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Popular and unique baby names in Iowa, 2020

Iowa

I’m a little late on this one, considering that we looked at the 2021 state-by-state baby name data last week, but better late than never. :)

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:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 171 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 141
  3. Evelyn, 137
  4. Emma, 119
  5. Ava, 116
  6. Amelia, 115
  7. Harper, 113
  8. Sophia, 106
  9. Hazel, 101
  10. Eleanor, 96

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 208 baby boys
  2. Liam, 183
  3. Theodore, 169
  4. Henry, 163
  5. William, 156
  6. Noah, 127
  7. Owen, 126
  8. Wyatt, 119
  9. Jack, 117
  10. Maverick, 112

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:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Alula, Brindle, Clorrenty, Dilnaaz, Ellaydrea, Fidelity, Glariel, Hepperli, Imariana, Jacklington, Kissimee, Lalotai, Malofo, Nellatreen, Offranel, Peninnah, Qianna, Rufusline, Sunrae, Tenebris, Ugbaad, Vatsana, Winji, Xyphora, Yliemani, ZenleyAeio, Bazzi, Colique, Drummer, Ezzeldeen, Faltaous, Groseille, Htoo, Invictus, J-Heart, Kalikimaka, Luxender, Mlondani, Noakley, Owendan, Prexy, Qorvyn, Ramazani, Smoltz, Tuxley, Unison, Vaxston, Wirachai, Yolotli, Zantoro

Thoughts on some of the above…

  • Kissimee – close to Kissimmee, the name of both a city and a river in Florida.
  • Tenebris – a form of the Latin word tenebra, meaning “darkness, shadow, gloom.”
  • Groseille – French for “redcurrant.”
  • Htoo – Burmese for “gold.” (Almost 10,000 refugees from Myanmar live in Iowa.)
  • Kalikimaka – Hawaiian for “Christmas.”
  • 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.

Sources: Top Baby Names – Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal, Baby Names Uniqueness – Iowa Public Health Tracking Portal

Babies named for George B. McClellan

Union officer George B. McClellan (1826-1885)
George B. McClellan

George Brinton McClellan, born in Philadelphia in 1826, served as a general during the initial years of the American Civil War. For several of those months — from November 1861 to March 1862 — he was the commander of the entire Union Army.

In 1864, he unsuccessfully ran for president against Abraham Lincoln. Years later, he was elected governor of New Jersey (1878-1881).

Hundreds of U.S. baby boys were named after George B. McClellan, particularly during the first half of the 1860s. Some examples…

A high percentage of McClellan’s namesakes were born in his home state of Pennsylvania. In fact, the name Brinton (which was McClellan’s mother’s maiden name) still sees its highest usage in Pennsylvania, according to the SSA’s state-by-state baby name data.

Source: George B. McClellan – Wikipedia

Popular baby names in New Brunswick, 2021

New Brunswick

According to the Vital Statistics Office at Service New Brunswick, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Charlotte and Liam.

Like Manitoba’s 2020 rankings, New Brunswick’s 2021 rankings weren’t split into two gender-specific lists. Instead, the province released a single set of rankings that combined both genders. From the news release:

Other popular baby names this year [after Liam] were William, Charlotte, Oliver, Benjamin, Noah, Owen, Levi, Thomas, Jackson, Henry, Olivia, Jacob, Hudson, Jack, James, Theodore, Sophia, Logan, Ellie, Gabriel, Paisley, Lincoln, Eli, Sophie, Willow, Isla, Emma, Ella, Abigail, Lucas and Jaxon.

From this, we can deduce that New Brunswick’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021 were…

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia
  4. Ellie
  5. Paisley
  6. Sophie
  7. Willow
  8. Isla
  9. Emma
  10. Ella
  11. Abigail

Boy Names

  1. Liam
  2. William
  3. Oliver
  4. Benjamin
  5. Noah
  6. Owen
  7. Levi
  8. Thomas
  9. Jackson
  10. Henry
  11. Jacob
  12. Hudson
  13. Jack
  14. James
  15. Theodore
  16. Logan
  17. Gabriel
  18. Lincoln
  19. Eli
  20. Lucas
  21. Jaxon

These 2021 rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 17th; by that time, New Brunswick had 5,560 registered births.

In 2020, the top two names were Olivia and Liam.

