As usual, the disclaimer: Some of the names below were already on the rise. Others may have been influenced by more than just the single pop culture person/event listed. I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence in each case.
I was surprised that Adonis and Wade jumped in usage as much as they did.
I was also surprised that Wrigley barely jumped at all in usage. Maybe “Wrigley” reminds too many people of gum?
Where the heck is Usain? Why is Usain not in the data yet? Sure, track and field is relatively unpopular in the United States. Still, I thought Rio might do it — with the help of that viral photo of Usain Bolt cheekily grinning at the competition in the middle of that 100 meter sprint.
Finally, as a former ’80s kid, I did have my fingers crossed for Voltron. Oh well…
How about you? Did any of these rises/falls surprise you?
Malta’s top baby names of 2013 came out a few weeks ago.
According to data from the National Statistics Office, the most popular name-groups last year were Elena/Elenia/Helena/Ella and Luke/Luca/Lucas.
Here are Malta’s top 20 girl name-groups and top 20 boy name-groups of 2013:
Elena/Elenia/Helena/Ella, 106 baby girls (5.5% of all girls)
Kailey/Kai/Kaleigh, 34 (3-way tie)
Catherine/Katrina/Kate/Katya, 34 (3-way tie)
Emilia/Emily/Emelie, 34 (3-way tie)
Mikela/Makaila/Michelle, 27 (tie)
Alison/Alice/Alicia/Alyssa/Aly, 27 (tie)
Jade/Giada, 22 (tie)
Alexandra/Alessia/Alexia/Lexi, 22 (tie)
Chloe/Khloe, 20 (3-way tie)
Amber/Amberley, 20 (3-way tie)
Karla/Carla/Carly, 20 (3-way tie)
Jasmine/Yasmine/Yasmeen, 17 (3-way tie)
Nina, 17 (3-way tie)
Faith, 17 (3-way tie)
Nicole/Nicola/Nicky, 14 (4-way tie)
Rachel/Raquel, 14 (4-way tie)
Keira/Kyra, 14 (4-way tie)
Claire/Clara/Clarisse, 14 (4-way tie)
Luke/Luca/Lucas, 106 baby boys (5% of all boys)
John/Jean/Jonathan/Juan/Gan, 53 (tie)
Michael/Miguel/Mikhail, 53 (tie)
Kaiden/Kayden/Kai, 45 (tie)
Alexander/Alessandro/Alec, 45 (tie)
Isaac/Izaak, 32 (tie)
Mason/Maison, 32 (tie)
Jaden/Jayden/Jadon, 29 (tie)
Thomas/Tommas/Tommy, 29 (tie)
Gabriel/Gabrijel/Gabryl, 24 (tie)
Adam, 24 (tie)
Joseph/Beppe/Giuseppe/Josef, 23 (tie)
Noah, 23 (tie)
James/Jamie/Jayme, 22 (3-way tie)
Samuel/Sam, 22 (3-way tie)
Keiran/Kyran, 22 (3-way tie)
Some of the unusual names registered in Malta last year were Aizley, Amporn, Breeze, Chinenye, Coco, Delson, Diyas, Enonima, Freedom, Gundula, Jaceyrhaer, Kobbun, Limoni, Love, Netsrik, Summer, Symphony, Zarkareia and Zveyrone.
Malta’s 2012 list was topped by Eliza/Lisa/Elsie/Elyse/Bettina and Matthew/Matthias/Matteo.
The most popular baby names in Malta were released back in May.
According to the National Statistics Office, the country’s top names (or name groups, actually) were Matthew/Matthias/Matteo for boys and Eliza/Lisa/Elsie/Elyse/Bettina for girls.
Here are Malta’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:
Eliza/Lisa/Elsie/Elyse/Bettina, 98 baby girls
Chloe/Khloe, Maria/Marija/Mariah/Marie, 39 each [2-way tie]
Amber/Amberley, Sophia/Sophie, 24 each [2-way tie]
Jasmine/Yasmine/Yasmeen, Chanel/Shanelle, 23 each [2-way tie]
Hailey/Hailee/Hayleigh, Alison/Alice/Alicia/Alyssa/Aly, Faith, 19 each [3-way tie]
Matthew/Matthias/Matteo, 101 baby boys
Isaac/Izaak, Liam/William, 43 each [2-way tie]
Jaden/Jayden/Jadon, Joseph/Beppe/Giuseppe/Josef, 35 each [2-way tie]
Yannick/Yan, Jack/Jackson/Jacques, Thomas/Tommas/Tommy, 29 each [3-way tie]
Mason/Maison, Kyle/Kail, Andrew/Andreas/Andre/Andy, 28 each [3-way tie]
Julian/Julien/Guiliano, Denzel/Danzel/Denzilee, 22 each [2-way tie]
The 98 baby girls of the Eliza/Lisa/Elsie/Elyse/Bettina group represent 4.8% of all baby girls born in Malta in 2012, and the 101 baby boys of the Matthew/Matthias/Matteo group represent 4.6% of all baby boys.
I have three earlier Malta lists (2006, 2007, 2009) here at NBN, but there are even more (2002 through 2012, inclusive) at the NSO website — use the link below.
Wondering which baby names are illegal in Portugal? (Sure you are!) The Portuguese government maintains an 80-page list of baby names–a mix of the permitted and the forbidden. Here are some of the names (and weirdly specific name combinations) Portuguese parents are not allowed to give their babies: