How popular is the baby name Neymar 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 Neymar.
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The curious name Neymar debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2010. It was the fastest-rising boy name of 2011, and it reached peak usage in 2014:
2016: 245 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 891st]
2015: 294 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 793rd]
2014: 499 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 551st]
2013: 377 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 649th]
2012: 338 baby boys named Neymar [rank: 704th]
2011: 190 baby boys named Neymar
2010: 19 baby boys named Neymar
What made the name Neymar so trendy during the first half of the 2010s?
Mononymous Brazilian soccer player Neymar (pronounced NAY-mar), widely regarded as one of the best footballers in the world.
Neymar made his professional debut as a teenager in 2009, playing for Santos F.C. in Brazil. He helped the team win the Libertadores Cup in 2011, and he was named South American Footballer of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.
On the international stage, he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where Brazil earned a silver medal. He helped Brazil win the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, after which he was awarded both the Golden Ball (as the tournament’s most valuable player) and the Bronze Boot (for being its third-highest scorer). Though he wasn’t able to lead Brazil to victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup — after fracturing a vertebra during the quarterfinals, he couldn’t play in the last two games — he was still one of the highest scorers of the tournament.
So how did Neymar (born Neymar da Silva Santos) come to have his unusual first name? It was passed down from his father, Neymar Sr., who was also a professional footballer. Neymar Sr.’s father was named Ilzemar; “Ilzemar” could be where the mar element of “Neymar” came from.
What are your thoughts on the name Neymar? Do you like it more or less than, say, Nomar?
Below are hundreds of baby names with a numerological value of 4.
What do I mean by that?
Well, in numerology, you substitute each letter in a word with that letter’s ordinal value in the alphabet. (The letter B has a value of 2, for instance, because it’s the second letter.) Then you add those ordinal values together to come up with a total. Lastly, you add the digits of that total together to obtain a numerological value.
Here’s an example: The letters in the name Dale have the values 4, 1, 12, and 5. Added together, these values equal 22. And the digits of 22 added together equal 4.
All of the “4” names below are sub-categorized by totals — just in case any of those larger numbers are significant to anyone. Within each group you’ll find some of the most popular “4” names per gender (according to the most recent set of U.S. baby name rankings).
4 via 13
The letters in the following baby names add up to 13, which reduces to four (1+3=4).
Girl names (4 via 13)
Boy names (4 via 13)
Cai, Eh, Cia, Gea, Aabha
Cade, Cai, Cj, Eh, Jc
4 via 22
The letters in the following baby names add up to 22, which reduces to four (2+2=4).
Girl names (4 via 22)
Boy names (4 via 22)
Kaia, Lia, Ila, Giada, Ali, Aicha
Ali, Lee, Dale, Akai, Hadi, Mace, Dael, Bane
4 via 31
The letters in the following baby names add up to 31, which reduces to four (3+1=4).
So today let’s check out another fun set of “top” names: the top rises. The names below are those that increased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next according to the SSA data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year jumps in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Isa grew 240% and usage of the boy name Noble grew 333%.)
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does get a lot more accurate starting in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (SSA). Now, back to the list…
(Did you catch all the doubles? Tula, Delano, Tammy, Jermaine, and Davey/Davy.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about many of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it! Leave a comment and let us know what popularized Dorla in 1929, or Lauren in 1945, or Dustin in 1968, or Kayleigh in 1985, or Talan in 2005…