How popular is the baby name Pepper in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Pepper.
Nature is waking up again! Let’s celebrate by checking out which
nature names are the most popular for baby girls right now. Ironically the top 50 list below includes all the seasons except for “Spring,” but it does feature lots of springtime things: flowers, birds, trees…
For this list I stuck to names that are also correctly spelled English words. This means that I skipped names that are non-English words (like Stella and Luna) and alternative spellings of words (like Brooke and Briar). I should also mention that several of the above (including Rowan, Robin, and Clementine) do have more than one etymology to choose from.
Here are links to the popularity graphs:
Which nature name(s) do you like best?
P.S. Nature names that didn’t quite make the top 50 included
Stormy, Zinnia, Sandy, and Acacia.
Which baby names are the most disproportionately popular in each U.S. state?
Republic of Names has your answer — a bunch of cool lists of the most distinctive baby names by state. Here are some highlights for about half of the states.
Crimson – Crimson Tide is the University of Alabama football team. Krimson
Aurora Denali – Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is North America’s highest peak. McKinley
Ariza Helios Nizhoni – Nizhóní is a Navajo word meaning “it/he/she is pretty/beautiful.” Sedona – Sedona is a city in Arizona.
Eztli – Eztli is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word meaning “blood.” Sissi
Matix Story Trindon – Trindon Holliday played pro football in Colorado. Zeppelin
Kinnick – Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays.
Baxter – Baxter is a state park in Maine. Libby
In North Carolina:
In North Dakota:
Gentry Jentri Jentry Kutter Tuck Tuff
Alder Autzen – Autzen Stadium is where the Oregon Ducks football team plays. Avenir – Avenir is a French word meaning “future.” It’s also on the Washington state list below. In fact, nearly two-thirds of last year’s Avenirs were born on the west coast: 10 in Washington, 7 in California, 5 in Oregon. Anyone know why? Cedar Forest Maple Opal Pepper Sequoia Sol
Brazos – Brazos is a Spanish word meaning “arms.” The Brazos River in Texas was originally called Rio de los Brazos de Dios, or “River of the Arms of God.”
Korver – Kyle Korver played pro basketball in Utah. Lesieli Navy Parley Viliami
In Washington, D.C.:
In Washington (state):
Avenir – see Oregon Rio Valkyrie Zephyr
In West Virginia:
original post for the rest. You might also be interested in checking out the “most regional” baby names in the US.
Update, 5/31/2018: Figured out Avenir!
We know what Victoria’s
most popular baby names were last year, but what about the names that got rejected?
The Australian state gave a thumbs down to the following in 2013:
Fireman Sam (a Welsh cartoon character)
Glory Hallelujah New Covernant (
Among the odd-but-approved baby names? Jazz, Pepper, Reef and Texan.
(Tit reminds me of
Atit, which is a one-hit wonder on the U.S. list.)
Royalty and religion among Victoria’s banned baby names
Here are the results of the
2012 pop culture baby name game!
Below are all the names we came up with and how they fared on the charts last year.
First up, the names that made the biggest gains. (Some of these were on their way up anyway, so I’ll leave it to you guys to interpret just how much each one was/was not helped along by pop culture events.)
