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Popularity of the Baby Name Thomas


Posts that Mention the Name Thomas

The Entrance of Tristram

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Tris Coffin

The baby name Tristram, which has been around for centuries, didn’t debut in the U.S. baby name data until 1958:

  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: 5 baby boys named Tristram
  • 1957: unlisted

This was the year after the name Tris, which had charted as a girl name several times, first appeared on the boys’ list.

The influence behind both names was American actor Tristram “Tris” Coffin, who starred in the TV series 26 Men from late 1957 to mid-1959. In the show he played a fictionalized version of Thomas H. Rynning, captain of the Arizona Rangers during the early 1900s.

His first name is a variant of Tristan, immortalized in the tragic medieval tale of Tristan and Iseult (a.k.a Isolde). We don’t know for sure where the name Tristan comes from, as it’s been “altered from an irrecoverable original as a result of transmission through Old French sources that insisted on associating it with Latin tristis ‘sad,’ a reference to the young knight’s tragic fate.” Tristan may have been based on the Pictish male name Drustan/Drosten, a diminutive form of Drest/Drust/Drost, which was a common name among Pictish rulers.

If the name “Tristram Coffin” sounds weirdly familiar to you, you aren’t nuts — more than a few American men have borne this exact name. All are descendants of Tristram Coffyn, an immigrant from England who was one of the first settlers of Nantucket. In fact, the original Tristram Coffyn (c.1608-1681) was the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of actor Tris Coffin (1909-1990), born in a mining town in Utah three centuries later. (Another bearer was folklorist Tristram P. Coffin.)

Do you like the name Tristram? Do you like it more or less than Tristan?

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Popular Baby Names in Northern Ireland, 2018

According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland in 2018 were Grace and James/Noah (tie).

Here are the Northern Ireland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Grace, 221 baby girls
  2. Emily, 203
  3. Olivia, 178
  4. Sophie, 155
  5. Ella, 151
  6. Amelia, 140
  7. Isla, 135
  8. Anna, 128
  9. Lily, 125
  10. Lucy, 124

Boy Names

  1. Noah, 217 baby boys (tie)
  2. James, 217 (tie)
  3. Jack, 201
  4. Charlie, 191
  5. Jacob, 154 (tie)
  6. Daniel, 154 (tie)
  7. Oliver, 151
  8. Harry, 150
  9. Thomas, 142
  10. Leo, 137

In the girls’ top ten, Lily and Lucy replace Charlotte and Sophia.

In the boys’ top ten, Leo replaces Logan.

In the girls’ top 100, the highest climbers were Rosie, Sadie, and Saoirse.

In the boys’ top 100, the highest climbers were Tommy, Theo, and Hunter.

In 2017, the top names were Emily and James.

In the adjacent Republic of Ireland, the top names of 2018 were Emily and Jack.

Sources: Baby Names 2018 – NISRA, Disney, Moana and Storm – NI’s diverse baby names revealed

Popular Baby Names in Greenland

According to Statistics Greenland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Inuk & Norsaq (boy names) and Ivaana & Malu (girl names).

The year before, in 2017, the top baby names were Inuk and Pipaluk.

Greenland doesn’t release top-10 lists every year, but does occasionally put out a name report. The most recent, published in mid-2011, includes top-10 lists for five recent decades…

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1960s

Girl Names (1961-1970) Boy Names (1961-1970)
1. Ane
2. Marie
3. Karen
4. Sofie
5. Johanne
6. Kristine
7. Margrethe
8. Dorthe
9. Else
10. Anna
1. Hans
2. Jens
3. Karl
4. Lars
5. Peter
6. Niels
7. Ole
8. Kristian
9. Jørgen
10. Johan

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1970s

Girl Names (1971-1980) Boy Names (1971-1980)
1. Ane
2. Karen
3. Marie
4. Dorthe
5. Johanne
6. Mette
7. Naja*
8. Susanne
9. Anna
10. Sofie
1. Hans
2. Karl
3. Jens
4. Peter
5. Lars
6. Niels
7. Thomas
8. Jakob
9. Martin
10. Knud

*Naja means “younger sister (of a male)” in Greenlandic.

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1980s

Girl Names (1981-1990) Boy Names (1981-1990)
1. Ane
2. Johanne
3. Marie
4. Karen
5. Paninnguaq*
6. Sofie
7. Louise
8. Anna
9. Nivi*
10. Naja
1. Hans
2. Karl
3. Jens
4. Malik*
5. Peter
6. Lars
7. Kristian
8. Ole
9. Thomas
10. Niels

*Paninnguaq means “little daughter,” Nivi means “girl, maiden,” and Malik means “wave.”

