Girls’ Names in the English/Welsh Top 1000 that Aren’t in the U.S. Top 1000

These are all the girls’ names that are in the English and Welsh top 1000 for 2016 but *not* in the United States!  I made this list by comparing Office of National Statistics data against the Social Security Administration‘s list of most popular baby names.  I’ve also made a list of boys’ names popular in England and Wales but not in the U.S. and and list of boys’ names that are currently popular in the U.S. but not in England and Wales.

  • A: Aairah, Aamina, Aaminah, Aarya, Aasiyah, Aayat, Abbie, Agatha, Agnes, Aida, Aila, Aimee, Aishah, Aiyla, Aiza, Aizah, Ajwa, Akira, Alara, Alba, Aleeza, Aleksandra, Alesha, Alicja, Alisa, Alishba, Alissa, Alissia, Allegra, Alys, Alyssia, Amal, Amalie, Ameera, Ameerah, Amelia-Grace, Amelia-Rose, Aminah, Ammara, Amna, Anabia, Anais, Anaiya, Anastazja, Anayah, Andreea, Anisa, Anisha, Antonina, Anoushka, Aoife, Aqsa, Arissa, Arla, Arwa, Arwen, Ashleigh, Asia, Asiya, Asiyah, Asma, Ava-Mae, Ava-Grace, Ava-Rose, Avani, Avaya, Avleen, Avneet, Ayaana, Ayah, Ayat, Ayda, Ayesha, Ayra, Aysha, Ayva, Azra
  • B: Beatrix, Beatriz, Beau, Bella-Rose, Beth, Bethan, Betsy, Betty, Bianka, Billie, Blanka, Blessing, Blossom, Bluebell, Bobbi, Bobbie, Bryony
  • C: Cadi, Caitlin, Caitlyn, Caoimhe, Carys, Cassie, Cecily, Cerys, Chiara, Cleo, Coco, Connie, Constance, Cordelia
  • D: Daisie, Daisy-Mae, Daisy-May, Darcey, Darci, Darcie, Darcy, Daria, Delia, Diya, Dolcie, Dollie, Dolly, Dottie, Dua, Dulcie
  • E: Eadie, Ebony, Edie, Effie, Eilidh, Eira, Ela, Eleni, Eleri, Elia, Elif, Elina, Elinor, Elisha, Elissa, Ella-Louise, Ella-Mae, Ella-May, Ella-Rose, Ellie-Mae, Ellie-Mai, Ellie-May, Ellie-Rose, Elodie, Elouise, Elsie-Mae, Elsie-May, Elsie-Rose, Elspeth, Ema, Emaan, Emilija, Emily-Rose, Emmanuella, Emme, Enya, Eryn, Eshaal, Eshal, Esmae, Esmai, Esmay, Esmee, Etta, Evelina, Evie-Grace, Evie-Mae, Evie-Rose, Ezmae
  • F: Farah, Fathima, Fatimah, Fearne, Fern, Ferne, Ffion, Fleur, Flora, Florence, Florrie, Freyja
  • G: Georgiana, Georgie, Georgina, Giulia, Gracie-Mae, Gracie-Mai, Gracie-May
  • H: Hafsa, Hafsah, Hajra, Hajrah, Haleema, Halima, Haniya, Hareem, Harleen, Harlie, Harper-Rose, Harriet, Harriett, Hawa, Hawwa, Henrietta, Hermione, Hettie, Hiba, Hollie, Honey, Honor, Hoorain, Huda, Humaira, Husna
  • I: Ida, Iga, Imaan, Iman, Imogen, Inaaya, Inaayah, Inara, Inaya, Inayah, Indi, India, Indiana, Indie, Indigo, Ines, Iona, Iqra, Isabella-Rose, Isha, Isla-Grace, Isla-Mae, Isla-Rae, Isla-Rose, Isobel, Isobella, Isobelle, Isra, Ivy-Rose, Iyla, Iylah, Izabela, Izzy
  • J: Jannah, Jannat, Jasleen, Jaya, Jemima, Joni, Jorgie, Jorja, Juno
  • K: Kacey, Kacie, Kaja, Karolina, Katy, Keeva, Keziah, Khadija, Khadijah, Kimberley, Kitty, Klara, Klaudia, Kornelia
  • L: Lacey-Mae, Lacie, Laiba, Larissa, Lavinia, Layla-Mae, Layla-Rose, Leela, Leena, Leja, Leonie, Lexi-Mae, Libby, Lili, Lillia, Lillie-Mae, Lillie-Rose, Lilly-Mae, Lilly-Mai, Lilly-May, Lily-Mae, Lily-May, Lily-Rose, Liyana, Lois, Lola-Rose, Lorena, Lottie, Lowri, Lucie, Luella, Luisa, Lula
  • M: Macey, Maddie, Madiha, Magdalena, Mahi, Mahnoor, Maira, Maisey, Maisy, Maiya, Maja, Malaika, Malak, Mali, Maliha, Manahil, Manha, Marcelina, Marcie, Margaux, Mariya, Marlie, Marni, Marnie, Marta, Martina, Martyna, Marwa, Mathilda, Matylda, May, Meghan, Melany, Melisa, Mia-Rose, Miley, Millicent, Millie-Mae, Millie-Rose, Milly, Minahil, Minnie, Miyah, Mollie
  • N: Nahla, Nancie, Neave, Neive, Nel, Nela, Nell, Nellie, Nelly, Neve, Niamh, Nicola, Nieve, Nikita, Nikola, Niyah, Nusaybah, Nyah
  • O: Ocean, Octavia, Olivia-Grace, Olivia-Mae, Olivia-Rose, Oliwia, Orla, Orlaigh, Ottilie
  • P: Peggy, Persephone, Philippa, Pippa, Pixie, Pola, Polly, Poppie, Precious, Primrose, Prisha, Priya
  • R: Rae, Raisa, Rania, Raya, Rebeca, Renae, Renee, Reeva, Reya, Ria, Rihanna, Rita, Robin, Robyn, Roisin, Roma, Romilly, Romy, Ronnie, Rosanna, Roxanne, Rubie, Ruby-Mae, Ruby-Rose, Rumaisa, Rumaysa, Ruqayyah
  • S: Saanvi, Saara, Saarah, Safa, Safaa, Saffron, Safia, Safiya, Safiyyah, Samira, Sana, Sanaya, Sapphire, Saskia, Scarlett-Rose, Selina, Seren, Shanaya, Shania, Shannon, Shreya, Sia, Sianna, Sienna-Rose, Simona, Simran, Siya, Sofija, Sonia, Soraya, Stefania, Sukhmani, Sumaya, Sumayyah, Summer-Rose, Syeda
  • T: Tahlia, Tallulah, Tamara, Tanisha, Tara, Taya, Tess, Theia, Theodora, Tia, Tianna, Tillie, Tilly
  • U: Una
  • V: Vanesa, Verity, Viktoria
  • W: Weronika, Wiktoria, Winifred, Winnie
  • X: Xanthe
  • Y: Yara, Yasmine, Yusra
  • Z: Zahraa, Zarah, Zayna, Zaynab, Zaynah, Zeynep, Zofia, Zoha, Zoya, Zunairah, Zuzanna

