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Popularity of the Baby Name Kenna


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Pop culture baby name game results, 2021

Baby name game results, 2021

Which of the names in the 2021 pop culture baby name game saw higher usage last year?

The following names increased in usage from 2020 to 2021. They’re ordered by relative size of increase.

NameActionIncrease (%)’20 to ’21 usage
Lilibet*re-emerged200%, at least? to 12 baby girls
Caelebincreased200%5 to 15 baby boys
Rayaincreased130%274 to 631 baby girls
Icedebuted125%, at least? to 9 baby boys
Wandaincreased112%17 to 36 baby girls
Jovitaincreased60%5 to 8 baby girls
Suniincreased60%5 to 8 baby girls
Kananincreased59%102 to 162 baby boys
Mykaylaincreased59%17 to 27 baby girls
Letoincreased50%6 to 9 baby boys
Sterlingincreased49%122 to 182 baby girls
Sylvie*increased46%351 to 514 baby girls
Daphne*increased46%749 to 1,097 baby girls
Divinity*increased33%43 to 57 baby girls
Sylvesterincreased31%52 to 68 baby boys
Augustincreased29%2,423 to 3,133 baby boys
Renniere-emerged25%, at least? to 5 baby boys
Enderincreased22%103 to 126 baby boys
Ridleyincreased16%79 to 92 baby boys
Jupiterincreased8%119 to 129 baby girls
Phineasincreased7%121 to 129 baby boys
Khaiincreased5%21 to 22 baby girls
Simon*increased1%1,404 to 1,423 baby boys

*Suggestions made by elbowin, k8eshore, and KM

Chapel and La’akea were near-misses — both made gains, but for the wrong genders.

The following names did not increase in usage from 2020 to 2021. These names saw equal usage, less usage, or weren’t in the data at all.

Amanda, Ariarne, Atreides, Chani, Cruella, Dolph, Hidilyn, Ikaris, Janja, Javicia, Jeh, Kenna, Kizzmekia, Lalisa, Makkari, Mare, Mauz, Mecole, Nakano, Nevin, Ozuna, Rauw, Robinette, Sersi, Shacarri, Shein, Swavy, Tessica, Tianwen, Warrior

And here are the late bloomers — names that were part of the 2020 game, but didn’t rise/debut until 2021.

  • Win re-emerged with 14 baby boys.
  • Kaori increased by 106%
  • Gervonta debuted with 8 baby boys
  • Theodosia increased by 75%
  • Anaia increased by 71%
  • Wednesday increased by 47%
  • Hamilton increased by 30%
  • Lenin increased by 19%
  • Liberty increased by 8%
  • Zaya increased by 7%

What are your thoughts on these results? Which name surprised you the most?

[Disclaimer: Some of the names above were already moving in the direction indicated. Others were influenced by more than a single pop culture person/event. In all cases, I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence.]

Pop culture baby name game, 2021

Happy birthday, Elvis!

Tomorrow would have been Elvis Presley’s 86th birthday. (Happy birthday, Elvis!)

You guys know what that means…time for the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!

Think back to the pop culture of 2021 — movies, music, TV shows, online shows, social media, video games, sports, news, cultural events, politics, products, brands, etc.

Which of these things had an influence on U.S. baby names, do you think?

More specifically, which baby names will see higher usage (or appear for the very first time) in the 2021 U.S. baby name data thanks to 2021 pop culture?

Here are some initial ideas…

Plus…

  • Names from the movie Eternals (like Sersi, Ikaris, Makkari)
  • Names from the movie Dune (like Chani, Atreides, Leto)
  • Turkish names from any of the Turkish dramas being aired in Spanish on Univision/Telemundo
  • Names from any new sci-fi/fantasy series (like Shadow and Bone, The Nevers, The Wheel of Time)

Some of the names mentioned in the 2020 game might be see increases in 2021 as well.

What other names should we add to the list? Let me know by leaving a comment!

I’ll post the game results after the SSA releases the 2021 baby name data (in May of 2022).

Ella, Emma…Enna?

enna, ella, emma

The likeable names Emma and Ella are both very popular choices for babies right now. Nationally, Emma is ranked 1st and Ella is 16th.

Both can be traced back to Germanic words: Emma to ermen, meaning “entire, whole,” and Ella to ali, meaning “other, foreign.”

Both can also be used as short forms other names, particularly those starting with Em- (e.g., Emerson, Emmeline) or El- (e.g., Eleanor, Ellen).

So let’s say you like these names, but…you’d really prefer to use something a little less common. One thing you could try is moving to the next letter of the alphabet: L, M, N.

Enna isn’t what you’d call a traditional name. And it’s never been in the top 1,000 — though it did come close once, way back in 1894.