2012: 16687 baby boys named Liam
2011: 13401 baby boys named Liam
2012: 2882 baby boys named Lincoln
2011: 2156 baby boys named Lincoln
2012: 6140 baby boys named Dominic
2011: 5415 baby boys named Dominic
2012: 2510 baby girls named Penelope
2011: 1863 baby girls named Penelope
2012: 1677 baby girls named Ivy
2011: 1208 baby girls named Ivy
2012: 754 baby girls named Arya
2011: 387 baby girls named Arya
2012: 1404 baby girls named Luna
2011: 1142 baby girls named Luna
2012: 1049 baby boys named Louis
2011: 917 baby boys named Louis
2012: 178 baby boys named Trayvon
2011: 55 baby boys named Trayvon
2012: 559 baby girls named Adele
2011: 460 baby girls named Adele
2012: 847 baby girls named Olive
2011: 760 baby girls named Olive
2012: 131 baby boys named Zayn
2011: 48 baby boys named Zayn
2012: 1043 baby girls named Selena
2011: 979 baby girls named Selena
2012: 918 baby girls named Anastasia
2011: 859 baby girls named Anastasia
2012: 184 baby boys named Grey
2011: 125 baby boys named Grey
Toby, +32 / +59
2012: 93 baby girls and 349 baby boys named Toby
2011: 61 baby girls and 290 baby boys named Toby
2012: 1761 baby girls named Melissa
2011: 1704 baby girls named Melissa
2012: 1081 baby boys named Lorenzo
2011: 1027 baby boys named Lorenzo
2012: 155 baby girls named Jubilee
2011: 103 baby girls named Jubilee
London, +22 / +32
2012: 3179 baby girls and 482 baby boys named London
2011: 3157 baby girls and 450 baby boys named London
2012: 162 baby girls named Viola
2011: 134 baby girls named Viola
2012: 59 baby girls named Renesmee
2011: 33 baby girls named Renesmee
2012: 82 baby girls named Lovely
2011: 56 baby girls named Lovely
2012: 194 baby girls named Sarina
2011: 168 baby girls named Sarina
2012: 399 baby girls named McKayla
2011: 374 baby girls named McKayla
2012: 129 baby girls named Berenice
2011: 109 baby girls named Berenice
2012: 32 baby girls named Rue
2011: 13 baby girls named Rue
2012: 242 baby girls named Selina
2011: 224 baby girls named Selina
2012: 58 baby girls named Kateri
2011: 42 baby girls named kateri
Merida, +15 at least
2012: 19 baby girls named Merida [re-entered list]
2011: ? baby girls named Merida
2012: 132 baby girls named Pepper
2011: 117 baby girls named Pepper
Rooney (for girls), +15
2012: 21 baby girls named Rooney
2011: 6 baby girls named Rooney
2012: 630 baby boys named Hugo
2011: 617 baby boys named Hugo
Primrose, +12 at least
2012: 16 baby girls named Primrose [re-entered list]
2011: ? baby girls named Primrose
2012: 82 baby girls named Lisbeth
2011: 71 baby girls named Lisbeth
Blue, +3 / +9
2012: 10 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Blue
2011: 7 baby girls and 11 baby boys named Blue
2012: 16 baby boys named Romney
2011: 5 baby boys named Romney
2012: 13 baby girls named Cassadee
2011: 5 baby girls named Cassadee
Katniss, +8 at least
2012: 12 baby girls named Katniss [debut]
2011: ? baby girls named Katniss
2012: 42 baby boys named Niall
2011: 34 baby boys named Niall
2012: 79 baby girls named Octavia
2011: 72 baby girls named Octavia
Arrietty, +6 at least
2012: 10 baby girls named Arrietty [debut]
2011: ? baby girls named Arrietty
2012: 77 baby boys named Loki
2011: 71 baby boys named Loki
Names that went up by 5 or fewer:
Hawkeye debuted) Joss (for boys)
Maxwell (for girls)
Names that went
Names still not on the SSA’s list:
Dev (for girls)
Did any of these surprise you?
P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who played!
The state of Idaho recently released its 2010 annual report, and the report includes some baby names.
First, here are Idaho’s most popular baby names of 2010. (More or less the same as what SSA has listed for Idaho that year.)
Popular Boy Names Popular Girl Names 1. William (119) 2. Samuel (116) 3. Logan (115) 4. Ethan (101) 5. Jacob (95) 6. Aiden (92) 7. Mason (89) 8. Noah (82) 9. Alexander (81) 10. James (79) 1. Olivia (122) 2. Emma (103) 3. Sophia (99) 4. Ava (88) 5. Abigail (85) 6. Elizabeth (83) 7. Emily (78) 8. Isabella (77) 9. Ella (71) 10. Addison & Brooklyn (65 each)
Now on to the bizarre stuff!
