How popular is the baby name Blessing 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 Blessing.
The graph will take a few seconds to load, thanks for your patience. (Don't worry, it shouldn't take nine months.) If it's taking too long, try reloading the page.
For 2020, Statistics South Africa didn’t release one set of baby name rankings covering the entire country. Instead, it released nine sets of rankings, each representing one of the country’s nine provinces.
So let’s start with that. Here are the top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2020 within each of South Africa’s nine provinces, listed from most to least populous:
Gauteng (26.0% of the population)
Top girl names: Lesedi, 843; Melokuhle, 835; Lethabo, 809
Top boy names: Lethabo, 995; Bokamoso, 636; Omphile, 633
Top girl names: Lisakhanya, 1,607; Asemahle, 1,301; Melokuhle, 991
Top boy names: Lubanzi, 1,759; Melokuhle, 1,202; Ayabonga, 1,196
Western Cape (11.8%)
Top girl names: Melokuhle, 410; Othalive, 262; Mia, 216
Top boy names: Liam, 338; Noah, 254; Lundanele, 240
Eastern Cape (11.3%)
Top girl names: Enzokuhle, 669; Melokuhle, 667; Othalive, 641
Top boy names: Enzokuhle, 727; Othalive, 565; Melokuhle, 492
Top girl names: Tshegofatso, 586; Amogelang, 572; Lethabo, 562
Top boy names: Ofentse, 622; Phenyo, 588; Katlego, 564
Top girl names: Melokuhle, 816; Amahle, 597; Minenhle, 439
Top boy names: Blessing, 443; Banele, 424; Junior, 397
North West (6.9%)
Top girl names: Warona, 451; Reatlegile, 351; Omolemo, 340
Top boy names: Lethabo, 510; Refentse, 336; Warona, 267
Free State (4.9%)
Top girl names: Amohelang, 363; Omphile, 309; Rethabile, 299
Top boy names: Lethabo, 525; Amohelang, 400; Katleho, 355
Northern Cape (2.2%)
Top girl names: Warona, 89; Remofilwe, 79; Omolemo, 74
Top boy names: Lethabo, 96; Leano, 63; Refentse, 63
Using only the data they gave us (nine top-ten lists), here’s what I came up with for the most popular baby names in the country for 2020:
But we’re missing a lot of data here, so there’s no telling how close these are to the official national rankings.
In 2019, the top baby names in South Africa were Melokuhle and Enzokuhle.
Update, 3/6/22: Commenter Andrea very kindly pointed out that I totally missed (!) the national rankings in the statistical release I cited. I’m sorry about that, everyone. Here are the top 10 lists:
“150” boy names: Ibukunoluwa, Luisenrique, Morireoluwa, Oluwamayowa
6 via 159
The following baby names add up to 159, which reduces to six (1+5+9=15; 1+5=6).
“159” girl names: Krystalynn, Charlotterose
6 via 168
The following baby names add up to 168, which reduces to six (1+6+8=15; 1+5=6).
“168” girl names: Oluwasemilore, Chrysanthemum
“168” boy names: Quintavious, Oluwasemilore
6 via 177
The girl name Oluwajomiloju adds up to 177, which reduces to six (1+7+7=15; 1+5=6).
What Does “6” Mean?
First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “6” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “6” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.
“6” (the hexad) according to the Pythagoreans:
“They rightly call it ‘reconciliation’: for it weaves together male and female by blending, and not by juxtaposition as the pentad does. And it is plausibly called ‘peace,’ and a much earlier name for it, based on the fact that it organizes things, was ‘universe’: for the universe, like 6, is often seen as composed of opposites in harmony”
“They also called it ‘health’ and ‘anvil’ (as it were, the unwearying one), because it is reasonable to think that the most fundamental triangles of the elements of the universe partake in it, since each triangle is six, if it is divided by three perpendiculars”
“It arises out of the first even and first odd numbers, male and female, as a product and by multiplication; hence it is called ‘androgynous.'”
“It is also called ‘marriage,’ in the strict sense that it arises not by addition, as the pentad does, but by multiplication. Moreover, it is called ‘marriage’ because it is equal to its own parts, and it is the function of marriage to make offspring similar to parents.”
“They also called it…’measurer of time in twos’ because of the distribution of all time, which is accomplished by a hexad of zodiacal signs over the Earth and another under the Earth, or because time, since it has three parts [past, present, future], is assimilated to the triad, and the hexad arises from two threes.”
“It is also called ‘Thaleia’ [etym. Greek, “the plentiful one”] because of its harmonizing different things, and ‘panacea,’ either because of its connection with health…or as it were self-sufficiency, because it has been furnished with parts sufficient for wholeness.”
“6” according to Edgar Cayce:
“Six – the strength of a three, with a helpful influence” (reading 261-14).
“Six being the changes that have been made in the double strength of three” (reading 261-15).
“Six – again makes for the beauty and the symmetrical forces of all numbers, making for strength” (reading 5751-1).
Does “6” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 33, 42, 96, 123) — have any special significance to you?
Think about your own preferences and personal experiences: lucky numbers, birth dates, music, sports, and so on. For example, maybe your favorite book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which highlights the number 42.
Also think about associations you may have picked up from your culture, your religion, or society in general.
If you have any interesting insights about the number 6, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!
Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).