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Back in the early 1970s, two uniquely named men — North Western and Safety First — both lived in the same retirement village in Seal Beach, California.
North Western explained that Western was his family name and his parents named him North after another old family name.
He said he had some problems explaining the name when he used to commute in the Chicago area aboard the Northwestern Railroad.
According to various records, North Western was born in Winnipeg in 1901, had a son
also named North Western in Chicago in 1931, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1938.
Safety First, whose family name was First, was actually given the name on his birth certificate by his parents, who liked the idea of safety.
First, 77, said he had problems over the years, such as the time he was cited before a Los Angeles judge for a defective windshield. Upon giving his name the jurist snapped, “I want your name, not your traffic slogan.”
According to the SSDI, Safety M. First was born in Pennsylvania in 1894.
(A like-named cardiologist in Tulsa, Oklahoma — Dr. Safety R. First — was born in 1920 and appeared on Robert Q. Lewis’ TV program “
The Name’s the Same” in 1954.)
SS Earl Dalhausie
Back when sea voyages were the only way to reach distant lands, many babies ended up being born aboard ships. And many of these ship-born babies were given names that reflected the circumstances of their birth. A good portion of them, for instance, were named after the ships upon which they were born.
I’ve gathered hundreds of these ship-inspired baby names over the years, and I think it’s finally time to post what I’ve found…
Abergeldie: Emma Abergeldie Walsh, born in 1884
Abernyte: Eva Abernyte Congdon, born in 1875
Abington: Herbert Bealie Abington Tait, born in 1884
Abyssinia: Abyssinia Louise Juhansen, born in 1870 Abyssinia Elfkin, born in 1872 Louise Abyssinia Bellanger, born in 1874
Achilles: John Achilles Denchey, born in 1871
Actoea: U. Actoea Jones, born in 1868
Adriatic: John Adriatic Gateley Collins, born in 1879 Adriatic O’Loghlin Gould, born in 1880 Agnes Adriatic Cook, born in 1880
Agamemnon: Frederick Agamemnon Dingly, born in 1876
Alaska: Mary Alaska Magee, born in 1884
Alcester: Gertrude Alcester Dart, born in 1884
Alcinous: Mary Duncan Alcinosa Greenwood, born in 1887
Aldergrove: Aldergrove Andrew Fullarton Feathers, born in 1875 Ethel Aldergrove Winning, born in 1883
Aleppo: Rosalia Aleppo Rosenthal, born in 1866 Aleppo Atalanta Boardsen, born in 1883
Alexandrina: Caroline Alexandrina Phillips, born in 1873 Mary Alexandrina Hedges, born in 1874 Alexandrina Horsnell, born in 1874
Algeria: Louis Algeria Noizet, born in 1872
Aliquin: Edward Aliquin Poley, born in 1860
Allanshaw: Joseph Allanshaw Moss, born in 1883 Frederick Allanshaw Shields, born in 1883
Almora: Almora May Leech, born in 1856 Emily Almora Hamper, born in 1883 Joseph Henry Almora Alford, born in 1883 Mary Almora Clothier, born in 1887 Almora Merten, born in 1887
Alnwick Castle: William Alnwick Bull, born in 1861
Alpheta: Mary Alpheta Stone, born in 1877
Alsatia: Alsatia Campbell Carnalian, born in 1877
Altmore: Eliza Altmore Harris, born in 1883
Alumbagh: Alumbagh Eleanor Bright, born in 1868 Sarah Louise Alumbagh Hancock, born in 1868
Alvington: Alvington Oak Silvester, born in 1879
Amoor: William Amoor Walker, born in 1864
Anchoria: Anchoria Adelaide Williams, born in 1890
Angerona: Mary Angerona Harwood, born in 1875
Anglesey: Clara Anglesey Oakley, born in 1859 Emma Jane Anglesey Conbrough, born in 1874
Anglia: James Craig Anglia Watt, born in 1871 Emma Anglia Hewitt, born in 1873 Margaret Anglia Smith Mulholland, born in 1874
Anglo Saxon: Mary Saxon Copeland, born in 1860
Antiope: Lilias Antiope Carrick, born in 1884
Aorangi: Arthur Aorangi Burrow, born in 1884 Aorangi Millar, born in 1885 Ellen Corbet Aorangi Browne, born in 1891 Aorangi Townsend, born in 1934
Arabic: Isabella Arabic East, born in 1887
Arcadia: Arcadia Herbert, born in 1877
Archer: Archer Grainger Bryans, born in 1883 Beatrice Archer Shambers, born in 1885
Argo: Sigri Argo Larsen, born in 1877
Arica: Aricania Pereg, born in 1883
Arizona: Helen Arizona Erickson, born in 1881 Sarah Arizona Duggan, born in 1881 Ole Arizona Melting, born in 1881 Agnes Arizona Kane, born in 1884 Elenor Arizona Poulteny, born in 1884 Elizabeth Arizona Harvey, born in 1887 Marie Arizona Malm, born in 1887
Arundel Castle: Arundal Sheal Davis, born in 1870 Leopold Arundel Hofmeyer, born in 1876 George Arundel Baylis, born in 1876 Charles Arundel Holden, born in 1876
Arvonia: Herbert John Arvon Hughes, born in 1881
Ashmore: James Alfred George Henry Ashmore Curtis, born in 1882
Astria: Jessie Astria Santon, born in 1875
Atalanta: Anne Atalanta McCormack, born in 1861
Atlanta: Elizabeth Atlanta Harrington, born in 1871 Elizabeth Atlanta Earp, born in 1871
Auckland: Jane Auckland Peacock, born in 1872
Australia: Australia Dominica Scioli, born in 1880
Avalanche: Avalanche Isaac Hughes, born in 1874 Gabrielle Stella Avalanche Newson, born in 1876
Avoca: Margaret Avoca Randall, born in 1878
Avonmore: Gwendoline Avonmore Corfield, born in 1876 B
Baltic: Annie Baltic Jones, born in 1880
Bard of Avon: William Avon Clifford, born in 1864
Baron Blantyre: Mary Blantyre Philbrook, born in 1887
Batavia: Batavia Svensen, born in 1877
Beemah: Miriam Beemah Pickerwell, born in 1856 Catharine Mary Beemah Dooney, born in 1879
Belair: Mary Louise Belair Wright, born in 1882
Belle Alliance: Dora Belle Howat, born in 1876
Belle Wood: Joseph Bellewood Richards, born in 1864
Ben Nevis: Ben Nevis Amoorthum, born in 1878
Benan: Edward Benan Davies, born in 1877
Berar: Berar Oceana Cunningham Firth, born in 1873 Berar Clark, born in 1885
Berlin: Elizabeth Berlina Glaser, born in 1881
Blair Athole: Athole Taylor Bartley Butler, born in 1878
Blue Jacket: William Blue Jacket Afflech, born in 1864 Julia Blue Jacket Shaw, born in 1864
Bolivia: Bolivia Alexandra Anderson, born in 1884
Bombay: Mary Bombay Wareing, born in 1883