You probably noticed a lot of “double-barrel” baby names in here.  While there are Americans with hyphenated first names, the Social Security Administration doesn’t acknowledge their spellings as distinct names.  The U.K. does.  So, Amelia-Rose is officially Ameliarose in America and Amelia-Rose in Britain.

Thoughts?  Let me know in the comments!



Names Inspired by Animals

Today is World Animal Day – here are some people’s names associated with animals!  

  • Agnes – This has religious associations with the similar-sounding Latin word for lamb, agnusAgnes is currently rare in the U.S., as only 229 girls received the name last year.  But, that’s fairly close to the top 1000 threshold, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s popular again before 2020.
  • Arachne – If the story is anything to go by, the animal is inspired by the name!  The word “arachnid,” which refers to spiders, comes from Arachne.  There’s no record of this name in Social Security birth or death data; has this name ever been used in modern times?  Probably not, since few people like spiders.  If you love the sound of Arachne but not the association, try Ariadne instead.
  • Avian – 88 boys and 9 girls got this name last year, which is an adjective referring to birds.  My only concern about using this as a name is the potential for flu jokes.  It’s almost like calling your child Rubella.  Pretty…deadly!  Use Ava, Avi, or even Aviana instead.
  • Bear – 186 boys were named Bear in the U.S. last year, and he’ll probably enter the top 1000 in 2017.  There’s a more extensive piece about Bear‘s trajectory over at Nancy’s Baby Names, while Appellation Mountain has a post about bear-related names in general!
  • Bjorn – The English rendering of a Scandinavian and German name meaning “bear.”  Depending on the country/language, you may see it spelled Björn or Bjørn.  The U.S. and other native English-speaking countries don’t usually acknowledge diacritical marks, which mainly alter pronunciation.  People may use them in daily use.  Regardless of the rendering, SSA data shows that 150 boys were named Bjorn in the U.S. in 2016.  Like Bear, this name is also a fast riser.  (P.S.: the ‘j’ is pronounced like a ‘y.’  Bee-yorn.)
  • Caleb – Popular Bible name which is usually thought to mean “dog” in Hebrew.  Current U.S. rank: #44.
  • Drake – A male duck.  Current rank: #445.
  • Ellie – I think this is a cute name for elephant-lovers.  Remember, you can always lengthen it!  I personally love when Ellie is short for Eleanor or Elizabeth, but any longer “El-” name should do.  That includes unisex options like Elliott and EllisonEllie‘s current rank: #43.
  • Epona – Celtic horse goddess.  Although I haven’t found Epona in SSA birth data, the Social Security Death Index tells me at least 3 women had the similar name Eponine, which is from a character in Les Miserables.
  • Fox – Newly popular in America, this animal word-name ranks #746.
  • Giles – 17 boys.  According to Behind the Name, Giles derives from a Greek word meaning “young goat.”
  • Halcyon – Derives from a Greek word meaning “kingfisher,” which is a type of bird.  I personally prefer the form Alcyone, but Hallie‘s a cute nickname!
  • Io – 16 girls in 2016; usually pronounced “eye-oh.”  Io was a lover of Zeus who was transformed into a cow.
  • Jael – Biblical women’s name meaning “ibex/mountain goat.”  145 girls and 140 boys were named Jael in 2016.
  • Kitty – Nickname for Katherine, borne by one of the Bennet sisters in Pride and Prejudice.  Only 7 American girls were actually named Kitty last year, but Katherine is still in the top 100.


