How popular is the baby name Royal 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 Royal.
Radio Rex (b. 1924) on 1940 U.S. Census
According to the census, a teenage boy named “Radio Rex Musselman” was living in Ohio in 1940.
Know what Radio Rex was? A relatively high-tech toy of the 1920s.
Radio Rex was the first children’s toy to respond to voice commands. Rex the dog would spring out of his doghouse at the sound of the word “Rex,” thanks to a sound-sensitive electromagnet.
Radio Rex went on the market in 1922. It cost about $2, which today would be about $29.
But let’s get back to Radio Rex Musselman. Do you think “Radio Rex” was his real name?
He’s listed as “Rex R.” in most places, including the 1930 census and his
headstone, but there’s no mention of “Radio” in any other record I’ve found.
Those circled x-marks on the census indicate that the family’s information came straight from parents Royal and Hazel. Do you think they were telling the truth that day, or do you think they were messing with the enumerator?
The U.S. National Park Service has a birthday coming up!
When the NPS was created on August 25, 1916, there were only 35 national parks and monuments. (The world’s first, Yellowstone, had been established in 1872.)
Nowadays the agency oversees 411 units. These units are located in the 50 states and beyond, and include national monuments (82), national historic sites (78), national parks (59), national historical parks (50), national memorials (30), national battlefields (11), national seashores (10), national lakeshores (4), national scenic trails (3), and more.
Let’s celebrate the upcoming centenary with over 100 baby names that pay tribute to the national parks specifically:
Acadia for Acadia National Park.
Angel or Angela for Grand Canyon National Park’s Angel’s Window. Arrow for the NPS emblem, the arrowhead. Archer for Arches National Park. Barbara for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Barbara Island. Bathsheba for Hot Springs National Park’s Bathhouse Row. Bay for any of the parks featuring a bay, such as Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Biscayne National Park, etc. Benda or Bendrick for Big Bend National Park. Bona for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Bona. Bristol for Great Basin National Park’s bristlecone pines. Bryce or Brycen for Bryce Canyon National Park. Cadden or Caddie for Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain. Cade for Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cades Cove. Canyon for any of the parks featuring a canyon, such as Grand Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, etc. Capitola for Capitol Reef National Park or for Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan. Carl or Carla for Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Caven for Mammoth Cave National Park. Cedar for Congaree National Park’s Cedar Creek. Cinder for Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Cinder Cone. Clark for Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. Clifford or Clifton for Mesa Verde National Park’s Cliff Palace. Cruz for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Cruz Island. Delica for Arches National Park’s Delicate Arch. Denali for Denali National Park & Preserve.
Denison for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Denison. Domenica or Domenico for Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome. Douglas for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Douglas. Elias for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Elliott for Biscayne National Park’s Elliott Key. Ever or Everly for Everglades National Park. Faith for Yellowstone National Park’s Old Faithful geyser. Forest for Petrified Forest National Park. Garland for Garland County, Arkansas, where Hot Springs National Park is located. Gates for Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve. Guadalupe for Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Gunnison for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
The park was established in 1999, and Gunnison debuted on the baby name charts the very same year. Did one event cause the other?
Harding for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Harding Icefield. Hassel for Virgin Islands National Park’s Hassel Island. Jackson for Jackson Hole, where much of Grand Teton National Park is located. Jarvis for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Jarvis. Jefferson for Dry Tortugas National Park’s Fort Jefferson. John for Virgin Islands National Park’s St. John Island. Joshua for Joshua Tree National Park. Kenai for Kenai Fjords National Park.
The derivation of Kenai is unknown, but it could come from either Dena’ina Athabascan (“big flat” or “two big flats and river cut-back” or “trees and brush in a swampy marsh”), Russian (“flat barren land”), or Iniut (“black bear”).
