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Popularity of the Baby Name Leonardo


Posts that Mention the Name Leonardo

Where did the baby name Ellesse come from?

Ellesse sunglasses advertisement featuring tennis player Chris Evert, 1985.
Ellesse ad featuring Chris Evert (1985)

The name Ellesse started popping up in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1980s:

  • 1988: 12 baby girls named Ellesse
    • 6 born in California
  • 1987: 12 baby girls named Ellesse
    • 8 born in California
  • 1986: 10 baby girls named Ellesse [debut]
  • 1985: unlisted
  • 1984: unlisted

Where did it come from?

The Italian sportswear brand Ellesse (pronounced el-ES), the name of which was derived from the initials of the founder, Leonardo Servadio (“L. S.”).

The brand grew popular during the 1970s and 1980s thanks to close associations with the sports of skiing and tennis. Tennis stars Guillermo Vilas, Chris Evert, and Boris Becker were all sponsored by Ellesse. In fact, Becker was wearing Ellesse outfits when he won Wimbledon in both 1985 and 1986.

Advertisements and tennis sponsorships may have been enough to boost “Ellesse” into the baby name data in 1986, but two more things that might have helped as well include:

  • Ellesse’s sponsorship of the New York City Marathon from 1984 to 1986, and/or
  • Ellesse’s partnership with Philadelphia 76ers player Maurice “Mo” Cheeks — at that time, a recent NBA champion and recent All-Star — to create Maurice Cheeks basketball shoes in 1985.
Maurice Cheeks basketball shoes
Ellesse Cheeks

All that said…I can’t account for the particularly high usage of Ellesse in California. Any ideas? (Is there a telenovela I’m missing here?)

What do you think of “Ellesse” as a baby name?

Sources:

P.S. Brittania and Generra are two other sportswear brands that became baby names…

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2020

Switzerland

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2020 were Mia and Noah.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Mia, 461 baby girls
  2. Emma, 407
  3. Mila, 350
  4. Emilia, 318
  5. Lina, 312 (2-way tie)
  6. Sofia, 312 (2-way tie)
  7. Elena, 266 (2-way tie)
  8. Lea, 266 (2-way tie)
  9. Alina, 256
  10. Laura, 248

Boy Names

  1. Noah, 507 baby boys
  2. Liam, 372
  3. Matteo, 359
  4. Leon, 332 (2-way tie)
  5. Luca, 332 (2-way tie)
  6. Elias, 315
  7. Gabriel, 310
  8. Ben, 267
  9. Louis, 256
  10. Aaron, 251

In the boys’ top 10, Ben and Aaron replaced Samuel and David.

In the girls’ top 10, Elena, Lea, Alina and Laura replaced Lara, Anna, Lia and Lena.

Here are the top baby names within each of Switzerland’s main language groups:

Top 3 Girl NamesTop 3 Boy Names
German-speakers (63%)Mia, Emilia, LinaNoah, Leon, Matteo
French-speakers (23%)Emma, Mia, MilaGabriel, Liam, Noah
Italian-speakers (8%)Sofia, Alice/Aurora (tie), EmmaLeonardo, Alessandro, Enea/Liam (tie)
Romansh-speakers (less than 1%)Daria/Laura/Lea/Lorena/Yuna (5-way tie for #1)Levin/Nic (tie), Aurelio/Flurin/Laurin/Lino/Mattia/Nevio (6-way tie for #2)

In 2019, the top names in the country overall were Mia and Liam.

Sources: Palmarès des prénoms des nouveau-nés et de la population en 2020, Vornamen der Neugeborenen

Popular Baby Names in Italy, 2019

According to Italy’s ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Sofia and Leonardo.

Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia, 5,851 baby girls (2.87%)
  2. Aurora, 5,467
  3. Giulia, 5,356
  4. Ginevra, 3,721
  5. Alice, 3,658
  6. Emma, 3,245
  7. Giorgia, 3,056
  8. Beatrice, 3,046
  9. Greta, 2,725
  10. Vittoria, 2,713

Boy Names

  1. Leonardo, 7,786 baby boys (3.64%)
  2. Francesco, 5,946
  3. Lorenzo, 5,264
  4. Alessandro, 5,229
  5. Andrea, 4,715
  6. Mattia, 4,714
  7. Gabriele, 4,412
  8. Tommaso, 4,269
  9. Riccardo, 4,176
  10. Edoardo, 3,651

In the girls’ top 10, Vittoria replaced Anna (now ranked 11th).

(One girl name with top-10 potential is the intriguing Ludovica, which — unlike cousins Luisa, Louisa, and Louise — has seen very little usage in the United States. Ludovica was Italy’s 30th most popular girl name — give or take a few spots — from 2008 to 2015, but in the last few years it has reached 15th twice.)

