How popular is the baby name Alias 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 Alias.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Alias

Posts that Mention the Name Alias

Popular baby names in England and Wales, 2014

According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most popular baby names in England and Wales last year were Amelia and Oliver.

Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:

Girl NamesBoy Names
1. Amelia, 5,327 baby girls
2. Olivia, 4,724
3. Isla, 4,012
4. Emily, 3,991
5. Poppy, 3,273
6. Ava, 3,171
7. Isabella, 3,022
8. Jessica, 2,995
9. Lily, 2,965
10. Sophie, 2,905
1. Oliver, 6,649 baby boys
2. Jack, 5,804
3. Harry, 5,379
4. Jacob, 5,050
5. Charlie, 4,642
6. Thomas, 4,405
7. George, 4,320
8. Oscar, 4,269
9. James, 4,167
10. William, 4,134

In the girls’ top 10, Lily replaced Mia (now 13th).

The boys’ top 10 includes the same names in a different order.

The ONS report also highlighted a few seasonal favorites, such as…

  • Holly, which ranked 5th in December but 70th in June. Overall, it was 39th.
  • Summer, which ranked 25th in June but 105th in December. Overall, it was 58th.

Here are some of last year’s rare baby names, each given to either 3, 4 or 5 babies:

Rare Girl NamesRare Boy Names
Ambreen, Angharad, Arinola, Arzoo, Astala, Boux, Cagla, Cliodhna, Darasimi, Delyth, Dolsie, Elliw, Eslem, Flourish, Harper-Lee, Heulwen, Heyabel, Honeysuckle, Ilinca, Io, Iris-Rose, Jedidiah, Kitty-Rose, Lili-Haf, Loveday, Luul, L’Wren, Makatendeka, Maxima, Moksha, Morsal, Nainsi, Peach, Poppy-Willow, Ritaj, Sailor, Shailene, Tavleen, Topsy, Tuppence, Uxia, Vaneeza, Venba, Zennor, ZiggyAldion, Alias, Archimedes, Bevon, Boycie, Bright, Buzz, Caelum, Calix, Cloud, Coast, Cove, Crispin, Denley, Diesel, Dipson, Grantas, Gwern, Hanzala, Harrington, Jensen-James, Jolyon, Jonjoe, Jorel, Kebba, Keita, Khattab, Klaidas, Marceau, Metodi, Oaklen, Osazee, Peregrine, Refoel, Re’Kai, Romarni, Sanchez, Seweryn, Sheriff, Stanleigh, Swayley, Timurs, Ugnius, Vasco, Velizar, Ynyr

Finally, here are all of my previous posts on baby names in England and Wales: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Source: Baby Names, England and Wales, 2014 – ONS

What turned Alias into a baby name in 1971?

The characters Kid Curry and Hannibal Heyes from the TV series "Alias Smith and Jones" (1971-1973)
Kid Curry and Hannibal Heyes

Curiously, the word Alias — which refers to an assumed name — became a name itself in the early 1970s, when it popped up for the first time in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1973: 5 baby boys named Alias
  • 1972: 6 baby boys named Alias
  • 1971: 7 baby boys named Alias [debut]
  • 1970: unlisted
  • 1969: unlisted

What put it there?

The TV western Alias Smith and Jones, which premiered on ABC in 1971 and lasted until 1973.

The lead characters were a pair of former outlaws trying to reform, so they used aliases:

  • Hannibal Heyes (played initially by actor Pete Duel) went by “Joshua Smith”
  • Jedediah “Kid” Curry (played by actor Ben Murphy) went by “Thaddeus Jones”

To be clear, none of the show’s characters were actually named Alias. The show’s title did make the word seem like a name, though, and that made all the difference.

Title of the TV series "Alias Smith and Jones" (1971-1973)
“Alias Smith and Jones”

The English word alias ultimately comes from the Latin word alius, meaning “other” or “another.”

This makes the rare name Alias a distant cousin of the more familiar name Eleanor. How? Because the name Eleanor evolved out of the Occitan phrase alia Aenor, meaning “other Aenor.” (The very first Eleanor, Aliénor d’Aquitaine, was the daughter of a woman named Aenor, and hence she was the other Aenor.)

So…if your real name was Alias, would you use it, or would you go by an alias? :)

Sources: Alias – Online Etymology Dictionary, Alias Smith and Jones – Wikipedia, Eleanor – Behind the Name

Popular and unique baby names in Alberta, 2009

According to Service Alberta, the top baby names the Canadian province of Alberta last year were Olivia and Ethan.

Here are Alberta’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2009:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia
  2. Isabella
  3. Ava
  4. Emma
  5. Hailey

Boy Names

  1. Ethan
  2. Liam
  3. Jacob
  4. Logan
  5. Noah

Rare baby names that were bestowed just once in Alberta last year include…

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Albertarose, Beauty, Cred, Dessarhey, Eloquence, Fury, Gallary, Heart, Ibiza, Joy-Joviale, Kwynn, Lashes, Manhattan, Noof, Ortal, Poetic, Qhloe, RoyLe, Society, Temprance, Uniqua, Veditha, Weency, Xanet, Yejee, ZimmelAlias, Bison, Crazyhorse, Dat, Edgerrin, Ericlindross, Folly-Noah, Guch, Hawkar, Iex, Jhazriel, Kduss, Lightning, Maxxwel, Neptune, Owies, Philopateer, Qron, Rayon, Seige, Thunder, Uyohoini, Voltaire, Wrath, Xayden, Yak, Zenry

Edgerrin was probably named for American football player Edgerrin James, while Ericlindross was definitely named for Canadian hockey player Eric Lindros,

Fingers crossed that Thunder and Lightning have a playdate together one day… :)

Here’s last year’s post on baby names in Alberta.

Source: Service Alberta