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Popularity of the Baby Name William


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Popular Baby Names in Denmark, 2018

According to Statistics Denmark, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were (again) Ida and William.

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

Girl Names

  1. Ida, 456 baby girls
  2. Emma, 453
  3. Alma, 437 (tie)
  4. Ella, 437 (tie)
  5. Sofia, 423
  6. Freja, 417
  7. Josefine, 411
  8. Clara, 395
  9. Anna, 377
  10. Karla, 357

Boy Names

  1. William, 600 baby boys
  2. Noah, 528
  3. Oscar, 506
  4. Lucas, 495
  5. Victor, 489
  6. Malthe, 482
  7. Oliver, 468
  8. Alfred, 467
  9. Carl, 463
  10. Valdemar, 400

On the girls’ list, Clara and Karla replace Alberte and Agnes.

On the boys’ list, Valdemar replaces Emil.

Here are Denmark’s rankings for 2017.

Source: Names of Newborn Children – Statistics Denmark

Popular Baby Names in Sonoma County, CA, 2018

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According to the government of Sonoma, California, the most popular baby names in the county in 2018 were Camila and Mateo.

Here are Sonoma’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Camila, 28 baby girls
  2. Isabella, 27
  3. Olivia, 26
  4. Emma, 23
  5. Sophia and Abigail, 21 (tied)

Boy Names

  1. Mateo, 33 baby boys
  2. Alexander, 25
  3. William, 24
  4. Angel, 20
  5. Liam, Benjamin and Adrian, 19 (3-way tie)

And here are some of the baby names from the other end of the list. Each of these was used just once in Sonoma in 2018:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Ariscel, Aumber, Bivianny, Bellona, Citrina, Evening, Elliadria, Happi, Hibatullah, Itzae, Marrakech, Novalu, Naviannan, Punelupi, Sahori, Sixela, Taya, Xylamoon, YunaAthos, Andoni, Bromley, Calcagno, Castle, Dreyce, Gridley, Harlem, Ilaisa, Kaxachi, Kestrel, Neon, Olonzo, Pride, Stream, Summit, Track, Truckee, Xavion

(I posted more of Sonoma County’s unique baby names over on Patreon.)

The top names in 2017 were Mia and Mateo.

Source: Sonoma County Baby Names

Popular Baby Names in British Columbia, 2018

According to British Columbia’s Vital Statistics Agency, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

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

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 246 baby girls
  2. Emma, 222
  3. Amelia, 170 (tie)
  4. Charlotte, 170 (tie)
  5. Chloe, 160
  6. Sophia, 149
  7. Ava, 148
  8. Isla, 137
  9. Emily, 134
  10. Abigail, 132

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 283 baby boys
  2. Lucas, 225
  3. Oliver, 211
  4. Benjamin, 200
  5. Logan, 183
  6. Ethan, 182
  7. Noah, 181 (tie)
  8. William, 181 (tie)
  9. James, 175
  10. Leo, 165

In the girls’ top 10, Isla replaces Hannah.

In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Owen.

Names used just five times each in 2018 include…

  • Girl names: Ayda, Bria, Clover, Dilnoor, Ever, Flora, Guneet, Havana, Irene, Jenny, Krystal, Lavinia, Magnolia, Opal, Pippa, Rosha, Sahej, Taryn, Waverly, Zia
  • Boy names: Adriel, Bjorn, Clyde, Drake, Eamon, Fergus, Graydon, Hamza, Ibraheem, Jagger, Kaya, Leland, Malikai, Ollie, Partap, Reginald, Smith, Tegh, Watson, Zephyr

In 2017, the top names were Olivia and Benjamin.

Source: Baby’s Most Chosen Names in British Columbia, 2018

Popular Baby Names in Wisconsin, 2017

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the most popular baby names in the state two years ago were Olivia and Henry.

Here are Wisconsin’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017 (which were released in mid-2019):

Girl Names

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Evelyn
  4. Charlotte
  5. Ava
  6. Amelia
  7. Harper
  8. Sophia
  9. Nora
  10. Isabella

Boy Names

  1. Henry
  2. Oliver
  3. William
  4. Liam
  5. Logan
  6. Owen
  7. Noah
  8. Wyatt
  9. Levi
  10. Lincoln

In the girls’ top 10, Isabella replaces Abigail.

In the boys’ top 10, Logan, Levi, and Lincoln replace Mason, Jackson, and Carter.

(According to the 2017 SSA data, the top 10 boy names in Wisconsin were slightly different, and in a slightly different order.)

In 2016, the top two names in Wisconsin (according to the state) were Olivia and Oliver.

Source: 25 Most Popular Names for Newborns, Wisconsin

A Whole Bunch of Hobarts

Garret A. Hobart

In 1896, people were thinking politics. We can see it in the baby names that saw the biggest relative increases in usage from 1895 to 1896: Hobart (744%), Hobert (488%), Bryan (481%), Jennings (344%), Bryant (271%), and Mckinley (256%).

I think most of us will recognize William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan as two of the influences here. But where did “Hobart” and “Hobert” come from?

Before I get to the answer, here’s some data on the usage of Hobart and Hobert for baby boys in America during the 1890s:

Year# Hobarts, SSA# Hoberts, SSA
189842 (rank: 281st)42 (rank: 282nd)
1897105 (rank: 148th)60 (rank: 216th)
1896135 (rank: 128th)47 (rank: 263rd)
189516 (rank: 515th)8 (rank: 829th)
18947 (rank: 907th)5 (not in top 1,000)

And here’s some (more reliable) data from the Social Security Death Index showing the same overall trend:

Year# Hobarts, SSDI# Hoberts, SSDI
1898229141
1897514243
1896770263
18958443
18944010

So where did Hobart (and Hobert) come from?

Garret Hobart, the corporate lawyer who became the Republican nominee for vice president in June of 1896. He and running mate McKinley were strong advocates of the Gold Standard, whereas Bryan was as supporter of Free Silver.

McKinley and Hobart won the election and were sworn into their respective offices in March of 1897. Unlike most vice presidents up to that point, Hobart “enjoyed an unusually close relationship with the president and was often consulted on major policy issues.”

But his term was cut short. He became ill in early 1899, his health declined as the year wore on, and he died of heart disease in November at age 55.

During his last summer, though, he and his wife Jennie had some fun with names while staying at their seaside New Jersey home, which featured an outdoor fountain:

This fountain we stocked with gold fish that grew so tame they followed us as we walked round it. One fish, with a huge gold spot on his back, we named McKinley; one with a big silver mark we named Bryan. The most gorgeous one of all whose coat, shot with crimson, white and gold looked like a uniform, we named General Miles.

What are your thoughts on Hobart as a first name? Is it usable these days?

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