    When in Rome, take random cat photos.

  • Lark – 40 girls and 7 boys were given this avian name in 2016.
  • Lionel – “Lion” is a strong nickname.  Lionel fell out of fashion in the early 2000s, only to be revived by soccer several years later.  Current rank: #579
  • Melissa – Ancient Greek name meaning “bee.”  Rank: #257.
  • Philippa – The feminine form of Philip, which derives from Greek and means “friend of horses.”  74 girls were named Philippa in the U.S. last year making it rare here; in England, Philippa ranked #333.
  • Remus and Romulus – Mythological Remus and his twin brother Romulus were nursed by a wolf.  Fictional Remus Lupin was a werewolf.  Last year, 19 boys were named Remus and 8 were named Romulus.
  • Swanhild – Girls’ name that means “swan battle.”  Awesome!  As for usage, I counted 59 women with the first name Swanhild in the SSDI, not including all the people named Svanhild and Svanhilde.
  • Taurus – 11 boys.  Taurus means “bull” and is an astrological symbol.
  • Tigerlily – 25 girls.  Lily is beautiful, but Tigerlily is ferocious!  And yes, Tigerlily is a flower too.
  • Vanessa – This name belongs to a genus of butterflies.  Rank: #197
  • Wolfgang – 117 boys.  Wolfgang is an old German name that’s mostly associated with Mozart and translates to “wolf path.”  Wolfie is an adorable nickname! 
  • Wren – a fast-rising bird name.  Rank: #524.
  • Xanthippe – Unknown usage.  Xanthippe originally meant “yellow horse” in Ancient Greek, but nowadays it mostly means “shrew.”  Some of you will know this name because of the perpetually angry character on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, who goes by the surprisingly sweet nickname “Xan.”

Do you have a favorite animal name, or human name that’s somehow related to animals?  Let me know! 

What Would I Name My Car?

Day 2 of the October Name Challenge spotlights National Name Your Car Day!  I don’t have a car yet, but it’s gotten me thinking.  I name my musical instruments, so not an automobile?

Some people give their cars human names; a classmate called her car Lucius in high school!  For my own vehicle, Percival, Phaedra, or Danger would be cool.  And yes, there are people named Danger.  There are also people named after cars


If a pick-up truck is called Bentley, what do you call an actual Bentley?

I might tie my choice of car name in with my sense of humor.  If I acquire a Honda, Camry and Camryn would be amusing appellations.  Alexus is funny for any car that isn’t a Lexus.  I can also see myself excitedly introducing Mercedes the Toyota to confused friends and passerby!  Meanwhile, Bentley would be my pick-up truck that’s coated in dirt from adventures down unpaved country roads.  And if I acquire an unappreciated model that becomes discontinued, I can call him Edsel.

Of course, I won’t know for sure what I’ll name a car until I actually have one.  What would you name a car?

Day 1 of the October Names Challenge was Favorite ‘O’ Names.

Favorite ‘O’ Names

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 10.39.35 PMAlthough I don’t have an Instagram, I’m going to try and participate in the October Name Challenge (created by fellow name enthusiast Alexia Mae) via Twitter!  Some days I’ll write entire blog posts surrounding the challenges, and other days I may simply tweet relevant thoughts!

The October 1st challenge is “Favorite ‘O’ Names!”  I rarely discuss my actual favorite names on this site, so this is a good starting point.  My tastes vary, but my very favorite names can often be described as ancient, old-fashioned, and/or elegant.  Harry Potter and Jane Austen have been massive influences on my naming preferences, along with Greek and Roman Myth.


  • Otto – #527
  • Odo – doesn’t chart.  You can read more about this name here.
  • Octavius – 51 boys in 2016
  • Orson – 90 boys.  Can’t help but think of Orson Welles!
  • Orlando – #620

I also appreciate names like Oliver, Octavian, Odysseus, Odoacer, Odalric, and Obadiah.


  • Ottoline – doesn’t chart, though she really should!  Very distinguished, and she’d fit in with popular -line names like Adeline and Emmeline!
  • Octavia – 255 girls in 2016.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Octavia reaches the top 1000 in 2017!
  • Oona – 109 girls.  I think of Oona Chaplin. 
  • Ophelia – #580
  • Oenone – doesn’t chart.  Oenone is an Ancient Greek name that derives from the word for “wine.”  The thing is: I don’t actually know how to pronounce this.  It takes 3 syllables, but does one say ee-no-nee or oh-no-nee?

Other feminine ‘O’ names I really like are Ottilie, Olivia, Olive, Opal, and Octaviana.

What are your favorite ‘O’ names?

September Name Sightings (and Babies!)

I’ve been publishing name sightings for the past few months now, but this month I lucked out and spotted some babies’ names!  So, my September post includes a few birth announcements. 🙂

I met:

Tor – in his 20s.  His middle name is also Scandinavian; Behind the Name defines Tor as a Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish form of Thor. Only 14 boys were named Tor in 2016, compared to 87 Thors.

