I’m going to summarize the data in just two posts this year — one for girls, one for boys. Let’s start with the ladies…
Here are the most popular girl names overall:
Olivia, 18,451 baby girls
These same ten names were in the 2018 top ten as well.
The girl names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Alaia, increased by 1,072 babies
The girl names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
Yalitza, increased by 1490%
Yalitza was no doubt influenced by Roma (2018) actress Yalitza Aparicio, and Mazikeen comes from the character Mazikeen Smith in the TV series Lucifer.
Here are the girl names that debuted most impressively in the 2019 data:
Adeya, debuted with 22 baby girls
Adeya, Kulture and Kaavia are all celebrity babies: Adeya is the daughter of Kehlani, Kulture is the daughter of Cardi B and Offset, and Kaavia is the daughter of Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.
Kayslin and Chevel come from two contestants (Kayslin Victoria and Chevel Shepherd) on The Voice.
Malaynah is a young female rapper (who earned a coveted IG repost from the aforementioned Cardi B in 2018).
Sakani was likely inspired by Sekani, the name of a character (a little boy) in the 2018 film The Hate U Give.
Akyli must come from Akyli Maze, one of the children of Joe Lee and Alena Maze — YouTube influencers who create content under the name MAZELEE. (The baby name Mazelee debuted last year as well — not surprising at all, given how close it is to the popular Paisley.)
The girl names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Emma, decreased by 1,655 babies
The girl name that saw the largest decrease in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies was Anifer (-86%), and the girl name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Marionna (from 21 babies in 2018 to fewer than 5 in 2019).
If you can explain any of the rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
I recently discovered that Gibraltar, a 2.6-square mile British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of Spain, has its own baby name rankings!
According to the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), the most popular baby names in Gibraltar in 2018 were Emma and James and in 2019 were Olivia and Ethan.
Here are all the names given to 3 or more babies in 2018 (during which a total of 402 babies were born):
Girl Names, 2018
Emma, 5 baby girls
Boy Names, 2018
James, 6 baby boys
Alexander, 5 (tie)
Ethan, 5 (tie)
Leo, 5 (tie)
Logan, 5 (tie)
Jack, 4 (five-way tie)
Lucas, 4 (five-way tie)
Michael, 4 (five-way tie)
Noah, 4 (five-way tie)
Ryan, 4 (five-way tie)
Evan, 3 (six-way tie)
Jamie, 3 (six-way tie)
Jesse, 3 (six-way tie)
Leon, 3 (six-way tie)
Theo, 3 (six-way tie)
Tiago, 3 (six-way tie)
(If you want to compare these to the equivalent rankings for England and Wales, there’s the link.)
The unique names bestowed just once in Gibraltar in 2018 include…
Girl names: Ainara, Daura, Diae, Nuria, Rharmaini
Boy names: Amitai, Cayetano, Mordechai, Shams, Tzion
And here are all the names given to 3 or more babies in 2019 (during which a total of 423 babies were born):
Girl Names, 2019
Olivia, 9 baby girls
Robyn, 4 (tie)
Sofia, 4 (tie)
Ava, 3 (four-way tie)
Celine, 3 (four-way tie)
Lily, 3 (four-way tie)
Maya, 3 (four-way tie)
Boy Names, 2019
Ethan, 6 baby boys
Jamie, 5 (tie)
Thomas, 5 (tie)
Jack, 4 (three-way tie)
Leo, 4 (three-way tie)
Oliver, 4 (three-way tie)
Dylan, 3 (eight-way tie)
George, 3 (eight-way tie)
Jacob, 3 (eight-way tie)
James, 3 (eight-way tie)
Jayden, 3 (eight-way tie)
Kian, 3 (eight-way tie)
Theo, 3 (eight-way tie)
Tyler, 3 (eight-way tie)
The unique names bestowed just once in 2019 include…
Girl names: Ilythia, Lamis, Mirtel, Sirine, Tais
Boy names: Brath, Dimitar, Haron, Levin-Lee, Theon
And I did find one more interesting thing: In May of 2017, local newspaper Panorama conducted a survey to determine “the most popular names among boys and girls aged 12” — so, kids born in or around the year 2005 — and came up with…