How popular is the baby name Zenith in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Zenith.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Zenith


Posts that Mention the Name Zenith

Uplifting Baby Names

I have a soft spot for word names with inspiring definitions. I love how they can often double as one-word mantras.

So here are five word names with two things in common. First, each one has appeared in the U.S. data within the last few years. And, second, each one has a definition pertaining to height or upward movement — which signifies, to me, motivating concepts like progress* and improvement.

Click the links to see the popularity graphs.

  • Summit means “peak” or “highest point.” It can be traced back to the Latin word summus, meaning “highest.”
  • Meridian can mean “highest point” by way of its literal meaning, “mid-day,” from the Latin word meridianum (medius, “middle,” plus dies, “day”). Mid-day is when the sun is at its highest point.
  • Zenith, in astronomy, refers to the point in the sky vertically above a given position and, by extension, means “peak” or “highest point.” The origin is an an Arabic phrase meaning “the way over the head.”
  • Crown can refer to the “top part” of various things (a head, a hill, a hat, an arch, etc.) by extension of its best-known definition, “royal headdress.”
  • Rise means “to move upwards.” It was derived from the Old English word risan, which essentially had the same meaning. (Don’t confuse Rise with Risë!)

Which of the above would you be most likely to use as a baby name? Can you think of any similar names you’d add to the list?

*Progress itself has been used as a name before — it popped up in Alberta data just recently — but it has yet to appear in the U.S. data.

Source: Online Etymology Dictionary

Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2016

According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most popular baby names in England and Wales last year were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2016:

Girl Names
1. Olivia, 5,017 baby girls
2. Amelia, 4,777
3. Emily, 3,551
4. Isla, 3,476
5. Ava, 3,285
6. Isabella, 2,729
7. Lily, 2,722
8. Jessica, 2,703
9. Ella, 2,702
10. Mia, 2,662

Boy Names
1. Oliver, 6,623 baby boys
2. Harry, 5,284
3. George, 5,263
4. Jack, 4,751
5. Jacob, 4,485
6. Noah, 4,305
7. Charlie, 4,190
8. Muhammad, 3,908
9. Thomas, 3,898
10. Oscar, 3,894

In 2015, the #1 names were Amelia and Oliver.

In the girls’ top 10, Lily replaced Poppy. In the boys’ top 10, Muhammad replaced William.

Finally, here are some of the rare baby names from the other end of the rankings. Each was given to exactly 3 babies in England and Wales last year.

Rare Girl Names Rare Boy Names
Adrijana, Barira, Clove, Damla, Eloghosa, Flossy, Ginika, Hivda, Irtiqa, Jadesola, Kisa, Lwsi, Merina, Niniola, Oracle, Petruta, Ronny, Sirin, Teuta, Umm, Verona, Winta, Xanthia, Yvette, Zeliha Athavan, Believe, Cuban, Danujan, Endeavour, Finton, Gilby, Hale, Inder, Jeston, Kleart, Lando, Mordche, Nosson, Otli, Pavith, Rune, Smit, Tishan, Ugnius, Vencel, Wilfie, Yanky, Zenith

Sources: Baby names in England and Wales: 2016, Girl name statistics, Boy name statistics

The Odd Names of the Hakki Pikki

Members of the nomadic Hakki Pikki tribe of southern India are known for their unusual names.

According to Dr. K. M. Metry, chairman of the Department of Tribal Studies at Kannada University, the Hakki Pikki people “used to name their children after the river or the mountain that they worshipped. Following the political turmoil and change in regimes, they got dispersed in different regions of South India.”

Traveling, hunting, and begging are a part of the Hakki Pikki way of life, but as these things became criminalized during the 20th century, the Hakki Pikki themselves came to be seen as criminals. So they disguised their identity by giving their children nontraditional names, such as…

  • British, named “during the independence struggle”
  • Coffee
  • Court (male), “born at a camp set up by his nomadic family near a district court”
  • Cycle Rani
  • Deluxe Express
  • English
  • Glucose (female)
  • Government
  • Japan (male)
  • Pistol*
  • Post Office

These actually aren’t much different from the bizarre names of Meghalaya, which include Friday, Moonlight, and Zenith.

*Did you know that Pistol and other gun names (e.g., Caliber, Trigger, Shooter, Gunner) have been on the rise in the U.S. recently?

Sources: Meet Mr Court of the Hakki Pikki tribe, who’s nephew of late Japan, The Hakki Pikki Tales – The Alemaari Trails, The man who lived with the tribes

Phone Book Fishing in Mississippi – Clemmer, Hilrie, Kermis, Velleph

I’m currently in Mississippi visiting family. We’ve been driving around a lot, so I’ve had enough downtime to thumb through most of the phone book. Here are some interesting names from the nearby towns of New Augusta, Ovett, Pittman, Poplarville and Purvis:

Ada’Carol
Afard
Almond
Anselina
Arange
Arnettia
Audis
Azeline
Baldo
Bliss
Calona
Caroldean
Cazz
Charolet
Chassidy
Chelciah
Clelly
Clemath
Clemmer
Clemmietee
Clyatt
Commodore
Corky
Creighton
Dagnes
Delindy
Dillus
Dimple
Durinda
Dwanna
Dwyn
Dymple
Everlean
Evon
Felechia
Flois
Fredna
Heber
Hilrie
Hulon
Hywel
Ivanter
Jerid
Joe-Michael
Juaneese
Kermis
Kimble
Kirt
Laquida
LaVaur
Lee’Terrio
Lennell
Lodriguess
Marsel
Maximino
Metressa
Monette
Montrecia
Myrnis
Nalmer
Narvell
Novin
Odis
Ogla
Onlie
Otera
Ottice
Parinda
Patci
Printiss
Raebeth
Rejonna
Rembert
Rondlyn
Rutha
Sha’Derrika
Shawnacy
Sheral
Sidera
Silesa
Sinyetta
Stansel
Sugar
Themarie
Tiki
Tillous
Toie
Toxie
Trampus
Tylinda
Urobert
Velleph
Vernessa
Vonceil
Voncele
Voncile
Wyatte
Zeal
Zenith
Zennis
Zettie
Zollie

I’ve also noticed what seems to be a disproportionately high number of Rhondas in these towns and in others. (That’s right–more of this tomorrow! I know you’re excited.)