How popular is the baby name Renesmee 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 Renesmee.
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Did you know that the one and only Stephenie Meyer — author of Twilight and inventor of sparkly vampires — is not a fan of the baby name Renesmee?
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year, Meyer was quoted as saying: “I would never name a real child Renesmee.”
Check it out:
EW: You named Bella and Edward’s daughter Renesmee, which has been a source of ridicule even among ardent Twilight fans.
SM: I am someone who strongly believes in reality, and that you don’t monkey around with people’s names. Whether they become a stripper or a lawyer has a large part to do with the name you give them. I would never name a real child Renesmee. But in fantasy, you can name your characters anything you want. I couldn’t have named [Bella and Edward’s] child Lindsay. I couldn’t have named her anything that already exists — it would have felt wrong. I had to pick a name that I felt was completely and totally unique, which opens you up to heckling. Which I’ve taken. I take all my heckling, and I totally get it!
EW: Someone is probably naming their real-life child Renesmee even as we speak.
SM: Well, that really disturbs me. [Laughs]
She isn’t even lukewarm about it — the idea of it disturbs her. That’s a strong word.
Below are all the names we came up with and how they fared on the charts last year.
First up, the names that made the biggest gains. (Some of these were on their way up anyway, so I’ll leave it to you guys to interpret just how much each one was/was not helped along by pop culture events.)
Here are the current top 25 names for both boys and girls:
In Wales specifically, the top names were Oliver and Lily. In London, Daniel and Isabella.
A few other things I noticed…
Usage of Pippa increased in 2011, thanks to the royal wedding:
2011: 250 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 204th)
2010: 124 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 365th)
2009: 125 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 351st)
Usage of another quirky P-name, Pixie, is also on the up thanks to English pop star Pixie Lott:
“…the annually-published list does show that, for the first time in nine centuries, English people are easily identifiable by class solely by their name, since most names in the 2011 list have strong class biases either way.”
“Social mobility will be achieved only when we all give our children the same names.”
Have you spotted anything interesting or surprising on the England and Wales 2011 list?