Years ago, I discovered three documents with relatively complete lists of births for the city of Providence, Rhode Island, for the years 1866, 1867, and 1868. I’ve already created Providence’s baby name rankings for
1866 and 1867 using the first two documents, and today (finally!) I’ve got the third set of rankings for you.
Let’s start with some stats:
1,762 babies were born in Providence in 1868, by my count. According to the introduction of the document I’m using a source, however, the total number is 1,866. I don’t know how to account for this discrepancy. 1,617 of these babies (791 girls and 826 boys) had names that were known at the time of publication. The other 145 babies got blank spaces. Either their names hadn’t been registered yet, or they hadn’t been named yet, or perhaps these babies died young and never received a name. 284 unique names (143 girl names and 141 boy names) were shared among these 1,617 babies.
And now, on to the names!
A quick look at the top 5 girl names and boy names in Providence in 1868:
Top baby girl names Top baby boy names 1. Mary 2. Catherine 3. Sarah 4. Ellen 5. Margaret 1. John 2. William 3. James 4. Charles 5. George All Girl Names
Mary, 149 baby girls Catherine, 39 Sarah, 38 Ellen, 31 Margaret, 28 Elizabeth, 25 Alice, 24 Anna, 20 Ann, 16 Emma, 14 Eliza, 13 Clara & Martha, 11 each (tie) Hannah & Lucy, 10 each (tie) Bridget, Grace, Jennie, Julia & Maria, 9 each (5-way tie) Annie, Florence, Jane, Minnie & Susan, 8 each (5-way tie) Agnes, Caroline, Cora, Ella & Harriet, 7 each (5-way tie) Anne, Carrie, Hattie, Ida, Mabel & Nellie, 6 each (6-way tie) Eva, Joanna, Lydia & Rosanna, 5 each (4-way tie) Abby, Charlotte, Emily, Jessie, Josephine, Lillian, Lizzie, Louisa, Louise, Marion, Phebe, Rosella & Theresa, 4 each (13-way tie) Anastasia, Bertha, Edith, Gertrude, Isabella, Nettie, Pearl, Rebecca & Susanna, 3 each (9-way tie) Ada, Almira, Edna, Fannie, Flora, Frances, Helen, Henrietta, Inez, Laura, Lelia, Lillie, Lottie, Maud, Priscilla & Virginia, 2 each (16-way tie) Addie, Adelaide, Adelicia, Adeline, Agatha, Allene, Amanda, Amy, Angelica, Antoinette, Arabella, Augusta, Aurelia, B.*, Belle, Bessie, Betsey, Catharine, Celia, Claudia, Della, Eleanor, Eleanora, Estella, Estelle, Esther, Eudavelia, Eulalie, Evelyn, Francenia, Genevieve, Georgia, Honora, Imogene, Jesse, Juliette, Kate, Leonora, Lilla, Lillias, Lorena, Luella, Luetta, Magdalena, Marian, Marietta, Matilda, Mercy, Minerva, Miriam, Myra, Myrtis, Nanoan, Nora, Pauline, Reberta, Rhoda, Roberta, Rosa, Rose, Ruth, Sabrina, Sophia, Stella & Winifred, 1 each (65-way tie)
*What do you think the “B.” might have stood for?
