According to New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs, the most popular baby names in the country last year were Charlotte and Oliver.
Here are New Zealand’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Charlotte, 227 baby girls
Oliver, 308 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Isabella and Mila replaced Harper and Sophie.
In the boys’ top 10, Theodore and Luca replaced Thomas and Hunter.
Manaia comes in as the most evenly-split gender-neutral name, at a 50/50 split for boys and girls, with Quinn sitting just below the top of the list.
The top Maori baby names, according to the Te Taura Whiri Maori Language Commission, were…
Maori girl (kotiro) names
Mia, 164 baby girls
Amara, 44 (tie)
Kora, 44 (tie)
Maori boy (tama) names
Nikau, 93 baby boys
Mikaere, 41 (tie)
Manaia, 41 (tie)
Kairo, 27 (tie)
Kiwa, 27 (tie)
It should be noted, however, that not all of these “Maori” names are, in fact, Maori names. They were picked out of New Zealand’s national rankings because they “include vowels and consonants that appear in the Maori alphabet” — not because they correspond to actual Maori words. This is how non-Maori names like Aurora, Maria, Ari and Keanu end up in the Maori rankings.
(The Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages recently wrote about the difficulties involved in identifying Maori names, and revealed that he might stop releasing Maori rankings altogether after 2021.)
In 2020, the top two names overall in New Zealand were Isla and Oliver.
The boy name Marquavious adds up to 157, which reduces to four (1+5+7=13; 1+3=4).
4 via 166
The boy name Muhammadyusuf adds up to 166, which reduces to four (1+6+6=13; 1+3=4).
4 via 175
The unisex names Kosisochukwu adds up to 175, which reduces to four (1+7+5=13; 1+3=4).
What Does “4” Mean?
First, we’ll look at the significance assigned to “4” by two different numerological sources. Second, and more importantly, ask yourself if “4” or any of the intermediate numbers above have any special significance to you.
“4” (the tetrad) according to the Pythagoreans:
“Anatolius reports that it is called ‘justice,’ since the square (i.e., the area) […] is equal to the perimeter”
“It is the prerequisite of the general orderliness of the universe, so they everywhere called it a ‘custodian of Nature.'”
“Everything in the universe turns out to be completed in the natural progression up to the tetrad”
“The tetrad is the first to display the nature of solidity: the sequence is point, line, plane, solid (i.e. body).”
Examples of things that are divided into four parts:
“four traditional seasons of the year — spring, summer, autumn and winter.”
“four elements (fire, air, water and earth)”
“four cardinal points”
“four distinguishing points – ascendant, descendant, mid-heaven and nadir”
“Some say that all things are organized by four aspects – substance, shape, form and principle.”
“4” according to Edgar Cayce:
“In four, it makes for the greater weaknesses in the divisions…four being more of a division and weakness” (reading 261-15).
“In four, we find that of a division – and while a beauty in strength, in the divisions also makes for the greater weakness” (reading 5751-1).
Does “4” — or do any of the other numbers above (e.g., 22, 49, 76, 103) — have any special significance to you?
Think about your own preferences and personal experiences: lucky numbers, birth dates, music, sports, and so on. Maybe your favorite football team is the San Francisco 49ers, for example.
Also think about associations you may have picked up from your culture, your religion, or society in general.
If you have any interesting insights about the number 4, or any of the other numbers above, please leave a comment!
Source: Theologumena Arithmeticae, attributed to Iamblichus (c.250-c.330).
Disney princesses often influence the baby name charts. But what about Disney animals?
We’ve already talked about two deer and a squirrel, so today let’s check out five lions and a meerkat.
The Lion King, released in 1994, was a Hamlet-influenced, coming-of-age story that focused on a lion cub named Simba. So it’s no surprise that Simba was the first Lion King-inspired baby name to debut on the charts…
The name Simba — not to be confused with Symba! — first appeared in the data in 1994:
1995: 9 baby boys named Simba
1994: 5 baby boys named Simba [debut]
Simba comes from the Swahili word for “lion.”
Sarabi, the name of Simba’s mother, first appeared in 1995:
1997: 5 baby girls named Sarabi
1996: 9 baby girls named Sarabi
1995: 12 baby girls named Sarabi [debut]
Sarabi comes from the Swahili word for “mirage.”
Mufasa, the name of Simba’s father, also first appeared in 1995:
Nala was the name of Simba’s childhood best friend (and, later, love interest). Her name saw a big boost in usage in the mid-1990s:
1997: 55 baby girls named Nala
1996: 51 baby girls named Nala
1995: 85 baby girls named Nala
1994: 24 baby girls named Nala
Timon, the name of Simba’s meerkat friend, also saw increased usage in the mid-1990s:
1997: 17 baby boys named Timon
1996: 19 baby boys named Timon
1995: 19 baby boys named Timon
1994: 9 baby boys named Timon
1993: 7 baby boys named Timon
Kiara wasn’t in the original Lion King movie, but she was the main character of the direct-to-video sequel The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride, released in October of 1998. She was Simba and Nala’s daughter. The name Kiara, already popular, saw a massive spike in usage in 1999:
2001: 2,289 baby girls named Kiara [rank: 144th]
2000: 2,559 baby girls named Kiara [rank: 130th]
1999: 4,023 baby girls named Kiara [rank: 78th]
1998: 1,733 baby girls named Kiara [rank: 172nd]
1997: 1,263 baby girls named Kiara [rank: 238th]
…So which of these names do you like best? Would you use a Lion King-inspired name for your own baby?