How popular is the baby name Turquoise 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 Turquoise.
We’re very familiar with gemstone baby names names like Ruby, Opal and Jade. But you probably haven’t met anyone (yet?) who has one these names on their birth certificate…
- Citrine: Citrine debuted in the SSA data in 2019. Citrine is an orange-y variety of quartz. It’s one of the birthstones for November.
- Kyanite: Kyanite debuted in 2019 as well. Kyanite is typically blue, and its name is related to the color word “cyan.”
- Lazuli: Lazuli, part of the rock name lapis lazuli (which translates to “stone of azure”), debuted in 2016.
- Malachite: Malachite debuted in 2017. Malachite is a green-banded mineral. Its name refers to the leaves of the mallow plant.
These join the many gem-names — Amethyst, Angelite, Beryl, Celestine, Diamond, Emerald, Garnet, Jasper, Larimar, Obsidian, Olivine, Onyx, Sapphire, Topaz, Turquoise, etc. — that have previously appeared in the SSA data. (Not to mention the rock names Coal, Flint, Granite, Shale, and Slate.)
I’m sure Citrine and Kyanite won’t be the last of the names in this category to emerge in the data, though, because there are just so many other nicely-named minerals and rocks out there. Some examples…
- Agate: a banded, colored quartz with a name that happens to look and sound similar to Agatha.
- Alexandrite: a color-changing variety of chrysoberyl named after Alexander II of Russia. It’s one of the birthstones for June.
- Ametrine: a type of quartz with zones of purple and yellow/orange; a mix of amethyst and citrine.
- Carnelian: a red variety of quartz. Its name can be traced back to the Latin word conus, the name of a type of berry.
- Peridot: a green gemstone with a name of unknown origin. It’s the birthstone for August.
- Selenite: a type of gypsum. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for “moon,” selene. (If you’ve ever watched metaphysical content on YouTube, you’ve probably seen a selenite wand before…)
- Tourmaline: a gem that comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s one of the birthstones for October.
Which gem/mineral/rock name do you think we’ll spot next in the U.S. baby name data?
The most popular baby names in the Canadian province of Quebec in 2009 were:
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time for the fun stuff. Here are some of the baby names that were bestowed only once in Quebec last year. (I didn’t see another Kierkegaard, but I did spot a Rousseau!)
- Attila Norbert (boy) – Part ferocious, part dorky. Love the contrast.
- Aztlan (boy) – Legendary homeland of the Nahua (Aztecs).
- Bienheureux (boy) – French for “very happy” or “blessed.”
- Billary (girl) – Bill + Hilary? Could it be some sort of tribute?
- Carnegie Ursula (girl) – Interesting.
- Fraidy (girl) – I was actually having a conversation about about cats when I noticed this one.
- Galadrielle (girl) – Galadriel with a French twist. (Not the hairdo, of course. That would look completely out of place in Middle-earth.)
- God-Day (boy) – Reminds me of God’s Power from a few weeks ago.
- Greace (girl) and Alizee Greace (girl) – Is Greace supposed to be Grace? It looks more like Grease, which is gross.
- Great-Rousseau (girl) – I love these philosopher names. Wonder who’ll pop up next year. Descartes? Spinoza?
- Harvest (girl) – Call me crazy, but I like it. Nice associations, and Harvie makes a cute nickname.
- Heavenly-Trinity (girl) – Either one or the other, I’d say. The combination is a bit much.
- Jeanne-Bosco (girl) – Surely inspired by St. John Bosco.
- Kinda Ahmed (girl) – Not definitely Ahmed, but kinda Ahmed.
- Klervi (girl) – It looks made-up, but it’s legit. Comes from the name of an obscure saint.
- Limerick (boy) – Lemme guess…an older sister named Sestina?
- Nervastone (boy) – “Forget flagstone–try Nervastone!”
- Precious-Angel (girl) – See Heavenly-Trinity.
- Rafter (boy) – Do they hope he’ll swing from one when he’s older?
- Ratzy (girl) – Well, much of January ’09 was part of the Year of the Rat. Maybe that’s where this comes from.
- Rose-Desneiges (girl) – Des neiges is French for “of the snows.”
- Schneider-Himrick (boy) – Sounds like a tool company.
- Shadey (girl) – The government of Quebec complains about a superfluous diacritic, but doesn’t mind that a newborn has been dubbed “Shadey”? Hm.
- Syntyche (girl) – Means “with fate” in ancient Greek.
- Tayden (boy) – First time I’ve seen this particular -ayden.
- Turquoise Gold (girl) – School colors, maybe?
- Wilberlyne (girl) – Kind of a cute way to feminize Wilber.
Have you had a chance to look through the list? If so, did you notice any interesting names?
Source: Régie des rentes Québec