How popular is the baby name Darcey 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 Darcey.
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In total, 1,989 baby girls share these 25 versions of Darcy. If we could rank the entire group, it would fall between #24 Phoebe and #25 Millie on the 2013 list.
As Lou of Mer de Noms noted in a post about female names on the rise, dancer Darcey Bussell became a judge on the TV show Strictly Come Dancing in 2012. This explains why Darcey overtook the more traditional spelling Darcy that year.
And the name is still being used for boys, at least for now. Last year, more than 2 dozen baby boys were named Darcy.
The 5th most popular girl name in England and Wales right now is Isla, which is pronounced EYE-la. The –s– is silent, the same way the –s– is silent in the word “isle.”
But more and more parents are opting to simplify the name by respelling it Iyla. Watch how the number of baby girls named Iyla has been rising in the shadow of skyrocketing Isla:
I doubt Iyla will ever overtake the traditional version of the name, but you never know, alternative spellings sometimes catch on. Darcey is now ahead of Darcy, after all, and Zoey has been more popular than Zoe here in the U.S. since 2011.
Last year, two variants of this name entered the girls’ top 1,000 for the first time:
Manahil (52 baby girls) – ranks 750th
Minahil (47) – ranks 813th
And I found a fourth variant, Minaahil, on the list from 2012.
Manahil is an Arabic name that means “springs, fountains.” It’s the plural form of the word Manhal.
Ruzgar, given to 20 baby boys last year, comes from the Turkish word rüzgâr, meaning “wind.” You can hear the proper pronunciation of Rüzgâr at Forvo.
Usage of the name Tulisa plummeted last year, but that’s only part of the story. The name also increased in popularity markedly from 2009 to 2012:
2013: 33 baby girls named Tulisa [out of the top 1,000 again]
2012: 126 baby girls named Tulisa [ranked 375th]
2011: 86 baby girls named Tulisa [ranked 494th]
2010: 34 baby girls named Tulisa [ranked 988th]
2009: 6 baby girls named Tulisa [debut]
What accounts for the steep rise and the even steeper drop?
English singer and television personality Tulisa (born Tula Paulinea Contostavlos). She became famous as a member of the hip hop group N-Dubz (2000-2011) and was a judge on the TV show The X Factor (2011-2012).
But 2013 was not a good year for Tulisa. First, she left television. Second, she was arrested on drug charges. These two things were enough to knock the baby name Tulisa out of the top 1,000.
Though the stage name is pronounced tu-lee-sa, her name was originally pronounced tu-litz-a and was used to distinguish her from her grandmother (and namesake) Tula. The Greek name Tula/Toula is a short form of any Greek feminine name ending with the diminutive –toula such as Aretoula, Fotoula, Kostoula, Kritoula, Margaritoula, Panagiotoula or Stamatoula.
Have you had a chance to scan the list? Which of the baby names there made you curious?
Gandhi, Maneka, and Ozair Husain. The Complete Book of Muslim and Parsi Names. New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 2004.
Smith, Sean. Tulisa. London: Simon & Schuster UK, 2012.
The most popular baby names in England and Wales were announced last week.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the region’s top names were Harry for boys and Amelia for girls.
Here are the top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:
Top Girl Names
Top Boy Names
1. Amelia 2. Olivia 3. Jessica 4. Emily 5. Lily 6. Ava 7. Mia 8. Isla 9. Sophie 10. Isabella 11. Evie 12. Ruby 13. Poppy 14. Grace 15. Sophia 16. Chloe 17. Isabelle 18. Ella 19. Freya 20. Charlotte
1. Harry 2. Oliver 3. Jack 4. Charlie 5. Jacob 6. Thomas 7. Alfie 8. Riley 9. William 10. James 11. Joshua 12. George 13. Ethan 14. Noah 15. Samuel 16. Daniel 17. Oscar 18. Max 19. Muhammad 20. Leo
The England-only top 20 included all of the above except for Archie (not Leo) on the boys’ side.
The Wales-only top 20 included Dylan, Mason, Logan, Tyler and Isaac (not Samuel, Daniel, Oscar, Max or Muhammad) for boys and Seren, Megan, Ffion and Layla (not Isla, Chloe, Freya or Charlotte) for girls.
Newbies to the England and Wales top 100 are…
Hugo, Sonny, Seth, Elliott, Theodore, Rory and Ellis for boys. (Out are Joel, Hayden, John, Ashton, Jackson, Ben and Reece.)
Mollie, Ivy, Darcey, Tilly, Sara and Violet for girls. (Out are Lexie, Lauren, Rebecca, Tia, Nicola and Kayla.)
Here’s a selection of names from the other end of the list (each given to 10 babies or fewer):
Looking for a set of baby names with something in common? If so, here are some 6-letter anagram names for you to check out!
Anagrams are words that contain the same set of letters, but not in the same sequence. For instance, the words “listen,” “silent,” and “tinsel” are all anagrams of one another.
Anagram names can be a neat option for siblings — particularly multiples (like twins and triplets). They’re also a clever way to connect a baby name to the name of an older relative (e.g., grandpa Weston, grandson Townes).
Below are hundreds of six-letter names (collected from the SSA’s huge database of U.S. baby names) that happen to be anagrams of other names.