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Popularity of the Baby Name Romulus

Number of Babies Named Romulus

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Romulus

Introducing Baby Name Popularity Graphs!

I’ve been wanting to add baby name popularity graphs to Nancy’s Baby Names for years now.

Girl Names Boy Names All Names
A, B, C
D, E, F
G, H, I
J, K, L
M, N, O
P, Q, R
S, T, U
V, W, X
Y, Z
A, B, C
D, E, F
G, H, I
J, K, L
M, N, O
P, Q, R
S, T, U
V, W, X
Y, Z
A, B, C
D, E, F
G, H, I
J, K, L
M, N, O
P, Q, R
S, T, U
V, W, X
Y, Z

Finally, that wish has become a reality!

I uploaded tens of thousands of baby name popularity graphs about a week ago.

Each graph shows you the number of babies that got a particular name (e.g., Nancy) every year since 1880.

How can you view the graphs?

  • Use the letter-links at right to browse lists of baby names.
  • Use the top menu to get to the main pages of the name lists (girl names, boy names, all names).

Why did I use raw numbers instead of rankings? Three reasons:

  1. Numbers often give you a more realistic picture of name usage. For example, Michael was in the top 2 from 1954 all the way until 2008, but the numbers indicate that Michael was much more popular in the ’50s and ’60s than it was anytime after.
  2. Numbers allow you to see the usage of rare names that have never “ranked” — names like Olethia, Romulus and Arlandria.
  3. Number-based graphs aren’t commonly found on baby name websites, and I wanted to offer you guys something you may not have seen before.

The baby name popularity graphs are still being perfected, but I think they look good enough now for me to officially announce their arrival. :)

If you like them, dislike them, have questions, have suggestions, etc., I’d love to hear from you. Either leave a comment below or contact me via email.

If you really like them, I’d appreciate it if you would help me spread the word. Please share any of the graph pages (e.g., Quinn), letter pages (e.g., boy names starting with Q), or name list pages (e.g., Boy Names) on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Google+, or wherever else you hang out online. Thanks!

UPDATE: I’ve added length-based name lists!

Name Sighting – Romulus

I was flipping through the channels on a flight yesterday when I spotted a name I knew I’d have to blog about–Romulus.

The man who owns it is herpetologist and conservationist Romulus Whitaker. He doesn’t have a brother named Remus, but he does have sisters named Gail and Nina, a brother named Neelkanth, a wife named Zai and sons named Nikhil and Samir.

Update: Just spotted another Romulus–in a NYT article about actor Laura Linney. Her father is a playwright by the name of Romulus Linney.

60 Unique Male Saint Names – Ariston, Cassian, Conon, Fintan…

You’re looking for a cool, uncommon saint name…but you haven’t had much luck.

Augustine’s not up your alley. Francis is too old fashioned. And how many people are really going to get “Aloysius” right on the first try?

I scoured the Roman Martyrology for 60 male saint names that might appeal to modern parents.

Because nearly all of the names refer to multiple saints, I didn’t bother with extra details like feast days. I did throw in a few nickname ideas, though.