All Boy Names
John, 112 baby boys William, 68 James, 64 Charles, 52 George, 45 Thomas, 37 Frederick, 25 Henry, 23 Joseph, 22 Edward, 19 Daniel & Patrick, 18 each (tie) Robert, 17 Frank, 16 Francis, 15 Walter, 13 Michael, 11 Albert, 10 Arthur, 9 Benjamin, Peter & Samuel, 7 each (3-way tie) Freddie, Harry, Herbert & Stephen, 6 each (4-way tie) Edwin, Lawrence, Lewis, Martin & Timothy, 5 each (5-way tie) Bernard, Edmund, Eugene, Louis, Philip & Richard, 4 each (6-way tie) Alfred, Augustus, Christopher, Eben, Horace, Howard, Hugh, Jeremiah, Matthew & Willard, 3 each (10-way tie) Abel, Barney, Byron, Dennis, Edgar, Ferdinand, Gilbert, Luke, Max, Nathaniel, Owen, Roger, Solomon & Victor, 2 each (14-way tie) Alden, Alexis, Allen, Alrick, Amos, Andrew, Ansel, Anson, Archibald, Asa, Ashby, Bartholomew, Calvin, Carlos, Clarence, Clark, Clarke, Clement, Clifford, Collyer, Crolander, Darius, David, Earl, Elisha, Ellis, Eri, Ernest, Erwin, Eusebe, Everett, Felix, Forrest, Foster, Franklin, Fred, Gardner, Jacob, Jason, Jerome, Jireh, Joaneto, Josiah, Jubal, Justin, Lawson, Lodovic, Louis, Lucien, Lyman, Major, Malachi, Manuel, Melbourne, Monroe, Morey, Morris, Myron, Nelson, Nicholas, Olney, Orville, Oscar, Pendleton, Ralph, Reuben, Rolfe, Rowland, Rufus, Simeon, Simon, Steven, Stewart, Theodore, Ulysses*, Volney, Warren, Whiting, Willie & Winchester, 1 each (80-way tie)
*Ulysses was likely named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant, who was elected president in 1868.
Finally, nineteen sets of twins were born in Providence in 1868. (All of these twin names are accounted for in the rankings above.)
Girl-girl twins Girl-boy twins Boy-boy twins Caroline & Harriet Lucy & Lydia Mary & Rosanna Margaret & Mary Lizzie & Martha (blank) & (blank) Anne & Thomas Emma & Charles Florence & William Hannah & Josiah Ida & John Isabella & John Jennie & Horace Charles & William Francis & Robert George & John James & John James & Stephen (blank) & (blank)
Have any thoughts about these rankings, or any of the specific names above?
Source: Snow, Edwin M.
. Number three. Providence: Millard & Harker, 1870. Alphabetical Lists of the Names of Persons Deceased, Born and Married in the City of Providence
According to Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics Office, the most popular baby names on the island in 2021 were
Alice and Oliver.
Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021:
Alice, 9 baby girls Scarlett, 8 Grace, Isla & Ivy, 6 each (3-way tie) Amelia, Anna, Annie, Ava, Charlotte, Ella, Ellie, Everly, Isabella, Lexi, Lucy, Maeve, Olivia, Sophia, Sophie & Willow, 5 each (16-way tie) Adeline, Eliza, Eloise, Evelyn, Georgia, Katherine, Kinsley, Nova* & Sadie, 4 each (9-way tie) Abigail, Adalyn, Addison, Brynlee, Claire, Clara, Emery, Iris, Lydia, Lyla, Nina, Sarah & Skylar, 3 each (13-way tie)
Oliver, 13 baby boys Jack & Theo, 11 each (tie) Liam, 9 Austin, Ezra, Jackson, Leo & Noah, 8 each (5-way tie) Benjamin, Emmett, Ethan, Lucas* & Theodore, 7 each (5-way tie) Charlie, Henry, Luca & William, 6 each (4-way tie) Gavin, Hudson, James, Owen & Rowan, 5 each (5-way tie) Arlo, Beau, Bennett, Elijah, Elliot, Everett, Finn, Levi, Lincoln, Max, Remy, Ryker, Sawyer, Simon, Walter & Weston, 4 each (16-way tie)
These rankings are based on data covering the year up to December 13th. By that date, 619 baby girls and 704 baby boys had been born on the island.
Unexpectedly, PEI released a complete — albeit provisional — list of baby names this time around. So this year we get to check out some of the rare names bestowed just once on the island last year:
Unique Girl Names Unique Boy Names Anamika, Athaliah, Brayleigh, Cloud Jrai, Drienne, Élodie, Fearyn, Gray, Haddow, Ishani, Jorie, Kasia, Lorriel, Meekhal, Morayo, Neeltje, Olive-Belle, Paloma, Rilla, Ruthy, Seren, Sudisha, Tomi, Valeah, Zera Abdul-Rahman, Bane, Berrick, Chivir, Draven, Elon, Felix, Grayden, Hanzebriel, Ibaad, Jordy, Kelton, Leonidas, Maniriho, Marchbank, Najid, Oaks, Porter, Ranaridh, Revel, Sulla, Tully, Wyndham, Yanick, Zeyang
The boy name Bane may have been inspired by the DC Comics supervillain
Bane, and the boy name Ranaridh is similar to the name of former Cambodian prime minister Norodom Ranariddh, who died in late 2021.
