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The 10 Children of Arthur Guinness

In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded Ireland’s now-famous Guinness Brewery.

A couple of years later, in 1761, he married his wife Olivia. She had 21 pregnancies — 10 live births and 11 miscarriages. (“It is a testament to her solid constitution that she survived 21 pregnancies in an era when so many women died in childbirth.”)

Here are the names of their ten children (4 girls, 6 boys):

  1. Elizabeth (born in 1763)
  2. Hosea (1765)
  3. Arthur II (1768)
  4. Edward (1772)
  5. Olivia (1775)
  6. Benjamin (1777)
  7. William Lunell (1779)
  8. Louisa (1781)
  9. John Grattan (1783)
  10. Mary Anne (1787)

Three of Arthur’s sons — Arthur II, Benjamin, and William Lunell — ended up working in the family business.

I don’t know where the middle name “Lunell” came from, but “Grattan” was a surname on Olivia’s side of the family. It was her mother’s maiden name, and it was also the surname of distant cousin/politician Henry Grattan, “through whose lobbying major changes in the fiscal status of beer were eventually secured, most dramatically with the abolition of the excise duty on beer in 1795.”

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Popular Baby Names in South Australia, 2020

According to the Government of South Australia, the most popular baby names in the state last year were Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are South Australia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 118 baby girls
  2. Olivia, 103
  3. Amelia, 99
  4. Ava, 96
  5. Isla, 94
  6. Grace, 83
  7. Ella, 79
  8. Harper, 75
  9. Willow, 67
  10. Ivy, 66

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 147 baby boys
  2. Henry, 116
  3. Noah, 107
  4. Leo, 106 (tie)
  5. William, 106 (tie)
  6. Charlie, 101
  7. Jack, 85
  8. Lucas, 80
  9. James, 78
  10. Elijah, 77

In the girls’ top 10, Ella and Harper replaced Sophie and Mia.

In the boys’ top 10, Lucas, James, and Elijah replaced Oscar, Harvey, and Mason.

In 2019, the top two names in SA were also Charlotte and Oliver.

Source: Popular Baby Names – Data.SA

Babies Named for Sailing Ships (R)

The people below were born aboard — and named after! — ships with R-names…

  • Raglan:
    • George Raglan Wilson, born in 1858
  • Rakaia:
    • Ann Rakaia Hoberfield, born in 1874
    • Albert Rakaia Dillon, born in 1874
  • Rajasthan:
    • Blythe Atkinson Rajasthan Malcahey, born in 1854
    • Lydia Eliza Rajasthan Rogers, born in 1854
  • Ramsey:
    • Florence Ramsey Hickman, born in 1873
    • Stephen Abbott Ramsey Johnson, born in 1873
  • Rathlin:
    • Alexander Rathlin Cunningham, born in 1879
  • Ravensdale:
    • Norman Ravensdale Smith, born in 1887
  • Remington:
    • Jane Remington Moore, born in 1877
  • Renown:
    • Edwin Renown Chillman, born in 1864
  • Restoria:
    • John Restoria Hamilton, born in 1875
  • Rialto:
    • Rialto Strick, born in 1883
  • Rimutaka:
    • Henry Rimutaka Wilson, born in 1886
  • Rinaldo:
    • William Rinaldo Lawn, born in 1869
    • Hewy Arthur Rinaldo Cox, born in 1869
  • Roma:
    • Roma Douglas Titel Ziell, born in 1882
    • Roma Brown, born in 1883
    • May Roma Kirk, born in 1883
    • Bessie Roma Taylor, born in 1883
  • Roman:
    • Annie Roman McNebo, born in 1887
  • Romsdal:
    • William Romsdal Osborn, born in 1883
  • Rooparell:
    • John Rooparell McGahan, born in 1874
    • J. P. Rooperell Fuller, born in 1874
  • Rosebud:
    • Rosebud Collie, born in 1883
  • Roseneath:
    • Janet Roseneath Gibson, born in 1876
  • Royal Charter:
    • Charterina Campbell, born in 1857
    • Royal Charter Bertha Parl, born in 1858

Do you think any of the ship names above work particularly well as human names?

