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Popularity of the Baby Name Ruby


Posts that Mention the Name Ruby

Name Quotes 83: Bek, Frankie, Monarch

monarch, bear, california, flag,

From article in which musician Beck talks about his first name:

He was born on July 8, 1970, as Bek David Campbell. He and his brother later took their mother’s maiden name, Hansen, and Beck added the “c” to his first name, with the hope that it might help people pronounce it properly. “I still got Brock, Breck, Beak,” he said. “I remember leaving a meeting with some record executives, and one said, ‘Very nice to meet you, Bic.'”

From Orlando Bloom’s Instagram post about fixing the Morse Code spelling of his son’s name (Flynn) in his forearm tattoo:

••-••-••-•—•-• finally dot it right! How do you make a mistake like that?

From an article about the naming of lesbian and bisexual characters:

The nice thing about having an internal database of LGBTQ+ women and non-binary television characters is that you can get really, truly obsessive about various patterns in the data. Like, for example, what queer characters are often named.

[According to the article, some of the top names for queer female TV characters are Nicole/Nikki/Nico, Franky/Frankie, Alex, and Susan. “Some minor abundances: Debs, Deborahs and Debbies. Quite a few more-than-expected Ginas, Naomis and, most oddly, Ruby.” “We are, however, suspiciously low on Marys.”]

Speaking of Frankie…from an article about the popularity of the name Frankie in Australia:

Obviously, there’s a lot of love for Frankie right now. But the interesting thing is that Australian parents love Frankie a lot more than anyone else. Frankie has been among the top 50 girls’ names in Australia for the past couple of years, while not even making the top 100 in either the UK or the US.

From a video in which Emma Thompson talks about “posh” English slang [vid]:

“Pip pip” is “bye-bye.” […] Like, for instance, when I was born, yonks ago, on the BBC, on the world service, there would be the pip, pip, pip. So that’s the “pips.” And you say pip, pip. And I was known as “pip Emma” because I was born as the pips were sounding.

[The pips were used to mark the start of each hour. “Pip Emma” is also the way to say “p.m.” in RFC WWI signalese. I’m not sure if Emma Thompson was likewise born in the afternoon/evening, though.]

From an article about the bear on the California state flag:

[William Randolph] Hearst put the bear on display [in 1889] in Golden Gate Park and named him Monarch. At more than 1,200 pounds, Monarch was the largest bear ever held captive.

[…]

Taking a cue from the Sonoma revolt in 1846 [after which a flag featuring a bear was created to represent the captured region], the state again decided to make the California Grizzly the flag’s focal point. Only this time they wanted a bear that actually looked like a bear.

Illustrators used the recently deceased Monarch as the model for the bear on our state flag.

[Newspaper magnate Hearst took the name “Monarch” from the tagline of the San Francisco Examiner, the “Monarch of the Dailies.”]

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Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2019

According to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, the most popular baby names in the Australian state of Victoria in 2019 were (again) Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Victoria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 419 baby girls
  2. Mia, 413
  3. Charlotte, 408
  4. Amelia, 396
  5. Isla, 368
  6. Ava, 350
  7. Chloe, 326
  8. Zoe, 294
  9. Ruby, 293
  10. Harper, 289

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 537 baby boys
  2. Jack, 502
  3. Noah, 459
  4. William, 424
  5. Thomas, 385
  6. Leo, 377
  7. Lucas, 357
  8. Charlie, 353
  9. Henry, 340
  10. Ethan, 334

In the girls’ top 10, Ruby and Harper replace Grace and Matilda.

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas replaces Liam.

Sources: Popular baby names in Victoria, Oliver and Olivia Reign Supreme as Top 10 Baby Names Revealed (PDF)

Popular Baby Names in Tasmania, 2019

According to the Tasmanian Government, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2019 were Willow and Oliver.

Here are Tasmania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Willow, 53 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 44 baby girls
  3. Ava, 33 baby girls
  4. Amelia
  5. Evie
  6. Harper
  7. Ivy
  8. Lucy
  9. Ruby
  10. Isla

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 62 baby boys
  2. George, 41 baby boys
  3. Charlie, 40 baby boys
  4. Leo
  5. Henry
  6. Noah
  7. Jack
  8. Archie
  9. Theodore
  10. Harrison

In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Ivy, and Lucy replace Matilda, Olivia, and Grace. In fact, it’s interesting to contrast Matilda (which dropped all the way from 2nd to somewhere outside the top 10) to Willow (which jumped from 8th all the way to 1st).

In the boys’ top 10, George, Charlie, Archie, Theodore, and Harrison replace William, Mason, Hudson, Hunter, and James.

In 2018, the top two names in Tasmania were Charlotte and Oliver.

Sources: Tasmanian Top Baby Names, Tasmania’s top baby names for 2019 revealed

Popular Baby Names in New Zealand, 2019

According to New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Amelia and Oliver.

Here are New Zealand’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Amelia, 255 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 248
  3. Isla, 232
  4. Olivia, 225
  5. Ruby, 206
  6. Sophie, 190
  7. Harper, 188
  8. Mila, 187
  9. Willow, 186
  10. Ava, 185

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 335 baby boys
  2. Noah, 297
  3. Leo, 257
  4. Jack, 251
  5. Lucas, 247
  6. George, 232
  7. James, 210 (tie)
  8. William, 210 (tie)
  9. Thomas, 202
  10. Charlie, 192

In the girls’ top 10, Ruby, Sophie, Mila and Willow replace Ella, Isabella, Emily and Mia.

In the boys’ top 10, Thomas and Charlie replace Hunter and Mason.

In 2018, the top names were Charlotte and Oliver.

Finally, the top Maori baby names in New Zealand were Mia, Aria and Maia for girls and Nikau (after the nikau palm tree), Mikaere, and Ari for boys.

Sources: Top Baby Names in New Zealand, New Zealand’s most popular baby names for 2019