Here are the most distinctively Canadian first names by decade, according to Canadian website The 10 and 3:
2010s: Zainab and Linden
2000s: Gurleen and Callum
1990s: Simran and Mathieu
1980s: Chantelle and Darcy
1970s: Josee and Stephane
1960s: Giuseppina and Luc
1950s: Heather and Giuseppe
1940s: Heather and Lorne
1930s: Isobel and Lorne
1920s: Gwendoline and Lorne
Did you know that Canada’s love of “Lorne” comes from the Marquess of Lorne, the British nobleman who served as Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883? To see more explanations, and also more names per decade, check out the source article.
The name I’m most curious about is Josée from the 1970s. It had a “Canadian factor” of 634.6 — larger than any other name in the study — but also had no explanation, and I can’t figure out the influence. Does anyone have a guess?
According to data released in December of 2016 by Statistics Austria, the most popular baby names in the country in 2015 were Anna (and variants) and Lukas (and variants).
Here are Austria’s top 10 girl name-groups and top 10 boy name-groups of 2015:
Girl Names 1. Anna (21 variants, including Ann, Hannah, Yahna) 2. Sophie (12 variants, including Sophia) 3. Maria (36 variants, including Merry, Moira, Miriam) 4. Emilia (14 variants) 5. Elena (40 variants, including Elaine, Helen, Ilijana) 6. Emma (1 variant) 7. Lena (8 variants) 8. Sarah (9 variants) 9. Mia (2 variants) 10. Laura (1 variant)
Boy Names 1. Lukas (11 variants, including Luc) 2. David (12 variants) 3. Jakob (20 variants, including Giacomo, Jaime, Tiago) 4. Elias (31 variants, including Ilian) 5. Maximilian (9 variants) 6. Alexander (32 variants, including Alejandro, Alistair, Iskender) 7. Jonas (12 variants) 8. Paul (7 variants, including Pablo) 9. Tobias (3 variants) 10. Leon (7 variants, including Levon)
The #1 name-groups were the same in 2014. There are no new entries on either top 10 list.
The French compound name Jean-Luc first appeared in the U.S baby name data in 1987:
1993: 63 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1992: 65 baby boys named Jean-Luc [peak usage]
1991: 46 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1990: 26 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1989: 21 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1988: 14 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1987: 8 baby boys named Jean-Luc [debut]
Where did it come from?
Captain Jean-Luc (pronounced zhon look) Picard of the starship Enterprise.
Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, was the central character of the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, which premiered in late 1987 and ran until mid-1994.
The character, though born and raised in 24th-century France, was a native English speaker. How? According to the show, French had become an obscure language by the 2300s. And yet, interestingly, the people of English-speaking future-France were still getting very traditional French names. Picard’s parents were named Maurice and Yvette, for instance. (Do you think this is a believable scenario?)
The names Geordi and Riker also debuted during the years TNG was on the air. They were likely influence by the characters Will Riker (the first officer) and Geordi La Forge (the chief engineer, played by LeVar Burton).
The only other Star Trek name I’ve blogged about so far is Uhura, but there are more on the way…
In the meanwhile, what do you think of the name Jean-Luc?