Boyne: William Boyne Brooks, born in 1874 Mabel Boyne Roberts, born in 1878 Whiteoak Boyne Stokes, born in 1878
Brittania: Annie Britannia Johnson, born in 1873 Columbia Britannia Rosenberg, born in 1881 Britannia Hafner, born in 1883
Britannic: Brita Annica Hellgren, born in 1876 Robert Britannic Bowen, born in 1877 Bernard Britannic Traynor, born in 1882 Margaret Britannic McCracken, born in 1886
British King: British King Frank, born in 1886 British King Johann, born in 1886, who made the news:
British Prince: Patrick Prince McShane, born in 1887
Brooklyn: Marina Brooklyn Neilstather, born in 1882
Broughton: Annie Broughton Hutchinson, born in 1877 Margaret Broughton Edkin, born in 1878
Bula: David Bula Newman Watson, born in 1878
Bulimba: Moses Bulimba Williams, born in 1883 Annie Bulimba Burstow, born in 1883 Bulimba Skow, born in 1886 William Bulimba Elgar, born in 1886 Alice Bulimba Bevis, born in 1887 Bulimba Elizabeth Ufer, born in 1887 John Bulimba Nott, born in 1887 C
Caduceus: John Caduceus Mason, born in 1869 Pauline Caduceus Pyne, born in 1871 Amy Caduceus Ward, born in 1871
Calabria: Sarah Elizabeth Calabria Marsden, born in 1874
Caledonia: William Caledonia Lowe, born in 1870 Jane Caledonia Morrison, born in 1870 James Caledonia Terrie, born in 1871 Muhelina Caledonia Cardone, born in 1888
California: Craig California McGinley, born in 1872 Sarah California Boettcher, born in 1877
Calliance: William James Calliance Potter, born in 1861
Cambodia: Mary Cambodia Pocock, born in 1884 Ellen Cambodia Goldthorp, born in 1884 Emma Cambodia Gascoigne, born in 1884
Cambria: Cambria Wallace Milne, born in 1880
Cambrian: Henry Cambrian Bouchier, born in 1863
Camorta: John Camorta Bleney, born in 1882
Camperdown: Ellen Duncan Camperdown Woods, born in 1876
Canada: Amelia Canada Scrivens, born in 1857 Mary Canada Furlong, born in 1883
Canara: Canara Iunatum, born in 1880
Canterbury: Canterbury C. Purdon, born in 1863
Cardigan Castle: Cardigan Petersen, born in 1873
Carisbrooke Castle: Ellen Carisbrooke Haslett, born in 1875 Phoebe Carisbrooke Fleming, born in 1875
Carnatic: Elizabeth Ann Carnatic Bowler, born in 1873 Agnes Carnatic Keen, born in 1875 Maria Carnatic Gauser, born in1880 Amy Carnatic Collins, born in 1880 David Carnatic Robinson, born in 1880
Carrick Castle: Carrick Beatrix Hagerty, born in 1874
Cartrale: Arthur Taylor Cartrale Smith, born in 1874
Cartsburn: M. B. Cartsburn Watt, born in 1874 Cartsburn Baxter, born in 1874 A. C. Cartsburn Sloan, born in 1874
Caspian: William Caspian Downham, born in 1877
Castalia: Castalia Marchesa, born in 1879
Catalonia: Gurnod Catalonius Sjoberg, born in 1886
Cedric The Saxon: Frank Cedric McNair, born in 1885
Cephalonia: Cephalonia Charles Jones, born in 1883 Henrietta Cephalonia Colman, born in 1885 Cephalonia Brook, born in 1886
Ceylon: Archie Ceylon Randle, born in 1885
Chalmers: Henry Richard Chalmers Charles Bainton, born in 1859
Charles Cox: Carlotta Graham Cox, born in 1878
Charlwood: Bertram Charlwood Hiscocks, born in 1881
Cheops: Cheops Garthwaite, born in 1874
Chimborazo: Daniel Chimborazo Dineen, born in 1879
China: George China Ward, born in 1876
Chollerton: Robert Chollerton Shepherd, born in 1887 Ellen Chollerton Blackwell, born in 1887 Gertrude Chollerton Archer, born in 1887
Christian McAusland: William Taylor McAusland Nelson, born in 1875
Chyebassa: Chyebassa Best, born in 1881 Chybasse Pettitgean, born in 1884 Godfrey Chyebassa Svensson, born in 1885 Chyebassa Lowe, born in 1887
Cilla: Cillarius Gustav Guttinger, born in 1865
Circassia: Circassia Wray Barrett, born in 1880
Cissy: Cisseillia Naughton, born in 1867
City of Agra: Marie Florence Agra Tyrell, born in 1876 Samson Agra Hay, born in 1877
City of Auc kland: Jane Auckland Pearce, born in 1872 Harry Auckland Wood, born in 1872
City of Baltimore: Charlotte Baltimore Hadfield, born in 1856
City of Benares: Fanny Benares Casson, born in 1874
City of Berlin: James Berlin Felix Gerola, born in 1881 Adelaide Berlina Mathews, born in 1881
City of Brussels: Timothy Brussels Hogan, born in 1880 Charles Brussels Arthur, born in 1880
City of Chester: Wilhilmene Lewis Chester Andersson, born in 1887
City of Durham: Patrick Durham Hickey, born in 1868
City of Montreal: Fanny Lund Montreal Massey, born in 1881
City of Nankin: Christina Nankin McLean, born in 1880
City of Rome: Rose Roma Monro Colman, born in 1884 Romulus Johnson, born in 1884 Kate Roma Oliver, born in 1885
Clairellen: Clairellen Ada Shepherd, born in 1873
Clara: Deliela Clara Wright, born in 1875
Clara Mærsk: Clara (surname unknown), born in 1975
Clarence: Fanny Clarence Murray, born in 1861 Eliza Clarence Cox, born in 1861
Claverhouse: Frank Claverhouse Parsons, born in 1879
Clio: Charles Clio Greening, born in 1856
Clyde: Veronica Clyde Gray, born in 1876 Richard Clyde Bordlace, born in 1878 George Clyde Baker, born in 1878 Louisa Teasdel Clyde Lancaster, born in 1879 Agnes Clyde Robertson, born in 1879 Alice Maria Clyde Crup, born in 1881 Venezia Clyde Mackenzie, born in 1884
Collingrove: Isabelle Hope Collingrove Benson, born in 1870
Columbia: Nora Columbia Needham, born in 1861
Colombo: Robert Colombo Sharp, born in 1885
Colorado: Colorado Harris, born in 1868
Compta: Rose Compta August Kerutz, born in 1881 James Compta Burrows, born in 1882
Copenhagen: Copenhagen G. Williams, born in 1862
Corean: Corea Catherine Cosgrove, born in 1888
Corinthian: Corinthian Macnicol McAtee, born in 1880
Corlic: Minnie Corlic Collins, born in 1874
Coromandel: Nellie Coromandel Brookes, born in 1880
Cotopaxi: Herminia Angela Cotopaxi Shertzer, born in 1886
Countess Of Galloway: Galloway Nicholson, born in 1878
Countess of Kintore: Thomas Kintore Buer, born in 1871
Countess of Seafield: Catherine Horton Seafield Danvers, born in 1864
Crusader: Robert Alexander Crusader Rodgers, born in 1879
Cuba: Rosetta Cuba Burke, born in 1869
Culzean: Culzean Pernie Ryan, born in 1874
Cuzco: Agnes Cuzco Johnstone, born in 1878 John Cuzco Parker, born in 1883 James Ridler Cuzco Hartley, born in 1886 Margaret Albany Cuzco Walsh, born in 1888
