boy Names

Strong boy names are names used mostly, if not entirely, by baby boys. In a recent post on the strongest boy names in the top 20, for instance, the strongest boy names were the names given to the highest proportion of baby boys relative to overall usage (boys+girls).

I thought I’d look at this issue from a different angle today. Instead of giving you another list of strong boy names, here’s a list of weak boy names. What makes them weak? Again, proportion. Each of these was given to at least 100 baby boys last year, but given to many more baby girls. So if you’re looking for a strongly masculine name, these are some names you’ll want to avoid.

Let’s start with names that were given to boys less than 25% of the time. (Over 75% of the babies who got these names were girls, in other words.)

Name Boys Boys+
Girls
Proportion
Teagan 379 1,566 24%
Skylar 543 2,292 24%
Lyric 236 1,006 23%
Ariel 469 2,017 23%
Emery 288 1,256 23%
Haven 146 678 22%
Shannon 144 680 21%
Payton 956 4,579 21%
Avery 1,614 7,857 21%
Reese 571 2,786 20%

These names were given to boys less than 20% of the time:

Camryn 288 1,622 18%
Amani 112 632 18%
Alexis 2,006 11,845 17%
London 517 3,126 17%
Kamryn 212 1,336 16%
Kendall 426 2,824 15%
Tatum 135 921 15%

These were given to boys less than 15% of the time:

Harper 314 2,199 14%
Eden 228 1,780 13%
Taylor 1,083 8,600 13%
Guadalupe 154 1,258 12%
Presley 159 1,359 12%
Marley 283 2,438 12%
Courtney 137 1,189 12%
Jordyn 330 2,886 11%
Morgan 587 5,157 11%
Kelly 139 1,382 10%
Jaelyn 101 1,034 10%

Finally, the weakest of the weak. These names were given to baby boys less than 10% of the time last year. (To put it another way, over 90% of the babies who got these names were girls.)

Rylee 279 3,079 9%
Reagan 208 2,722 8%
Cadence 104 1,547 7%
Bailey 215 3,829 6%
Kennedy 148 2,978 5%
Aubrey 140 5,509 3%
Addison 240 10,807 2%
Brooklyn 118 5,728 2%

Keep in mind that this analysis is spelling-specific. Other variants of these names tended to be used relatively more often for baby boys. Here are a few examples:

  • Peyton, 34%
  • Tegan, 38%
  • Emory, 40%
  • Riley, 40%
  • Skyler, 64%
  • Reece, 70%
  • Jordan, 80%
  • Cameron, 89%
  • Kameron, 91%
  • Rhys, 95%

Spelling makes a big difference in some cases, doesn’t it?