How popular is the baby name Timber 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 Timber.
We know what the top names in the country were last year, but what about the top names in each state? Here’s the list, released just yesterday by the SSA. I’ve also included each state’s most popular unique names (i.e., names that only appeared in the data for that particular state).
|State||Top Names (f & m)||Top Unique Names (f & m)|
|Alabama||Ava & William||Crimson & Kendarius, Walton (tie)|
|Alaska||Aurora & Oliver||(none) & Paxson|
|Arizona||Emma & Liam||Sedona & Yadier|
|Arkansas||Ava & Noah||(none) & Timber|
|California||Emma & Noah||Ani & Aram|
|Colorado||Olivia & Liam||Vail & Redding|
|Connecticut||Olivia & Noah||(none) & (none)|
|Delaware||Ava & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|D.C.||Ava & William||(none) & (none)|
|Florida||Isabella & Liam||Abigaelle & Miron|
|Georgia||Ava & William||Kaylei & Taylin|
|Hawaii||Emma & Liam||Mahina & Kaimana|
|Idaho||Olivia & Liam||Quincey & Roczen|
|Illinois||Olivia & Noah||Jamaya & Laron|
|Indiana||Emma & Oliver||Dawt, Elma (tie) & Jamin|
|Iowa||Harper & Oliver||Huxley & Kinnick|
|Kansas||Olivia & Liam||Macklyn & Creighton, Whit (tie)|
|Kentucky||Emma & William||Annlee, Terri (tie) & Jansen|
|Louisiana||Ava & Noah||Jaicee, Jersi (tie) & Colston|
|Maine||Oliver & Charlotte||(none) & (none)|
|Maryland||Ava & Liam||Anjolaoluwa & Adon, Murtaza (tie)|
|Massachusetts||Emma & Benjamin||Vittoria & Henrique|
|Michigan||Olivia & Noah||Layal & Eldon|
|Minnesota||Evelyn & Henry||Maida & Muhsin|
|Mississippi||Ava & John||Swayze & Jadarius|
|Missouri||Olivia & Liam||Charlea & Daxten, Zebulun (tie)|
|Montana||Harper & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|Nebraska||Olivia & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|Nevada||Emma & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|New Hampshire||Olivia & Oliver ||(none) & (none)|
|New Jersey||Emma & Liam||Tzipora & Binyomin|
|New Mexico||Isabella & Noah||(none) & (none)|
|New York||Emma & Liam||Gitty & Mendel|
|North Carolina||Ava & Noah||Holden & Nahmir|
|North Dakota||Olivia & Oliver||(none) & (none)|
|Ohio||Ava & Liam||Wilma & Grayden|
|Oklahoma||Emma & Liam||Dim, Jadyn (tie) & Thang|
|Oregon||Emma & Oliver||Runa & (none)|
|Pennsylvania||Emma & Liam||Barbie, Surah (tie) & Joniel|
|Rhode Island||Amelia, Olivia (tie) & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|South Carolina||Ava & William||Emmagrace, Mills (tie) & Drayton, Mills (tie)|
|South Dakota||Harper & Grayson, Henry, Liam (3-way tie)||(none) & Ryken|
|Tennessee||Emma & William||Annaclaire, Caylen, Eulalia, Jakyra, Kamri, Parthenia, Tamari, Tylee (8-way tie) & Neyland|
|Texas||Emma & Liam||Jessi & Eliud|
|Utah||Olivia & Oliver||Mable & Ammon|
|Vermont||Harper & Oliver||(none) & (none)|
|Virginia||Ava & William||Tyasia & Alexi, Javonte, Mckinley (3-way tie)|
|Washington||Olivia & Liam||Callista & Ruvim|
|West Virginia||Emma & Mason||(none) & Bransen|
|Wisconsin||Evelyn & Oliver||(none) & Broxton, Kelby (tie)|
|Wyoming||Amelia, Emma (tie) & Oliver||(none) & (none)|
A few final thoughts…
- I love that Aurora is now #1 in Alaska. :)
- What’s up with Wilma in Ohio? Nine baby girls is nearly a quarter (23%) of the total national usage. Interesting.
- One of the other unique Utah boy names was Kaladin, which comes from a character in the Stormlight Archive book series by Utah-based fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson.
