How popular is the baby name Voltaire 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 Voltaire.
Several years ago, Gawker readers decided that Dillinger was the most pretentious baby name ever.
Certain surname-names do seem pretentious to me, but I don’t know about Dillinger. It makes me think of criminals.
I think names stolen from intellectuals (e.g., Aristotle, Einstein,
Kierkegaard, Socrates, Voltaire) are more pretentious than surname-names.
What types of baby names do you think of as being pretentious?
The Most Pretentious Baby Name Ever
Canada’s province of Alberta has just released baby name statistics for 2009. Here are the top names for each gender, followed by some of the names that were used only once last year.
*Possibly after American football player
**These kids need to have a playdate together one day.
*** Joviale is French for jovial.
Update – Just discovered that Ericlindross is also on the list. It’s a boy name. Looks like it was inspired by former NHL player
P.S. Here is
last year’s post on baby names in Alberta.