How popular is the baby name Stewart in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Stewart and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Stewart.
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A reader recently wrote to me with this question:
My friend just had her fifth child, a girl, after having 4 boys. I was shocked to learn she named her Stuart. Is this EVER a girl’s name?
Yes, both Stuart and Stewart have been used as girl names before…but very rarely.
According to the SSA’s baby name data, Stuart and Stewart were used as girl names during the 1980s and 1990s:
- 1999 – 7 baby girls named Stewart
- 1998 – 5 baby girls named Stuart
- 1997 – 7 baby girls named Stuart
- 1996 – 5 baby girls named Stuart, 5 baby girls named Stewart
- 1995 – 7 baby girls named Stuart
- 1992 – 6 baby girls named Stuart
- 1991 – 5 baby girls named Stuart, 5 baby girls named Stewart
- 1990 – 7 baby girls named Stewart
- 1988 – 6 baby girls named Stuart, 8 baby girls named Stewart
- 1987 – 6 baby girls named Stuart, 6 baby girls named Stewart
- 1986 – 5 baby girls named Stuart
- 1985 – 10 baby girls named Stuart
- 1984 – 5 baby girls named Stuart
- 1983 – 7 baby girls named Stuart
- 1982 – 6 baby girls named Stuart
Both names were used for girls before the ’80s as well, but neither has appeared on the list since 1998/1999.
How do you feel about parents using Stuart/Stewart for baby girls?
A reader named Rachel is expecting a baby boy. She says:
We had two girls’ names that I adored — Jane and Marjorie. Both of these are very uncommon (400s for Jane, not in top 1000 for Marjorie!) yet are utterly familiar (and unpretentious).
I am completely unable to find a boys’ name that fits that bill. All of the familiar, classic names are common. All of the uncommon names make me fear trendiness; few have that classic simplicity.
To add another wrinkle, if possible we’d like to honor a relative with an S-name. The only two I’ve found that I like so far are Samuel (but so common) and Silas (uncommon, but maybe trying too hard?) Other contenders are Henry and Edmund.
How funny — as soon as I read that second paragraph, the name Henry popped into my head.
I don’t think Silas is necessarily one of those “trying too hard”-types of names. (Unlike, say, Ptolemy.) But it will sound more natural in some areas than in others. Are future playmates going to have names like Victoria and Robert, or names like Jayden and Kayla? That could make a huge difference to a boy named Silas.
Here are a few other S-names that might be tempting (along with current rankings, for those in the top 1,000):
And, along with Edmund and Henry, here are some non-S-names that could work:
What other names would you suggest to Rachel?
Update: The baby is here! Scroll down to find out what name Rachel chose.