Source: Liam tops list of most popular baby names in 2021 (12/31)

Popular baby names in Nova Scotia, 2021

nova scotia

According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names in the province in 2021 were Olivia and Jack.

Here are Nova Scotia’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 54 baby girls
  2. Ava, 41
  3. Ellie, 36
  4. Isla, 34
  5. Amelia, 33
  6. Ivy, 31
  7. Violet, 30
  8. Charlotte, Evelyn & Harper, 29 each (3-way tie)
  9. Nora, 28
  10. Ella, 26
  11. Hannah, 25
  12. Avery & Emma, 24 each (tie)
  13. Isabella & Sophia, 22 each (tie)
  14. Aurora, Eleanor & Lily, 21 each (3-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Jack, 50 baby boys
  2. Noah, 48
  3. Oliver & Owen, 46 each (tie)
  4. Levi, 44
  5. Henry, 41
  6. Benjamin & William, 39 each (tie)
  7. Lucas, 38
  8. Liam, 37
  9. Theodore, 34
  10. James, 32
  11. Leo, Lincoln & Logan, 31 each (3-way tie)
  12. Wyatt, 28
  13. Declan, 26
  14. Bennett, Carter & Emmett, 25 each (3-way tie)

Aurora, Declan and Bennett are among the “new names gaining popularity,” according to the press release.

These 2021 rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 29th; by that time, Nova Scotia had 6,946 registered births.

In 2020, the top two names in NS were Olivia and Oliver.

Source: Most Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia (12/30)

Popular baby names in Prince Edward Island (Canada), 2021

prince edward island

According to Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics Office, the most popular baby names on the island in 2021 were Alice and Oliver.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021:

Girl Names

  1. Alice, 9 baby girls
  2. Scarlett, 8
  3. Grace, Isla & Ivy, 6 each (3-way tie)
  4. Amelia, Anna, Annie, Ava, Charlotte, Ella, Ellie, Everly, Isabella, Lexi, Lucy, Maeve, Olivia, Sophia, Sophie & Willow, 5 each (16-way tie)
  5. Adeline, Eliza, Eloise, Evelyn, Georgia, Katherine, Kinsley, Nova* & Sadie, 4 each (9-way tie)
  6. Abigail, Adalyn, Addison, Brynlee, Claire, Clara, Emery, Iris, Lydia, Lyla, Nina, Sarah & Skylar, 3 each (13-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 13 baby boys
  2. Jack & Theo, 11 each (tie)
  3. Liam, 9
  4. Austin, Ezra, Jackson, Leo & Noah, 8 each (5-way tie)
  5. Benjamin, Emmett, Ethan, Lucas* & Theodore, 7 each (5-way tie)
  6. Charlie, Henry, Luca & William, 6 each (4-way tie)
  7. Gavin, Hudson, James, Owen & Rowan, 5 each (5-way tie)
  8. Arlo, Beau, Bennett, Elijah, Elliot, Everett, Finn, Levi, Lincoln, Max, Remy, Ryker, Sawyer, Simon, Walter & Weston, 4 each (16-way tie)

These rankings are based on data covering the year up to December 13th. By that date, 619 baby girls and 704 baby boys had been born on the island.

Unexpectedly, PEI released a complete — albeit provisional — list of baby names this time around. So this year we get to check out some of the rare names bestowed just once on the island last year:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Anamika, Athaliah, Brayleigh, Cloud Jrai, Drienne, Élodie, Fearyn, Gray, Haddow, Ishani, Jorie, Kasia, Lorriel, Meekhal, Morayo, Neeltje, Olive-Belle, Paloma, Rilla, Ruthy, Seren, Sudisha, Tomi, Valeah, ZeraAbdul-Rahman, Bane, Berrick, Chivir, Draven, Elon, Felix, Grayden, Hanzebriel, Ibaad, Jordy, Kelton, Leonidas, Maniriho, Marchbank, Najid, Oaks, Porter, Ranaridh, Revel, Sulla, Tully, Wyndham, Yanick, Zeyang

The boy name Bane may have been inspired by the DC Comics supervillain Bane, and the boy name Ranaridh is similar to the name of former Cambodian prime minister Norodom Ranariddh, who died in late 2021.

Finally, in 2020, the top baby names on the island were Nora/Charlotte (tie) and Hudson.

*Nova and Lucas might actually be 4th-place names. My source included conflicting information.

Source: Alice, Oliver most popular P.E.I. baby names in 2021 (12/29)