Source: FamilySearch.org

Popular and Unique Baby Names in Alberta, 2020

Last year, the Canadian province of Alberta welcomed 49,030 babies — 25,160 boys and 23,870 girls.

What were the most popular baby names among these 2020 babies? Olivia and Noah.

Here are the top-10 lists by gender:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 236 baby girls
  2. Emma, 184
  3. Charlotte, 161
  4. Ava, 159
  5. Sophia, 151
  6. Amelia, 145
  7. Isla, 133
  8. Emily, 127
  9. Lily, 123
  10. Abigail, 114

Boy Names

  1. Noah, 239 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 229
  3. Liam, 206
  4. Benjamin, 182
  5. William, 178
  6. Jack, 169
  7. Lucas, 163
  8. Theodore, 159
  9. Levi, 153
  10. Owen, 152

In the girls’ top 10, Isla and Lily replaced Hannah and Elizabeth. In fact, Lily jumped all the way from 24th (in 2019) to 9th (in 2020).

In the boys’ top 10, Theodore and Levi replaced Ethan and Jacob. Levi, like Lily, saw a big jump from 27th (in 2019) to 9th (in 2020).

Rare baby names that were bestowed just once in Alberta last year include…

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Aztrellina, Bellashae, Chloezel, Dexy, Electrona, Franzene, Goldwyn, Hirtoli, Iskra-Maurize, Jenebith, Kikasia, Kisik, Larkspur, Magaty, Mirgisee, Nannally, Nomvela, Obsinet, Pkachhouk, Qaroo, Rhemalie, Roanix, Silk-Nightsun, Slyzze, Somadina, Tezlokai, Trixene, Ulita, Vallyn, Wapikwanew, Wicanphi-Peta, Xeene, Yatika, ZintayaArctic, Boajor, Chinook, Discern, Edline, Fendt, Greysky, Hananiah, Iforel, Jryxx, Kikisepaw-Kihiw, Kjerrand, Lelouch, Marlgrae, Moyo, Naatósíniipi, Nufuri, Outlaw, Psalmson, Qifan, Rionzed, Running, Sikapiohkitopi, Sîktogeja, StormRyder, Taiga, Tonderai, Ulfbjorn, Valois, Wapikihew, Wembley, Xylatar, Ynno, Zeuxis-Finn

Here are some explanations and/or potential influences for a few of the above:

  • Pkachhouk, or pka chhouk, means “lotus” in Khmer (Cambodian). Pka by itself is the word for “flower.”
  • Wapikwanew means “flower” in Cree.
  • Kikisepaw-Kihiw — kikisepaw means “morning, dawn” and kihiw means “eagle” in Cree.
  • Kjerrand is a Norwegian name ultimately derived from a Germanic name made up of elements meaning “army” and “rim, edge (of a shield).”
  • Lelouch Lamperouge is an anime character.
  • Sîktogeja means “wolf” in Nakoda.
  • The Taiga is the coniferous forest of the subarctic.
  • Valois (pronounced val-wa) was both a historical region and a historical royal house of France.

More of Alberta’s unique baby names can be found on Patreon.

Finally, in 2019, the top two names in Alberta were also Olivia and Noah.

Sources: Alberta’s Top Baby Names (PDFs: Girl Names, Boy Names), Olivia and Noah most popular baby names in 2020, Online Cree Dictionary, Nordic Names

Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2020

According to Western Australia’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia last year were Isla and Oliver.

Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Isla, 176 baby girls
  2. Olivia, 165
  3. Mia, 160
  4. Charlotte, 149
  5. Ava, 138
  6. Amelia, 135
  7. Grace, 133
  8. Ella, 125
  9. Matilda, 123
  10. Isabella, 121

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 221 baby boys
  2. Noah, 213
  3. Jack, 169
  4. Leo, 164
  5. Charlie, 150
  6. William, 146
  7. Lucas, 141
  8. James, 138
  9. Thomas, 136 (tie)
  10. Elijah, 136 (tie)

In the girls’ top 10, Matilda and Isabella replaced Harper and Lucy.

In the boys’ top 10, Elijah replaced Mason.

In 2019, the top two names were Olivia and Jack.

Sources: Popular Baby Names – DOJ – Govt of Western Australia, Isla and Oliver top choices for baby names in 2020