Dacca: William Adlard Dacca Dillon, born in 1884 Alfred Dacca Taylor, born in 1886 Janet Kate Dacca Ingles, born in 1889
Danube: Charles Danube Candvon, born in 1876 Ada Danube Horner, born in 1877
Darling Downs: Grace Darling Graham, born in 1874
Darra: Lillian Darunda Smith, born in 1883
Denmark: Gertrude Denmark Hibbett, born in 1877
Devon: Jeffrey Devon Connell, born in 1878 Charlotte Devon Jones, born in 1878 Emily Devon Robinson, born in 1879 Annie Devon Napier, born in 1879
Devonia: John Young Devonia McLeod, born in 1881 James Devonia Young Turney, born in 1881 Devonia Young Dunbar, born in 1882 Alexander Devonia Brown McNaught, born in 1887
Dilharree: Elizabeth Dilharree Morgans, born in 1876
Dominion: Margaret Dominion Lee, born in 1879 Charles Christie Dominion Trevaskis, born in 1879
Domino: Berta Domino Larsen, born in 1881
Doric: Mary Doric De Forder, born in 1886
Domino: Berta Domino Larsen, born in 1881
Dorrette: Elizabeth Dorrette Diver, born in 1874 James Dorrette Rose, born in 1874
Dorunda: Dorunda McKee, born in 1882 William Russell Dorunda Skinner, born in 1882 Dorunda Parker, born in 1885 Lilly Dorunda Gronow, born in 1887 Ada Dorunda Wiekes, born in 1890
Dresden: Frida Dresden Essai, born in 1889
Drummond: Jessie Drummond Gillespie, born in 1882
Dudbrook: Mary Deacon Dudbrook Bradshaw, born in 1862 Florence Dudbrook Grumbey, born in 1862
Duke of Argyll: Annie Argyll Camfield, born in 1887 Elizabeth Argyll Loder, born in 1888 Kate Argyll Chapman, born in 1888
Duke Of Buccleuch: Alice Buccleuch Lake, born in 1883 Samuel Buccleuch Shipstone, born in 1883 Elizabeth Buccleuch Sherratt, born in 1884 Albert Buccleuch Dawn, born in 1884 Buccleuch Davis, born in 1885 Ivy Buccleuch Scott, born in 1885 Buccleuch Davis, born in 1885
Duke Of Edinburgh: Edith Edinburgh Marriott, born in1875 Elizabeth Edinburgh Cockayne, born in 1875
Dunbar Castle: Emily Dunbar Keilly, born in 1878 Robert Dunbar Castle Holland, born in 1878 Charles Dunbar Finch, born in 1880
Dundee: Thomas Dundee Dobson, born in 1883
Dunfallen: Margaret Dunfallan McKenzie, born in 1870
Dunmore: Henry Dunmore Richard, born in 1879 John Edgar Dunmore McCanley, born in 1881
Earl Dalhousie: Lydia Dalhousie Woodhard, born in 1873 Sydney Dalhousie Smith, born in 1873 Ellen Dalhousie Gare, born in 1874 Selina Dalhousie Baker, born in 1875 Emily Dalhousie Hunter, born in 1875 Francis Louisa Dalhousie Reed, born in 1878 Percy Dalhousie Wiltshire, born in 1878 Matilda Dalhousie Cormie, born in 1879
Earl Derby: William Earl Derby Rimmington, born in 1879
Earl Granville: Granville Campbell Speed, born in 1879 William John Granville Cathrope, born in 1880 Granville Williams, born in 1881 John Granville Tymms, born in 1883 John Granville Richards, born in 1883 John Granville Flint, born in 1883
Earl of Zetland: Helen Zetland Clark, born in 1875 John Whiting Zetland Hamilton, born in 1875
Earl Percy: Florence Percy Jarrold, born in 1876
Edinburgh: Elizabeth Edinburgh Cockayne, born in 1875 Edith Edinburgh Marriott, born in 1875
Edward Oliver: Edward Neptune White, born in 1858
Elderslie: Josephine Elderslie McGrath, born in 1887
Ellen Stuart: John Calvert Stuart Defries, born in 1870
Elliot: James Lyle Elliot Mackay, born in 1879
Ellora: Mary Ellora McEwan, born in 1879 Ellora Mary Little, born in 1883
Elysia: Catello Elisio Martingano, born in 1886
Erin: Erine Andersen, born in 1881
Essex: John Essex McQueen, born in 1863 Charlotte Essex Mead, born in 1863 Henry Essex Hamilton, born in 1863 Helen Essex Percy, born in 1863 Sarah Essex Mulholland, born in 1869 Wilhelmina Essex, born in 1870 Alfred Essex Jackson, born in 1874
Ethiopia: Ethiopia M. Prokop, born in 1880 Ethiopia Murray Drabeck, born in 1883
Etna: Margaret Etna Hugg, born in 1865
Euterpe: Minnie McGahey Euterpe Pearson, born in 1874 Selina Euterpe Robinson, born in 1874
Falkland: Falkland James Macfarlane, born in 1859
Famenoth: Famenoth Bradley, born in 1876
Far East: Horace Far East Guest, born in 1866
Fernglen: James Fernglen Power, born in 1876 Minnie Fernglen Morrell, born in 1878
Feronia: Ada Feronia Hutchinson, born in 1863
Fitzroy: William Fitzroy Beck, born in 1882
Florence: Florence Harding Campbell, born in 1884
Fontabelle: Minnie Fontabelle Nixon, born in 1866
Forfarshire: Mary Forfarshire Khrupp, born in 1872 Joseph Forfarshire Hughes, born in 1872 Hannah Forfarshire Hill, born in 1873
France: France Atlantic Amsen, born in 1871
Furnessia: Margaret Furnessia Breen, born in 1884 Sarah Furnessia Johnstone, born in 1888
Gainsborough: John Gainsboro Hunt Beaumont, born in 1877
Galileo: Esther Galileo Jones, born in 1875
Gallia: Alfred Gallia Hall, born in 1882
Gananoque: Norris Gananoque Green, born in 1860
Ganges: Hedley Theodore Ganges Kempthorne, born in 1886
Garonne: Jane Garonne Sparkes, born in 1882 Alexander Garonne Bendiksen, born in 1886
Gartmore: Cecil Gartmore Ritchie, born in 1889
Germanic: Mary Germanic Phillips, born in 1881
Gilmore: Rose Gilmore Hallet, born in 1857
Gladstone: Sydney Gladstone Myers, born in 1883 Mary Elizabeth Gladstone Jackson, born in 1884
Glamorgan: Glamorgan Wallace, born in 1875
Glenallan: Prince Glenallan Shilston, born in 1870
Glenavon: Daniel Glenavon Clinton, born in 1885
Glenlora: Mary Glenlora Green, born in 1879
Glenmark: Margaret Glenmark McKinley, born in 1864
Glen Osmond: Glen Osmond Thomas, born in 1883
Goorkha: John Sharp Teele Goorkha Cloquet, born in 1882
Gosforth: Gosforth Williamson, born in 1856
Granton: John Burns Granton Grundell, born in 1870
Grasmere: Caroline Grasmere Hastings, born in 1876
Gulf of St. Vincent: Emma St. Vincent McClellan, born in 1886
Hahnemann: Sydney Hahnemann Vanstone, born in 1886
Halcione: William Halcione Jardine, born in 1874 Fanny Halcione Taylor, born in 1875 Halcione M. Forsythe, born in 1878
Hannoria: Hannoria Manson, born in 1872
Harbinger: Florence Harbinger Jackson, born in 1886
Harriet Mcgregor: Alexander Mcgregor Stewart, born in 1875
Hastings: George Carren Hastings Wishart, born in 1856 George Hastings Elson, born in 1877
Helen Demry: Helen Demry Wood, born in 1874
Helvetia: Helvetia Mary Prewer, born in 1869 Helvetia Fay Allen, born in 1870
