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Popularity of the Baby Name William


Posts that Mention the Name William

Names in the News: Arrow, Burrow, Winter

Some recent and not-so-recent baby names from the news…

Alam: DJ Khaled’s second baby boy, born in January of 2020, was named Alam* (SheKnows). At the 2020 Grammys, where he co-won the award for Best Rap/Sung Performance, DJ Khaled announced both the birth and the name:

I just had a new baby boy a week ago. His name is Alam. It means “the world” in Arabic.

Arrow: A baby boy born in Missouri on a recent Super Bowl Sunday was named Arrow after Arrowhead stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs (KCTV). In light of the fact that Arrow was born with a congenital heart defect that ultimately required a heart transplant, his mother had this to say about his name:

His name has been so fitting for his journey and everything he’s been through. I think we couldn’t have chosen a better name for him and his life. […] I’ve had people tell me an arrow must be pulled back before it can be launched, and I think about that a lot. He’s had a lot of things that have pulled him back but he’s being launched into his future and it’s going to be a very beautiful future.

Burrow: A baby boy born in Louisiana in January of 2020 was named William Burrow McKnight, middle name in honor of LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (TigerDroppings.com).

Raddix: Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden’s first child, a baby girl born in December of 2019, was named Raddix Chloe Wildflower Madden. (The Blast). Here’s what Cameron posted on Instagram:

Happy New Year from the Maddens! We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden. […] While we are overjoyed to share this news, we also feel a strong desire to protect our little one’s privacy. So we won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact that she is really, really cute!! Some would even say RAD:)

Winter & Winter: The first baby born in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, region in 2020 was a baby girl named Winter Wren Kagarise. The second 2020 Fredericksburg baby was a boy who was also named Winter: Winter Gael Aparicio. (Fredericksburg.com — thank you Ellyn for the link!)

*Not “Another One” as I had hoped. ;)

[For more names in the news, check out the name news category.]

Popular Baby Names in New Zealand, 2019

According to New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Amelia and Oliver.

Here are New Zealand’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Amelia, 255 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 248
  3. Isla, 232
  4. Olivia, 225
  5. Ruby, 206
  6. Sophie, 190
  7. Harper, 188
  8. Mila, 187
  9. Willow, 186
  10. Ava, 185

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 335 baby boys
  2. Noah, 297
  3. Leo, 257
  4. Jack, 251
  5. Lucas, 247
  6. George, 232
  7. James, 210 (tie)
  8. William, 210 (tie)
  9. Thomas, 202
  10. Charlie, 192

In the girls’ top 10, Ruby, Sophie, Mila and Willow replace Ella, Isabella, Emily and Mia.

In the boys’ top 10, Thomas and Charlie replace Hunter and Mason.

In 2018, the top names were Charlotte and Oliver.

Finally, the top Maori baby names in New Zealand were Mia, Aria and Maia for girls and Nikau (after the nikau palm tree), Mikaere, and Ari for boys.

Sources: Top Baby Names in New Zealand, New Zealand’s most popular baby names for 2019

Popular Baby Names in PEI, 2019

According Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names on the island in 2019 were Sophie and Liam.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Sophie, 12 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 11
  3. Olivia, 9
  4. Ella and Lucy (2-way tie), 8 each
  5. Amelia, Mia, and Paisley (3-way tie), 7 each
  6. Brielle, Brooklyn, Emma, and Evelyn (4- way tie), 6 each

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 10 baby boys
  2. Benjamin, 9
  3. Carter, Hunter, Oliver, William, and Wyatt (5-way tie), 8 each
  4. Ethan, Jack, Mason, and Noah (4-way tie), 7 each

These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 17th. (By that date, 633 baby girls and 598 baby boys had been born.)

I didn’t post 2018 rankings for PEI, but in 2017 the top two names were Ava and Liam.

Source: Here are P.E.I.’s top baby names of 2019

Popular Baby Names in Ontario, 2018

According to the Government of Ontario, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.

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

Girl Names

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Amelia
  5. Ava

Boy Names

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Lucas
  4. William
  5. Benjamin

In the boys’ top 5, Lucas replaces Logan.

The girls’ top 5, on the other hand, features the same 5 names.

In 2017, the top two names overall were Olivia and Noah.

Source: Olivia and Liam are the Most Popular Baby Names in Ontario

Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2018

According to the Population Register Centre of Finland (Väestörekisterikeskus), the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Eevi and Eeli.

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

Girl Names

  1. Eevi, 304 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 265
  3. Venla, 252
  4. Ella, 248
  5. Aino, 247
  6. Aada, 244
  7. Helmi, 237
  8. Emma, 230
  9. Olivia, 227
  10. Isla, 224

Boy Names

  1. Eeli, 404 baby boys
  2. Elias, 388
  3. Leo, 365
  4. Oliver, 330
  5. Eino, 317
  6. Väinö, 281
  7. Onni, 278
  8. Leevi, 245
  9. Niilo, 214
  10. Noel, 207

In the girls’ top 10, Olivia and Isla replace Lilja, Elli, and Enni. (Two replace three because there was a tie for 10th last year.)

In the boys’ top 10, Eeli — which wasn’t even in the top 10 in 2017 — replaces Eetu. My best guess on the sudden popularity of Eeli is young hockey player Eeli Tolvanen (EY-leh TOLL-vah-nen).

Among Finland’s Swedish-speakers (between 5% and 6% of the total population) the top baby names were Saga and William.

And in 2017, the top names in Finland overall were Aino and Leo.

Sources: Eevi ja Eeli ovat vuoden 2018 suosikkinimet, Nimet – Väestörekisterikeskus, Etunimitilasto 2018 suomenkieliset (PDF)