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Popular Baby Names in Alberta, 2013

Alberta’s top baby names of 2013 were announced a couple of weeks ago.

According to data from Service Alberta, the most popular baby names last year were Olivia and Liam.

© Service Alberta
© Service Alberta

Here are Alberta’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia, 293 baby girls
2. Emma, 271
3. Emily, 249
4. Sophia, 241
5. Ava, 198
6. Avery, 172
7. Abigail, 164
8. Charlotte, 156
9. Chloe, 156
10. Lily, 156
11. Ella, 152
12. Isabella, 144
13. Hannah, 138
14. Amelia, 132
15. Brooklyn, 126
16. Madison, 123
17. Sadie, 118
18. Grace, 115
19. Mia, 115
20. Elizabeth, 111
1. Liam, 310 baby boys
2. Lucas, 254
3. Ethan, 244
4. Noah, 234
5. Logan, 225
6. Benjamin, 222
7. William, 217
8. Jacob, 204
9. Mason, 198
10. Carter, 192
11. Alexander, 185
12. Jack, 177
13. Nathan, 177
14. Samuel, 170
15. Owen, 168
16. Oliver, 164
17. Hunter, 162
18. Jackson, 156
19. James, 156
20. Jaxon, 155

Lucas rose from 7th place in 2012 to 2nd place last year, and Noah rose from 10th to 4th. Meanwhile, Jacob fell from 3rd to 8th and Mason fell from 5th to 9th.

Usage of Sadie more than doubled from 51 baby girls in 2012 to 118 in 2013. (Sadie shot up in the U.S. last year as well.)

Here are some of the more unusual names I spotted on the list:

Unusual Girl Names Unusual Boy Names
Avexis, Azkadellia, Beatle, Blissannie, Caliber, Calyannabella, Dignity, Ecclesia, Edgely, D’Or, Emathyst, Emma-Tiger, Fra’Oll, Freixelyne, Glamour, Hannaneh, Izumi, Jilmil, Kayyo, Kree-Dance, Klarybel, Koket, Lava, Lootii, Lszybelle, Maple, Maquinna, Mòrag-Elizabeth, Nebraska, Qori, Shanaekqaheart, Slash, Solomiya, Taynjerine, Thiingdong, Trudith, Venelope, Vyllain, Winter-Wray, Zxianne Aerlwilliam, Aidence, Arismendy, Bemba, Blacker, Brenver, Buffalochild, Chrysogonus, Cooch, Crisxander, Dentley, Dulee’O, Ezzekielle, Godbless, Goodluck, Grady-Best, Gurmn, Hurricane, Isaiah-Ron-Kurt, Jax-Jude, Jet-Lee, Jixxr, Kairaratjo, Klutch, Kris-n, Linclon, Mambo, Mickdam, Neepin-Neepsy, Noah-Niño, Phyo, Sun-Rise, Sunstar, Thunderheart, Trigger, Unitus-Judah, Whiskeyjack, Wintersky, Zancent

If marshmallow peeps could magically come alive, I think “neepin-neepsy” is the sound they would make. (Also “peep,” of course.)

Jamie Dirom of the Calgary Herald went through all of the available Alberta lists (1980 to 2013) and found even more great ones, including:

  • Arson, Coco-Janelle, Codeine, Dancingeaglewhistle, Deemon, Invincible, Itty, Lethal, Nytewolf, Oreo, RocRock, Selphie, Sensimillia, Soda, Tiramisu

Tiramisu! If that exists, there has to be a Cheesecake out there somewhere…

Here are my posts on Alberta’s top names from 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006.

Sources: Alberta’s Top Baby Names, Alberta baby names 2013 list reveals kids called Kindle, Lava, Daenarys and Peeta, but Olivia, Liam still tops, Unique? Not so unique: 101 unusual Alberta baby names

Soviet Babies Named for Ronald Reagan

In December of 1987, President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington.

According to Soviet news agency TASS, a Moscow couple welcomed twin boys during the summit (on December 8) and named them Ronald and Mikhail for the two leaders.

In May of 1988, there was another Reagan-Gorbachev summit, this time in Moscow.

TASS reported that Latvian parents Romuald and Biruta Saltsevich welcomed a baby boy, their fifth child, during the Moscow summit. They named the baby Ronald in honor of the visiting American president.

Source: “Soviet couple name baby boy Ronald, in honor of president.” Miami News 1 Jun. 1988: 3A.

Unusual Noun-Names

In 1971, the editors of American Heritage asked readers to tell them about people who were “named after places, institutions, and events.” They offered examples like Wilmot Proviso Ragsdale, Legal Tender Coxey, Monongahela de Beaujeau and Illinois Central Wilson.

In 1972, the best of the submitted names were published. Here’s most of that list (with a few extra details):

Boston Raspberry, born circa 1900. While playing in a sandlot baseball game in Florida, he “clubbed the opposing shortstop to death with a bat after an argument over a called third strike.” He was sentenced to life in prison, but was later pardoned by Gov. Millard Fillmore Caldwell, “who said that anybody with a name like Boston Raspberry should have a full pardon.”