Hermione: Beatrice Hermione Cotterell, born in 1882 Hermione Davidson, born in 1884
Hibernian: Anna Hibernian Maria Kaagu, born in 1883
Hindostan: Hindolina Dewson, born in 1875
Holland: Thomas Holland Barns, born in 1870 Margaret Holland McAline, born in 1870
Hornet: George Hornet Cotter, born in 1866 Charles Hornet Perry, born in 1866
Howrah: Elizabeth Howrah Paully, born in 1874 Edward Howrah Leaman, born in 1875
Huntress: Laura Huntress Jeffreys, born in 1863
Hydaspes: Hydaspes Sarah Gardner, born in 1865
Hydrabad: Elizabeth Hydrabad Jarrad, born in 1878
Iberia: Iberian Sey, born in 1883 Iberia Sealby, born in 1885 Gerald Iberia Crisp, born in 1886
India: Maria Annajata India Cocchiavano, born in 1882
Indus: William Indus Laudeis, born in 1857 Esther Indus Graves, born in 1870 Henry William Indus Peacock, born in 1870 James Indus Stanley, born in 1870 Robert Indus Kalterns, born in 1871 Phoebe Indus Smith, born in 1871 Harry Indus Rolling, born in 1873 William Indus Key, born in 1874
Intrinsic: Elizabeth Intrinsic Kidd, born in 1841
Invererne: Fanny Invererne Harrison, born in 1874 Jane Campbell Invererne Hetherington, born in 1874 Invererne Wilkinson, born in 1875 Florence Invererne Boston, born in 1875
Inverness: George Inverness Durrant, born in 1876
Ionic: James Ionic Carter, born in 1883 Katie Ionica Selenia Lear, born in 1885
Iowa: Iowa Chesworth, born in 1886
Islay: Georgiana Islay Mathewson, born in 1876
Ismalia: Lillian Ismalia Sherwood, born in 1875
Italia: Frederica Hassenstein Italia Bertol, born in 1884
Italy: Agnes Italy Newton, born in 1879
Ivanhoe: Ethel Ivanhoe Matthews, born in 1886 Alfred George Ivanhoe Chisholm, born in 1890
James Wishart: E. E. Wishart Farrans, born in 1874 D. C. Wishart Lagard, born in 1874 Emma Wishart Willard, born in 1874 Edward James Wishart Jones, born in 1878
James Nicol Fleming: Amelia Fleming Barnett, born in 1875 James Fleming Page, born in 1875
J. C. Robertson: Zenas Robertson Sutton, born in 1879
Jessie Osborne: Hugh Osborne Bowden, born in 1876
John Duncan: Mary Elizabeth Duncan Jolly, born in 1862
John Knox: James John Knox Carr, born in 1858
Jura: Jura Ann Farquharson, born in 1858
Kapunda: Mary Kapunda McGrath, born in 1875
Kedar: Heinreich Kedar Wurdler, born in 1869
Kenilworth: Amy Kenilworth Jaques, born in 1873
Kinfauns Castle: Kinfauns Halbeth, born in 1882
King Cerdic: John Cerdic Shields, born in 1875
La Hogue: George La Hogue Douglas, born in 1860 Emily Goddard La Hogue Willingale, born in 1869 Thomas La Hogue Law, born in 1872 Jane La Hogue Smith, born in 1874 Lizzie La Hogue Grestidge, born in 1874 Violet La Hogue Duffield, born in 1874 Olive Lizzie La Houge Stayte, born in 1883 Thomas James La Hogue Goodman, born in 1883
Lady Jocelyn: Ada Lady Jocelyn Goodger, born in 1872 Elizabeth Jocelyn Caswell, born in 1874 Alfred Jocelyn Ashford Vaughan, born in 1874 George Jocelyn Ward, born in 1875 George Jenkins Jocelyn Lennox, born in 1875 Mary Ann Jenkins Jocelyn Wilcocks, born in 1875 Ann Jenkins Jocelyn Plutom, born in 1875 James Jane Jocelyn Boughton, born in 1876 R. R. Jocelyn Pascol, born in 1876 John William Jocelyn Hickman, born in 1876 Thomas Jocelyn Williams, born in 1876 Maria Jocelyn Louring, born in 1876 Emily Jane Jocelyn Inge, born in 1877 Octavius Jocelyn Carr, born in 1880 Jocelyn Boorman Trigg, born in 1880 Agnes Jocelyn Smith, born in 1880 Alice Jocelyn Edwards, born in 1881 Jocelyn Jenkins Swarbrick, born in 1881 Beatrice Jocelyn Isaac, born in 1883 Mary Jocelyn Wrigley, born in 1883 Beatrice Jocelyn Isaac, born in 1883
Lady Melville: Margaret Evelyn Melville Wiltshire, born in 1870
Lady Wodehouse: Thomas Wodehouse Hayden, born in 1880
Lake Winnipeg: Ellen Winnipeg Raymond, born in 1879
Leicester: Leicester Jane Smith, born in 1876 Annie Rebecca Leicester Drewery, born in 1877
Leitrim: Lizzie Leitrim Jones, born in 1885
Liguria: Sidney Liguria Halcombe, born in 1882 Adelaide Liguria Gledhill, born in 1890
Lincolnshire: Agnes Victoria Lincolnshire Longbottom, born in 1873 Ellen Maud Lincolnshire Murdock, born in 1874
Lismore: Sydney Lismore Smith, born in 1888
Loch Eck: Agnes Loch Eck Thomson, born in 1882
Lochee: Lizzie Lochee Stead, born in 1883 Alice Lochee Strafford, born in 1883 James Lochee Barker, born in 1883
Lord Clive: Samuel Clive Greenwood, born in 1887 Rakel Clive Anderson, born in 1888 Clive Nesbitt, born in 1889
Lord Gough: Deborah Lordine Gough Gardarwkn, born in 1882 Lord Gough Fritz Jagodizinski, born in 1886 James Gough Gay, born in 1887 Jemima Gough Mullins, born in 1887
Lord Raglan: Oliver Raglan Montague Campbell, born in 1886
Lord Rannoch: William Rannoch McDonald Johnston, born in 1886
Lucibelle: Lucibelle Taylor, born in 1865
Macduff: Edward Macduff Thompson, born in 1878
Magellan: Magellan Carrahlew, born in 1870
Malabar: Emma Malabar Young, born in 1865
Malta: Thomas Malta McCafferty, born in 1876
Manora: Manora Ida Power, born in 1882
Maraval: Maraval White, born in 1878 Maraval Hay, born in 1878 Robert Maraval Schroder, born in 1879 Sarah Maraval McKenzie, born in 1879
Marcotis: Marcotis Gallia, born in 1882
Margaret Galbraith: Annie Galbraith Dawson, born in 1879
Marion: Marion Margaret Ramsay, born in 1854
Marlborough: Marlborough Stevens, born in 1883
Mary Pleasants: Mary Pleasants Robinson, born in 1857 Mary Pleasants Poole, born in 1857
Mary Shepherd: Margaret Mary Shepherd Crozier, born in 1865 Charley Shepherd Piercy, born in 1866 Alice Mary Shepherd Dix, born in 1866 Mary Shepherd Miner, born in 1873
Mataura: Mataura Welsh, born in 1877
Matoaka: Matoaka Atlantic Costa, born in 1864
May Queen: May Colville Walker, born in 1881
Maxima: Albert Maxima Shaddiek, born in 1873
Medford: Medford Colling, born in the mid-19th century. He in turn gave his name to Medford, Minnesota, in the 1850s. His father, Englishman William K. Colling, was an early Minnesota settler who “said that he had a son who was born on board the ship Medford, and was named Medford, in honor of the ship, and proposed that the town should be named Medford in honor of the boy.”