In the report, Idaho included a selection of unique names:
Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names Bear, Character, Dagger, Freighter, Genghis, Hatchet, Hemi, Ice-T, Jethreaux, Justify, King Tiberius, Laugh, Nightsky, Permisius, Raysyn, Ripken, Saw, Scythe, Skeeter, Sourish, Theory, Truth, W’dbin, Wisdom, Zytareon Arrehli, Aoife, Balou, Bronwyn, Dawnlight, Dixi, Espn, Hickory, Kalifornia, Koal, Legacy, Little Noah, Meeka Bella, Mhyrrauzhe, Moneeq, Moserratt, Omolola, Oo, Rootsy, Saphron, Sparkle, Sunset, Tietsie, Virtue, Xoko
Idaho’s annual reports for 2006-2010 are all available online, lets look at the selections of unique names from years past, shall we?
Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names “Champion” Reese, Civic, Cougar, Domonique, Eleven, Evol, Hopper, Huckleberry, Irish, Jah Kobi, Jaxxon, Kastle, K-Den, Major Jack, Nixon, Noall, Oz, Pledger, Reef, Sabyr, Shade, Shadow, Skeet, Taft, Zebedee Arlington, August Star, Beatriz, Byrkli, Charm, Clarixxa, Daiquiri, Fayte, Goldie-Moon, Gyzzelle, Jubilee, Kanyon, Lala, Love, Montana, Nirvana, Pepper, Prairie, Poppy, Soul, Tottie, Tundra, Zipporah
Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names Adjrick, Andronicus, Arrow, Blazer, Brayke, Buzz, Casino, Chamillionaire, Dacx, Driggs, Gamble, Heman, Klete, Kodiak, Kroten, Krue, Link, Mitt, Pheonix, Ransom, Rodee, Silynce, Summit, Zzyzx Angelic, Beautifull, Boisen, Byainett, Calloway, Celestial, Ecstacy, Eeleceya, Hadies, Heaven, Infiniti, Integrity, Jewleah, Kaskade, Kozmo, Maplejo, Mishalyn, Remmington, Season, Symphony, Thyme, Ugonna, Xerenity, Zepplyn
Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names Aodhan, Braestyn, Buell, Champ, Dazryn, Elisjsha, Enveus, Grimsley, Hayze, Holdem, Kamero, Kay-Sin, Khonnerk, Lowgin, Makaijden, Mickyle, Nykolaus, Painter, Praze, Sander, Shadrack, Solo, Space, Tlaloc, Trackin Arbor, Auktober, Blessin, Brizzbin, Brookenzie, Cabella, Clarity, Denym, Eos, Epiphany, Honesty, Kwincee, Lavender, Lybburtie, Miami, Modiesty-Star, Mysticque, Peaches, Perfect, Rebel-Ann, Seattle, Shy, Uneike, Vegas, Zoigh
Casino and Gamble in 2008, Holdem and Vegas in 2007…do I detect a pattern here?
Unique Boy Names Unique Girl Names Akhilles, Backtash, Blend, Bronco, Chalk, College, Colquohn, Daily, Gid, Hampton, Howdy, Jameraquoi, Karona, Lake, Packer, Polo, Razor, Rythmik, Sacramento, Spur, Trask, Tucson, Winn, Wracer, Xzavvyer Allyvia, Anakalia, Aptisam, Aveda, Blayde, Bristol, Cedee, Dorcas, Fall, Heziachiah, Kalispell, Klowie, Lexington, Little Summers, Navy, Northstar, Nutaliay Harmoney, Pennilane Meadow, Phaedra, Russia, Tacheranai, Tragen, Tsunami, Viktoriya, Yochabelle
P.S. In the 2006-2009 reports, the heading of the unique names section was “Selected Unique Names, Yewneek Spellings.” For 2010, it was lengthened to “Selected Unique Baby Names, Yewneek Baybee Spellings.” I happen to love these headings, but aren’t they a bit snarky for an official state document…?