How popular is the baby name Xenophon in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Xenophon and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Xenophon.
Here’s another batch of long, unusual-but-real names. (Here are batches 1 and 2.)
- Melusina: Feminist Melusina Fay Peirce, leader of the “cooperative housekeeping” movement, was born in Vermont in 1836.
- Moscelyne: Native American ballerina Moscelyne Larkin was born in Oklahoma in 1925.
- Olinthus: Mathematician Olinthus Gilbert Gregory was born in England in 1774.
- Orator: Politician Orator H. LaCraft was born in Wisconsin in 1850.
- Ottobuono: Ottobuono de’ Fieschi (later Pope Adrian V) was born in Italy during the 13th century.
- Percenia: Nurse Percenia Johnson was on the cover of Jet in 1953:
- Spurzheim: Politician Spurzheim “Spud” Derby was born in Indiana in 1856.
- Roberdeau: Astronomer Roberdeau Buchanan was born in Pennsylvania in 1839. His first name was his mother’s maiden name.
- Twentyman: Twentyman Wood of Connecticut received U.S. patent 19,275 in 1858. (His name reminds me of Twentynine Palms, California.)
- Verrazzani: Judge Verrazzani C. Bratton, Sr., was born in Arkansas in 1860.
- Whitemarsh: Politician Whitemarsh B. Seabrook was born in South Carolina in 1793.
- Xenophon: Lawyer Xenophon P. Huddy, an early specialist in automobile law, was born in Rhode Island in 1876.
- Xiuhtezcatl: Environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl (pron. shu-tez-caht) Martinez was born in Colorado circa 2000.
And one non-human entry: Louboutina, “Loubie,” the hugging dog of Instagram.
In early 2011, the blog Smart Politics analyzed the first names of all the U.S. Senators elected or appointed within the last 100 years.
In total, there were 884 senators and 313 names.
The most common names were these:
- John (including Jon, Jonathan, and Johnny) – total of 65 senators (7.4%)
- William (including Bill) – 50 (5.7%)
- James (including Jim) – 44 (5.0%)
- Robert (including Bob and Rob) – 34 (3.9%)
- Thomas (including Tom) – 29 (3.3%)
- George – 25 (2.8%)
- Charles (including Chuck) – 22 (2.5%)
- Joseph (including Joe) – 21 (2.4%)
- Frank – 17 (1.9%)
- Richard (including Rick and Dick) – 16 (1.8%)
Some of the unique names were Spessard, Furnifold, Zales, Xenophon, Olympia, Orrin, Rand, Saxby, Sherrod and Barack.
Names that have become popular recently in the Senate include Mark and Mike/Michael.
Source: What’s in a Name? From Abraham to Zell, 100 Years of U.S. Senators
A dozen peculiar names:
- Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway (b. 1973) – retired English footballer who goes by the name “Charlie.” Each given name corresponds to a player on the 1972-1973 Queens Park Rangers team.
- Collingwood Schreiber (1831-1918) – Canadian surveyor and engineer.
- Delarivier Manley (d. 1724) – English novelist.
- Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims (b. 1986) – Alabama State University basketball player.
- Hawthorne Wingo – New York Knicks player during the 1970s. (Discovered this one in a Beastie Boys song, of all places.)
- Icie Macy Hoobler (1892-1984) – American physiologist and biochemist.
- Manton Marble (1834-1917) – editor of the New York World.
- Pomeroy Tucker (1802-1870) – American journalist.
- Quett Ketumile Joni Masire (b. 1925) – second president of Botswana.
- Rensis Likert (1903–1981) – American organizational psychologist.
- Schelto Patijn (1936-2007) – Dutch politician.
- Xenophon Pierce Wilfley (1871-1931) – U.S. senator from Missouri.
Which one do you like the most?