How about you — what are your thoughts/observations?
Oregon’s Open Data website includes several tables of baby name data from 2012.
The most interesting thing about this data? It goes all the way down to names given to just three babies per year. (All the SSA baby name lists, on the other hand, have a five-baby cutoff.)
So here are some of the baby names that were bestowed in Oregon just three or four times in 2012:
The name Diem has been in the SSA data since the ’80s, but a lot of the recent usage was probably inspired by Danielle Michelle “Diem” Brown, who appeared on various MTV reality TV shows from 2006 to 2015. (She passed away in 2014 from ovarian cancer.) In her case, “Diem” was a nickname based on the initials “D.M.,” making this yet another girl name that can be spelled with the names of letters.
Sources: 2012 Boy Baby Names | Oregon transparency, 2012 Girl Baby Names | Oregon transparency
I can’t play a prank on you for April Fools’ Day, but I can give you a list of personal names that seem like pranks.
Except, they’re not.
All of the below are legit first & last names that belonged to real people — often multiple people. (In parentheses is a rough estimate of how many I’ve come across so far.)
Which one do you think is the worst?
- Alma Mater (several)
- April Showers (dozens)
- Bear Trapp (one)
- Candy Cane (several)
- Cliff Hanger (several)
- Constant Agony (two)
- Constant Craps (one)
- Crystal Ball (dozens)
- Death Knox (one)
- Drew Peacock (dozens)
- Gettysburg Battle (one)
- Gold Mine (two)
- Green Bean (several)
- Hazel Nut/Nutt (dozens)
- Ima Hogg (one)
- Jed I Knight (one)
- London England (dozens)
- Mud Brown (three)
- Never Fail (two)
- Norman Conquest (two)
- North West (hundreds)
- Nude Mann (one)
- Orbit Moon (one)
- Orchestra Harp (one)
- Paris France (several)
- Preserved Fish (one)
- Pullman Carr (several), one with the middle name Palace, as in the Pullman Palace Car Company.
- Rainy Day (one)
- River Bottom (one)
- Rocky Mountain (dozens)
- Sandy Beach (dozens)
- Sea Shore (several)
- Seymour Butts (two) — not just a Bart Simpson prank call!
- Silence Bellows (one)
- Soda Popp (one)
- Strong Beer (one)
- Tell No Lyes (several)
- Ten Million (one), who had a daughter named Decillian Million.
- Timber Wood* (one), who has a sister named Drift Wood.
- Truly Wright (several)
- Tu Morrow (one)
Some of the above are also on my Unusual Name Combinations list.
Finally, don’t forget about the best April Fools’ Day name of all time, April Fool Harris!
*Reminded of this one by @jessiejensen – thanks!
Images from Find a Grave: Constant Craps by user Tonya Sapp Hames; Crystal Kay Ball by user Connie Lagasse Russell; Never McNeil Fail, Sr by user P Black-Avitts; Pullman P Carr by user Emily; Rocky D. Mountain by user Bobbi Janes; Seymour Butts by user suscat.
Here are some strange names I found in an article (Marijuana Pepsi will see you now) published just a few days ago:
- Apocalipsis (female)
- Crystal Sunshine Turpin Lemons (female), who happens to be on Facebook
- Cupcake (female)
- Drift Wood (female), sister of Timber (see below)
- Marijuana Pepsi (female), who has sisters with the very normal names Kimberly and Robin
- Mighty Fine (male)
- Tahiti Starship (female), who says: “My parents were hippies. They said they were dreaming of Tahiti. And they named me Starship after the band.”
- Timber Wood (male), brother of Drift (see above)
- Yellow Light (male), who I’ve blogged about before
Here’s how Marijuana Pepsi Sawyer, who managed to overcome her name and accomplish some very cool things, got her name:
Sawyer’s aunt, Mayetta Jackson of Chicago, clearly remembers when the name was picked in 1972. The newborn’s mother and father were products of the post-Woodstock era when reefer was rampant.
“And they would cool off with a Pepsi,” she said, which makes you think it’s lucky for Sawyer that it wasn’t Coke instead. “I thought it was crazy,” her aunt said about the name, “but they were such fun-loving people that it suited them.”
She’s called “Pepsi” by friends and family.
Source: A woman named Marijuana plays it straight – and wins