How popular is the baby name Willoughby in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Willoughby and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Willoughby.
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In mid-2008, an Orlando couple traded the right to name their unborn child for a $100 gas card.
David Partin and Samantha Bailey agreed to name their child, due that winter, after the hosts of a local radio program called the Dixon & Willoughby Morning Show. The hosts said that once they saw the birth certificate, they would hand over the gas card.
So what happened?
Well, the parents-to-be were regularly mentioned both on the show and at the show’s blog (e.g. Nov. 6, Nov. 12, Nov. 14, Nov. 21). The baby girl was going to be named Dixie Ann Willoughby Partin.
I say “going to be” because right after the baby shower on the 21st, the radio program was canceled. Dixon and Willoughby were bumped to make room for a guy called Bubba the Love Sponge.
After that point, there’s no news of the show, the hosts, the parents or the baby. Were all bets off? Did the parents go ahead and use the name anyway?
Don’t get too excited — these aren’t the top names for 2009. (If only!)
Why am I posting old news? Because I recently found a more complete version of the 2008 list that goes all the way down to baby names used in England and Wales just three times. So, the top-ranked names may be old news, but the rest are new. (New to me, anyway.) Here goes:
And now, just for fun, let’s compare usage in England to usage in America:
# UK* Boys
# UK Girls
# U.S. Boys
# U.S. Girls
Mackenzie Makenzie Mckenzie
361 28 462
53 9 66
?** ? ?
4,425 2,048 2,258
*By UK, I mean England and Wales. Not an accurate substitution, I know. But “England and Wales” is just way too long for that spot.
**The 1,000th name on the U.S. top 1,000 was used for 192 baby boys. So the question marks represent some number between 0 and 192.
***Update: Kelly has astutely pointed out that raw numbers can be misleading. I’m not going to change the chart — I’m just too lazy — but I’ve thrown in some rough totals, for context.