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 1990s

Girl Names (1991-2000) Boy Names (1991-2000)
1. Paninnguaq
2. Ane
3. Nivi
4. Naja
5. Ivalu*
6. Pipaluk*
7. Sofie
8. Sara
9. Marie
10. Camilla
1. Malik
2. Hans
3. Karl
4. Jens
5. Peter
6. Kristian
7. Lars
8. Aputsiaq*
9. Inunnguaq*
10. Nuka*

*Ivalu means “sinew,” Pipaluk means “little possession,” Aputsiaq means “snow flake,” Inunnguaq means “little person/human being,” and Nuka means “younger brother (of a male).”

Top Baby Names in Greenland, 2000s (first decade)

Girl Names (2001-2010) Boy Names (2001-2010)
1. Ivaana*
2. Pipaluk
3. Nivi
4. Paninnguaq
5. Ivalu
6. Naasunnguaq*
7. Julie
8. Ane
9. Isabella
10. Kimmernaq*
1. Malik
2. Aputsiaq
3. Minik*
4. Hans
5. Inunnguaq
6. Kristian
7. Nuka
8. Salik*
9. Peter
10. Inuk* and Ivik* (tied)

*Ivaana means “brood egg,” Naasunnguaq means “little flower,” Kimmernaq means “lingonberry,” minik is a glue-like whale oil that is used as a sealing for skin boats, Salik means “the cleanser,” Inuk means “human being” — Inunnguaq from the ’90s list is a diminutive form of Inuk — and Ivik means “(blade of) grass.”

The recent rise of Salik can be traced back to the 1980s:

In the beginning of the ’80s the artist Keld Hansen published a series of children’s books about a boy named Salik, who lived in Greenland in the 1600s. In that same period, Peter Berliner, a psychologist, did a series of radio programs where the main character was named Salik. Statistics Greenland depicted a rise in the number of boys names immediately after that.

The 2011 report includes many other Greenlandic names as well, but I’ll put those into a separate post a few days from now. Until then, which of all the above names do you like best?

P.S. Almost forgot to define Malu and Norsaq from the first sentence! Malu is a short form of Marie-Louise, and a norsaq is a harpoon-throwing stick.

Sources: Statistics Greenland, Greenland in Figures 2018 (PDF), Greenland in Figures 2019 (PDF), Names in Greenland as of 1 July 2011 (PDF), Nordic Names, Search Names – Oqaasileriffik

Top Baby Names in Northern Territory (Aus.), 2018

According to the government of Northern Territory, Australia, the most popular baby names in NT in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Jack.

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

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 20 baby girls
  2. Evelyn, 14 (tie)
  3. Isla, 14 (tie)
  4. Olivia, 13
  5. Amelia, 12 (tie)
  6. Ruby, 12 (tie)
  7. Abigail, 10 (6-way tie)
  8. Isabella, 10 (6-way tie)
  9. Matilda, 10 (6-way tie)
  10. Mia, 10 (6-way tie)
  11. Sophia, 10 (6-way tie)
  12. Zoe, 10 (6-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Jack, 20 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 18
  3. Michael, 17
  4. Noah, 15
  5. Alexander, 14 (tie)
  6. Ethan, 14 (tie)
  7. William, 13
  8. Cooper, 12 (4-way tie)
  9. John, 12 (4-way tie)
  10. Joseph, 12 (4-way tie)
  11. Thomas, 12 (4-way tie)

Evelyn and Isla, tied for 2nd/3rd on the girls’ side, weren’t even in the top 10 the year before. And Michael, ranked #3 for boys, didn’t figure in the top 20 in 2017.

Source: Popular Baby Names – NT.gov.au

Popular Baby Names in New South Wales, 2018

According to data released NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in New South Wales, Australia, in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Oliver.

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

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 530 baby girls
  2. Amelia, 488
  3. Olivia, 474
  4. Mia, 471
  5. Ava, 430
  6. Isla, 372
  7. Grace, 361
  8. Chloe, 358
  9. Harper, 325
  10. Emily, 317

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
  2. William, 567
  3. Noah, 539
  4. Jack, 517
  5. Henry, 405
  6. Thomas, 404
  7. Lucas, 394
  8. Liam, 383
  9. Leo, 375
  10. Alexander, 370

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Emily replace Zoe (now ranked 14th) and Ella (17th).

In the boys’ top 10, Liam and Leo replace James (now ranked 11th) and Ethan (12th).

Source: NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages – Popular Baby Names – 2018 (PDF)