Agape – teenage girl.  The name has nothing to do with the English word, but with an Ancient Greek word for love (especially in a divine or Biblical sense).  This name is pronounced with 3 syllables: ah-gah-pay or ah-gah-pee.  7 girls were named Agape in 2016.

Leila – Adult.  Leila is *not* an unusual name, but she pronounced it like “Lyla.”  Until this point, I assumed everyone said Leila the way they say LaylaLeila currently ranks #230 in the U.S.; Lyla, #138.

Shirley – a man in his 70s.  Shirley started out as a men’s name, and it would have still been in the top 1000 when he was born.  I wonder what his life’s been like; Shirley was extremely trendy a few years before he was born.  Was he a real-life “Boy Named Sue?”  168 girls were named Shirley in 2016.

Via Facebook:

Kyrslynn – Umm…what?  No information on this name, though I’m surprised she’s not a young child considering the trendiness of “-Lynn” names.  All I can think of is that it’s somehow related to “Kyrsten.”

Loredana – A very rare name that hasn’t charted in SSA data since 2001.

From Elsewhere:

Charlay – young woman.  5 girls were named Charlay in 2016.

RipleyReece – unknown gender, but definitely an adult.  Double-barrel names are uncommon in this country, and Ripley is on its own.  128 girls and 26 boys were named Ripley last year, while 474 boys and 175 girls were named Reece.

Olwen – also an adult.  Olwen is a beautiful and extremely rare Welsh girls’ name.  Apparently it hasn’t appeared in American birth data since 1917, but you can find 11 in the 2016 English/Welsh data.

Justo – Probably a form of JustusJusto was given to just 5 boys last year.

Robinson – Robinson Crusoe!  54 boys were given this literary name last year.

Kiernan – person (likely female) with a sixty-year-old sister.  In 2016, 32 boys and 16 girls were named Kiernan

Birth announcements!

Brody Krishna – I believe his dad is Indian.  Brody ranks #135 in the U.S., while Krishna lies far below the top 1000 (with 73 boys and 24 girls in 2016).

Clara Blue – Clara currently ranks #99 in the U.S., but Blue is a rare first name (23 boys/16 girls last year).  I expect Blue is far more popular as a middle name, as it’s short and takes on a hipster quality.

Alanna Valentina – Both Alanna (#564) and Valentina (#106) are in the top 1000! 

Milly Emma – Only 112 girls were named Milly in 2016; Millie is the more popular spelling with a rank of #436.  Emma is the #1 name in America.

What do you think of these names?  Have you spotted any interesting ones lately?  Met any babies with cool names?  Let me know in the comments!

Previous rare name round-ups:


Rare ‘D’ Names for Girls

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Looking through currently-rare ‘D’ names has been a real treat … so many Indian girls’ names!  Divya, Deeksha, and all the others I saw are positively gorgeous. 

As usual, I’m looking at names that were used in the U.S. last year, but not often enough to register within the top 1000.  The data I use is publicly available via the Social Security Administration.

  • 200-254 baby girls named: Dixie, Della, Diya, Diamond, Drew, Denise
  • 150-199: Darcy, Darla, Delia, Denver, Dariana, Dior, Damaris
  • 100-149: Dream, Darby, Donna, Doris, Dora, Desire, Deja, Daenerys
  • 50-99: Daria, Deasia, Divine, Dasha, Dawn, Dayanara, Dailyn, Denali, Denim, Devon, Danae, Diem, Dinah, Dynasty, Dolores
  • 25-49: Divya, Delphine, Divina, Divinity, Dorothea, Dolly, Dua, Delta, Dagny, Devany, Dottie, Demetria, December, Dulcemaria, Dhriti, Doreen, Dreya, Danitza, Darling, Dima, Dorcas, Dalexa, Deetya
  • 15-24: Dempsey, Damiana, Darielle, Domenica, Davida, Deirdre, Dilara, Dove, Dasani, Dawt, Dhruvi, Devika, Dovie, Devi, Dionne, Diva
  • 10-14: Dakayla, Damaria, Darielys, Davia, Dhwani, Dim,* Divisha, Dominga, Duchess, Dusty, Dacey, Dalani, Dalari, Dariella, Dash, Daylee, Daytona, Demetra, Deyanira, Dhanvi, Dhanya, Dmya, Donatella, Dreama, Dutchess, Dally, Dayleen, Dacia, Dalal, Darleth, Dashly, Deeksha, Deem, Destine, Diamonique, Draizy, Danahe, Dari, Despina, Devanshi, Dharma, Diora, Dniyah
  • 8-9: Daisymae, Damara, Deepika, Delancey, Delmy, Delphia, Deva, Dhara, Dominica, Drishya, Danette, Danila, Debby, Deryn, Dessie, Devaeh, Dhyani, Dianelys, Domino, Dona, Dulcinea, Dunia, Durrani
  • 7: Dale, Dalida, Daveigh, Day, Dejanae, Delphina, Demri, Denna, Desmarie, Devoiry, Diandra, Diara, Digna, Disney, Dnyla, Drishti, Dublin, Duha, Dulcie
  • 6: Dabney, Daily, Damilola, Danaysha, Daneen, Danielys, Darinka, Dava, Deangela, Denisa, Dhruthi, Dilcia, Dmitra, Divleen, Divyanshi, Djuna, Doha, Dolce, Dory, Drusilla
  • 5: Dah, Danity, Dannielynn, Dashayla, Dax, Dazzlyn, Dearie, Delania, Demilade, Desta, Destina, Dhatri, Djenabou, Doria, Drina, Duru, Dyna

*Dim is unfortunate; I wonder if it and Deem are transliterations of the same name? 

