How popular is the baby name Nadia in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Nadia.
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Portuguese-Canadian pop singer Nelly Furtado was born in British Columbia in December of 1978.
Her full name at birth was Nelly Kim Furtado, and, back when she was promoting her first album, she mentioned (during a Yahoo! Music chat) that her given names were inspired by an athlete:
lovegrowsdeeper: is nelly short for noella?
launch_nelly_furtado: No, just Nelly. Nelly Kim Furtado. I was named after a gymnast.
Soviet gymnast Nelli Kim competed against Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Both Nelli and Nadia earned more than one “perfect 10” at the Games that year, but Nadia’s initial 10 came first.
During the years she was competing, Kim’s first name was typically transliterated “Nelli.” These days she lives in the U.S. and seems to prefer the spelling “Nellie.”
Interestingly, Nellie Kim knows about her namesake and is eager to meet her:
– Do you know the singer Nelly Furtado, who was named after you?
– Her full name is Nelly Kim Furtado. Here’s the story… I don’t know how to contact her. About 10-15 years ago she came to Minneapolis with a concert, my American friends wrote her an email: Dear Nelly, you know, Nellie Kim is also here, it would be great to meet, gather both Nellie Kims, get acquainted. But there is probably some filtering going on there: someone from her management apparently considered this letter a joke.
But who knows what will happen — maybe some journalist will tell her: dear, there’s this Nellie Kim, she lives basically across the road from you. You’re in Canada, she’s in Minneapolis, an hour flight.
The country of Poland is located in Central Europe and shares a border with seven other countries (including Russia, Germany, and Slovakia).
Last year, Poland welcomed approximately 305,000 babies — 290,000 of which were born to Polish parents and 15,000 of which were born to non-Polish parents (many of them Ukrainian refugees).
What were the most popular names among all these babies? Zofia and Antoni.
Here are Poland’s top 50 girl names and top 50+ boy names of 2022:
Zofia, 5,714 baby girls
Iga, 2,847 – a diminutive of either Jadwiga or Ignacja
Antoni, 6,670 baby boys
Cezary, 892 (tie)
Tadeusz, 892 (tie)
Ksawery, 849 – a form of Xavier
Kazimierz, 674 (tie)
Kuba, 674 (tie)
(Because L‘s with a stroke don’t render properly on my site, you’ll have to imagine they exist in several of the above: the girl name Lucja and the boy names Mikolaj, Stanislaw, Michal, Milosz, and Pawel.)
Poland’s data goes all the way down to names with just two instances of usage, so here’s a sampling of the rare baby names at the opposite end of the spectrum:
Olivia Emma Charlotte Amelia Sophia Isabella Ava Mia Evelyn Luna Harper Camila Sofia Scarlett Elizabeth Eleanor Emily Chloe Mila Violet Penelope Gianna Aria Abigail Ella Avery Hazel Nora Layla Lily Aurora Nova Ellie Madison Grace Isla Willow Zoe Riley Stella Eliana Ivy Victoria Emilia Zoey Naomi Hannah Lucy Elena Lillian Maya Leah Paisley Addison Natalie Valentina Everly Delilah Leilani Madelyn Kinsley Ruby Sophie Alice Genesis Claire Audrey Sadie Aaliyah Josephine Autumn Brooklyn Quinn Kennedy Cora Savannah Caroline Athena Natalia Hailey Aubrey Emery Anna Iris Bella Eloise Skylar Jade Gabriella Ariana Maria Adeline Lydia Sarah Nevaeh Serenity Liliana Ayla Everleigh Raelynn Allison Madeline Vivian Maeve Lyla Samantha Rylee Eva Melody Clara Hadley Julia Piper Juniper Parker Brielle Eden Remi Josie Rose Arya Eliza Charlie Peyton Daisy Lucia Millie Margaret Freya Melanie Elliana Adalynn Alina Emersyn Sienna Mary Isabelle Alaia Esther Sloane Mackenzie Amara Ximena Sage Cecilia Valeria Reagan Valerie Catalina River Magnolia Kehlani Summer Ashley Andrea Isabel Oakley Olive Oaklynn Ember Kaylee Georgia Juliette Anastasia Genevieve Katherine Blakely Reese Amaya Emerson Brianna June Alani Lainey Arianna Rosalie Sara Jasmine Ruth Adalyn Ada Bailey Ariella Wren Myla Khloe Callie Elsie Alexandra Ryleigh Faith Norah Margot Zuri Journee Aspen Gemma Kylie Molly Blake Zara Alaina Alana Brynlee Amy Annie Saylor Ana Amira Kimberly Noelle Kamila Morgan Phoebe Harmony Sutton Taylor Finley Lilah Juliana Lila Londyn Kailani Vera Kaia Angela Hallie Diana Lennon Presley Arabella Aliyah Lilly Milani Jordyn Camille Ariel Aubree Selena Sawyer Nyla Delaney Mariana Rachel Adaline Leila Collins Lia Octavia Kali Lena Kiara Kaylani Elaina Daniela Leia Gracie Dakota Elise Hope Harlow Lola Stevie Malia Miriam Alora Gia Evangeline Brooke Lilith Sydney Ophelia Alayna Tatum Evie Rowan Marley Daphne Kayla Dahlia Lucille Blair Adelaide Wrenley Haven Teagan Adelyn Alyssa Payton Jane Mckenna Celeste Juliet Palmer Maggie