Over at The Public Domain Review, I found a collection of 51 novelty playing cards — several incomplete decks, mixed together — from 1916 that feature the images and names of popular movie actresses from that era.
Below are all the first names from those cards, plus where those names happened to rank in the 1916 baby name data. (Two-thirds of them were in the top 100, and over 95% fell inside the top 1,000.)
Finally, here are Portugal’s top 10 compound names for each gender:
1. Maria Inês, 603 baby girls 2. Maria Leonor, 496 3. Maria Francisca, 315 4. Maria Clara, 257 5. Maria Carolina, 164 6. Ana Carolina 161 7. Maria João 140 8. Maria Beatriz 140 9. Lara Sofia, 130 10. Maria Luísa, 125
1. João Pedro, 343 baby boys 2. Rodrigo Miguel, 204 3. Pedro Miguel, 174 4. Afonso Miguel, 140 5. João Miguel, 138 6. Diogo Miguel, 136 7. João Maria, 127 8. Duarte Miguel, 124 9. Tiago Miguel, 123 10. José Pedro, 114
I’m guessing that compound names are counted separately from single names, but I’m not entirely sure.
So far I’ve heard of two babies born in the Philippines in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. typhoon Yolanda) who were given typhoon-related names:
Bea Joy, daughter of Emily Ortega Sagalis, was born in the Tacloban airport. She was named Bea in honor of her grandmother Beatriz, who died in the storm.
Israel, son of Emylous and Audrin Antigua, was born in an Israeli field hospital in Bogo City. His mother chose the name Israel “to show her gratitude to the Israeli team composed of doctors, surgeons, nurses and rescue personnel.”
P.S. In the 2006-2009 reports, the heading of the unique names section was “Selected Unique Names, Yewneek Spellings.” For 2010, it was lengthened to “Selected Unique Baby Names, Yewneek Baybee Spellings.” I happen to love these headings, but aren’t they a bit snarky for an official state document…?