How popular is the baby name Taysom 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 Taysom.
The unusual name Taysom debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2012:
- 2019: 75 baby boys named Taysom
- 17 (23%) in Louisiana, 14 (19%) in Utah, 5 (7%) in Nebraska and 5 (7%) in Oregon
- 2018: 19 baby boys named Taysom
- 2017: 25 baby boys named Taysom
- 14 (56%) in Utah and 6 (24%) in Idaho
- 2016: 24 baby boys named Taysom
- 2015: 42 baby boys named Taysom
- 16 (38%) in Utah and 6 (14%) in Idaho
- 2014: 32 baby boys named Taysom
- 2013: 24 baby boys named Taysom
- 2012: 10 baby boys named Taysom [debut]
- 2011: unlisted
As you can see by the numbers, usage was particularly high in the state of Utah until last year, when Louisiana suddenly became the state with the most baby Taysoms.
Where did the name come from?
Football player Taysom Hill, who was born and raised in Idaho. Hill played for Brigham Young University from 2012 to 2016, then for the New Orleans Saints from 2017 onward. (He wasn’t on the field full-time until the 2018 season, though, which explains why the usage of “Taysom” in Louisiana didn’t rise until 2019.)
Hill is officially a quarterback, but he has played in various offensive positions professionally, leading the Saints to dub him the “Swiss army knife” of their offense.
So, how did Taysom Hill get his name?
Some sources say he was named after a park in his hometown. Others say his name came from his family tree. In either case, “Taysom” was originally a surname. The surname seems to be a variant of Tyson, which has several potential derivations, including the Old French word tison, meaning “firebrand.”
What are your thoughts on the baby name Taysom?
Image: Adapted from Taysom Hill playing for the Saints by GrabitMike under CC BY-SA 4.0.
Yesterday we looked at some of the latest girl name data, so today let’s check in on the 2019 boy names…
Here are the most popular boy names overall:
- Liam, 20,502 baby boys
- Noah, 19,048
- Oliver, 13,891
- William, 13,542
- Elijah, 13,300
- James, 13,087
- Benjamin, 12,942
- Lucas, 12,412
- Mason, 11,408
- Ethan, 11,241
Ethan kicked Logan out of the top 10 last year. (Logan is now ranked 16th.)
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
- Brooks, increased by 1,114 babies
- Miles, 860
- Legend, 832
- Luca, 797
- Theodore, 775
- Mateo, 757
- Leo, 702
- Maverick, 701
- Noah, 698
- Luka, 652
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
- Ermias, increased by 3360%
- Sekani, 1992%
- Amenadiel, 500%
- Kross, 481%
- Alexios, 429%
- Taz, 340%
- Ezran, 333%
- Andoni, 309%
- Kaleel, 300%
- Taysom, 295%
- Ermias was the legal first name of rapper Nipsey Hussle (who died on March 31, 2019).
- Sekani was the name of a young character in the film The Hate U Give (2018).
- Amenadiel is a character on the TV series Lucifer.
- Ezran is the name of a character on the Netflix series The Dragon Prince. (Ezran debuted in the data in 2018, the year the show started airing.)
- Taysom Hill is a professional football player with the New Orleans Saints.
Here are the boy names that debuted most impressively in the 2019 data:
- Armias, debuted with 54 baby boys
- Izhaan, 50
- Jsan, 33
- Jaiari, 29
- Ripp, 26
- Sakani, 21
- Jardani, 19
- Iskender, 17
- Kamiri, 17
- Siar, 14
- Armias and Sakani are spelling variants of Ermias and Sekani (above).
- Izhaan is a celebrity baby: Izhaan Mirza Malik was born in October of 2018 to Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
- Jardani could be from Jardani Jovonovich, the “real” name of popular movie character John Wick…?
