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Popularity of the Baby Name Zoya

Posts that Mention the Name Zoya

Librarian-Inspired Baby Name: Zoia

zoia horn's memoir
Horn’s memoirs ZOIA! Memoirs of Zoia Horn, Battler for the People’s Right to Know was published in 1995.

Not only are we in the middle of National Library Week right now, but today is National Library Workers Day specifically.

So lets talk about American librarian Zoia Horn (1918-2014) and the name Zoia.

Zoia Horn was born in Odessa, Ukraine. A few years later her family emigrated to Canada, then moved to New York City.

She first began working at a library in 1942, and throughout her career as a librarian she was an outspoken defender of intellectual freedom.

Most notably, Zoia Horn was the first U.S. librarian sent to jail for “refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom.” In 1972, she spent 20 days in jail after refusing to testify at the conspiracy trial of the Harrisburg Seven, a group of seven religious anti-Vietnam War activists.

She also defended a gay librarian who’d been “attacked for creating a display of gay library materials,” spoke out against the Patriot Act, and objected to public libraries’ attempts to charge patrons fees.

In 2003, the California Library Association established the annual Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award.

Zoia Horn’s first name, Zoia, is an alternative spelling of Zoya, the Ukrainian (and Russian) form of Zoe, which comes from the ancient Greek word z??, meaning “life.” The name Zoe was created in ancient times as a version of the Hebrew-derived name Eve, which may mean “to live” or “to breathe.”

What do you think of the name Zoia?


Image: Zoia! (via Internet Archive)

Popular Baby Names in Poland, 2013

Poland’s top baby names of 2013 were announced a couple of weeks ago.

According to provisional data from the country’s Ministry of the Interior, the most popular baby names last year were Lena and Jakub.

Here are Poland’s projected top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names Boy Names
1. Lena
2. Julia
3. Zuzanna
4. Maja
5. Zofia
6. Amelia
7. Hanna
8. Aleksandra
9. Wiktoria
10. Natalia
11. Oliwia
12. Alicja
13. Nikola
14. Maria
15. Emilia
16. Anna
17. Nadia
18. Gabriela
19. Martyna
20. Antonina
1. Jakub
2. Kacper
3. Filip
4. Szymon
5. Jan
6. Antoni
7. Michał
8. Wojciech
9. Mateusz
10. Bartosz
11. Adam
12. Franciszek
13. Piotr
14. Aleksander
15. Mikołaj
16. Wiktor
17. Igor
18. Marcel
19. Dawid
20. Alan

Baby names that increased in popularity last year include Antonina, Iga, Liliana, Maksymilian, Stanisław and Zofia.

The rare baby names mentioned in the press release were Jessika, Leah, Nathalie, Raisa, Vivian, Collin, Jack, Philipp, Yasin, Elif, Emi, Kenza, Zoya, Mieczysław, Siemowit, Witalij and Wadim.

Source: Lena i Jakub – to najpopularniejsze imiona mijającego roku