How popular is the baby name Dodger 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 Dodger.
Feeling nudged to choose a baby name that contains the letter-pair DG?
It’s an uncommon combination, but I’ve tracked down a few dozen options for you in this post!
Before we get to the names, though, let’s learn…
Where did -DGE come from in English?
French scribes, essentially.
In Old English, the “soft g” sound was rare, and it only occurred at the end of a word. When it did pop up, it was spelled with the digraph CG.
After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the ruling class of England spoke Anglo-Norman French. Over time, “the French-educated scribes [began] imposing traditional French spelling rules on English.”
The Normans had brought with them “soft g” words that utilized the letters G and I (which later evolved into J), but for native English words that contained the same sound, they decided to swap out CG for the trigraph DGE.
Old English Modern English brycg bridge ecg edge hecg hedge hrycg ridge wecg wedge
Words derived from Anglo-Norman that happen to have the same ending include
judge, pledge, and badge, and budge.
Now, on to the names!
Names with DG
Below are names that feature either DGE or the letter-pair DG (if it represents the same “soft G” sound). All of these names come from the SSA’s baby name data.
Bridget, Bridgett, Bridgette, Bridgete
Bridgit, Bridgitt, Bridgitte
Edgerrin, Edgerin Edwidge
Which DG name do you like most? Let me know in the comments!
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The city of College Station, home of Texas A&M University (the state’s first public institution of higher education), is located in east-central Texas.
Last year, College Station welcomed 3,856 babies — 1,932 girls and 1,924 boys.
What were the most popular names among these babies?
Evelynn and Noah.
Here are College Station’s top 3 girl names and top 3 boy names of 2022:
Evelynn, 21 baby girls
Noah, 20 baby boys
Daniel & Liam (tie), 18 each
I’m curious about
Evelynn being the top girl name, because the traditional spelling, Evelyn, tends to be much more popular. Could “Evelynn” be a typo…?
Hadley wasn’t in the girls’ top 3, but it
was the name of the first baby born in College Station in 2022.
Finally, here are some of the interesting first-middle combos bestowed in the city last year:
Girls: Galilea Ninive, Magnolia Truth, Italia Grecia, Saylor Arrow, Pepper Joe
Boys: Dodger John, Rowdy Randermann, Kratos Despereaux, Rhythm Ritesh, Riggins Joe
2021, the top names in College Station were Adalyn/Olivia/Sophia (a three-way tie) and Liam.
Back by popular demand, here are the most popular local baby names (and our favorites) of 2022
The state of Idaho recently released its 2010 annual report, and the report includes some baby names.
First, here are Idaho’s most popular baby names of 2010. (More or less the same as what SSA has listed for Idaho that year.)
Olivia, 122 baby girls
Addison & Brooklyn (tie), 65 each
William, 119 baby boys
Now on to the bizarre stuff!
In the report, Idaho included a selection of unique names:
Unique Boy Names (2010) Unique Girl Names (2010) Bear, Character, Dagger, Freighter, Genghis, Hatchet, Hemi, Ice-T, Jethreaux, Justify, King Tiberius, Laugh, Nightsky, Permisius, Raysyn, Ripken, Saw, Scythe, Skeeter, Sourish, Theory, Truth, W’dbin, Wisdom, Zytareon Arrehli, Aoife, Balou, Bronwyn, Dawnlight, Dixi, Espn, Hickory, Kalifornia, Koal, Legacy, Little Noah, Meeka Bella, Mhyrrauzhe, Moneeq, Moserratt, Omolola, Oo, Rootsy, Saphron, Sparkle, Sunset, Tietsie, Virtue, Xoko
Since Idaho’s annual reports for 2003-2010 are all available online, lets look at the selections of unique names from years past, shall we?
Unique Boy Names (2009) Unique Girl Names (2009) “Champion” Reese, Civic, Cougar, Domonique, Eleven, Evol, Hopper, Huckleberry, Irish, Jah Kobi, Jaxxon, Kastle, K-Den, Major Jack, Nixon, Noall, Oz, Pledger, Reef, Sabyr, Shade, Shadow, Skeet, Taft, Zebedee Arlington, August Star, Beatriz, Byrkli, Charm, Clarixxa, Daiquiri, Fayte, Goldie-Moon, Gyzzelle, Jubilee, Kanyon, Lala, Love, Montana, Nirvana, Pepper, Prairie, Poppy, Soul, Tottie, Tundra, Zipporah
Yes, those quotation marks were included.
