Because of the TV western Stoney Burke, which aired for just one season (1962-1963). The main character, Stoney (played by actor Jack Lord), was a professional rodeo rider whose goal was to win the Golden Buckle — the prize given to the world’s champion saddle bronc rider.
(The show also had an influence on the names Sutton and Joby.)
What are your thoughts on the baby name Stoney? Would you use it?
According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the most popular baby names in the state in 2020 were Olivia and Oliver.
Here are Iowa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
Olivia, 171 baby girls
Oliver, 208 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Sophia, Hazel, and Eleanor replaced Avery, Nora, and Violet.
In the boys’ top 10, Theodore and Wyatt replaced Lincoln and Jackson. (Notably, Theodore jumped from 12th in 2019 up to 3rd in 2020.)
Over 2,800 boy names and over 3,600 girl names were bestowed just once in Iowa in 2020. The state says that unique names are trendy — in fact, “some Iowa counties…regularly reach 100% uniqueness, meaning there are no babies given the same name in a single year.”
Here’s a selection Iowa’s unique baby names from 2020:
Vaxston – given the fact that Covid-19 dominated the headlines in 2020, I can’t help but wonder if this one wasn’t influenced by the word vaccine. (A baby in the Philippines was named “Vaccine” in 2020, incidentally.)
Yolotli – Nahuatl for “heart.”
Finally, in 2019, the top two names in Iowa were Charlotte and Oliver.
Which single-syllable names were the most popular in 2021?
I scanned the 2021 rankings for one-syllable names and found these:
Grace (ranked 34th overall)
(A little lower down were Sage, Ruth, and Blake.)
James (ranked 5th overall)
(A little lower down were George, Rhett, and Jude.)
These lists include the same names that appeared on the 2020 lists, but in both cases the names are in a slightly different order.
And, of course, here’s the usual disclaimer: I left out the borderline boy names (Owen, Wyatt, Charles, Miles/Myles, Ryan, Ian, Rowan, Gael) that can be pronounced with either one or two syllables, depending upon the accent of the speaker. Notably, all nine of these names ranked higher than both Chase and Cole.