Budweiser Hawkins and Falstaff Hawkins. Brothers from Arkansas. Budweiser Hawkins upheld the tradition by naming his children Budweiser Jr., Falstaff, Virginia Dare (wine), Ron Rico (rum), Jose Cuervo (tequila), and Courvoisier (cognac). Bud Jr. is now Dr. Budweiser, and he has a website/blog called Weiser Living.

Carbon Petroleum Dubbs, 1881-1962. Named “Carbon P” at birth by his father, oil magnate Jesse Dubbs. He extended his middle name (the letter P) to “Petroleum” as an adult.

Easter Lily Gates, born on Easter Sunday (April 21) in 1889. She was the Supervisor of Elections in Broward County, FL, from 1929 to 1969. “Hats were her trademark.”

Eiffel Tower Sutherland, born circa 1894. On 10 Oct 1952, the Miami News mentioned her in this one-sentence story: “Danville, Ind. — When Betty Jean Weesney, home from a recent European trip, brought back a souvenir replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it was the logical gift for just one friend–Eiffel Tower Sutherland.”

Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown, 1876-1948. Major League Baseball pitcher from Indiana. Born the year of the centennial. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.

States Rights Gist, 1831-1864, and States Rights Jones, Jr., 1920-2002. The first was a Confederate brigadier general from South Carolina. His father, Nathaniel, was a fan of John C. Calhoun’s nullification politics (i.e. he thought states should have the right to nullify federal laws they deemed unconstitutional). The second was a USMC Colonel from Mississippi.

Through Trial And Tribulation We Enter Into The Kingdom Of Heaven Lindloff, 1881-1947. Known as “Trib.” Son of German immigrants.


Search and Rescue Baby Name

In February of 1956, Joyce Atherton of Ugthorpe, England, went into labor. An ambulance from nearby Whitby couldn’t reach her because of the snowdrifts, so helicopter pilot Ron Salt of the No. 275 Squadron RAF (Royal Air Force) flew in, picked her up, and transported her to the hospital.

Days later, a baby girl arrived. She was named Mary Sarah Atherton. Where did her middle name come from? It was inspired by the acronym SARAH, “Search And Rescue And Homing,” as Ron’s group was also known as a Search and Rescue and Homing Squadron.

(SARAH was actually a piece of equipment the squadron pilots used. It was a miniature transmitter developed in the early 1950s to help rescuers locate downed pilots, especially during air-sea rescues.)

Source: “Sarah Named After Her Air Rescuers.” Bulletin and Scots Pictorial 19 March 1956: 5.

Other acronym baby names: Ramsi, Mash, Kytal, Ily, Ilys

Let’s Talk About Sex – Baby Names from Conception Stories

We know Ron Howard is an actor. We also know he’s a director. What else do we know about him? Thanks to the names of his children, we know where he and his wife have had sex.

His eldest, Bryce Dallas, was conceived in Dallas, Texas. His middle two, twins Jocelyn Carlyle and Paige Carlyle, were conceived at The Carlyle in New York City. His youngest, Reed Cross, was named after a road in London. (Apparently Reed was conceived in a parked car.)*

Now, normally, I like names that have stories behind them. But I couldn’t imagine having a name that reminded me of my parents having sex. I think I’d be embarrassed by a name like that.

But I’m sure plenty of people think otherwise. So what I’d like to know is: How do you feel about baby names that were inspired by conception stories? Do you like them, dislike them, like them only sometimes…?

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*Nope, my original source was wrong. Here’s what Reed said a couple of years ago:

In a recent bit of full disclosure, Ron Howard said in an interview that he and Cheryl Howard’s four children get their middle names from where they were conceived. Reed Cross Howard now has a connection to a street in London where his folks were residing.

“I’m OK with it,” Reed said. “At least my name’s not Reed Volvo Howard.”

The road was called Lower Cross Road, according to Bryce (in an interview with Chelsea Handler last year).

Celebrity Baby Name – Easton August

Actress Elisabeth Rohm and her fiancé, entrepreneur Ron Wooster, welcomed their first child — a baby girl — on April 10th. They named their daughter Easton August.

Where did Rohm find the name Easton? In a dream:

“In the dream I was picking her up from a friend’s house, and she wouldn’t respond to her name, Grace,” said the 34-year-old actress, who is engaged to entrepreneur Ron Wooster, 40.

“Finally I said, ‘Easton?’ and she turned around and said, ‘Yes Mommy?’ We were leaning towards [naming the baby] Grace but in the end decided to give her the name she asked for,” says Rohm.

Both names go against the grain in terms of gender — Easton and August are more popular for baby boys than for baby girls nowadays.

Sources: Elisabeth Rohm: Baby’s Name Came to Me in a Dream, Elisabeth Rohm Welcomes a Baby Girl