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Most Popular Baby Names in Saskatchewan, 2017

According to eHealth Saskatchewan, the most popular baby names in the province in 2017 were Olivia and Liam.

Here are Saskatchewan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 80 baby girls
2. Ava, 65
3. Emma, 58
4. Emily, 51
5. Sophia, 45
6. Harper, 43
7. Amelia, 42
8. Hannah, 37
9. Aria, 36 (2-way tie)
10. Chloe, 36 (2-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Liam, 73 baby boys
2. William, 60
3. Jacob, 57 (2-way tie)
4. Oliver, 57 (2-way tie)
5. Lincoln, 54 (2-way tie)
6. Owen, 54 (2-way tie)
7. Noah, 53
8. Benjamin, 51
9. Jack, 47 (2-way tie)
10. James, 47 (2-way tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Hannah, and Aria replace Scarlett, Paisley, and Ella. (Hanging out in 11th is Brielle, which was also in 11th in 2016.)

In the boys’ top 10, Jacob, Lincoln, Owen, and James replace Lucas, Ethan, Carter, and Logan

Source: Most Popular Baby Names for 2017 – eHealth Saskatchewan

Popular Baby Names in New South Wales, 2017

According to data released NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in New South Wales, Australia, in 2017 were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are NSW’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Charlotte, 482 baby girls
2. Olivia, 463
3. Ava, 379
4. Amelia, 374
5. Mia, 338
6. Isla, 329
7. Chloe, 301
8. Zoe, 295
9. Ella, 291
10. Grace, 285

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 556 baby boys
2. William, 456
3. Noah, 432
4. Jack, 398
5. Henry, 336
6. James, 335
7. Thomas, 330
8. Lucas, 325
9. Ethan, 302
10. Alexander, 296

In the girls’ top 10, Zoe and Ella replace Emily (now 14th) and Ruby (now 15th).

In the boys’ top 10, Henry replaces Leo (now 13th).

In 2016, the top two names were Olivia and Oliver.

And to follow up on the Maddison/Madison thing from last year: Maddison is now ranked 61st in NSW, while Maddison is ranked 76th. In the U.S., in contrast, the double-D version is 357th and the single-D version ranks 17th.

Source: Facts & Statistics – Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages – Department of Justice NSW

Popular Baby Names in Smaller U.S. Territories, 2017

According to the SSA, the most popular baby names in the U.S. territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa — all four regions combined — in 2017 were were Amy and Olivia (tied) and Kevin.

Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names for the four regions:

Girl Names
1. Amy, 12 baby girls (2-way tie)
2. Olivia, 12 (2-way tie)
3. Sophia, 11
4. Ava, 10 (2-way tie)
5. Emma, 10 (2-way tie)
6. Anna, 9
7. Abigail, 8 (3-way tie)
8. Emily, 8 (3-way tie)
9. Mia, 8 (3-way tie)
10. Annie, 7 (…tied with Charlotte, Isabella, Jasmine, and Sarah)

Boy Names
1. Kevin, 20 baby boys
2. Ethan, 19
3. Daniel, 18 (2-way tie)
4. William, 18 (2-way tie)
5. Michael, 15
6. Lucas, 14
7. Andy, 11 (4-way tie)
8. Joshua, 11 (4-way tie)
9. Liam, 11 (4-way tie)
10. Logan, 11 (4-way tie)

In 2016, the top names were Olivia and Daniel.

Could Kevin’s rise to the #1 spot be due to all the Kevins on U.S. network TV lately?

Here are the top names in Puerto Rico, the largest U.S. territory by both area and population.

Source: Popular Baby Names by Territory (SSA)

Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2017

According to data from the Population Register Centre of Finland (Väestörekisterikeskus), the most popular baby names in Finland in 2017 were Aino and Leo.

Here are Finland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Aino, 319 baby girls
2. Eevi, 312
3. Emma, 311
4. Sofia, 302
5. Aada, 272
6. Ella, 259
7. Lilja, 253
8. Helmi, 251
9. Elli, 249
10. Enni and Venla, 247 each (tied)

Boy Names
1. Leo, 414 baby boys
2. Elias, 389
3. Eino, 331
4. Väinö, 316
5. Onni, 313
6. Leevi, 289
7. Niilo, 271
8. Oliver, 263
9. Eetu, 255
10. Noel, 253

In the girls’ top 10, Lilja and Enni replace Pihla and Emilia. The #1 name, Aino, comes from a Finnish word meaning “only one.”

The boys’ top 10 contains the same names, but in a different order.

In 2016, the top names were Sofia and Onni.

Among the minority (about 6%) of Swedish speakers in Finland, the top baby names were Ellen and William.

Sources: De populäraste förnamnen av finskspråkiga barn som föddes år 2017 (PDF), De populäraste förnamnen av svenskspråkiga barn som föddes år 2017 (PDF), Name Service – PRC, Nordic Names Wiki

The Beginning of Broderick

broderick crawford, willie stark, all the kings men
Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark
The first name Roderick has been in use for centuries, but the similar name Broderick is relatively new. It debuted in the U.S. data in 1950:

  • 1953: 29 baby boys named Broderick
  • 1952: 25 baby boys named Broderick
  • 1951: 25 baby boys named Broderick
  • 1950: 30 baby boys named Broderick [debut]
  • 1949: unlisted

The man who inspired this debut? Veteran actor Broderick Crawford. His portrayal of corrupt politician Willie Stark in the drama All the King’s Men, released nationally in early 1950, turned him into a star overnight. He won the Best Actor award at both the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes that year.

The movie was based on the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren. The story was inspired by the rise and fall of notorious Louisiana politician Huey P. Long.

Crawford’s birth name was William Broderick Crawford; Broderick was his mother’s maiden name. There are two possible etymologies for the surname Broderick:

  • The Gaelic surname Ó Bruadair, meaning “descendant of Bruadar.” The origin of Bruadar is either Norse or Irish — sources disagree.
  • The Welsh surname ap Rhydderch, meaning “son of Rhydderch.” The definition of Rhydderch is “reddish brown.”

Do you like the name Broderick? Do you like it more or less than Roderick?

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