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Washington Post recently published a pair of articles about babies whose names had been changed.
The first article mentioned that, according to SSA data, nearly 30,000 babies in the U.S. had had their names changed from January 2017 to March 2022.
The second article dug a little deeper, revealing the names that ranked highest on either side of the name-change spectrum: most-abandoned and most-adopted.
The top two names on both lists — Issac/Isaac and Chole/Chloe — clearly represent spelling corrections.
And my guess is that at least a portion of the boys named “Conner” had their names changed to the more common spelling “Connor.” (Connor has been a top-100 boy name since the early 1990s.)
My favorite thing about these rankings, though? The fact that Michael managed to balance itself out by ranking #6 on both lists. :)
(Thank you to Ellyn for letting me know about the WaPo articles!)
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Which lengths were the most and least popular for U.S. baby names in 2021?
Top length for girl names: 6 letters
For baby girls, the most-used length was 6 letters, followed by 5 and 7.
The most popular girl names per length were…
2 letters (over 200 baby girls): Bo, Jo, Zo, An, Vy, Io 3 letters (over 58,300): Ava, Mia, Zoe, Ivy, Eva, Ada 4 letters (over 223,800): Emma, Luna, Ella, Aria, Mila, Nora 5 letters (over 348,000): Sofia, Avery, Emily, Chloe, Layla, Hazel 6 letters (over 466,100): Olivia, Amelia, Sophia, Evelyn, Harper, Camila 7 letters (over 307,900): Eleanor, Abigail, Madison, Addison, Lillian, Paisley 8 letters (over 142,000): Isabella, Scarlett, Penelope, Victoria, Brooklyn, Savannah 9 letters (over 71,800): Charlotte, Elizabeth, Valentina, Josephine, Gabriella 10 letters (over 8,000): Evangeline, Alexandria, Alessandra, Jacqueline 11 letters (over 300): Christianna, Ameliagrace, Anavictoria 12 letters (under 100) 13 letters (over 100) 14 letters (under 100) 15 letters (none) Top length for boy names: 6 letters
For baby boys, the most-used length was also 6 letters, followed by 5 and 4.
The most popular girl names per length were…
2 letters (over 1,800 baby boys): Bo, Ty, Om, Aj, Cy, Oz 3 letters (over 49,200): Leo, Eli, Kai, Ian, Ace, Max 4 letters (over 288,800): Liam, Noah, Jack, Levi, Owen, John 5 letters (over 453,200): James, Lucas, Henry, Mateo, Mason, Ethan 6 letters (over 511,800): Oliver, Elijah, Daniel, Samuel, Joseph, Julian 7 letters (over 269,000): William, Jackson, Michael, Grayson, Matthew, Gabriel 8 letters (over 106,100): Benjamin, Theodore, Maverick, Santiago, Jonathan, Jeremiah 9 letters (over 42,000): Alexander, Sebastian, Christian, Nathaniel, Alejandro 10 letters (over 3,700): Maximilian, Alessandro, Kristopher, Montgomery 11 letters (over 7,800): Christopher, Maximiliano, Constantine 12 letters (over 200) 13 letters (over 100) 14 letters (under 100) 15 letters (under 100)
Which first letters were the most and least popular for U.S. baby names in 2021?
Top first letters for girl names: A, E, M
For baby girls, the most-used first letter was A, followed by E and M. The least-used first letter was U.
