Which girl names decreased in usage the most from 2020 to 2021?
Here’s a table of the fastest-falling girl names of 2021. On the left are the top 25 decreases in terms of absolute numbers of babies, and on the right are the top 25 decreases in terms of relative numbers of babies.
*Also at -67% were Helayna, Asmara, Arriyah, Anu, Akane, Kimberlin, Jojo, Elianni, Naleya and Leta.
Preserved Fish (1766-1846) had an interesting life, but he’s best remembered for having an interesting name.
Preserved — pronounced with three syllables: preh-ZUR-ved — was born a Quaker in Rhode Island. (Eighty years later, he died an Episcopalian in New York City.) He was one of at least ten men in the Fish family to have the Quaker name Preserved, which referred to being “preserved in a state of grace” or “preserved from sin.”
As a teen, he went to sea. By the age of 21, he’d become the captain of a whaler. Later on, he “realized that a fortune could be made in selling whale oil, but not in securing it, and in 1810 he went into the whale oil business.” He also got involved in other types of business — he “acquired ships and organized packet lines to Liverpool and London,” for instance. Later still he became a banker, and, “in 1826, he was one of twenty-eight brokers of the New York Stock Exchange Board, the nucleus of the New York Stock Exchange.”
Along the way, he married three times: his first wife was named Abigail, his second was named Mary, and his third was also a Mary.
According to the Vital Statistics Office at Service New Brunswick, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Charlotte and Liam.
Like Manitoba’s 2020 rankings, New Brunswick’s 2021 rankings weren’t split into two gender-specific lists. Instead, the province released a single set of rankings that combined both genders. From the news release:
Other popular baby names this year [after Liam] were William, Charlotte, Oliver, Benjamin, Noah, Owen, Levi, Thomas, Jackson, Henry, Olivia, Jacob, Hudson, Jack, James, Theodore, Sophia, Logan, Ellie, Gabriel, Paisley, Lincoln, Eli, Sophie, Willow, Isla, Emma, Ella, Abigail, Lucas and Jaxon.
From this, we can deduce that New Brunswick’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021 were…
These 2021 rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 17th; by that time, New Brunswick had 5,560 registered births.