Medway: Atalanta Medway Hancock, born in 1871
Melpomene: Elizabeth Melpomene Hindley, born in 1882
Mennock: Louise Mennock Looney, born in 1885
Merkara: Alexander Merkara McLeod, born in 1882 Alice Mabel Merkara Atkin, born in 1884 Mary Ellen Merkara Mathews, born in 1885 Merkara Beier, born in 1887 Merkara Smith, born in 1887 Merkara Cave Bratz, born in 1890
Merope: Merope Pentebow, born in 1879
Middlesex: Carter Middlesex Mellows, born in 1866
Miltiades: Edward Miltiades Taylor, born in 1874 Jessie Miltiades Mary Jennings, born in 1874
Mirage: Alice Mirage Osgood, born in 1864
Mississippi: Mississippi Petrovitch, born in 1885
Mizpah: Joseph Mizpah Bagley, born in 1880
Montana: Jane Montana McGuiness, born in 1878 Henry Montana Rowson, born in 1879
Moravian: Thomas Moravian Carter, born in 1868 Ellen K. Moravian Warford, born in 1872 Thomas Moravian McElraith, born in 1881
Morna: Morna Francis, born in 1887
Myrtle: James Myrtle Holme Robertson, born in 1877
Nackato: Frederick Nackato Dickens, born in 1875 Ruth Nackato Bowick, born in 1875
Neckar: Petrine Jeanette Hugo Neckar Walls, born in 1887
Nemesis: Nemesis Louise Catherine Dupont, born in 1877
Nestor: Nestorina Misonsnile, born in 1889
Nestorian: Mary Nestorian Cowan, born in 1890
Netherby: Netherby Victoria Louisa Cubbin, born in 1866. Technically, she was born on land two days after the Netherby ran aground. But I feel this is close enough to include…
Neva: Alice Neva Landham, born in 1886
Nevada: Elizabeth Nevada West, born in 1872 William Nevada Webster, born in 1873 Nevada Atlantic Larsen, born in 1878 Mary Nevada Berry, born in 1881 Victoria Nevada Johnson, born in 1881 Marie Nevada McPhie, born in 1884 Nevada Christensen, born in 1887
Neville: Gerald Neville Hemsworth, born in 1869
Niagara: Fanny Elizabeth Niagara Pickard, 1875
Nile: Nilena Thompson, born in 1866 Michelina Nilina Derosty, born in 1877
Nineveh: Amelia Tabitha Nineveh Johns Adams, born in 1877 Nineveh Sydney, born in 1879
Norfolk: Lilian Norfolk Beeching, born in 1880
Noronha: Alice Noronha Yealland, born in 1878
Norseman: Emily Norseman Stepp, born in 1866
North: Adelaide North Hossack, born in 1875
Northam: John Northam Davies, born in 1876
Northampton: James Northampton Maughan, born in 1880 Ethel Northampton Jeffrey, born in 1882 William Northampton Irvine, born in 1882
Northumberland: James Northumberland Byrne, born in 1873
Nourmahal: Ellen Nourmahal Morrison, born in 1874
Nova Scotian: Charles Nova Scotian Kuseley, born in 1860 Sarah Nova Scotia Keating, born in 1858
Nubian: Edith Nubian Benwell Wootten, born in 1882 Nubian Jane Fisher, born in 1882
Nugget: William Nugget Morant, born in 1860 Frederick Nugget Hurricks, born in 1860
Nyanza: James Fisher Nyanza Allt, born in 1873
Oaklands: Ivo Oaklands Rowe, born in 1877 George Oaklands Southam, born in 1877 John Fuller Oaklands Munn, born in 1877 Geneva Oaklands Perry, born in 1877 Beatrice Sarah Oaklands Simons, born in 1877
Oceanic: Catherine Oceanica Bernter, born in 1874
Octavia: William Octavius Foster, born in 1857
Olago: Olago William Holliday, born in 1883
Olbers: Kate Mary Olbers Scott, born in 1878 Francisco Olbers Ferera, born in 1879 Mary Louisa Olbers Mansell, born in 1884
Lady Olive: Eliza Olive Frazer, born in 1881
Olympia: Mary Anne Olympia Sullivan, born in 1872 Olympia Sanna, born in 1880 Olympia Cataneza, born in 1886
Lake Ontario: Jennie Ontario Bottomley, born in 1888
Opawa: Caroline Opawa Langford, born in 1878 George Frederick Opawa Whittlestone, born in 1879
Orari: Annie Orari Mosey Andrews Kelly, born in 1876 Albert Orari Smith, born in 1876 Robert Cotton Orari Garratt, born in 1878 Mary Orari Kenney, born in 1879
Oregon: James Oregon Tansley, born in 1887 Anna Oregonia Larsen, born in 1887
Orient: Orient Elizabeth Searle, born in 1871 Annie Orient Smith, born in 1889
Orizaba: William Orizaba Brown, born in 1887 May Orizoba Curtiss, born in 1891
Orotava: Ethel Orotavia Morris, born in 1891
Oroya: Oroya Fletcher, born in 1889
Otago: Otago J. Shearer, born in 1882 Otago William Holliday, born in 1883 Andrew Otago McCulloch, born in 1884
Oxford: William Cuthbert Oxford Morse, born in 1876 John William Ackerman Oxford Booth, born in 1877 Charles Oxford Stubbs, born in 1881
Pacific Ocean: Pacific Pearl Myrick, born in 1848
Palamcotta: Emily Sarah Palamcotta Russell, born in 1890
Palestine: Charles Owen Palestine Harte, born in 1873
Palgrave: Edward Palgrave Thomas, born in 1886
Parthia: Honora Parthia Moynahan, born in 1877 Parthia John George Wills, born in 1882
Pathan: James Pathan Laurie, born in 1883
Peeress: Elizabeth Peeress Brown, born in 1874
Penelope: Penelope Ribeiro, born in 1857
Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Hall Gilman, born in 1869
Percy: Percy George Cooper White, born in 1869 Thomas Percy Chenney, born in 1870
Pericles: Alfred Pericles Maxfield, born in 1877 Ernest Pericles Waite, born in 1878 James Pericles Greig, born in 1878 Alfred Pericles Fletcher, born in 1883 Fanny Pericles Craven, born in 1883 Elizabeth Pericles Hutchins, born in 1883 Kate Pericles Jewell, born in 1883
Persia: Henry Persia Mallet, born in 1854
Peruvian: Maria Peruvia Hoxer, born in 1872 William Henry Peruvian Foster Davies, born in 1972 Peruviana Gudbjorg Krisgansson, born in 1891