That said, the letter string “enna” is popular in longer names (like Jenna, Sienna, Mckenna, Kenna, Vienna, Brenna, Glenna, Gwenna, Zenna, etc.), and Enna as a stand-alone name has seen seen slightly higher usage lately:

  • 2017: 14 baby girls named Enna
  • 2016: 24 baby girls named Enna (peak usage so far)
  • 2015: 22 baby girls named Enna
  • 2014: 19 baby girls named Enna
  • 2013: 15 baby girls named Enna
  • 2012: 7 baby girls named Enna

What are your thoughts on the baby name Enna? Do you like it as an alternative to Ella and Emma?

Male names in the Domesday Book

I listed all the female names in the Domesday Book a while back, so today I thought I’d complete the project by listing all the male names.

The male names below appeared in the Open Domesday database just once, except where noted. (For the record, I overlooked entries in which one person’s name was used to refer to another person, e.g., “Aelfric’s uncle.”)

The most-mentioned name within each letter group is in bold.

If you make it all the way to the bottom, your reward is a top ten list. :)

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And now it’s time for the…

Top Ten Male Names

Which male were mentioned most often in the Domesday book? The #1 name was William, followed by Robert and Ralph:

1. William (166)
2. Robert (127)
3. Ralph (124)
4. Aelfric (88)
5. Alwin (76)
5. Hugh (76)
7. Roger (73)
8. Godwin (72)
9. Walter (64)
10. Godric (59)

Though the names in the book aren’t necessarily representative of name usage in England overall, it does make sense than William took the top spot. The Domesday Book was created a couple of decades after the Norman Invasion, at a time when the name William was very fashionable, thanks to William the Conqueror.

First babies (and first baby names) of 2008

Here are some New Year’s babies from around the nation:

