How popular is the baby name Chatham in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Chatham.
In July of 2022, quadruplets in the form of two sets of identical twins were born to Ashley Ness of Taunton, Massachusetts.
The two girls were named Chesley and Chatham, and the two boys were named Chance and Cheston.
Why did Ashley choose four names starting with “Ch”?
Family tradition. After Ashley’s sister gave her three children Ch-names, Ashley followed suit by naming her now 8-year-old daughter Chanel.
And then, when I found out I was having four, I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m not changing it now.’ It was very challenging, though, to find four names.
I wonder if Chatham’s name was inspired by the Cape Cod town of Chatham (pronounced CHAT-um). If so, she has something in common with Michael J. Fox’s daughter Aquinnah, who was named after the Martha’s Vineyard town of Aquinnah.
What are your thoughts on these names? Which one do you like best?
Source: Truesdell, Jeff. “Mom Ashley Ness Delivers Quadruplets Who Are 2 Sets of Identical Twins.” People 28 Jul. 2022. (found via Abby, thank you!)
Which baby names are the most disproportionately popular in each U.S. state?
Name blog Republic of Names has your answer — a bunch of cool lists of the most distinctive baby names by state. Here are some highlights for about half of the states.
- Crimson – Crimson Tide is the University of Alabama football team.
- Denali – Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is North America’s highest peak.
- Nizhoni – Nizhóní is a Navajo word meaning “it/he/she is pretty/beautiful.”
- Sedona – Sedona is a city in Arizona.
- Eztli – Eztli is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word meaning “blood.”
- Trindon – Trindon Holliday played pro football in Colorado.
- Kinnick – Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays.
- Marigny – Foubourg Marigny is a New Orleans neighborhood.
- Baxter – Baxter is a state park in Maine.
In North Carolina:
In North Dakota:
- Autzen – Autzen Stadium is where the Oregon Ducks football team plays.
- Avenir – Avenir is a French word meaning “future.” It’s also on the Washington state list below. In fact, nearly two-thirds of last year’s Avenirs were born on the west coast: 10 in Washington, 7 in California, 5 in Oregon. Anyone know why?
- Brazos – Brazos is a Spanish word meaning “arms.” The Brazos River in Texas was originally called Rio de los Brazos de Dios, or “River of the Arms of God.”
- Korver – Kyle Korver played pro basketball in Utah.
In Washington, D.C.:
In Washington (state):
- Avenir – see Oregon
In West Virginia:
See the original post for the rest. You might also be interested in checking out the “most regional” baby names in the US.
Update, 5/31/2018: Figured out Avenir!