The most popular girl names per letter were…
A-names (over 273,100 baby girls): Amelia, Ava, Abigail, Avery, Aria, Aurora B-names (over 49,300): Brooklyn, Bella, Brielle, Blakely, Bailey, Brianna C-names (over 93,100): Charlotte, Camila, Chloe, Claire, Caroline, Cora D-names (over 40,300): Delilah, Daisy, Diana, Daniela, Delaney, Dakota E-names (over 155,300): Emma, Evelyn, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Ella, Emily F-names (over 16,500): Freya, Faith, Finley, Fiona, Fatima, Frances G-names (over 42,900): Gianna, Grace, Genesis, Gabriella, Genevieve, Georgia H-names (over 54,900): Harper, Hazel, Hannah, Hailey, Hadley, Harmony I-names (over 44,100): Isabella, Isla, Ivy, Iris, Isabelle, Isabel J-names (over 73,500): Josephine, Jade, Julia, Josie, Juniper, Jasmine K-names (over 89,100): Kinsley, Kennedy, Kaylee, Kehlani, Katherine, Kylie L-names (over 115,300): Luna, Layla, Lily, Leah, Lucy, Lillian M-names (over 143,500): Mia, Mila, Madison, Maya, Madelyn, Madeline N-names (over 58,800): Nora, Nova, Naomi, Natalie, Natalia, Nevaeh O-names (over 30,200): Olivia, Olive, Oakley, Oaklynn, Octavia, Ophelia P-names (over 37,600): Penelope, Paisley, Piper, Peyton, Parker, Presley Q-names (over 4,100): Quinn, Quincy, Queen, Quinley, Quetzalli, Quinnley R-names (over 74,800): Riley, Ruby, Rylee, Raelynn, Rose, Remi S-names (over 116,400): Sophia, Sofia, Scarlett, Stella, Savannah, Skylar T-names (over 24,200): Taylor, Teagan, Trinity, Tatum, Tessa, Talia U-names (over 600): Unique, Uma, Ulani, Una, Unknown, Unity V-names (over 32,400): Violet, Victoria, Valentina, Vivian, Valerie, Valeria W-names (over 14,700): Willow, Wren, Winter, Wynter, Willa, Wrenley X-names (over 4,500): Ximena, Xiomara, Xyla, Xena, Xochitl, Xitlali Y-names (over 7,600): Yaretzi, Yara, Yareli, Yasmin, Yamileth, Yuna Z-names (over 29,100): Zoey, Zoe, Zuri, Zara, Zariah, Zelda Top first letters for boy names: J, A, L
For baby boys, the most-used first letter was J, followed by A and L. The least-used first letter was U.
The most popular boy names per letter were…
A-names (over 178,600 baby boys): Alexander, Asher, Aiden, Anthony, Andrew, Adrian B-names (over 86,600): Benjamin, Brooks, Bennett, Beau, Bryson, Brayden C-names (over 123,000): Carter, Charles, Caleb, Christopher, Cameron, Cooper D-names (over 85,000): Daniel, David, Dylan, Dominic, Declan, Damian E-names (over 108,700): Elijah, Ethan, Ezra, Elias, Ezekiel, Eli F-names (over 20,500): Finn, Felix, Finley, Francisco, Fernando, Finnegan G-names (over 53,500): Grayson, Gabriel, Greyson, Gael, Giovanni, George H-names (over 50,000): Henry, Hudson, Hunter, Harrison, Hayden, Hayes I-names (over 31,500): Isaac, Isaiah, Ian, Ivan, Israel, Ismael J-names (over 202,800): James, Jack, Jackson, Jacob, John, Joseph K-names (over 93,400): Kai, Kayden, Kingston, Kaiden, Kevin, King L-names (over 133,400): Liam, Lucas, Levi, Logan, Leo, Luke M-names (over 126,700): Mateo, Michael, Mason, Matthew, Maverick, Miles N-names (over 57,400): Noah, Nathan, Nolan, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Nicolas O-names (over 38,800): Oliver, Owen, Oscar, Omar, Orion, Odin P-names (over 23,700): Parker, Patrick, Peter, Preston, Phoenix, Paxton Q-names (over 3,100): Quinn, Quentin, Quincy, Quinton, Quintin, Quinten R-names (over 82,800): Ryan, Roman, Robert, Rowan, River, Ryder S-names (over 70,300): Sebastian, Samuel, Santiago, Silas, Sawyer, Steven T-names (over 59,200): Theodore, Thomas, Thiago, Theo, Tyler, Tucker U-names (over 2,500): Uriel, Uriah, Ulises, Ulysses, Uziel, Umar V-names (over 11,000): Vincent, Victor, Valentino, Vincenzo, Vicente, Vihaan W-names (over 49,100): William, Wyatt, Waylon, Wesley, Weston, Walker X-names (over 7,200): Xavier, Xander, Xzavier, Xavion, Xavien, Xavian Y-names (over 8,200): Yusuf, Yosef, Yehuda, Yousef, Yahir, Yisroel Z-names (over 26,900): Zion, Zachary, Zayden, Zane, Zayn, Zander
Which boy names decreased in usage the most from 2020 to 2021?