  • Dothan, AL: Adia
  • Mobile, AL: Bryce Anthony
  • Anchorage, AK: Alexander (whose mom, Donna, was the first baby born in Gary, IN in 1974)
  • Fort Wainwright, AK: Gabriel Louis
  • Mohave County, AZ: Joel Oswaldo
  • Yuma County, AZ: Yesenia
  • Bay Area, CA: Tania Guadalupe
  • Butte County, CA: Grace Claire
  • Fresno, CA: Preston Moses
  • Hanford, CA: Joslyn Marie
  • High Desert area, CA: Amzye Jeremiah
  • Inland Valley, CA: Mya Renee
  • Lodi, CA: Angel (boy)
  • Monterey County, CA: Vincent Jacob
  • Napa County, CA: Oscar
  • Sacramento, CA: Dillon
  • San Luis Obispo County, CA: Eliel (boy)
  • San Mateo County, CA: Stella Kristina
  • Santa Barbara County, CA: Everardo
  • Santa Clara County, CA: Hannah Yi
  • Santa Clarita Valley, CA: Lily
  • Santa Cruz County, CA: Annabelle Mae
  • Solano County, CA: Christopher Lee
  • Stanislaus County, CA: Kate Rebekah
  • Tulare County, CA: Isaiah Joe
  • Denver metro-area, CO: Aiden Lavon
  • Greeley, CO: Ziclaly Alonso (girl)
  • Loveland, CO: Abigail Joy
  • Southern CO: Savanna Marie
  • Stamford, CT: Nolan Matthew
  • Bay County, FL: Semaj G’ntae (boy)
  • Central FL: Avery Thomas
  • Charlotte County, FL: Amber Lynn
  • Highlands County, FL: Anabella Marie (born at 12 a.m.)
  • Jackson County, FL: Jackson Lee
  • Northwest FL: Jayden Ryder
  • Palm Beach County, FL: Hugo
  • Tallahassee, FL: JaKenya (girl)
  • Tampa, FL: Michael Daniel
  • Atlanta, GA: Austin Devon
  • Effingham County, GA: Marieli Ebelysse
  • Floyd County, GA: Jonathan William
  • Hall County, GA: Bonnie Christine
  • Macon, GA: Jacob Wilbur
  • Whitfield County, GA: Henry Javier
  • Boise, ID: Collin Patrick
  • Appanoose County, IA: Olivia
  • Cedar Rapids area, IA: Chelsey Raylynn
  • Quad Cities area, IA/IL: Angel Marie
  • Chicago area, IL: Klaudia Wiktoria
  • Madison County, IN: Mickenzie Brooke
  • Terre Haute, IN: Miley Marie
  • Lawrence, KS: Kiowa Joseph
  • Topeka, KS: Julia Elizabeth
  • Wichita, KS: David Zachariah
  • Shreveport-Bossier City area, LA: Gianna
  • Maine: Averie (girl)
  • Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, MD: Heivi (boy)
  • Massachusetts: Maisen (boy)
  • Berkshire County, MA: Jayden Emiliano
  • Boston, MA: Jackson Miller
  • Cape Cod, MA: Caspar
  • Merrimack Valley, MA: Jack Shackett
  • North Adams, MA: Natalie
  • Western MA: Meiah (girl)
  • Worcester, MA: MacKenzie
  • Cadillac, MI: Aaden Allen
  • Kent County, MI: Blake Alan
  • Midland County, MI: Meghan Marie
  • Niles, MI: Merrick William
  • Hattiesburg, MS: Kym’Mari (girl)
  • Meridian, MS: A’Mirikah Brennae (girl)
  • Central MN: Morgan Elizabeth
  • Olmsted County, MN: Tegan James
  • Twins Cities area, MN: Carter Strong
  • Boone County, MO: Bella Grace
  • Jefferson City, MO: Eden (girl)
  • Joplin, MO: Brooklyn (girl)
  • Springfield, MO: Lakyn Addlai (girl)
  • Helena, MT: Angel Love Jacqueline
  • Lincoln, NE: Emily Elizabeth
  • Churchill County, NV: James Peter
  • New Hampshire: Eleanor Louise
  • New Jersey: Grace
  • Burlington County, NJ: Katelyn Michelle
  • Cumberland County, NJ: Sa’Niyah Renee
  • Gloucester County, NJ: Quinton (boy)
  • Hudson County, NJ: Kelsea Dorothy Elizabeth (born 8 minutes past midnight and weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces)
  • Monmouth County, NJ: Alexzander Lee
  • Northern NJ: David Stuart
  • Ocean County, NJ: Connor Christian
  • Salem County, NJ: Jeremiah Chase
  • Trenton, NJ: Marvin
  • Las Cruces, NM: Brenda Vanessa
  • Albany region, NY: Avery William
  • Bronx, NY: Ashley Nicole
  • New York City, NY: tie between Isabella Sofia and Kamiyah Alina
  • Erie County, NY: Hunter Remington
  • Long Island, NY: Jes (girl)
  • Monroe County, NY: Silver Ann
  • Rockland County, NY: Mendell Zachary
  • Beaufort County Hospital, NC: Emonie (girl)
  • Catawba County, NC: Christian Raeshon
  • Charlotte, NC: Maurice
  • Pitt County Memorial Hospital, NC: Zai-Arreyon (boy)
  • Rowan County, NC: Daniela
  • Sandhills area, NC/SC: Billy
  • Fargo-Moorhead area, ND/MN: Eli Vinh (boy; named after Eli Manning after mom refused to name him after Randy Moss)
  • Alliance, OH: Raith Alexander
  • Central OH: tie between Taven James and Olivia Mae
  • Coshocton County, OH: Caydan Mikel
  • Dayton, OH: Adreia
  • Holmes County, OH: Royce Nathaniel
  • Van Wert County, OH: Kenna Leigh (whose dad, Mike, was the first baby born there in 1983)
  • Tulsa, OK: Lathan Lee
  • Coos County, OR: Jenna Nichole
  • Marion and Polk Counties, OR: David Ivan
  • Blair County, PA: Noah
  • Crawford County, PA: Easton Lane
  • Gettysburg Hospital, PA: Faith Lynn (sister of Kaden Skye, Gettysburg Hospital’s first baby of 2007)
  • Philadelphia region, PA: Grace
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Gabriella Grace
  • Somerset County, PA: Rebecca
  • Towanda, PA: Gracelyn
  • Rhode Island: Marisol
  • Greenville County, SC: Hayden (boy)
  • Black Hills, SD: Abigayle Lorraine
  • Rapid City, SD: Fiona Jayde
  • Blount County, TN: Curtis Joe
  • Middle TN: William DeWayne
  • Abilene, TX: Skye Renee
  • Allen, TX: Anant
  • Angelina County, TX: DaKorian Windell (boy)
  • Austin, TX: Rylan Austin (boy)
  • Bell County, TX: Savannah Cheyenne
  • Dallas, TX: Maya
  • El Paso, TX: Abigail Leia
  • Fort Worth, TX: Lilly
  • Kerrville, TX: Genavieve Jaylene
  • Houston, TX: Destiny
  • Sweetwater, TX: Kalyn (girl)
  • Utah: Adrian Alexander
  • Augusta County, VA: Vincent Immanuel
  • Central VA: Rhea Noelle
  • Prince William County, VA: Anthony Paul
  • Smyth County, VA: Cheyenne Elizabeth
  • Southwest VA: Alafair Winter (girl)
  • Washington, D.C. area: Stella Inez
  • Clark County, WA: Kirsi Ryan (girl)
  • Kittitas County, WA: Elke
  • Pierce County, WA: Evelyn Rose
  • Seattle area, WA: Noah
  • Snohomish County, WA: Mademou Drammeh (girl)
  • Green Bay, WI: Preston Johnathan
  • Lafayette County, WI: Spencer Elmer
  • Marshfield, WI: Clayton James

Do you know the name of the first baby born in your region in 2008? Please leave a comment if you do!

P.S. – Here’s my list from 2007.