What do you think of these names?  Let me know in the comments, and stay tuned for the boys’ names!

Names in the U.S. Top 1000 that Aren’t in the English/Welsh Top 1000 (Boys)

Yesterday I posted a complete list of boys’ names that appeared in the English and Welsh top 1000 but not in the American top 1000.  As promised, here are the boys’ baby names that rank in the U.S. list but not the English/Welsh!

  • A: Abram, Abdiel, Achilles, Adan, Adonis, Adrien, Agustin, Ahmir, Alberto, Alden, Aldo, Alejandro, Alexzander, Alfonso, Alfredo, Alijah, Allan, Allen, Alonso, Alonzo, Alvaro, Alvin, Amare, Ameer, Anakin, Anders, Anderson, Andres, Angel, Anson, Apollo, Ares, Ariel, Armando, Armani, Arturo, August, Augustine, Augustus, Axton, Azariah
  • B: Barrett, Baylor, Beckett, Beckham, Benicio, Bennett, Benson, Bentlee, Benton, Blaine, Blaise, Blaze, Bo, Bode, Bodie, Boone, Boston, Bowen, Braden, Braeden, Braiden, Branson, Brantlee, Brantley, Braydon, Braylen, Braylon, Brayson, Brecken, Brenden, Brennan, Brent, Brentley, Brett, Bridger, Briggs, Brixton, Brock, Bronson, Brooks, Bryant, Bryce, Brycen, Brysen, Bryson
  • C: Camden, Camdyn, Camilo, Camron, Canaan, Cannon, Carmelo, Case, Casen, Cash, Cason, Castiel, Cedric, Cesar, Chad, Chaim, Chance, Chandler, Channing, Clyde, Coleman, Collin, Colt, Colten, Conner, Corbin, Craig, Creed, Crew, Cristiano, Crosby, Cullen
  • D: Dakota, Dallas, Damari, Dane, Dangelo, Darian, Dariel, Dario, Darrell, Darwin, Dash, Davian, Davion, Davis, Dax, Daxton, Dayton, Deandre, Demetrius, Denver, Derek, Derrick, Desmond, Devin, Dimitri, Dominick, Dominique, Donald, Drake, Draven, Duke, Duncan, Dustin, Dwayne
  • E: Eason, Easton, Eduardo, Elian, Eliezer, Eliseo, Elisha, Emery, Emiliano, Emmet, Emmitt, Emory, Enoch, Enrique, Ephraim, Erick, Ernesto, Esteban, Eugene, Everett, Ezequiel
  • F: Felipe, Fernando, Finnegan, Fisher, Ford, Foster, Francisco
  • G: Gael, Gage, Gannon, Garrett, Gary, Gauge, Gavin, Gerardo, Giancarlo, Gianni, Gibson, Giovani, Gordon, Grady, Graham, Grant, Graysen, Grey, Greysen, Griffin, Guillermo, Gunnar, Gunner, Gustavo
  • H: Hank, Harold, Hayes, Henrik, Hezekiah, Holden, Houston, Howard
  • I: Ignacio, Iker, Immanuel, Ira, Isaias, Izaiah
  • J: Jabari, Jacoby, Jad, Jadiel, Jagger, Jairo, Jaime, Jair, Jalen, Jamar, Jamari, Jamarion, Jameson, Jamir, Jamison, Jasiah, Jase, Javier, Javion, Javon, Jaxen, Jaxton, Jayceon, Jaziel, Jedidiah, Jeffery, Jefferson, Jeffrey, Jeremias, Jericho, Jermaine, Jerome, Jerry, Jessie, Jesus, Joaquin, Johnathan, Jon, Jonathon, Jordy, Josue, Joziah, Juan, Judson, Julien, Julio, Julius, Justice, Justus
  • K: Kalel, Kamari, Kamden, Kamdyn, Kameron, Kannon, Kase, Kasen, Kash, Kashton, Kaysen, Keanu, Keenan, Keith, Kellan, Kellen, Kelvin, Kendall, Kingston, Knox, Koda, Kohen, Kolby, Kolten, Kolton, Konner, Konnor, Korbin, Kristopher, Kyler, Kymani, Kyree, Kyrie, Kyson
  • L: Lamar, Lance, Landen, Landon, Landry, Landyn, Lane, Langston, Larry, Layne, Leandro, Leif, Legend, Leonel, Leroy, Lionel, London, Luciano, Lyric
  • M: Mack, Madden, Maddux, Major, Makai, Malcolm, Marcelo, Marcos, Markus, Marquis, Marvin, Maurice, Mauricio, Maximiliano, Maximo, Maxton, Mayson, Mekhi, Melvin, Memphis, Merrick, Messiah, Micheal, Misael, Moises, Moshe
  • N: Nash, Nasir, Nehemiah, Neymar, Nickolas, Nikolai, Nixon, Noe
  • P: Pablo, Paxton, Peyton, Pierce, Porter, Princeton
  • Q: Quentin, Quincy, Quinton
  • R: Raiden, Ramiro, Ramon, Randy, Rayden, Raylan, Reed, Reese, Remington, Rene, Rey, Rhett, Ricky, Ridge, Roberto, Rodney, Rodrigo, Rogelio, Roger, Roland, Rolando, Ronin, Rowen, Roy, Royal, Royce, Russell, Ryker, Rylan, Ryland
  • S: Sage, Salvador, Salvatore, Santana, Santos, Sawyer, Seamus, Sergio, Shawn, Shepherd, Shiloh, Silas, Sincere, Skylar, Skyler, Sterling, Stetson, Steve, Sutton, Sylas
  • T: Tadeo, Talon, Tanner, Tatum, Terrance, Terrell, Terrence, Terry, Thaddeus, Thatcher, Titan, Titus, Trace, Trent, Trenton, Trevor, Trey, Tripp, Tristen, Tristian, Tucker, Turner, Ty
  • U: Ulises, Uriah, Uriel, Urijah
  • V: Valentin, Van, Vance, Vaughn, Vicente
  • W: Walker, Waylon, Wayne, Wesson, Westin, Westley, Weston, Wilder, Willie
  • X: Xzavier
  • Y: Yahir, Yehuda, Yisroel, Yosef
  • Z: Zaiden, Zaire, Zechariah, Zeke, Zyaire