Here’s a table of the fastest-falling boy names of 2021. On the left are the top 25 decreases in terms of
absolute numbers of babies, and on the right are the top 25 decreases in terms of relative numbers of babies.
Rank Boy name Absolute fall Boy name Relative fall 1 Mason -1,035 Aldair -70% 2 Alexander -880 Vinson -64% 3 Jacob -860 Rishik -64% 4 Michael -742 Sylar -62% 5 Ethan -717 Kassian -62% 6 Matthew -685 Babyboy -62% 7 Connor -650 Adrain -61% 8 Ryan -613 Kiari -61% 9 Hunter -595 Princeston -60% 10 William -525 Graycen -58% 11 Joshua -509 Teagen -58% 12 Emmanuel -491 Mister -58% 13 Jaxson -489 Josyah -58% 14 Christian -487 Jaysean -57% 15 Colton -477 Janoah -57% 16 Andrew -466 Waseem -57% 17 Brayden -452 Shloime -57% 18 Jaxon -440 Siddhant -56% 19 Karter -434 Abdurahman -56% 20 Carson -430 Jabriel -56% 21 Elijah -428 Aran -56% 22 Benjamin -418 Januel -55% 23 Daniel -411 Dian -55% 24 Kobe -399 Trysten -55% 25 Carter -389 Greysin -55%
Kobe was 2020’s
largest absolute increase by a good margin. (The second name on that list, Theodore, broke into the top 10 in 2021.)
Here are the boy names that saw the steepest dives out of the data (i.e., to below 5 instances of usage) in 2021:
given to 26 babies in 2020: Burhanuddin given to 20 babies in 2020: Bader given to 18 babies in 2020: Hyatt, Reylan given to 17 babies in 2020: Abdelrahman given to 16 babies in 2020: Kymeir
Do you have thoughts/insights about any of the above names?
Years ago, I discovered three documents with relatively complete lists of births for the city of Providence, Rhode Island, for the years 1866, 1867, and 1868. I’ve already created Providence’s baby name rankings for
1866 and 1867 using the first two documents, and today (finally!) I’ve got the third set of rankings for you.
Let’s start with some stats:
1,762 babies were born in Providence in 1868, by my count. According to the introduction of the document I’m using a source, however, the total number is 1,866. I don’t know how to account for this discrepancy. 1,617 of these babies (791 girls and 826 boys) had names that were known at the time of publication. The other 145 babies got blank spaces. Either their names hadn’t been registered yet, or they hadn’t been named yet, or perhaps these babies died young and never received a name. 284 unique names (143 girl names and 141 boy names) were shared among these 1,617 babies.
And now, on to the names!