Kingston or Kingsley for Kings Canyon National Park. Lake for any of the parks featuring lakes, such as Crater Lake National Park, Voyageurs National Park, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, etc. Lamar for Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Lata for the National Park of American Samoa’s Lata Mountain. Lehman for Great Basin National Park’s Lehman Caves. Lewis for Glacier National Park’s Lewis Range. Livingston for Glacier National Park’s Livingston Range. Manning for Saguaro National Park’s Manning Cabin. Mara for Joshua Tree National Park’s Oasis of Mara.
In the Serrano language, Mara means “the place of little springs and much grass.”
Martin for Katmai National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Martin. Maui, where Haleakal? National Park is located. Mauna for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Mauna Loa. Miguel for Channel Islands National Park’s San Miguel Island. Norris for Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin. North for North Cascades National Park. Olympia for Olympic National Park. Parker, Parkyr, Parks, Park, or Parke as a tribute to all national parks. Pele as a symbol of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Prairie for any of the parks featuring a prairie, such as Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, etc. Pratt for Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s Pratt Cabin. Rainier for Mount Rainier National Park. Ranger as a tribute to all national parks and park rangers. Reef for Capitol Reef National Park. Rhodes for Biscayne National Park’s Old Rhodes Key. Rocky for Rocky Mountain National Park. Roosevelt for Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Rosa for Channel Islands National Park’s Santa Rosa Island. Royale or Royal for Isle Royale National Park. Sandy for Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Sanford for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve’s Mt. Sanford. Sequoia for Sequoia National Park. Shenandoah for Shenandoah National Park. Sherman for Sequoia National Park’s General Sherman Tree. Sky or Skye for any of the parks featuring a night sky program, such as Big Bend National Park, Great Basin National Park, etc. Talus for Pinnacles National Park’s talus caves. Theodore for Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Valley for any of the parks featuring a valley, such as Cuyahoga Valley, Death Valley, Kobuk Valley, etc. Verda or Verdell for Mesa Verde National Park. Virginia for Virgin Islands National Park. Windy for Wind Cave National Park. Wolfe for Arches National Park’s Wolfe Ranch. Woodrow or Wilson for Woodrow Wilson, who signed the act that created the NPS. Woodson or Woody for Redwood National and State Parks. Yosemite for Yosemite National Park. Zion for Zion National Park.
For all you national park lovers out there: What other park-inspired names can you come up with?
List of national parks of the United States – Wikipedia, History (U.S. National Park Service), NPS Site Designations (pdf), Kenai Fjords National Park Profile 2015 (pdf)
Image: Adapted from
Zion National Park, Ranger Naturalist Service – LOC
Update, 2/2017: Here’s a related name: Lolo, inspired by the Lolo National Forest. “Lolo” was probably derived from Lawrence (3rd quote).
Which boy names increased and decreased the most in popularity from 2013 to 2014?
Below are two versions of each list. My version looks at
raw number differences and takes all 13,977 boy names on the 2014 list into account. The SSA’s version looks at ranking differences and covers the top 1,000 boy names (roughly). Biggest Increases
Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list)
Rankings (SSA’s list)
Oliver, +2,116 babies (7,249 to 9,365)
Sebastian, +1,707 (7,530 to 9,237)
Logan, +1,256 (12,323 to 13,579)
Carter, +1,044 (9,555 to 10,599)
Grayson, +996 (5,536 to 6,532)
Noah, +965 (18,179 to 19,144)
Karter, +929 (1,174 to 2,103)
Luke, +885 (9,546 to 10,431)
James, +799 (13,502 to 14,301)
Theodore, +778 (2,413 to 3,191)
Bode, +645 spots (1,428th to 783rd)
Axl, +624 (1,474th to 850th)
Gannon, +426 (839th to 413th)
Bodie, +333 (1,314th to 981st)
Royal, +327 (900th to 573rd)
Coen, +290 (1,188th to 898th)
Anakin, +281 (1,238th to 957th)
Killian, +250 (766th to 516th)
Reyansh, +226 (1,221st to 995th)
Ronin, +219 (773rd to 554th)
Here’s what the SSA says about the rise of Bode: “[It] might have had something to do with the Winter Olympics in early 2014, where Bode Miller continued his outstanding alpine skiing career by collecting his sixth Olympic medal.”
