How popular is the baby name Alexander 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 Alexander.
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The name Alson first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1888:
1888: 5 baby boys named Alson [debut]
The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data for the same window of time shows a similar increase in usage in 1888:
1890: 7 people named Alson
1889: 14 people named Alson
1888: 14 people named Alson
1887: 3 people named Alson
1886: 4 people named Alson
What was the influence?
A third-party candidate in the 1888 U.S. presidential election named Alson J. Streeter.
In May of that year, Streeter — a former Illinois state senator — had won the nomination of the fledgling Union Labor Party (made up of both agricultural and industrial workers).
He ran against Republican candidate Benjamin Harrison, Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland, and several other third-party candidates, including Belva Lockwood.
Harrison won the electoral vote (and hence the election), but Cleveland won the popular vote. Prohibition candidate Clinton Fisk came in third with 2.2% of the popular vote, while Alson Streeter took fourth with 1.3%.
Support for Streeter was particularly high in the states of Kansas (where he won 11.4% of the vote), Texas (8.2%), Arkansas (6.8%), and Missouri (3.6%). So it doesn’t surprise me that the people I found named “Alson Streeter” specifically were also from these states:
In Streeter’s case, the name Alson may have come from a family surname. If so, it’s likely that Alson is a variant of the surname Allison, which would have originally referred to the son of someone with an Al-name like Alan, or Alexander.
Mexico, the 10th-most-populated country in the world, is located in the southern part of North America.
In 2021, Mexico welcomed 1,912,178 babies. What were the most popular names among these babies? Sofia and Santiago.
Here are Mexico’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:
Sofia, 6,552 baby girls
Maria Jose, 6,019
Maria Fernanda, 3,779
Ana Sofia, 2,790
Maria Guadalupe, 2,468
Yamileth, 1,730 – a Latin American variant of the Arabic name Jamila
Danna Sofia, 1,696
Ana Victoria, 1,644
Ana Paula, 1,620
Santiago, 9,963 baby boys
Miguel Angel, 4,019
Tadeo, 2,795 – the Spanish form of Thaddeus
Luis Angel, 2,632
Jose Angel, 2,442
Jose Luis, 2,374
Juan Pablo, 2,080
Juan Carlos, 2,052
Jose Manuel, 2,046
Jose Miguel, 1,739
The girls’ top 100 included Dulce Maria (51st), Aylin (58th), Itzayana (67th), and Lucero (93rd).
The boys’ top 100 included Juan (56th), Abraham (66th), Erick (83rd), and Brayan (87th).
Compound first names tend to be shortened for everyday use (e.g, “Juan Carlos” into “Juanca”), but few of these shortened forms have evolved into popular legal names, which I find surprising. I didn’t spot any examples on the boys’ side of the rankings, and only a handful — such as Mayte/Maite, short for María Teresa, and Maribel, short for María Isabel — on the girls’ side.
New York City, located in southeastern New York state, is the most populous city in the United States.
In 2021, New York City welcomed 99,262 babies — 48,648 girls and 50,614 boys.
What were the most popular names among these babies? Emma and Liam.
Here are New York City’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Emma, 434 baby girls
Liam, 703 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Luna and Sofia replaced Sarah and Chloe.
In the boys’ top 10, Benjamin replaced Alexander.
Names in the top 100 included: Grace, Lily, Violet, Aurora, Angel, Ruby, Rose, Harper, Axel, Melody, Summer, Serenity, Iris, Autumn, Jade, Chase, August, Angelina, Ivy, Eden, Goldy, Daisy, Journey, and Faith. (Genders weren’t specified, but most of these look like girl names to me.)
Jökla, feminine version of Jökull, the #2 boy name
Myrkvi, “darkness (caused by fog or a storm)” or “eclipse“
Svanhvit, “swan” + “white”
There was also a single non-binary name, Blær (“light breeze”), registered in Iceland last year.
Interestingly, about a decade ago, a teenager named Blær forced Iceland to legally recognize her name — which, at that time, was considered solely masculine — by taking the government to court. Perhaps that court battle paved the way for Blær to become a dual-gender name in Iceland? Hm…
The last time I posted rankings for Iceland, in 2018, the top two names (Embla and Aron) were the same.