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Popularity of the Baby Name Sophus

Number of Babies Named Sophus

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Popular Baby Names in Prince Edward Island, 2014

According to incomplete data from PEI’s Office of Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names in Prince Edward Island in 2014 were Olivia and Jack.

Here are PEI’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2014:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Olivia, 10 baby girls
2. Chloe, 9
3. Ava, 8
4. Charlotte, 8
5. Lily, 8
1. Jack, 12 baby boys
2. Oliver, 10
3. Owen, 10
4. Mason, 9
5. William, 9

Last year’s #1 baby names, Brooklyn and Liam, probably didn’t even make the top 5 this year. (It’s hard to know for sure, though, as the data only covers January through November.)

My source article made a big deal about there being 6 babies named Jaxon vs. just 3 with the traditional spelling Jackson, but the gap was even bigger in 2013 when there were 11 babies named Jaxon/Jaxen/Jaxsen and just 5 named Jackson.

Source: Jack, Olivia top baby names in 2014

P.S. I visited PEI earlier this year and spotted the names Prudence and Sophus while there.

Names from PEI & Maine – Sophus, Waldron, Grosvenor

Prudence on poison ivy signBack in June, while planning a family camping trip, I posted about the name Acadia. Now that we’re back from that camping trip, I have a few more names to talk about.


For the first half of the trip we stayed at Prince Edward Island National Park in Canada. At our campground, the bilingual poison ivy signs emphasized the words “Caution” (in English) and “Prudence” (in French). Prudence is a vocabulary word in both languages, of course, but these signs gave me the impression that it’s more commonly used in French, which in turn made me wonder how French speakers feel about the name Prudence. Does it sound weird to them? (As weird as the name Caution would sound to English speakers?) Hm.


While doing some genealogical research in one of PEI’s many graveyards, I came across the name Sophus. It belonged to Daniel Sophus Edmonds, 1877-1900. Sophus has the same root as the super-popular Sophia. Both come from the Ancient Greek word for “wisdom.”


Halfway through the trip, while traveling back to the U.S. from Canada, we stopped at Hopewell Rocks on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. As I was checking out the rock formations, I idly wondered how many people in the U.S. were named Hopewell. Not many, turns out. I found only a few dozen people named Hopewell, none born since 1980. The total might be as high as 100 if middle names are included.

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, Canada
Hopewell Rocks at 1 pm on July 30, 2014
(halfway between low tide and high tide)


For the second half of the trip we stayed at Acadia National Park in Maine. The park has hundreds of miles of hiking trails. One of the men who created and mapped these trails was Waldron Bates (1856-1909). He also developed a distinctive type of cairn, unique to Acadia, known as the Bates cairn. The name Waldron, while rare, has appeared a couple dozen times on the national baby name list.


Acadia’s Jordan Pond Gate Lodge (1932), which resembles a 16th-century French hunting lodge, was commissioned by John D. Rockefeller Jr. and designed by prominent New York architect Grosvenor “Grove” Atterbury. No doubt Grove’s given name was inspired by the surname Grosvenor, which comes from the French phrase le Gros Veneur, meaning “the chief huntsman.” Rockefeller later donated the Gate Lodge — and the 45 miles of rustic carriage roads it protected — to the park.


These were probably the 5 most interesting names I spotted during the trip, but there were plenty of others. (Lucy, Maud, Montgomery, and Anne, for instance, were names I saw repeatedly at Green Gables on PEI.)

Have you taken a vacation this summer? If so, did you spot any interesting names while away?