Peter Denny: Richard Pycroft Denny Gough, born in 1874
Peterborough: Peterborough Daniel Brown, born in 1884
Pioneer: John William Pioneer Wiles, born in 1858
Pleiades: Emily Pleiades Hancock, born in 1872 Eveline Pleiades Norris, born in 1873
Pleione: Effie Pleione Bunting, born in 1883
Pounder: Henry Pounder Glory Levistone, born in 1818
Potosi: Charlotte Potosi Botterill, born in 1884 Matle (?) Potosi Pogorelsky, born in 1891
Priam: George Priam Hay, born in 1871
Propontis: Wilhemina Propontis Conolly, born in 1854
Prussian: Magdalen Prussian Jones, born in 1882
Ptolemy: Ann Ptolemy Dancker, born in 1883
Quetta: Clara Quetta Green, born in 1885 John Quetta Eales, born in 1886 May Quetta Hollett, born in 1886
Raglan: George Raglan Wilson, born in 1858
Rakaia: Ann Rakaia Hoberfield, born in 1874 Albert Rakaia Dillon, born in 1874
Rajasthan: Blythe Atkinson Rajasthan Malcahey, born in 1854 Lydia Eliza Rajasthan Rogers, born in 1854
Ramsey: Florence Ramsey Hickman, born in 1873 Stephen Abbott Ramsey Johnson, born in 1873
Rathlin: Alexander Rathlin Cunningham, born in 1879
Ravensdale: Norman Ravensdale Smith, born in 1887
Remington: Jane Remington Moore, born in 1877
Renown: Edwin Renown Chillman, born in 1864
Restoria: John Restoria Hamilton, born in 1875
Rialto: Rialto Strick, born in 1883
Rimutaka: Henry Rimutaka Wilson, born in 1886
Rinaldo: William Rinaldo Lawn, born in 1869 Hewy Arthur Rinaldo Cox, born in 1869
Roma: Roma Douglas Titel Ziell, born in 1882 Roma Brown, born in 1883 May Roma Kirk, born in 1883 Bessie Roma Taylor, born in 1883
Roman: Annie Roman McNebo, born in 1887
Romsdal: William Romsdal Osborn, born in 1883
Rooparell: John Rooparell McGahan, born in 1874 J. P. Rooperell Fuller, born in 1874
Rosebud: Rosebud Collie, born in 1883
Roseneath: Janet Roseneath Gibson, born in 1876
Royal Charter: Charterina Campbell, born in 1857 Royal Charter Bertha Parl, born in 1858
Samuel Plimsoll: John Braden Plimsoll Eyre, born in 1875
Saraca: Alice Saraca Cross, born in 1877
Saracen: Kathleen Saracen Leboeuf, born in 1877
Sardinian: William Sardinian Gorman, born in 1857 Jane Sardinian Sinclair, born in 1877
Sarmatian: Minnie Aird Sarmatia Kealey, born in 1876
Sarnia: Sophia Sarnia Yeates, born in 1884
Scawfell: Thomas Scawfell Appleby, born in 1874
Scandia: Scandia Marta Steiner, born in 1892
Scotia: Henry Scotia Steer, born in 1875
Scottish Admiral: Charles Louis Admiral Brown, born in 1882 Admiral John Kerr Stuart, born in 1883
Scottish Hero: Thomas Hero Kelly, born in 1876 Elizabeth Jane Hero Fram, born in 1879
Scythia: Francis Scythia Cogan, 1889
Sepia: Sarah Sepia Parrott, born in 1875
Servia: Edith Florence Servia Mace, born in 1890 Helena Servia Pedersen, born in 1889
Shalimar: Anna Shalimar Rose, born in 1863
Shannon: Henry Shannon Smith, born in 1865 Annie Shannon McMinn, born in 1883
Sherwood: Mary Sherwood Brocklebank, born in 1885
Siberian: Robert Shaw Siberian Thomson, born in 1885
Sierra Colonna: Sierra Colonna Wildridge, born in 1879
Simiote: Cleopatra Simiote Constatino, born in 1883
Sirius: John Sirius Hallam, born in 1886
Sirsa: Sirsa James Attree, born in 1884
Smyrna: Smyrna Jane Hollow, born in 1878
Sobraon: May Kyle Sobraon Heron, born in 1867 Amy Sobraon Petty, born in 1883
Somersetshire: Arthur Somerset Hunter, born in 1879
Sorata: Sorata Mary Josephine Schabinger, born in 1884
Southern Belle: Belle Glenfield, born in 1874
Southesk: Jennie Southesk Bell, born in 1878 Alexander Southesk McKenzie, born in 1882
Spain: William Grace Spain Jackson, born in 1872 Grace Spain Bennett, born in 1882 Agnes Spain Gacek, born in 1883
Star of India: William Star Bohlsen, born in 1877
Star Queen: John Star Pritchard, born in 1873
State of Alabama: James Alabama Murkussen, born in 1886
State of Florida: Florida Wolkow, born in 1882
State of Indiana: Sarah Findley Sadler Indiana Fleming, born in 1881 Alexandrine Ivan Indiana Schwartz, born in 1890 Georgina Klara Indiana Kriskick, born in 1891
St. Clair: Robert Nisbet St. Clair Gill, born in 1885 Helen St Clair Higgie, born in 1886
St. George: Catherine St. George Dobson, born in 1864
St. Kilda: Helena Kilda Atkins, born in 1876
St. Patrick: John Stephen Sneddon Patrick Dempster, born in 1871
Strathleven: Ann Strathleven Proudlock, born in 1879
Suffolk: Grace Suffolk Liddendale Hornell, born in 1866
Sultana: Marie Sultana Bartram, born in 1859
Surrey: Surrey Bloh, born in 1882
Sweden: Erick Donald Sweden Jonasson, born in 1870
Sydenham: Bernard Sydenham Berry, born in 1881 Humphrey Sydenham Heron, born in 1881 Sydenham Roberts, born in 1883
Tamar: Carlotta Tamar Estevez, born in 1891
Tanjire: Charles Tanjire Mylne, born in 1865
Taranaki (likely named for Mount Taranaki): Fred William Taranaki Ward, born in 1883
Tarifa: Elizabeth Tarifa Wood, born in 1867 Tarifa Swish, born in 1870
Taroba: Rose Taroba Reid, born in 1888
Tasmania: Sarah Edith Tasmania Baines, born in 1881
Taymouth Castle: William Adreph Taymouth Schuhardt, born in 1877
Temple Bar: Benjamin Temple Vaughan, born in 1887
Trefusis: John Trefusis Lamont, born in 1877
Trevelyan: Trevelyan Wood, born in 1880 Edward Trevelyan Martin, born in 1880 Trevelyan Edwardina Roberts Boardman, born in 1883