Thoughts on these names?  Let me know in the comments!  I’ll post the girls’ names soon.

Names in the English/Welsh Top 1000 that Aren’t in the United States Top 1000 (Boys)

Over the past few days I’ve been sifting through the new English and Welsh baby name data so I can compare to the U.S. list.  Mainly, I want to get a sense of what makes a more distinctly “British” or “American” name.  It’s also fun because there are so many names on the English and Welsh lists that I’ve never even heard before!

Although the U.S. is the only country that really advertises its top 1000 most popular baby names, England and Wales release enough data and reflect a large enough population that we can easily view their top 1000 too.  Yay! 

Here is a list of every boys’ name that appeared in the England and Welsh top 1000 for 2016 but *not* in the American top 1000.  

  • A: Aadam, Aahil, Aariz, Aaryan, Aayan, Abbas, Abdirahman, Abdul, Abdullahi, Abdulrahman, Abdurrahman, Abu, Abubakar, Abubakr, Addison,* Adem, Adil, Adnan, Adyan, Ahyan, Ajay, Alastair, Albi, Albie, Alby, Aleksander, Alessio, Alexandre, Alexandros, Alexandru, Alfie, Alfie-James, Amaan, Aman, Amar, Amin, Ammar, Anas, Andreas, Andrei, Aneurin, Angus, Antoni, Antony, Aran, Archibald, Archie, Arham, Ariyan, Arjan, Armaan, Arman, Arnie, Arnold, Aronas, Arran, Artur, Arun, Ashley,* Aston, Aubrey,* Ayan, Ayaz, Ayman, Ayrton, Ayub, Ayyub, Azaan
  • B: Bailey,* Baran, Barnaby, Barney, Bartosz, Baxter, Bear, Benas, Benedict, Benny, Bernard, Bertie, Bilal, Bobbie, Boris, Bowie, Brogan, Brooklyn, Bryn, Buddy, Buster
  • C: Caelan, Caiden, Caio, Calum, Caspar, Casper, Caspian, Charley, Che, Chester, Cian, Ciaran, Cillian, Coby, Cormac
  • D: Danielius, Daniyal, Danyal, Dawid, Dawood, Dawud, Deen, Denis, Deniz, Denny, Dev, Dhruv, Dilan, Dion, Domas, Dominykas, Dougie
  • E: Eben, Edmund, Eduard, Eesa, Eisa, Eliot, Elis, Elvis, Elwood, Emil, Emir, Emre, Emrys, Eoin, Eren, Ernie, Eryk, Esa, Eshaan, Eshan, Essa, Etienne, Euan, Ewan
  • F: Faizan, Farhan, Faris, Fergus, Filip, Finlay, Fionn, Francesco, Franciszek, Frankie,* Franky, Fraser, Frazer, Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Fredrick, Fynn
  • G: Gene, Georgie, Gerard, Gethin, Griff, Guy
  • H: Haaris, Hadi, Hadley,* Haider, Hamish, Hamzah, Hari, Haris, Harlow,* Haroon, Harri, Harlen, Harun, Hasan, Hashim, Hashir, Hasnain, Haydn, Henley,* Henri, Herbert, Herbie, Hubert, Huey, Hughie, Hussain, Huw, Huzaifa
  • I: Ianis, Ibraheem, Idrees, Idris, Iestyn, Ieuan, Igor, Ilyas, Imran, Ioan, Iosif, Isa, Ishaaq, Ishaq, Ismaeel, Ismail, Ivo, Ivor, Iwan
  • J: Jac, Jago, Jai, Jakub, Jamie,* Jan, Jaxx, Jaydan, Jaydon, Jeevan, Jenson, Jonny, Josef, Josh, Jovan
  • K: Kabir, Kacper, Kaelan, Kairo, Kaiser, Kajus, Kamil, Karam, Karol, Kasper, Kaya,* Kayan, Kaylan, Kaylen, Kenzie,* Keon, Keyaan, Kiaan, Kieron, Kit, Kiyan, Klay, Kobi, Kobie, Koby, Kodi, Konrad, Krystian, Krzysztof, Ksawery, Kuba, Kurtis, Kush, Kyan, Kyran, Kyron
  • L: Laith, Laurence, Lennie, Lenny, Leopold, Lewie, Leyton, Lloyd, Loki, Lorcan, Lowen, Lucien, Luqman
  • M: Maciej, Mackenzie,* Macsen, Mahdi, Mahir, Maksim, Maksymilian, Malachy, Manveer, Matas, Matei, Mateusz, Maxime, Maximillian, Mckenzie,* Md, Mehmet, Michal, Mikaeel, Mikail, Mikey, Mikolaj, Mohamad, Montague, Montgomery, Monty, Muhammed, Mylo
  • N: Natan, Nataniel, Nate, Ned, Neo, Niall, Niam, Nikita, Nikodem, Noa,* Nojus
  • O: Oisin, Olaf, Olivier, Oliwier, Ollie, Olly, Omer, Orson, Osian, Oskar, Osman, Owain, Owais
  • P: Paddy, Patryk, Percy, Piotr, Presley*
  • Q: Qasim
  • R: Raees, Rafe, Rafferty, Raheem, Raife, Raja, Ralphie, Ralphy, Ranveer, Rares, Rayaan, Rayyan, Reagan,* Reegan, Regan, Reggie, Rehan, Reign,* Remi, Rian, Richie, Rico, Ridwan, Riley-James, Rio, Rishi, Robbie, Robin, Rogan, Rome, Ronny, Roscoe, Roshan, Ross, Ruairi, Rudi, Rueben, Rufus, Rupert, Rylee,* Ryley
  • S: Safwan, Sai, Saif, Sahib, Sahil, Salman, Sami, Saxon, Seb, Sebastien, Shae, Shay, Shayan, Shayaan, Shea, Sheikh, Shiv, Sidney, Simeon, Sol, Stanislaw, Steffan, Subhaan, Subhan, Sufyan, Sulaiman, Sulayman, Sultan, Syed, Szymon
  • T: Taha, Talha, Taylan, Ted, Teddie, Teddy, Teo, Teodor, Theodor, Theon, Tiago, Tom, Tomasz, Tommy, Tommy-Lee, Tomos, Tudor, Tyler-James, Tymon, Tymoteusz, Tyrese
  • U: Umair, Umar, Usman, Uzair
  • V: Veer, Viktor, Vinnie, Vinny, Vlad
  • W: Waleed, Wiktor, Wilbur, Wilf, Wilfred, Wojciech, Woody
  • Y: Yanis, Yaqub, Yaseen, Yash, Yasin, Yasir, Youssef, Yousuf, Yunus, Yuvraj
  • Z: Zac, Zach, Zack, Zak, Zakaria, Zakariya, Zakariyah, Zakariyya, Zaki, Zayaan, Zayan, Zayd, Zayyan, Zephaniah, Zidan, Ziggy