PEI’s unique baby names can be found on Patreon.)
2020, the top baby names on the island were Nora/Charlotte (tie) and Hudson.
*Nova and Lucas might actually be 4th-place names. My source included conflicting information.
Alice, Oliver most popular P.E.I. baby names in 2021 (12/29)
According to ACT Government, the most popular baby names in the Australian Capital Territory in 2021 were
Charlotte and Henry/ Oliver.
Here are the ACT’s top girl names and top boy names of 2021:
Charlotte Matilda Grace Ivy & Olivia (tie) Amelia Hazel & Sophia (tie) Ella & Mia (tie)
Henry & Oliver (tie) William Theodore Thomas Leo Noah Jack Archer Charlie
These 2021 rankings are based on provisional data that covers most of the year, but not all of it.
2020, the top names were Charlotte and William.
ACT’s most popular baby names 2021 (12/28), Most popular baby names by year
According to the Ministry of Digital Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, the most popular baby names in the country last year (as of December 20th) were
Saliha and Muhammad.
Here are Kyrgyzstan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2021:
Saliha, 3,107 baby girls Ryana, 2,864 Amina, 2,604 Fatima, 2,436 Aylin, 2,383 Aliya, 2,040 Safiya, 1,968 Aruzat, 1,928 Khadija, 1,894 Alfiya, 1,731
Muhammad, 4,537 baby boys Omar, 4,132 Ali, 2,632 Amir, 2,164 Bilal, 2,129 Alikhan, 2,112 Alinour, 2,063 Nour-Islam, 1,910 Emir, 1,681 Othman, 1,481
And here’s what the transcribed Kyrgyz names above look like in Cyrillic script:
Muhammad; Most Popular Baby Name in 2021 in Kyrgyzstan, Top 10 names of children for 2021 – gov.kg
According to Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the most popular baby names in the country in 2020 were
Maya and Mohammed.
The top baby names within each of Israel’s main religious groups were…
In Israel… Top girl name Top boy name Jewish population (74.2%) Tamar David Muslim population (17.8%) Maryam Mohammed Christian population (2.0%) Lin Charbel Druze population (1.6%) Mila Adam Overall Maya Mohammed
Among the Jews in Israel…
The top 10 girl names were Tamar, Maya, Abigail, Noa, Sarah, Ayalah, Adele, Yael, Shira, and Esther. The top 10 boy names were David, Lavi, Ariel, Yosef, Noam, Uri, Refael, Ari, Moshe, and Yehuda. Less popular girl names included “Ahava (Love), Alta, Herut (Liberty), Ya’ar (Forest), Alexandra, Dorin, Ortal, Pessele, Kayla, Ruthi, Shalhevet and Tamari.” Less popular boy names included “Avi, Yigal, Yaron, Yaniv, Eran, and Ram, with the most unusual ones being Lear, Shayel, Luka, Don and Tay.” “Among Ethiopian Jewish boys, the most popular names were Refael, Emmanuel and Noam.”
Among the Muslims in Israel…
The top 10 girl names were Maryam, Sham, Lin, Malek, Jori, Lian, Mila, Aline, Nur, and Marya. The top 10 boy names were Mohammed, Ahmad, Adam, Yusef, Omer, Ali, Abd, Amir, Ibrahim, and Mahmoud.
Among the Christians in Israel…
The top girl names were Lin, Maria, Sama, Celine, and Leah. The top boy names were Charbel, Jude, Niel, Elias, Liam, and George.
Among the Druze in Israel…
The top girl names were Mila, Ayalah, Lur, Lin, and Yasmin. The top boy names were Adam, Taim, Niel, Amir, and Jude.
The last set of rankings I posted for Israel were the
Most popular baby names of 2020: Mohammed, David, Tamar and Maryam, Muhammad and Maya top list of Israeli newborn’s names in 2020, Muhammad and Maya were Israel’s most popular baby names in 2020, Religion in Israel – Wikipedia