Trinacria: Ann Trinacria Boyle, born in 1872 Concetta Trinacria Ermina Filice, born in 1886
Trinidad: Maria Trinidad Baz, born in 1866 Martha Trinidad Wallace, born in 1883
Tripoli: Thomas Tripoli McMahon, born in 1866
Trojan: Charles George Trojan Glass, born in 1881
Tweed: Tweed Ann Gardner, born in 1870
Tyne: Charlotte Tyne Hastler, born in 1857
Umbria: Umbria Alva Marie Lindh, born in 1889
Utopia: Daniel Utopia Thomson Sullivan, born in 1874
Valetta: Maggie Valetta Riddock, born in 1887
Valiant: Valiant (surname unknown), born in 1980
Varuna: Varuna Rowe Kennedy, born in 1874
Venture: Avis Cygnet Venture Hilliard, born in 1892
Verum: Mary Verum Parry, born in 1863
Victory: Victoria Gibbon Baird, born in 1863 Jane Frances Victoria Mosley, born in 1883 Victory Elcoate Dowle, born in 1884
Viscata: Elizabeth Sofia Viscata Drummond, born in 1865
Voltaic: Elizabeth Moore Voltaic Boyle, born in 1889
Waikato: Ruth Waikato Eswick, born in 1875
Waimate: Annie Rose Waimate James, born in 1874
Wainsfell: Eliza Wainsfell Trescoth, born in 1863 Hugh Wainsfell Garbride, born in 1863
Wairoa: William Wairoa Joss Diffey, born in 1877 Joseph Wairoa Hill, born in 1879
Waitangi: Alexander Waitangi Danks, born in 1876 William George Waitangi Connelly, born in 1877 Priscilla Waitangi Rundle, born in 1878
Waitara: Emily Waitara Morgan, born in 1876 James Waitara Jenkins, born in 1877 Anne Waitara Adcock, born in 1879 Waitara Sarah Clark, born in 1879
Walmer Castle: Charles Walmer Bud, born in 1859 Jane Walmer Fergusson, born in 1880
Waroonga: Mary Waroonga Cook, born in 1883 Rose Waroonga Buchanan, born in 1883 Alice Waroonga Poffley, born in 1883 Elizabeth Waroonga Brown, born in 1883 Margaret Waroonga McLaughlin, born in 1885 Emily Waroonga Griffiths, born in 1887 Emily Waroonga Finlay, born in 1887 David Waroonga Griffiths, born in 1887
Warren Hastings: Taylor Hedley Warren Hastings Henley, born in 1863
Warwick: Ellen Mary Warwick Bourke, born in 1874 Warwick Temperley Skinner, born in 1874 Warwick Sexton Clifford Timmins, born in 1879 James Warwick Davis, born in 1879 Annie Warwick Chappell, born in 1884 Warwickina Shields, born in 1884
Wellesley: Charles James Wellesey Taylor, born in 1858
Wellington: David Cowan Wellington McColl, born in 1876 George Edward Wellington Duncan, born in 1878 Harry Cowan Wellington Haworth, born in 1879 William Wellington Chaplin, born in 1882 Ida Wellington Cowan, born in 1884
Western Monarch: Thomas Western Radcliffe, born in 1876
Westmeath: May Westmeath Wright, born in 1884
Westminister: Mary Westminster Lucas, born in 1956
Wimmera: George Wimmera Bennett, born in 1874
Windsor Castle: Bertha Windsor Schultz, born in 1881
Winifred: Winifred Hascher, born in 1881
Wishart: Emma Wishart Willard, born in 1874 Emma Edith Wishart Brown, born in 1874 Daisy Constance Wishart Layard, born in 1874
Wisconsin: Francis Owen Wisconsin O’Donald, born in 1879 Sarah Wisconsin Whitehead, born in 1879 Wisconsin Beardall, born in 1880 Jennie Wisconsin Cottrell, born in 1882 Wisconsin Ward, born in 1883 Wisconsin Wolfer, born in 1886 Elizabeth Wisconsin Hanlon, born in 1886 James Wisconsin Goodall, born in 1886 Johanna Wisconsin Cunningham, born in 1887 Edward Wisconsin Cothom, born in 1887
Wistow: Wistow Tapp, born in 1885
W. J. Pirrie (now part of a marine sanctuary): Nora Pirrie Duckworth, born in 1886
Wyoming: Wyoming Grainger, born in 1880 Wyoming Liddle, born in 1883
Yeoman: Elizabeth Victoria Yeoman Goddard, born in 1887
York: Christopher York Gurten, born in 1862 John York Lillis, born in 1862
Young England: Young England Coleman, born in 1865
Zamora: Julia Zamora Fitzgerald, born in 1877 Agnes Maria Zamora Gabaluseke, born in 1881 Zamora Jane Walker, born in 1881 Edward Zamora Bently, born in 1882 Joseph Zamora Daly, born in 1882
Zeno: Annie Zeno Babin, born in 1876
Zealandia: Zealandia Helena Harvey, born in 1875
Zephyr: Edith Anjer Zephyr Watson, born in 1878
Do you think any of the ship names above work particularly well as human names?
Here are the results of the
2013 pop culture baby name game!
But I’m writing them up a bit differently this year — I’m only focusing on
20 big winners.
How did I choose these 20? First, I eliminated all the names that didn’t see increased usage in 2013. Then I eliminated the names that saw relatively
small increases in usage. Then I eliminated the names that saw more or less expected increases in usage, given their trajectories.
That left me with about 20 names that became more popular in 2013 due mainly (in some cases
entirely) to pop culture influence.
The links will take you to popularity graphs.
Increase: +1,649 baby boys (4,692 to 6,341) and +8 baby girls (36 to 44).
Inspiration: “Duck Dynasty” character Jason “Jase” Robertson.
Even more impressive, the name
Jase increased +3,410 and +13.
Increase: +1,112 baby boys (2,898 to 4,010) and +28 baby girls (33 to 61).
Inspiration: The film
Increase: +816 baby girls (3,568 to 4,384).
Inspiration: Singer/actress Ariana Grande.
4,384 baby girls is a new all-time high for Ariana. The previous high was 4,322 baby girls in 2007.
Increase: +517 baby girls (287 to 804).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby Everly, daughter of Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan.
