How popular is the baby name Wonder in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Wonder and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Wonder.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health website doesn’t have baby name data for 2016, but it does have data covering 1995 to 2013, so let’s work with that.
The most popular baby names in Los Angeles County in 2013 were Sophia and Jacob. Here are L.A.’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2013:
1. Sophia, 984 baby girls
2. Isabella, 777
3. Mia, 762
4. Emily, 688
5. Emma, 609
6. Sofia, 550
7. Olivia, 473
8. Samantha, 458
9. Victoria, 410
10. Camila, 405
1. Jacob, 948 baby boys
2. Jayden, 926
3. Matthew, 895
4. Ethan, 829
5. Daniel, 784
6. Nathan, 761
7. Noah, 657
8. Anthony, 633
9. Alexander, 617
10. David, 600
And here are some of the baby names that were apparently used just once in L.A. from 1995 to 2013:
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Aijia, Bobbierose, Coakley, Dashley, Ella-Lily, Fallen Star, Georgedith, Haydeline, Ilynne, Jatalia, Khando, Luna Sol, Mexeen, Nonoka, Ofri, Purple, Qiqi, Rhofanie, Sloka, Ting, Ulani, Vixi, Wonder, Xanterra, Yudibeth, Zayleen
Abbos, Banksy, Clifford, Dro, Exsol, Foxton, Guster, Holtzen, Iniesta, Jayden-Dreden, Kayd, Leviathan, Mondrick, Noaz, Ordisi, Pocky, Querbin, Rundy, Snayther, Tarzis, Uyedon, Verwyn, Westgene, Xinran, Yitzchack, Zander Ray
Want to see more California baby names? Here are Sonoma’s rankings for 2015 and San Diego’s rankings for 2016.
Source: Find a Baby Name – L.A. County Public Health
According to data from Retraite Québec, the most popular baby names in Quebec in 2015 were Emma and Thomas/William (tied).
Here are the province’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
1. Emma, 615 baby girls
2. Léa, 535
3. Olivia, 475
4. Alice, 471
5. Florence, 460
6. Zoe, 429
7. Chloe, 398
8. Beatrice, 390
9. Charlotte, 381
10. Rosalie, 350
1. Thomas, 754 baby boys
2. William, 754 baby boys
3. Jacob, 663
4. Liam, 661
5. Félix, 638
6. Nathan, 630
7. Samuel, 583
8. Logan, 576
9. Alexis, 554
10. Noah, 537
In 2015, Emma replaced Lea as the top girl name, William joined Thomas as the top boy name, Beatrice replaced Charlie in the girls’ top 10, and Noah replaced Olivier in the boy’s top 10. (Here are the 2014 rankings.)
[UPDATE, May 2017 – The Quebec rankings for 2015 have since been updated and it looks like William has pulled ahead of Thomas to become the sole #1 name.]
Of all 9,096 girl names on Quebec’s list in 2015, 74.5% of them were used a single time. Here are some of the unique girl names:
- Allegresse – the French word allégresse means “joy, elation.”
- Confiance – the French word confiance means “confidence, trust.”
- Exaucee – the French verb exaucer means “to grant a wish.”
- Flory Comfort
- Garance – the French word garance refers to a shade of red created from the root of the madder plant.
- Glad Marie
- Graytchelle Mayssa – a Gretchen + Rachel smoosh?
- Happy Moussoni
- Luneve – reminds me of Leneve.
- M Mah Bourgeois
- Mingolou Oracle-Kidj
- Paphaelle – typo?
- Praise Peter
- Relilah – typo?
- Symphony Melody
- Uri Wonder
- Winola – this one reminds me of early 20th-century America.
Of all 7,920 boy names on Quebec’s list in 2015, 76.5% of them were bestowed just once. Here are some of the unique boy names:
- Appamatta – the Pali word appamatta means “diligent, careful.”
- Bradley Prague
- Brady Bullet – this one reminds me of modern America (e.g. Shooter, Trigger).
- Cedrick Wolynsky
- Chrysolithe – a type of gem (a.k.a. peridot).
- Diamond-Heliodor – two more gems.
- Drake Luke
- Elliottt – the only triple T’s in the U.S. data so far are Mattthew and Britttany. Probably typos, but you never know.
- Exauce – the masculine form of Exaucee.
- Garnet – another gem.
- Gningnery Yoshua
- Icky Neymar
- Iola Stevie
- Jimmy Johnny
- Michael Antares – reminds me of an earlier Antares.
- Napesis – the Cree word napesis means “boy” or “little boy.”
- Rowdy Chance
- Tysaiah Jay
- Whidjley Densly
- Woobs Therly
For more sets of rankings, check out the name rankings category.
Source: Retraite Québec – List of Baby Names
In mid-2004, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and musician Chris Martin welcomed a daughter they named Apple.
Soon after, a woman named Strawberry Saroyan (granddaughter of writer William Saroyan) wrote a long letter to the New York Times about her experiences with a fruit-name. Here are some highlights:
- Strawberry found it helpful to be raised in a “tiny California beach community full of poets, peppered with lots of other kids with unconventional names.” Her younger sister was named Cream, and other kids were named Ivory, Shelter, Wonder, Ocean, Raspberry and Echo.
What were they going to do, make fun of me? They did, but I could bite back. I’ll never forget the terror as Cream and I awaited the arrival of Wonder’s mother to speak with ours because we had been calling her daughter Wonder Bread.
- When Strawberry was 13, her family moved to a “super-preppy” town in Connecticut. “I had little choice but to change my name, a shift that stuck for three years (I chose Cara).”
- One of the reasons Strawberry now likes her name is that it serves as an ice-breaker, “especially in the company of other people from well-known families.”
Once when I was in the offices of George magazine, John F. Kennedy Jr. shook my hand enthusiastically. “Strawberry? Tell me about your parents!” The irony seemed delightful: How often had he, perhaps the most famous progeny in the world, gotten to say those words? I wanted to throw the question back at him: what were J.F.K. and Jackie like? But I restrained myself.
Here’s the full letter: “Named for a Fruit? Make Juice.” (New York Times, 30 May 2004)
Image: eton mess by Mari Liis