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Popularity of the Baby Name Thomas

Number of Babies Named Thomas

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Thomas

Popular Baby Names in Victoria, 2018

According to Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria, the most popular baby names in the Australian state of Victoria in 2018 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Victoria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 374 baby girls
2. Charlotte, 367
3. Amelia, 365
4. Mia, 358
5. Ava, 332
6. Isla, 290
7. Zoe, 287
8. Chloe, 277
9. Grace, 257
10. Matilda, 250

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 507 baby boys
2. Jack, 463
3. William, 463
4. Noah, 355
5. Thomas, 345
6. Henry, 331
7. Leo, 314
8. Ethan, 295
9. Liam, 270 (tie)
10. Charlie, 270 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Matilda replaces Evie (now tied for 11th). Here’s what Attorney-General Jill Hennessy had to say about Matilda:

“For the first time ever, for example, the name Matilda has made it into the top 10.

“Whether that’s because parents simply love that name or it’s a product of the wonderful book, film and now musical of Matilda, I simply don’t know.”

In the boys’ top 10, Leo and Liam replace Lucas (now 13th) and James (now 15th).

In 2017, the top two names were Charlotte and Oliver.

Sources: Search popular names – Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria, Victoria’s most popular baby names for 2018 revealed

Popular Baby Names in ACT (Canberra), 2018

According to ACT Government, the most popular baby names in Canberra in 2018 were Amelia and William.

Here are the Australian Capital Territory’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Amelia
2. Ella (tie)
2. Olivia (tie)
4. Ava
5. Evelyn (tie)
5. Zoe (tie)
7. Chloe
8. Matilda (tie)
8. Mia (tie)
10. Charlotte

Boy Names
1. William
2. Noah
3. Oliver
4. Henry
5. Jack (tie)
5. Thomas (tie)
7. Ethan
8. Alexander
9. Leo
10. Lucas

In the girls’ top 10, Ella, Evelyn, Zoe, and Matilda replace Sophie, Isla, Ivy and Grace. (The last time Matilda waltzed into the ACT top 10 was in 2009.)

In the boys’ top 10, Ethan and Lucas replace James, Samuel, Charlie, and Lachlan.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

In 2017, the top names were Charlotte and Oliver.

Sources: Amelia and William top baby names in 2018, Top 10 baby names 1930, 1950 and 1991 to 2018

Popular Baby Names in New Brunswick, 2018

According to New Brunswick’s Vital Statistics Office, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Emma and William.

Here are New Brunswick’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Charlotte
4. Amelia
5. Avery
6. Everly
7. Abigail
8. Zoé
9. Ellie
10. Audrey

Boy Names
1. William
2. Liam
3. Noah
4. Oliver
5. Jack
6. Jacob
7. Lucas
8. Mason
9. Logan
10. Henry

In the girls’ top 10, Avery, Everly, Abigail, Zoé, and Ellie replace Sophia, Madison, Ella, Elizabeth, and Willow.

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob, Mason, and Henry replace Benjamin, Thomas, and Samuel.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to late December.)

In 2017, the top two names in NB were Emma and Liam.

Source: New Brunswick’s birth numbers and top baby names for 2018

Popular Baby Names in Prince Edward Island, 2018

According to Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names on the island in 2018 were Charlotte and William.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 10 baby girls
2. Evelyn, 7
3. Isla, Nora, Sophia & Amelia, 6 each (4-way tie)
4. Ivy, Ellie, Claire, Emma, Julia & Lily, 5 each (6-way tie)

Boy Names
1. William, 9 baby girls
2. Lincoln, Landon, Benjamin & Jack, 8 each (4-way tie)
3. Oliver, Emmett, Samuel, James & Thomas, 7 each (5-way tie)

The top names of 2017, Ava and Liam, didn’t even make the rankings in 2018.

(These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to mid-December.)

Source: Here are P.E.I.’s top baby names of 2018

The Emergence of Macaulay

The baby name Macaulay debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1990.

The wildly successful Christmas comedy Home Alone, released at the end of 1990, starred child actor Macaulay Culkin as a little boy (Kevin McCallister) mistakenly left at home by himself for the holidays while his family went on vacation.

Thanks to the movie, Macaulay Culkin became a household name virtually overnight. In fact, he was soon being called “the biggest child star since Shirley Temple.”

Unsurprisingly, the year the movie came out, the unique name Macaulay began appearing in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1995: 12 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1994: 5 baby girls + 25 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1993: 23 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1992: 36 baby boys named Macaulay [peak]
  • 1991: 10 baby girls + 16 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1990: 5 baby boys named Macaulay [debut]
  • 1989: unlisted

Soon after, the variants Macauley, Mccauley, and Macauly (a one-hit wonder) popped up in the data as well.

Macaulay Culkin was born in 1980 and named for 19th-century English* historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. He was the third of seven children; his siblings are named Shane (m), Dakota (f), Kieran (m), Quinn (f), Christian (m), and Rory (m).

What are your thoughts on the baby name Macaulay? Do you like it better for boys or for girls?

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*Speaking of England…usage of Macaulay spiked in Britain in 1995, which was weirdly late. Anyone know why?