*Asterisks follow names that are actually popular in the U.S. as girls’ names only (the purpose of this list is to sort out the differences between the boys’ lists).  Many of those names began as men’s names or surnames and have since shifted or flipped to the women’s side.  Additionally, Regan (although not currently in U.S. fashion) is a women’s name from Shakespeare, yet somehow she’s only popular as a boys’ name in her home country! 

Thoughts?  I’m going to post their American counterparts later, and hopefully I’ll have sorted the girls’ lists by the end of the week!

For this post, I compared Office for National Statistics data against Social Security Administration data.

Top 10 Baby Names of Various English-Speaking Countries (2016)

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Today the Office of National Statistics released the most popular baby names of England and Wales in 2016!  Here’s the combined top 10 for girls:

  1. Olivia (+1 rank change); replaced Amelia as #1
  2. Amelia (-1 rank change)
  3. Emily (0 rank change)
  4. Isla (0)
  5. Ava (0)
  6. Isabella (+2)
  7. Lily (new; +6).  Lily expelled Poppy from the top 10…who knew Highlander jokes could apply to flower names?
  8. Jessica (-1)
  9. Ella (-3)
  10. Mia (-1).

And the combined top 10 for boys:

  1. Oliver (0)
  2. Harry (+1)
  3. George (+1)
  4. Jack (-2)
  5. Jacob (0)
  6. Noah (+1)
  7. Charlie (-1)
  8. Muhammad (+4; new).  Replaces William
  9. Thomas (0)
  10. Oscar (0)

The ONS also releases separate English and Welsh top 100 lists.  

Here’s the top 10 for England:


  1. Olivia (+1)
  2. Amelia (-1)
  3. Emily (0)
  4. Isla (0)
  5. Ava (0)
  6. Jessica (0)
  7. Isabella (+1)
  8. Lily (+5; new); replaces Poppy
  9. Ella (-2)
  10. Mia (0)


  1. Oliver (0)
  2. George (+2)
  3. Harry (+1)
  4. Jack (-2)
  5. Jacob (+1)
  6. Noah (+2)
  7. Charlie (-2)
  8. Muhammad (+4; new); replaces William
  9. Thomas (-2)
  10. Oscar (0)

And for Wales:


  1. Olivia (+1)
  2. Amelia (-1)
  3. Ella (+3)
  4. Ava (-1)
  5. Isla (-1)
  6. Emily (-1)
  7. Evie (+4)
  8. Mia (-1)
  9. Lily (0)
  10. Isabelle (+8); replaces Isabella.  An equal number of girls were named Sophia and Isabelle in 2016, but Isabelle lands herself in the top 10 through alphabetic seniority.