Unique Boy Names (2008) Unique Girl Names (2008) Adjrick, Andronicus, Arrow, Blazer, Brayke, Buzz, Casino, Chamillionaire, Dacx, Driggs, Gamble, Heman, Klete, Kodiak, Kroten, Krue, Link, Mitt, Pheonix, Ransom, Rodee, Silynce, Summit, Zzyzx Angelic, Beautifull, Boisen, Byainett, Calloway, Celestial, Ecstacy, Eeleceya, Hadies, Heaven, Infiniti, Integrity, Jewleah, Kaskade, Kozmo, Maplejo, Mishalyn, Remmington, Season, Symphony, Thyme, Ugonna, Xerenity, Zepplyn
Unique Boy Names (2007) Unique Girl Names (2007) Aodhan, Braestyn, Buell, Champ, Dazryn, Elisjsha, Enveus, Grimsley, Hayze, Holdem, Kamero, Kay-Sin, Khonnerk, Lowgin, Makaijden, Mickyle, Nykolaus, Painter, Praze, Sander, Shadrack, Solo, Space, Tlaloc, Trackin Arbor, Auktober, Blessin, Brizzbin, Brookenzie, Cabella, Clarity, Denym, Eos, Epiphany, Honesty, Kwincee, Lavender, Lybburtie, Miami, Modiesty-Star, Mysticque, Peaches, Perfect, Rebel-Ann, Seattle, Shy, Uneike, Vegas, Zoigh
Casino and Gamble in 2008, Holdem and Vegas in 2007…do I detect a pattern here?
Unique Boy Names (2006) Unique Girl Names (2006) Akhilles, Backtash, Blend, Bronco, Chalk, College, Colquohn, Daily, Gid, Hampton, Howdy, Jameraquoi, Karona, Lake, Packer, Polo, Razor, Rythmik, Sacramento, Spur, Trask, Tucson, Winn, Wracer, Xzavvyer Allyvia, Anakalia, Aptisam, Aveda, Blayde, Bristol, Cedee, Dorcas, Fall, Heziachiah, Kalispell, Klowie, Lexington, Little Summers, Navy, Northstar, Nutaliay Harmoney, Pennilane Meadow, Phaedra, Russia, Tacheranai, Tragen, Tsunami, Viktoriya, Yochabelle
Unique Boy Names (2005) Unique Girl Names (2005) Anthem, Ayerik, Candyladio, Cotton, Dodger, Drizzt, Havoc, Izik, Kaschus, Khargo, Kleveland, Kryzstian, Kudter, Lucky, Nickel, Perrigrine, Quirt, Rook, Salad, Snuepy, Tearin, Trapper, Troix, Truth, Western Alaska, Alpine, Aquilla, Autumn Hunnie, Cascade, Chili, England, Graceland, Happy, Holland, Itali, Juniper, Jynnjer, Kahlua, Khlover, Kronic, Libbertie, Lixy, Mali, Manhattan, Oyuky, Saoirse, Tanaquil, Wyntre, Zipaya
Unique Boy Names (2004) Unique Girl Names (2004) Audi, Boulder, Cairo, Carpenter, Catcher, Cohl, Craeton, Fynyxx, Gairimiah, Honniscrave, Kahlvyn, Kaimbridge, Koa, Ledg, Nike, Qwydion, Nation, Racin, Rhoamen, Sagedricht, Stouffer, Stryker, Tayo, Tracer, Wongfei Americus, Braenwynne, Cachet, Creedance, Fennel, Freedom, Indyana, Innocence, Libertyann, Mavity, McCall, Mem’Ree, Memphis, Octayvia, Olive, Remedy, Sativalyn, Secret-Destiny, Serendipity, Sicily, Sublym, Surreal, Tennessee, Tuesday-Rain, Zuzu
Unique Boy Names (2003) Unique Girl Names (2003) Barnaby, Birch, Boone, Bruin, Cage, Camas, Carbon, Coupe, Dooley, Drakeland, Dutch, Future, Gryphon, Hatch, Huckle, Jex, Kross, Kutter, Magnus, Mir, Pantaleon, Tazyn, Treznor, Tugg, Tuker Alastrionna, Ambrosia, Amnesty, Berlyn, Brittanica, Calypso, Capreece, Catalina, Celtic, Crimson, Daytona, Diligence, Divinity, Dublin, Hermyanie, Icelynn, Kazpyr, Kezzi, Lotus, Magnolia, Otila, Payshence, Pranaleyadri, Rainger, Starlit
In Idaho’s 2003-2009 annual 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.” Aren’t these a bit snarky for an official state document…?
Idaho Vital Statistics – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Image by Jim Black from Pixabay
[Latest update: June 2023]