The boys’ top 10 includes the same 10 names, but in a slightly different order.

Source: How Many Babies Are Named…?

Popular Baby Names in Switzerland, 2019

Switzerland

According to data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO), the most popular baby names in Switzerland in 2019 were Mia and Liam.

Here are the country’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Mia, 434 baby girls
  2. Emma, 401
  3. Sofia, 341
  4. Lara, 312
  5. Emilia, 310
  6. Mila, 298
  7. Lina, 294
  8. Lia, 292
  9. Lena, 280
  10. Anna, 276

Boy Names

  1. Liam, 443 baby boys
  2. Noah, 437
  3. Matteo, 360
  4. Gabriel, 340
  5. Luca, 336
  6. Leon, 318
  7. Elias, 314
  8. Louis, 312
  9. David, 264
  10. Samuel, 252

In the girls’ top 10, Lara, Lina and Lia replaced Lea, Elena and Laura.

In the boys’ top 10, Samuel replaced Ben.

Here are the top baby names within each of Switzerland’s main language groups:

  • German speakers (63% of the population): Mia and Noah
  • French speakers (23%): Emma and Liam
  • Italian speakers (8%): Sofia and Leonardo
  • Romansh speakers (under 1%): Lina and Elia/Finn/Luca (3-way tie)

In 2018, the top names in the country overall were Emma and Liam.

Sources: Vornamen der Neugeborenen, Revealed: Switzerland’s most popular baby names, Mia, Emma, Liam, Noah: the most popular baby names of 2019

Name Quotes #82: Rosebud, Pirate, Habakkuk

From an article about the Mad About You reboot:

On the original show, Theresa was portrayed by Burnett as a bit overbearing. But, she always brought extra love…and helped them name their daughter Mabel. When Jamie and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) couldn’t decide on a name for their baby, Theresa proclaimed that “Mothers Always Bring Extra Love,” an homage to The Dick Van Dyke Show where Rob and Laura explain Ritchie’s middle name. The Buchman’s decide to call their daughter Mabel.

The conversation between Rob Petrie (dad) and Ritchie Rosebud Petrie (son) referenced above, from the 1962 Dick Van Dyke episode “What’s in a Middle Name?” [vid]:

Rob: …and there’s no reason to look so sad, your middle name isn’t really Rosebud.

Ritchie: Yes it is, my birth certificate says it’s Rosebud.

Rob: Yes it does, but do you know why?

Ritchie: No, but I wish it was ‘Jim.’

[…]

Rob: So you see, Ritch, actually, your middle name is Robert, Oscar, Sam, Edward, Benjamin, Ulysses, David. And, the initials to all of your middle names spells…

Ritchie: Rosebud!

(The seven names were suggestions from various family members. To see the scene and hear the full explanation, click the link to the video.)

From the 2018 children’s book Who Is Pele? by James Buckley, Jr.:

Edson Arantes do Nascimento was born on October 23, 1940, in the tiny village of Três Corações (say: TRACE kor-ah-SOYS), Brazil. Even in 1940, there were many parts of the world that did not have electricity. Most of southeastern Brazil was one of those areas. In honor of their village finally getting electricity, Edson’s parents named their first son after the American inventor Thomas Edison.

From a BBC interview with Billie Eilish:

Q: Hello Billie Eilish… Have I pronounced that right?

A: Yes! It’s eye-lish, like eyelash with a lish.

Q: Your family name is O’Connell, though, so is that a stage name?

It is my middle name. So I’m Bille Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell.

Q: Pirate! That’s an amazing name.

Pretty weird, right? Pirate was going to be my middle name but then my uncle had a problem with it because pirates are bad. Then Baird is my mother’s name.

From an NPR interview with Leonardo DiCaprio:

My father tells me that they were on their honeymoon at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, I believe. They were looking at a da Vinci painting, and allegedly I started kicking furiously while my mother was pregnant. And my father took that as a sign, and I suppose DiCaprio wasn’t that far from da Vinci. And so, my dad, being the artist that he is, said, “That’s our boy’s name.”

From a Christianity Today article called “Sorry, James and David: Silas and Obadiah Are Today’s Trending Baby Names“:

Looking forward, there’s plenty more space for creativity with highly unique but still highly religious names. Of the 2,606 biblical names I track in my ongoing research, only 811 ever had a year with more than 4 baby boys or girls given that name. We haven’t yet seen kids named Abijam or Paltiel, nor have we seen name fads for Philetus or Berechiah. Even notably faithful biblical figures like Ehud, Elkanah, Habakkuk, Hilkiah, and Jehonadab have been passed over.