A couple of months ago, we looked at Austin’s top baby names of 2017. When I found the data for that post, I also found nine other top-10 lists for Austin (2008-2016). Because they’re out of date, I’ll go ahead and consolidate these earlier rankings into a single blog post (like I did for New York City a while back).
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2016.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2016)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2016)
1. Olivia 2. Mia 3. Isabella 4. Sophia 5. Elizabeth 6. Ava 7. Emma 8. Charlotte 9. Sofia 10. Camila & Emily (tie)
1. William 2. Alexander 3. Ethan 4. Noah 5. Oliver 6. Benjamin 7. Liam 8. Jacob 9. James 10. Mathew
(“Mathew” could be a typo…?)
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2015.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2015)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2015)
1. Olivia 2. Sophia 3. Emma 4. Sofia 5. Ava 6. Evelyn 7. Emily 8. Abigail 9. Isabella 10. Mia
1. Liam 2. Noah 3. William 4. James 5. Alexander 6. Jacob 7. Luke 8. David 9. Dylan 10. Henry
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2014.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2014)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2014)
1. Olivia 2. Emma 3. Isabella 4. Sofia 5. Mia 6. Sophia 7. Ava 8. Charlotte 9. Emily 10. Abigail
1. Noah 2. William 3. Michael 4. Alexander 5. Benjamin 6. James 7. Anthony 8. Jacob 9. Liam 10. Daniel & Ethan (tie)
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2013.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2013)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2013)
1. Olivia 2. Sophia 3. Emily 4. Isabella 5. Emma 6. Mia 7. Abigail 8. Avery 9. Ava 10. Sofia
1. Alexander 2. William 3. Noah 4. Jacob 5. Benjamin 6. Ethan 7. David 8. Liam 9. Andrew 10. Christopher, James, John & Luke (4-way tie)
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2012.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2012)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2012)
1. Sophia 2. Isabella 3. Emma 4. Olivia 5. Ava 6. Abigail 7. Mia 8. Emily 9. Sofia 10. Harper
1. William 2. Alexander 3. Ethan 4. Noah 5. Christopher 6. Jacob 7. David 8. James 9. Benjamin 10. Matthew
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2011.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2011)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2011)
1. Sophia 2. Isabella 3. Olivia 4. Emma 5. Abigail 6. Ava 7. Emily 8. Addison 9. Elizabeth 10. Sofia
1. Jacob 2. William 3. Alexander 4. Daniel 5. Noah 6. David 7. Mason 8. John 9. Benjamin 10. Ethan
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2010.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2010)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2010)
1. Sophia 2. Isabella 3. Ava 4. Abigail 5. Emma 6. Olivia 7. Emily 8. Avery 9. Chloe 10. Elizabeth
1. William 2. Jacob 3. Alexander 4. Noah 5. Christopher 6. Daniel 7. John 8. Andrew 9. Michael 10. Angel
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2009.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2009)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2009)
1. Isabella 2. Mia 3. Sophia 4. Emily 5. Ava 6. Emma 7. Olivia 8. Elizabeth 9. Natalie 10. Ashley
1. William 2. Jose 3. Daniel 4. Alexander 5. Christopher 6. Andrew 7. Jacob 8. Angel 9. Michael 10. Joshua
The most popular baby names in Austin in 2008.
Top Girl Names (Austin, 2008)
Top Boy Names (Austin, 2008)
1. Isabella 2. Sophia 3. Emily 4. Abigail 5. Emma 6. Ava 7. Olivia 8. Ashley 9. Elizabeth 10. Madison & Natalie (tie)
1. Alexander 2. Daniel 3. David 4. Angel 5. Jacob 6. Michael 7. John 8. Joshua 9. William 10. Christopher & Noah (tie)
Did any of these names (or rankings) stand out to you?
French military leader Napoléon Bonaparte may have spent his life trying to conquer a continent, but that life began and ended on islands.
He was born (as “Napoleone Buonaparte”) on the Mediterranean island of Corsica in 1769 — the same year that France took Corsica from the Republic of Genoa (now part of Italy). He died while in exile on the remote South Atlantic island of Saint Helena in 1821.
In between, Napoléon: attended military school on the mainland, began serving in the French Army, rose to prominence during the French Revolution and the French Revolutionary Wars, became the de facto leader of France in 1799, declared himself Emperor in 1804, and proceeded to build a vast empire via the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815).
Needless to say, a large number of babies all over the world have been named “Napoleon” since that time.
I don’t want this post to get too crazy, though, so I’ve decided to collect namesakes from just two locations — France and the U.S. — and to stick to the years during which Napoléon was active.
