The Channel Islands are an archipelago in the English Channel. They are divided into two territories — the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey — and, like the Isle of Man, they are Crown Dependencies, but not officially part of the UK. (The residents of all three regions are British citizens, though.)
The Bailiwick of Jersey includes the most-populous island, Jersey, while the Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the less-populous islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm.
English is the official language in both bailiwicks, but local forms of Norman French (like Jèrriais, and Guernesiais) are also spoken on certain islands.
Now, on to the names!
Last year, Jersey welcomed a total of 890 babies — 426 girls and 464 boys. Here are the island’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Since 2014, the name Sienna has reached the girls’ top 10 only twice…but it ranked #1 both times. I can’t account for the higher usage in 2018, but the 2021 return could be attributable to the influence of royal baby Sienna Elizabeth, born in September to Princess Beatrice.
Last year, Guernsey welcomed a total of 527 babies — 263 girls and 264 boys. Here are the bailiwick’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021:
Olivia, 6 baby girls
Charlotte, 4 (6-way tie)
Evie, 4 (6-way tie)
Florence, 4 (6-way tie)
Imogen, 4 (6-way tie)
Isla, 4 (6-way tie)
Penelope, 4 (6-way tie)
Luca, 6 baby boys (tie)
Theodore, 6 (tie)
Archie, 5 (3-way tie)
Leo, 5 (3-way tie)
Theo, 5 (3-way tie)
Arthur, 4 (6-way tie)
George, 4 (6-way tie)
Max, 4 (6-way tie)
Oscar, 4 (6-way tie)
Thomas, 4 (6-way tie)
William, 4 (6-way tie)
My source also mentioned a few other facts…
Isabella was given to 3 baby girls, Jessica to 2, and Isabella-Jude, Izabella, and Isabelle to 1 each.
Lucas was given to 3 baby boys, and Matthew, Mateus, Matheus, and James to 1 each.
Over 54% of the babies born in Guernsey last year were given a name that was used just once.
Back in 1996, the top names in Guernsey were Jessica, Lauren, and Sophie (a 3-way tie) and James.
This is the first time I’ve posted rankings for Guernsey, but I’ve been posting Jersey’s rankings for a few years — here’s 2020, for instance.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, the word “bailiwick” refers to the jurisdiction of a bailiff.
The Netherlands were occupied by German forces for most of WWII.
During that time, many Dutch Jews went into hiding. The Bouwman family of Haarlem, for instance, was split up between two homes: Parents Mozes and Sophie Bouwman hid with one family, while their children Lion and Koosje hid with another.
In early 1944, Sophie discovered that she was pregnant. Registering a baby would have been dangerous, both for her and for the family sheltering her, so a plan was hatched: a nearby childless couple (Vivian and Catherine Rowe) would stage a fake pregnancy, and, when Sophie gave birth, the Rowes would take the baby in and pretend it was their own.
On September 2, 1944, Sophie — being “attended by a doctor and nurses sworn to secrecy” — welcomed a baby boy.
The child was named Albert Dirk in honor of the two men who had helped the Bouwmans find a home for their other two children.
As planned, over the next couple of days, the baby was smuggled out of the hospital and transported (via bicycle) to the home of the childless couple.
On September 4, the Rowes “joyfully announced the birth of a son, whom they named Thomas Franklin.” Notably, they took care of him through the hunger winter of 1944-45, “selling many of their personal possessions in order to buy food for him.”
Finally, in May of 1945, the war ended. They baby could be returned to his parents.
As an expression of gratitude, the Bouwmans added the name the Rowes had given him to his original name.
Though I couldn’t find any official records for the baby, at least one family tree website suggests that he was indeed given all four names: Albert Dirk Thomas Franklin Bouwman.
Paldiel, Mordecai. The Path of the Righteous: Gentile Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust. NY: KTAV, 1993.
Last year, England and Wales welcomed close to 625,000 babies.
What were the most popular names among these babies? Olivia and Noah.
Here are England and Wales’ top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021:
Olivia, 3,649 baby girls
Noah, 4,525 baby boys
Two of the names that saw marked increases in usage last year, Luca and Raya, were helped along by the animated films Luca (2021) and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).
And the name Lilibet re-surfaced in the data (after a seven-year absence) with eight baby girls, no doubt thanks to the royal influence of Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet, who was born in California in June of 2021.
Home to nearly 56.5 million people, England is divided into nine regions. The top baby names within each of these regions last year were…