Rebecca London Noa Samara Thea Kendall Mya Talia Winter Angelina Vivienne Esme Laila Nina Trinity Vanessa Mabel Camilla Jocelyn Journey Paige Phoenix Amina Alivia Amari Joanna Nicole Annabelle Raegan Aitana Julianna Lauren Catherine Adriana Madilyn Harley Tessa Evelynn Elianna Rory Dream Nayeli Poppy Gabriela Jayla Cataleya Celine Hayden Shiloh Mariah Charlee Maisie Regina Adelynn Briella Giselle Fatima Danna Alessia Mckenzie Wynter Fiona Brooklynn Gracelynn Luciana Alexis Everlee Laura Selah Reign Alayah Rosemary Lilliana Ariyah Heidi Esmeralda Logan Amora Kalani Leighton Cali Melissa Aniyah Izabella Michelle Raelyn Alessandra Viviana Madeleine Arielle Serena Francesca Brynn Gwendolyn Kira Destiny Elle Makayla Alaya Malani Willa Saige Makenna Remington Demi Adelina Raya Astrid Azalea Veronica Meadow Anaya Elisa Raven Alexandria Hattie Alicia Sabrina Gracelyn Matilda Skye Annalise Frances Miracle Maia Helen Lana Daleyza Rosie Charli Bianca Royalty Sarai Amiyah Nylah Aylin Maryam Scarlet Antonella Sylvia Sylvie Nadia Ari Lexi Mylah Julieta Lorelei Avianna Armani Camryn Emely Rylie Colette Daniella Liana Brinley Kate Salem Marlee Alison Carmen Felicity Fernanda Holly Ariah Aisha Kora Amanda Ailani Elaine Emory Joy Oaklee Lyric Madelynn Haisley Allie Helena Danielle Katalina Carolina Zariah Navy Cassidy Lorelai Stephanie Alma Mira Legacy Jolene Anya Dorothy Paris Yaretzi Aurelia Maddison Renata Jimena Xiomara Itzel Heaven Lyra Estella Gabrielle Maren
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I want to draw your attention to two of these contestants, Safira Afzaal and Yarden Levinson, because the rare names Safira and Yarden both debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1984 specifically:
Girls named Safira
Girls named Yarden
(Safira may be based on the Arabic name Safeerah, meaning “messenger”; Yarden, the Hebrew name of the Jordan River, is derived from a Hebrew word meaning “descend” or “flow down.”)
Here are Safira and Yarden introducing themselves at the start of the program…
Over the course of the two-hour program, the field of contestants was reduced three times: from 21 to 10 (by a panel of judges), from 10 to 3 (again by the judges), and finally from 3 to 1 (by popular vote).
Both Safira and Yarden survived the first cut. The second portion of the show featured the ten remaining women modeling in swimsuits, modeling in evening gowns, and, rather unusually, doing aerobic exercise. (How ’80s is that?)
Here’s Safira doing aerobics:
And here’s Yarden:
Before the three finalists were announced, David Hasselhoff explained that each of the three would be assigned a specific “1-900” phone number.
To cast a vote for your favorite girl, you simply dial her phone number. It’s that easy. Your vote will automatically be registered in the phone company’s computer in Kansas City, Missouri, and there’ll be a telephone charge of 50 cents. The total number of calls received at the end of the ten-minute period by the phone company’s computer in Kansas City will be transmitted to us, five thousand miles away, in Hawaii, and we will know our winner.
The three finalists? Debi, Jaqueline, and Yarden. (Not Safira, sadly.)
Here’s Yarden, right after being named a finalist:
During the next ten minutes, viewers saw (among other things) clips of the finalists talking about themselves. Yarden mentioned that, in Israel, every girl goes into the military and “learns how to fight,” and that she “served in a rescue unit in the Air Force.” She also said:
I come to the competition and they look at me and they say, ‘You’re Israeli? You’re blonde, I mean, how can that be?’
Alas, Yarden finished in third place with just 17.48% of the vote.
The winner was Debi Brett, the Brit, with 53.46% of the vote. (She received over $100,000 in cash and prizes, including a 30-day round-the-world trip, a full-length mink coat, a grand piano, a diamond ring, a Dodge 600 convertible, and a Ricoh 35mm camera.)
So, neither Safira nor Yarden won the pageant. But their names live on the U.S. baby name data, which is arguably far cooler. :)
I’m not sure what became of Yarden after the pageant, but I can tell you a bit about Safira (whose last name is actually spelled Afzal). She was born in Pakistan, raised in England, and went on to earn a law degree and become a barrister.
(Other post-pageant careers: Debi became photographer; Antonia became a model/TV personality; Deborah won Miss Universe 1985 and became an actress/TV personality; “Jaqueline” (actually spelled Jacqueline) became a model/TV personality; and “Julie” (Julia) became an actress — in fact, she played the female lead in the second Rambo movie.)
So what are your thoughts on the names Safira and Yarden? Which one would you be more likely to use for a baby girl?