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Popularity of the Baby Name Spike

Number of Babies Named Spike

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Spike

Are Babies Getting Dog Names?

My father grew up in the 1950s. When he was young, his family had three dogs: King, Jett and Baron.

A few weeks ago, the SSA announced the top baby names of 2009. It also published a nifty change in popularity page.

What two names were prominently featured on that page? King and Jett. They’d increased in popularity significantly from 2008 to 2009. (Baron didn’t make the list, but it did crack the top 1,000 for the first time in 2008.)

We already know that human names are being given to dogs. But the trendiness of King and Jett makes me wonder: are all those old dog names destined to be reincarnated as baby names?

Snowflake and Spot may not make the jump, but Ace, Bandit, Petal, Princess and Spike have been popping up on birth certificates lately. And I could see how other old-school dog names like Duchess, Shadow and Lucky might appeal to certain parents.

What do you think about dog names for babies — Fun? Crazy? Inevitable?

Popular and Unique Names in England and Wales, 2008

Don’t get too excited — these aren’t the top names for 2009. (If only!)

Why am I posting old news? Because I recently found a more complete version of the 2008 list that goes all the way down to baby names used in England and Wales just three times. So, the top-ranked names may be old news, but the rest are new. (New to me, anyway.) Here goes:

Boys Girls
Popular Names Jack
Unusual names
(# of babies)
Spike (23)
Willoughby (22)
Ziggy (20)
Ptolemy (19)
Zidane (13)
Zinedine (12)
Kal-El (10)
Hendrix (9)
Humphrey (8)
Elan (6)
Gruff (6)
Legend (6)
Achilles (5)
Amen (5)
Bright (5)
Jesse-James (5)
Tennyson (5)
Darlington (4)
James-Dean (4)
Courage (3)
Freedom (3)
Messiah (3)
Remus (3)
Riquelme (3)
Seven (3)
Bluebell (20)
Primrose (17)
Temperance (13)
Breeze (11)
Cleopatra (11)
Sorrel (11)
Tigerlily (9)
Tirion (9)
Comfort (8)
Peaches (8)
Pebbles (8)
Beyonce (7)
Miami (7)
Zinnia (7)
Godiva (6)
Mercades (5)
Panashe (5)
Tulip (5)
Wednesday (5)
Magenta (4)
Boadicea (3)
Cayenne (3)
Kimora-Lee (3)
Plum (3)
Rejoice (3)

And now, just for fun, let’s compare usage in England to usage in America:

Name # UK* Boys # UK Girls # U.S. Boys # U.S. Girls
Avery 4 6 1,731 5,758
Harper 18 20 244 1,108
Riley 2,201 63 4,076 5,701
Total*** 363,000 346,000 2,150,000 2,060,000

*By UK, I mean England and Wales. Not an accurate substitution, I know. But “England and Wales” is just way too long for that spot.
**The 1,000th name on the U.S. top 1,000 was used for 192 baby boys. So the question marks represent some number between 0 and 192.
***Update: Kelly has astutely pointed out that raw numbers can be misleading. I’m not going to change the chart — I’m just too lazy — but I’ve thrown in some rough totals, for context.

Source: Office for National Statistics