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
- Logan, decreased by 1,911 babies
- Michael, -1,174
- Jacob, -1,159
- Dylan, -1,076
- Mason, -1,065
- William, -1,048
- Connor, -932
- David, -871
- Ryan, -837
- Joshua, -836
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were Nomar and Gianlucas (tied at -73%), and the boy name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Stephano (from 21 babies in 2018 to fewer than 5 in 2019).
If you can explain any of these rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
It’s easy to figure out which baby names appeared on all (or most) of the state-specific baby name lists for 2017. But what about the rare names that only made one or two state lists?
A total of 1,324 names appeared on just one state list, and a total of 1,198 names appeared on two state lists. (I analyzed boy names and girl names separately, though, so several of these names did show up on extra lists as the other gender.)
Here’s a selection of the baby names that appeared on just one state list last year:
- Neyland, 41 boys in Tennessee (out of 53 nation-wide)
- Roel, 23 boys in Texas (out of 50 nation-wide)
- Ariza, 22 girls in Arizona (out of 31 nation-wide)
- Marty, 21 boys in Ohio (out of 66 boys, and 13 girls, nation-wide)
- Venice, 20 girls and 5 boys in California (out of 44 and 12 nation-wide)
- Kinnick, 19 boys in Iowa (out of 29 nation-wide)
- Benuel, 17 boys in Pennsylvania (out of 26 nation-wide)
- Barbie, 16 girls in Pennsylvania (out of 29 nation-wide)
- Kainalu, 16 boys in Hawaii (out of 23 nation-wide)
- Mahina, 16 girls in Hawaii (out of 22 nation-wide)
- Taysom, 14 boys in Utah (out of 24 nation-wide)
- Hatcher, 10 boys in Alaska (out of 40 nation-wide)
- Talmage, 10 boys in Utah (out of 20 nation-wide)
- Atlee, 8 boys in Ohio (out of 25 boys and 32 girls nation-wide)
- Cruzito, 8 boys in New Mexico (out of 25 nation-wide)
- Nizhoni, 8 girls in Arizona (out of 21 nation-wide)
- California, 7 girls in California (out of 16 nation-wide)
- Griffey, 7 boys in Washington state (out of 21 nation-wide)
- Kodiak, 7 boys in California (out of 30 nation-wide)
- Rainier, 7 boys in Washington state (out of 24 nation-wide)
- Alabama, 5 girls in California (out of 16 nation-wide)
- Boomer, 5 boys in Texas (out of 33 nation-wide)
- Cleveland, 5 boys in Florida (out of 28 nation-wide)
- Crockett, 5 boys in Texas (out of 10 nation-wide)
- Ole, 5 boys in Minnesota (out of 21 nation-wide)
A lot of these have easy explanations (e.g., Neyland Stadium, Kinnick Stadium, Mount Rainier, Taysom Hill) or are logical in some other way (like “Ariza” in Arizona).
Two that I couldn’t figure out, though, were Marty in Ohio and Barbie in Pennsylvania. My assumption regarding Barbie is that it’s popular among the Amish. (Benuel too.) But I have no clue about Marty. Is it college sports…?
And here’s a selection of the baby names that showed up on two state lists in 2017:
- Hyrum, 36 boys in Utah and 15 in Idaho (out of 88 nation-wide)
- Ammon, 24 boys in Utah and 6 in Pennsylvania (out of 64 nation-wide)
- Fannie, 18 in Pennsylvania and 6 in New York (out of 45 nation-wide)
- Avenir, 11 boys in Washington state and 6 in California (out of 31 nation-wide)
- Reverie, 8 girls in California and 5 in Illinois (out of 26 nation-wide)
- Sunshine, 7 girls in Arizona and 7 in California (out of 55 nation-wide)
I was confused about Avenir a few years ago, but I’ve since found the answer: it’s the Russian form of the Biblical name Abner. Avenir has been popping up on West Coast state lists (WA, OR, CA) lately, which makes sense given the fact that several West Coast cities have relatively large Russian-American populations.
Have you had a chance to go over the state lists yet? If so, did you spot anything interesting?