And on the rise of Axl: “[It’s] a nod to both rock legend Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses and Axl Jack Duhamel, son of Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson and Josh Duhamel.”
Raw Numbers (Nancy’s list)
Rankings (SSA’s list)
Jayden, -1,834 babies (14,712 to 12,878)
Jacob, -1,360 (18,072 to 16,712)
Joshua, -997 (11,761 to 10,764)
Christian, -905 (9,293 to 8,388)
Brayden, -873 (7,412 to 6,539)
Justin, -858 (4,849 to 3,991)
Tyler, -833 (6,618 to 5,785)
Jase, -826 (4,545 to 3,719)
Ryan, -824 (9,850 to 9,026)
Gavin, -820 (7,402 to 6,582)
Bently, -289 spots (902nd to 1,191st)
Damion, -262 (856th to 1,118th)
Amare, -239 (601st to 840th)
Isiah, -234 (824th to 1,058th)
Xavi, -198 (930th to 1,128th)
Sidney, -187 (958th to 1,145th)
Deegan, -180 (961st to 1,141st)
Jair, -174 (820th to 994th)
Juelz, -165 (908th to 1,073rd)
Corban, -156 (979th to 1,135th)
Jase, last year’s biggest raw number increase, is now 8th on the list of decreases. Mason, which topped the list of raw number increases two years in a row (2010 and 2011), is now 18th on the list of decreases. (It was 3rd in 2013.) And
Jayden, the trendy name that shot up the charts to become the 4th most popular baby name in the nation in 2010 and 2011, has since fallen to 15th.
Finally, here are the big winners and losers from the last few years:
2013: Jase/Jayceon (biggest increases) and Ethan/Austyn (biggest decreases)
2012: Liam/Major (biggest increases) and Jacob/Braeden (biggest decreases)
2011: Mason (biggest increase) and Jacob (biggest decrease)
2010: Mason (biggest increase) and Joshua (biggest decrease)
Change in Popularity from 2013 to 2014, Noah and Emma Top Social Security’s List of Most Popular Baby Names for 2014
U.S. Baby Names 2014: Most Popular Names, Top Girl Name Debuts, Top Boy Name Debuts, Biggest Girl Name Changes, Biggest Boy Name Changes, Top First Letters, Top Lengths
According to New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Department, a total of 350 baby names were rejected over the last ten years (July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2011).
The top 10 rejected names were these:
Justice (49 rejections)
Princess (24 rejections)
King (21 rejections)
Prince (20 rejections)
Royal (12 rejections)
Duke (7 rejections)
Bishop (7 rejections)
Major (6 rejections)
J (6 rejections)
Lucifer (6 rejections)
Other rejected names were Messiah, Christ, Saint, Mafia No Fear, Anal and V8. Also rejected were single letters, Roman numerals and punctuation marks.
What are the baby-naming rules in New Zealand? No baby names are explicitly off-limits, but there are three basic restrictions:
Names can’t be more than 100 characters long,
Names can’t be/include/resemble an official rank or title, and
Names shouldn’t be offensive to the general public.
Here are some past posts on
baby names rejected in New Zealand, baby names approved in New Zealand, and babies getting gang names in New Zealand.
List of rejected baby names released
UPDATE: Check out the Popular Baby Names page to the current top 2,000 names!]
Kelly recently clued me in to something extremely cool: the SSA has released lists of all the baby names that were given to 5+ babies in the U.S. every year since 1880. You can download the lists directly from the SSA.
I was going to publish all of the 2009 names here in a single post, but WordPress couldn’t handle it. So instead I’ll start where the top 1,000 left off and give you all the names that were given to 100+ babies last year.
