There weren’t many high-hitting boy name debuts on the SSA’s 2012 baby name list:
- Naksh, 28 baby boys
- Viaan, 23
- Shenouda, 21
- Tyrann, 15
- Dmoni, 14
- Ardan, 13
- Uwais, 13
- Kaydien, 12
- Arkan, 11
- Brettly, 11
- Maejor, 11
- Viyan, 11
Debut names from the 10-babies-and-under group include Cesc, Wale, Banx, Finnick, Mayjor, Savage, Logic, Maijor, Pinches, Avrumy, Greatness, Grimm, Hawkeye, Truce, Anchor, Ducati, Great, Hsa, Iggy, Romance, Scholar, Sodbileg and Wulfric.
Where do these names come from?
Here are some possible explanations:
- Brettly – from reality show “American Restoration” cast member Brettly.
- Dmoni – variant of Domani, which jumped in usage in 2012. Domani is one of the kids on the reality TV show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.”
- Finnick – from Hunger Games character Finnick Odair.
- Grimm – from TV drama “Grimm.”
- Hawkeye – from The Avengers character Hawkeye.
- Maejor, Maijor, Mayjor – variants of Major, which made big gains last year. Major is one of the kids on the reality TV show “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.”
- Naksh – from Indian TV drama “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai,” in which characters Akshara (played by Hina Khan) and Naitik (played by Karan Mehra) have a baby boy named Naksh in early 2012.
- Shenouda – from Pope Shenouda III, Pope of the Church of Alexandria, who died March of 2012.
- Tyrann – from football player Tyrann Mathieu.
- Viaan, Viyan – from the son of Indian actress Shilpa Shetty. The baby was born in mid-2012.
- Wale – from rapper Wale. (His stage name is a short form of his birth name, Olubowale.)
Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?
Here’s last year’s debut list.