A quick look at the top 5 girl names and boy names in Providence in 1868:
Top baby girl names Top baby boy names 1. Mary 2. Catherine 3. Sarah 4. Ellen 5. Margaret 1. John 2. William 3. James 4. Charles 5. George All Girl Names
Mary, 149 baby girls Catherine, 39 Sarah, 38 Ellen, 31 Margaret, 28 Elizabeth, 25 Alice, 24 Anna, 20 Ann, 16 Emma, 14 Eliza, 13 Clara & Martha, 11 each (tie) Hannah & Lucy, 10 each (tie) Bridget, Grace, Jennie, Julia & Maria, 9 each (5-way tie) Annie, Florence, Jane, Minnie & Susan, 8 each (5-way tie) Agnes, Caroline, Cora, Ella & Harriet, 7 each (5-way tie) Anne, Carrie, Hattie, Ida, Mabel & Nellie, 6 each (6-way tie) Eva, Joanna, Lydia & Rosanna, 5 each (4-way tie) Abby, Charlotte, Emily, Jessie, Josephine, Lillian, Lizzie, Louisa, Louise, Marion, Phebe, Rosella & Theresa, 4 each (13-way tie) Anastasia, Bertha, Edith, Gertrude, Isabella, Nettie, Pearl, Rebecca & Susanna, 3 each (9-way tie) Ada, Almira, Edna, Fannie, Flora, Frances, Helen, Henrietta, Inez, Laura, Lelia, Lillie, Lottie, Maud, Priscilla & Virginia, 2 each (16-way tie) Addie, Adelaide, Adelicia, Adeline, Agatha, Allene, Amanda, Amy, Angelica, Antoinette, Arabella, Augusta, Aurelia, B.*, Belle, Bessie, Betsey, Catharine, Celia, Claudia, Della, Eleanor, Eleanora, Estella, Estelle, Esther, Eudavelia, Eulalie, Evelyn, Francenia, Genevieve, Georgia, Honora, Imogene, Jesse, Juliette, Kate, Leonora, Lilla, Lillias, Lorena, Luella, Luetta, Magdalena, Marian, Marietta, Matilda, Mercy, Minerva, Miriam, Myra, Myrtis, Nanoan, Nora, Pauline, Reberta, Rhoda, Roberta, Rosa, Rose, Ruth, Sabrina, Sophia, Stella & Winifred, 1 each (65-way tie)
*What do you think the “B.” might have stood for?
All Boy Names
John, 112 baby boys William, 68 James, 64 Charles, 52 George, 45 Thomas, 37 Frederick, 25 Henry, 23 Joseph, 22 Edward, 19 Daniel & Patrick, 18 each (tie) Robert, 17 Frank, 16 Francis, 15 Walter, 13 Michael, 11 Albert, 10 Arthur, 9 Benjamin, Peter & Samuel, 7 each (3-way tie) Freddie, Harry, Herbert & Stephen, 6 each (4-way tie) Edwin, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin & Timothy, 5 each (5-way tie) Bernard, Edmund, Eugene, Louis, Philip & Richard, 4 each (6-way tie) Alfred, Augustus, Christopher, Eben, Horace, Howard, Hugh, Jeremiah, Matthew & Willard, 3 each (10-way tie) Abel, Barney, Byron, Dennis, Edgar, Ferdinand, Gilbert, Luke, Max, Nathaniel, Owen, Roger, Solomon & Victor, 2 each (14-way tie) Alden, Alexis, Allen, Alrick, Amos, Andrew, Ansel, Anson, Archibald, Asa, Ashby, Bartholomew, Calvin, Carlos, Clarence, Clark, Clarke, Clement, Clifford, Collyer, Crolander, Darius, David, Earl, Elisha, Ellis, Eri, Ernest, Erwin, Eusebe, Everett, Felix, Forrest, Foster, Franklin, Fred, Gardner, Jacob, Jason, Jerome, Jireh, Joaneto, Josiah, Jubal, Justin, Lawson, Lodovic, Louis, Lucien, Lyman, Major, Malachi, Manuel, Melbourne, Monroe, Morey, Morris, Myron, Nelson, Nicholas, Olney, Orville, Oscar, Pendleton, Ralph, Reuben, Rolfe, Rowland, Rufus, Simeon, Simon, Steven, Stewart, Theodore, Ulysses*, Volney, Warren, Whiting, Willie & Winchester, 1 each (80-way tie)
*Ulysses was likely named in honor of
Ulysses S. Grant, who was elected president in 1868. Twins
Finally, nineteen sets of twins were born in Providence in 1868. (All of these twin names are accounted for in the rankings above.)
Girl-girl twins Girl-boy twins Boy-boy twins Caroline & Harriet Lucy & Lydia Mary & Rosanna Margaret & Mary Lizzie & Martha (blank) & (blank) Anne & Thomas Emma & Charles Florence & William Hannah & Josiah Ida & John Isabella & John Jennie & Horace Charles & William Francis & Robert George & John James & John James & Stephen (blank) & (blank)
Have any thoughts about these rankings, or about any of the specific names above?
Source: Snow, Edwin M.
. Number three. Providence: Millard & Harker, 1870. Alphabetical Lists of the Names of Persons Deceased, Born and Married in the City of Providence