Let’s start with boy names. The 1,000th most popular boy name last year was Mustafa, given to 194 babies. After Mustafa comes…
193: Eddy, Edison, Jovany, Rayden, Ulysses
192: Cordell, Leroy
191: Brecken, Clarence, Dimitri, Immanuel, Nathanial
190: Benson, Coby, Jedidiah, Joziah, Legend, Yehuda
189: Kohen, Milton
188: Brennon, Jayvon, Pierre, Sheldon, Simeon
187: Bernard, Donavan, Taj, Thaddeus
185: Kamren, Kelton
184: Jacobi, Rocky, Theo
none 182: Braylin, Turner
181: Jaylan, Yousef
180: Cristobal, Marcello, Maximillian, Santana
179: Anish, Dariel, Gaven, Gordon, Lamont
178: Darion, Daylen, Ephraim, Joan
177: Domenic, Harvey, Javen, Major, Miller
none 175: Gibson, Iker, Johann
174: Bishop, Glenn
173: Cayson, Leif,
Leighton, Lionel, Rishi 172: Braedyn, Gonzalo, Jericho, Langston, Treyton
171: Armaan, Jesiah, Lathan, Marquez, Menachem, Oswaldo, Truman
170: Andreas, Estevan, Kooper, Reilly, Ryley
168: Coen, Eliot, Hank, Kyan, Markell, Miguelangel, Mikah, Otto
167: Dion, Landry, Marques
166: Anson, Geovanny, Jaedyn, Jai, Jullian, Maxton
165: Aleksander, Bernardo, Channing, Darrius, Destin, Emory, Hendrix, Tayden
164: Ameer, Dereck, Dwight, Enoch, Forrest, Nazir, Stephan
163: Cornelius, Lucca, Mikel, Shimon, Tyce, Yisroel
162: Carmine, Dontae, Jaleel, Keanu, Lennox, Shiloh
161: Augustine, Dhruv, Perry
160: Colter, Eamon, Thiago
159: Boden, Presley, Rowen, Tegan, Treyvon
158: Jan, Kenji, Zakary, Zyon
Baron, Maksim, Nestor, Norman, Sammy 156: Corban, Drayden, Ely, Mariano, Shamar, Tavion
155: Arlo, Garret, Jamil, Keven, Shea, Vladimir, Zaden
154: Elvin, Gannon, Guadalupe, Kavion, Kayleb, Kylen
153: Camdyn, Devonte, Jael, Karim, Koby, Mayson, Nixon, Trenten
152: Deshaun, Kenton, Milan, Siddharth
151: Alexavier, Arman, Kannon, Lachlan, Zeke
150: Abner, Arian, Efren, Jariel, Javian, Jordin
149: Alexandro, Dandre, Francesco, Izaac, Kalvin, Stephon
148: Amarion, Bayron, Caeden, Dewayne, Kennedy, Mordechai
147: Alton, Bilal, Geoffrey, Jermiah, Kye, Lucien, Neel, Om, Tavin
146: Barry, Beck, Blayne, Campbell,
Ever, Gino, Haven, Ishan 145: Benny, Brad, Emil
144: Austen, Austyn, Briggs, Canaan, Crew, Dev, Emmitt, Guy, Jakub, Jarvis, Shannon, Trevion
143: Clifford, Keller, Travon
142: Kyree, Markel,
Merrick 141: Aarush, Ajay, Denis
140: Aubrey, Daveon, Harlan, Sami, Sebastien
139: Bryton, Clyde, Kelly, Khalid, Landan, Shlomo
Bodhi, Briar, Fredy, Irving, Kalen, Rylen, Sabastian, Taven 137: Baylor, Brantley, Chayse, Courtney, Cristiano, Dallin, Earl, Fidel, Jeshua, Judson, Korey, Lonnie, Marek, Oakley, Trae
136: Anders, Coy
135: Chevy, Cian, Don, Ewan, Jordy, Nery, Oskar,
Ridge, Tatum, Vince 134: Avi, Dezmond, Masen, Princeton, Syed, Tahj, Tristyn, Tylan
133: Daryl, Johnpaul, Karsen, Kurt, Wilmer, Xavion
132: Britton, Grayden, Rowdy, Tevin, Yahya
131: Brandt, Clifton, Evin, Finnian, Gian, Kaidyn
130: Coleton, Denver, Freddie, Gianluca, Jaren, Korbyn,
Phineas, Yash 129: Alexandre, Grey, Haden, Jakari, Leeland, Lloyd, Titan
128: Alek, Aven, Ayan, Terence
127: Bowen, Desean, Jeff, Jonatan, Kevon, Kollin, Lucius, Malakhi
126: Demetri, Gerard, Hagen, Jaedon, Jaheim, Jeremias, Raymundo
125: Avraham, Heriberto, Ira, Lester, Stetson, Tye
124: Abdul, Arnold, Bodie, Broden, Canyon, Edmund, Gus, Keandre, Latrell, Rico, Shmuel
123: Amar, Azariah, Braulio, Ervin, Otis
122: Ayush, Brighton, Dyllan, Kent, Magnus, Myron, Nate, Nevin, Ramses, Torin
121: Brysen, Daquan, Donnie, Jakai, Josef, Keyshawn, Mauro, Morris, Raheem, Rian, Rickey, Royal, Thatcher, Yaakov
120: Benicio, Bryden, Colson, Emir, Fred, Izaak, Kurtis, Osmar, Sutton
119: Harris, Jet, Juancarlos, Omarion, Rashawn, Treyson, Zahir
118: Abhinav, Benito, Brooklyn, Leyton, Mikhail, Viktor
Anakin, Darey, Duane, Johnnie, Kegan, Mikael, Osman, Pierson, Talen 116: Azael, Dashiell, Devlin, Diesel, Dylon, Giovany, Jameer, Javien, Jaylyn, Kiran, Marion, Massimo, Obed
115: Amauri, Deion, Gerson, Ishmael, Jarell, Nikita, Xavi
114: Dan, Foster, Glen, Kaysen, Kyran, Rayyan, Tariq, Tiago, Tzvi
113: Arya, Isidro, Kaison, Musa, Syncere, Uziel, Vihaan, Yariel
112: Amani, Andrei, Carlton, Dameon, Demari, Deonte, Joseluis, Justyn, Karon, Manny, Neal, Patricio, Sahil, Shaan, Shayne, Stuart, Tobin, Vernon
111: Damarcus, Darrin, Daylon, Hussein, Isac, Lazaro, Tyron, Zev
110: Aayan, Angus, Benton, Brayson, Darrion, Jacorey, Kirk, Lyndon, Yurem
109: Dashaun, Dayne, Jaysen, Jayven, Josias, Kaedyn, Linus, Maddix, Zephaniah
108: Ahmir, Antwon, Deondre, Hans, Jahir, Khristian, Nolen, Rogan, Shia, Teegan
107: Braydin, Clint, Daron, Gabe, Graysen, Jacari,
Kain, Kayne, Khamari, Louie, Tavian, Trever, Westley, Zakaria 106: Daylin, Eliel, Filip, Jahmir, Javonte, Kamdyn, Koda, Mykel, Rick, Zayd
105: Canon, Darin, Gregorio, Kaine
104: Adyn, Cadence, Chayce, Demarco, Eliyahu, Javin, Jimmie, Karsten, Ken, Travion, Xavior
Atreyu, Ismail, Jackie, Kahlil, Marko, Paolo 102: Athan, Christofer, Eleazar, Floyd, Henrik, Hyrum, Idris, Isael, Jamaal, Jelani, Kentrell, Maison
101: Ashtyn, Emmet, Izak, Jaelyn, Jakobi, Jayshawn, Keshaun
100: Achilles, Avrohom, Brant, Corbyn, Cormac, Imran, Javan, Kris, Osiel, Yaseen
Girl names coming soon!
Update – Here are the