Napoléon’s namesakes in France
Thousands of French babies were named in honor of Napoléon from the mid-1790s to the mid-1810s.
In contrast with namesakes in other countries (like the U.S. and England), most of his French namesakes were given only his first name — not both names — and it was typically combined with one or more traditional French names (e.g., “Louis Napoléon,” “Jean Baptiste Napoléon”).
With that in mind, I went out of my way to find combinations that were a bit more varied…
Napoléon Baillot, b. 1793 in France
Jacques Napoléon Desiré Campa, b. 1795 in France
Napoléon Stéphanie Joseph Therin, b. 1797 in France
Napoléon Joseph Buttin, b. 1799 in France
Napoléon-Jean Demeester, b. 1800 in France
Napoléon Nicolas Senelar, b. 1801 in France
Guillaume Napoléon Pelletier, b. 1802 in France
Willebrod Napoléon Désiré Degrave, b. 1803 in France
Charlemagne Napoléon Lambert, b. 1804 in France
Napoléon Louis François Richounne, b. 1805 in France
Napoléon Parfait Furpille, b. 1806 in France
parfait means “perfect” in French
Bienaimé Napoléon Le Cagneux, b. 1807 in France
bienaimé means “beloved” in French
François Desiré Prosper Napoléon Loiseau, b. 1808 in France
Napoléon La Paix Lemasson, b. 1809 in France
la paix means “peace” in French
Gustave Napoléon Fichet, b. 1810 in France
Esprit Napoléon Houdry, b. 1811 in France
esprit means “spirit” in French
Napoléon Bonaventure Dusautier, b. 1812 in France
Auguste César Napoléon Decoene, b. 1813 in France
Napoléon-Etienne Vernoni, b. 1814 in France
Fructueux Napoléon Artigue, b. 1815 in France
fructueux means “successful” in French
Almost all of the namesakes in this group were boys, but a handful were girls with feminized forms of the name (like Napoléonne, Napoléonide, and Napoléontine).
Several dozen more boys — most of them born early on — were given only the surname:
Jacques Dominique Bonaparte Venkirch, b. 1796 in France
Augustin Bonaparte Joseph Galle, b. 1797 in France
Jean Baptiste Bonaparte Mollard, b. 1798 in France
Séraphin Adolphe Bonaparte Decorne, b. 1799 in France
Alexis Sébastien Bonaparte Poirée, b. 1801 in France
Napoléon had usually been called “General Bonaparte” or “citizen Bonaparte” before mid-1802, when the people of France went to the polls to decide: “Should Napoléon Bonaparte be consul for life?” Millions voted yes, and, after that, “he was generally known as Napoléon rather than Bonaparte.”
Napoléon’s namesakes in the U.S.
Napoléon didn’t wage any wars on North American soil (though he did sell a lot of that soil in 1803, when he let go of the Louisiana Territory for $15 million). Nonetheless, U.S. newspapers paid close attention to him:
Americans were clearly impressed by Napoléon’s achievements, judging by the hundreds of U.S. namesakes born in the late 1790s and first decades of the 1800s. Many of these babies received both his first name and his surname:
A few of the people named Bonaparte (but not Napoléon) did have other given names — like Lucien, and Jerome — that could have been inspired by other members of the Bonaparte family. I found a Josephine Bonaparte Evans (b. 1815), for instance, who was probably named after Napoléon’s first wife.
Other famous men named Napoléon Bonaparte (including Napoleon III) also had namesakes, but it was the original Napoléon Bonaparte who put these two unusual names on the map.
So…what do they mean?
The Italian forename Napoleone has obscure origins, so the meaning isn’t known for certain. One popular theory is that it’s made up of the elements Neapolis, the original name of Naples, and leone, meaning “lion.” When Bonaparte was born in 1769, the name was “relatively common around Genoa and Tuscany,” though it was spelled a variety of ways (e.g., Nabulio, Nabulione, Napulione, Napolionne, Lapulion). The name had been used in his family before; his father’s uncle, for instance, was also named Napoleone.
The Italian surname Buonaparte, on the other hand, is much more straightforward: it’s made up of the elements buona, meaning “good,” and parte, meaning “part, share, portion.”
Was anyone in your family tree named after Napoléon?
The boy name Bane may have been inspired by the DC Comics supervillain Bane, and the boy name Ranaridh is similar to the name of former Cambodian prime minister Norodom Ranariddh, who died in late 2021.
Finally, in 2020, the top baby names on the island were Nora/Charlotte (tie) and Hudson.
*Nova and Lucas might actually be 4th-place names. My source included conflicting information.