  1. St. Alban.
  2. St. Amand, also known as Amandus.
  3. St. Ammon.
  4. St. Ananias.
  5. St. Ariston. Riston, Aris, Ari.
  6. St. Attalus.
  7. St. Audax, which means “daring, bold” in Latin. Dax, Audy.
  8. St. Azarias.
  9. St. Bretannio. Bret, Bretan.
  10. St. Cassian. Cash.
  11. St. Colman. Cole.
  12. St. Columban.
  13. St. Conon
  14. St. Corebus. Cory.
  15. St. Cyrion.
  16. St. Damasus.
  17. St. Davinus. Dave, Davy, Davin.
  18. St. Domitian. Dom.
  19. St. Emilian. Emil.
  20. St. Fintan. Fin.
  21. St. Galdinus, or the Italian form Galdino.
  22. St. Gavinus. Gavin.
  23. St. Gereon. Gerry.
  24. St. Gerinus. Gerry, Gerin.
  25. St. Gordian. Gordy.
  26. St. Hadrian…nope, not the Roman Emperor. Different guy.
  27. St. Ignatius. Nate, Iggy.
  28. St. Kilian, also spelled Killian.
  29. St. Leander. Andy, Lee.
  30. St. Leontius. Leon, Leo.
  31. St. Macarius. Mac.
  32. St. Magnus.
  33. St. Malchus. Mal.
  34. St. Marcellin. Marcel, Marce.
  35. St. Marcellus. Marcel, Marce.
  36. St. Maxentius. Max.
  37. St. Maximian. Max.
  38. St. Mellitus. Mel.
  39. St. Nazarius. Naz.
  40. St. Nicander. Nic, Andy.
  41. St. Nicanor. Nic.
  42. St. Nilus.
  43. St. Octavian. Tavian, Tave, Tavy.
  44. St. Remigius, or the French form Rémy. Remi.
  45. St. Romulus, or the Italian form Romolo. Rom, Romy.
  46. St. Sabbas, also spelled Sabas.
  47. St. Sennen.
  48. St. Sergius, or the more familiar form Sergio. Serge.
  49. St. Severin. Sev.
  50. St. Straton.
  51. St. Swithin.
  52. St. Theonas. Theo.
  53. St. Thrason.
  54. St. Thyrsus.
  55. St. Timon. Tim, Timmy.
  56. St. Tryphon.
  57. St. Tychon.
  58. St. Valens. Val.
  59. St. Verian.
  60. St. Zenas. Zen.

Killian is the only saint name on the list that has ranked among the top 1,000 baby names in the nation within the last 100 years. (The single-L version has never ranked, though.)

Did you see any names you liked?

And, do you know of any good ones that I missed?

Update, June 2014: Just posted about another unique male saint name, Cono.

Names from France – Fiacre, Maxime, Roch, Séverin

France is full of saints. In churches, museums, secular buildings, public squares…saints can be seen nearly everywhere.

We visited about a dozen French churches, including:

  • Saint-Michel-Archange (in Menton) – declared a basilica by JPII in 1999,
  • Saint-Séverin (in Paris) – within spitting distance of Notre Dame, and
  • La Madeleine (in Paris) – quite Roman-looking, as you can see:

L'Église de la Madeleine

Inside these churches I often saw representations of popular French saints like Denis, Thérèse and Vincent. Some of the lesser-known saints I spotted were Blandine, Eleuterus, Pothin and Rustique (in Latin: Rusticus).

At the Notre-Dame d’Esperance in Cannes, I found the following statue of Saint Fiacre, a 7th-century Irish saint who later relocated to (and became more popular in) France.

St Fiacre statue

Overall, I’d say St. George and St. Roch were the saints I noticed most often. This might be because they’re especially popular among the French…or it might be because they’re just easy to identify. :)

For instance, here’s the wounded St. Roch and his trusty, bread-bearing dog:

St Roch statue

This version comes from the aforementioned Basilique Saint-Michel-Archange.

And here’s the mounted St. George, always fighting that pesky dragon:

St George statue

If I remember correctly, I discovered it on the outer wall of a random building in Grasse.

In the Louvre, I recall seeing depictions of St. Cecilia, St. Sebastian, St. Francis, St. Jerome, and, most notably, St. Bruno. (Bruno is one of my favorite saints, so I was happy to stumble upon a series of paintings by Eustache Le Sueur depicting scenes from his life.)

Finally, I can’t forget to mention place names.

Two of the streets I remember walking/driving in Paris are Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Boulevard St-Germain.

Towns on the Côte d’Azur include St-Aygulf, Ste-Maxime, St-Raphaël, and, of course, St-Tropez:

Saint Tropez sign

During the trip we also drove past St. Gallen in Switzerland, and briefly visited Sanremo in Italy. (Sanremo is a contraction of San Romolo, the Italian form of St. Romulus.)

Names from France series: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5