Increase: +472 baby boys (570 to 1,042).
Inspiration: Rapper Kendrick Lamar.
1,042 baby boys is a new all-time high for Kendrick. The previous high was 763 baby boys in 1991.
Increase: +333 baby boys (151 to 484) and +89 baby girls (382 to 471).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby Milan, son of Shakira and Gerard Pique.
Increase: +194 baby boys (2,328 to 2,522).
Inspiration: Royal baby George, son of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Increase: +101 baby boys (429 to 530) and +13 baby girls (44 to 57).
Inspiration: The election of Pope Francis.
Even more impressive, the name
Francisco increased +125.
Increase: +91 baby boys (284 to 375).
Inspiration: Singer Bruno Mars.
375 baby boys is a new all-time high for Bruno. The previous high was 353 in 1916.
Increase: +78 baby boys (1,939 to 2,017).
Inspiration: The death of actor Paul Walker.
Walker saw an even bigger increase (+128) but I thought Paul’s rise was more compelling as it went against a decades-long decline in usage.
Increase: +48 baby boys (104 to 152).
Inspiration: Singer Robin Thicke.
Increase: +41 baby girls (345 to 386).
Inspiration: Rihanna song “Diamonds” (2012).
Increase: +37 baby girls (357 to 394).
Inspiration: Texas politician Wendy Davis.
I’m dying to see how much of Wendy’s increase can be attributed to Texas specifically. The SSA’s state lists haven’t been updated yet, though.
Increase: +18 baby girls (11 to 29).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby “Nori” (North), daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
29 baby girls is a new high for Nori. The previous high was 20 in 2009.
Increase: +17 baby girls (17 to 34).
Hunger Games (2012) character Primrose Everdeen. Prim, a nickname for Primrose, debuted with 7 baby girls.
Increase: +14 baby girls (13 to 27).
Inspiration: “Girls” character Marnie Michaels.
Increase: +9 baby girls (7 to 16).
Inspiration: Celebrity baby Rainbow, daughter of Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella.
Debuted with 16 baby boys.
After Earth (2013) character Kitai Raige. Cypher, the name of another
After Earth character, increased +4.
Debuted with 11 baby girls.
Inspiration: “Game of Thrones” character Sansa Stark.
Debuted with 9 baby girls.
Inspiration: Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Did any of the above surprise you?
Past PCBNG results:
2012, 2011, 2010.
Never Fail, Sr.
I can’t play a prank on you for April Fools’ Day, but I can give you a list of personal names that
seem like pranks.
Except, they’re not.
All of the below are legit first & last names that belonged to real people — often multiple people. (In parentheses is a rough estimate of how many I’ve come across so far.)
Which one do you think is the worst?
Alma Mater (several) April Showers (dozens) Bear Trapp (one) Candy Cane (several) Cliff Hanger (several) Constant Agony (two) Constant Craps (one) Crystal Ball (dozens) Death Knox (one) Drew Peacock (dozens) Gettysburg Battle (one) Gold Mine (two) Green Bean (several) Hazel Nut/Nutt (dozens) Ima Hogg (one) Jed I Knight (one) London England (dozens) Mud Brown (three) Never Fail (two) — father and son Norman Conquest (two) North West (hundreds) Nude Mann (one) Orbit Moon (one) Orchestra Harp (one) Paris France (several) Preserved Fish (several) Pullman Carr (several), one with the middle name Palace, as in the Pullman Palace Car Company. Rainy Day (one) River Bottom (one) Rocky Mountain (dozens) Sandy Beach (dozens) Sea Shore (several) Seymour Butts (two) — not just a Bart Simpson prank call! Silence Bellows (one) Soda Popp (one) Strong Beer (one) Tell No Lyes (several) Ten Million (one), who had a daughter named Decillian Million. Timber Wood* (one), who has a sister named Drift Wood. Truly Wright (several) Tu Morrow (one)
Some of the above are also on my
Unusual Name Combinations list.
Finally, don’t forget about the best April Fools’ Day name of all time,
April Fool Harris!
*Reminded of this one by
@jessiejensen – thanks!
Find A Grave Image by P Black-Avitts from Find A Grave
Every year on Britney Spears’s birthday (December 2) we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
What is the Pop Culture Baby Name Game, you ask? Good question! It’s not a “game” really, but more of a group brainstorm. We try to guess which baby names became more popular during the year thanks to pop culture — music, movies, television, sports, politics, current events, products, etc.
I’ve searched for all the 2013 predictions we’ve made so far (in posts & comments) and listed them below. I also threw in a few more possibilities — mostly celebrity baby names. So here’s what we’re starting with:
Ace – Jessica Simpson’s baby boy, born in June Armand or Armie – Lone Ranger actor Armand “Armie” Hammer Axl – Fergie’s baby boy, born in August Bailey (per skizzo) – Grey’s Anatomy baby Benedict (per Rita) – Benedict Cumberbatch Bilbo (per elbowin) – The Hobbit character Cressida or Cressie – Prince Harry’s girlfriend Cressida “Cressie” Bonas Cricket – Busy Philipps’s baby girl, born in July Cypher – After Earth character D’Ussé – Jay Z-endorsed cognac Elon – Tesla founder Elon Musk Evanora (per skizzo) – Oz the Great and Powerful character Everly – Channing Tatum’s baby girl, born in May Evo (per elbowin) – Bolivian president Evo Morales Fantine – Les Mis character (especially since the Oscars) Finley (per skizzo) – Oz the Great and Powerful character Francesco, Francis, Francisco – Pope Francis, elected in March Gatsby (per skizzo) – movie The Great Gatsby George – Kate and William’s royal baby boy, born in July Harley (per skizzo) – Iron Man character Kitai – After Earth character Ladar (per elbowin) – Lavabit owner Ladar Levison Lincoln – movie Lincoln Lula – Bryan Adams’s baby girl, born in February Luna – Penelope Cruz’s baby girl, born in July Macklemore – rapper Macklemore Malala – young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai Marnie – Lily Allen’s baby girl, born in January Milan – Shakira’s baby boy, born in January Minaj – singer Nicki Minaj Neymar (per Rita) – Brazillian football player Neymar North or Nori – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby girl, born in June Philomena – movie Philomena Quvenzhané (per Rita) – child actress Quvenzhané Wallis Rainbow – Holly Madison’s baby girl, born in March Robin (per Rita) – singer Robin Thicke Snowden – NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden Tesla – Tesla cars Tessanne – The Voice contestant winner Tessanne Chin Thatcher (per Rita) – Margaret Thatcher, died in April Theodora (per skizzo) – Oz the Great and Powerful character Turbo – movie Turbo Wendy – Texas politician Wendy Davis Winnie – Jimmy Fallon’s baby girl, born in July Yeezus or Yeezy – Kanye West album Yeezus Zoella – beauty blogger Zoella
Wanna play? Tell me in the comments which baby names you think got a boost from pop culture in 2013. Don’t forget to mention the reason.
I’ll post the results of the game after the SSA updates the national baby name data in May. If you don’t want to miss the results post, subscribe to the blog!
Previous rounds of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game:
2012, 2011 #1, 2011 #2, 2010