  1. Oliver (0)
  2. Jacob (0)
  3. Noah (+2)
  4. Jack (0)
  5. Oscar (+2)
  6. Harry (+3)
  7. Charlie (-4)
  8. Alfie (-2)
  9. George (0)
  10. William (-2)

Scotland and Northern Ireland release their own lists at different points in the year despite belonging to the United Kingdom.

Scotland’s Top 10:


  1. Olivia (+2)
  2. Emily (-1)
  3. Sophie (-1)
  4. Isla (0)
  5. Ava (+1)
  6. Amelia (+1)
  7. Jessica (-2)
  8. Ella (0)
  9. Lucy (0)
  10. Charlotte (+11; new); replaces Lily


  1. Jack (0)
  2. James (+1)
  3. Oliver (-1)
  4. Lewis (0)
  5. Noah (+10; new)
  6. Logan (+2)
  7. Harry (+9; new)
  8. Alexander (-3)
  9. Leo (+4; new)
  10. Charlie (-4)

Noah, Harry, and Leo replaced Lucas, Harris, and Daniel.

Northern Ireland’s Top 10:

  1. Emily (0)
  2. Grace (+1)
  3. Olivia (+2)
  4. Anna (+2)
  5. Sophie (-1)
  6. Lily (+9; new)
  7. Amelia (0)
  8. Ella (-6)
  9. Ava (+1)
  10. Sophia (+2; new); replaces Aoife


  1. James (+1)
  2. Jack (-1)
  3. Oliver (+3)
  4. Charlie (-1)
  5. Noah (-2)
  6. Harry (+2)
  7. Jacob (+5; new)
  8. Daniel (-3)
  9. Matthew (-2)
  10. Alfie (+3; new).

Jacob and Alfie replaced Thomas and Jake

Now let’s step outside the U.K. and look at the Republic of Ireland’s Top 10 Baby Names for 2016. 


  1. Emily (0)
  2. Grace (+6)
  3. Ava (0)
  4. Lucy (+4)
  5. Sophie (-1)
  6. Amelia (0)
  7. Emma (-5)
  8. Mia (+2)
  9. Hannah (+3; new)
  10. Lily (+1; new)

Hannah and Lily replaced Chloe and Ella.


  1. James (+1)
  2. Jack (-1)
  3. Conor (+1)
  4. Daniel (0)
  5. Sean (0)
  6. Noah (+1)
  7. Adam (-1)
  8. Oisin (+4; new); replaces Charlie
  9. Michael (-1)
  10. Luke (0)

New Zealand also has a list.


  1. Olivia (0)
  2. Charlotte (0)
  3. Isla (+4)
  4. Harper (+1)
  5. Ella (+1)
  6. Amelia (+3)
  7. Emily (-2)
  8. Mia (0)
  9. Sophie (-5)
  10. Ava (+5; new); replaces Isabella


  1. Oliver (0)
  2. Jack (0)
  3. William (0)
  4. Mason (+2)
  5. James (-1)
  6. Hunter (+1)
  7. Noah (+4; new)
  8. Lucas (+6; new)
  9. Leo (+15; new)
  10. Max (+3; new)

Noah, Lucas, Leo, and Max replaced Jacob, Liam, Charlie, and Benjamin

Unfortunately, neither Canada nor Australia have official national lists.  Individual provinces produce their data every year, but I don’t think they all do.  That said, we can always make comparisons with the U.S. list! 

U.S. Top 10:


  1. Emma (0)
  2. Olivia (0)
  3. Ava (+1)
  4. Sophia (-1)
  5. Isabella (0)
  6. Mia (0)
  7. Charlotte (+2)
  8. Abigail (-1)
  9. Emily (-1)
  10. Harper (0)


  1. Noah (0)
  2. Liam (0)
  3. William (+2)
  4. Mason (-1)
  5. James (+2)
  6. Benjamin (+4)
  7. Jacob (-3)
  8. Michael (+1)
  9. Elijah (+2; new); replaces Alexander
  10. Ethan (-4)

Thoughts?  It’s always interesting to see which names are especially popular in some places compared to others. 

Sources / Where you can find the data:



Rare ‘C’ Names for Boys

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Here are some rare ‘C’ names for boys used in 2016!  I posted the girls’ list a few days ago…and although there were more girls’ names for me to sort through, the boys’ names were harder to narrow down.  To keep these lists at a reasonable length, I try to select only the most interesting rare names for you to think about.  My problem is that they’re all interesting! 

All the names below belong to baby boys born in the U.S. last year.  The blue-coded names were used overwhelmingly for boys, while the purple-coded names are unisex (within my parameters; 90% usage or less for one gender and 10% or more for the other).

  • 150-201 boys named: Chevy, Colson, Cillian, Cormac, Cortez, Caspian, Cian, Caius
  • 100-149: Cristobal, Coy, Carver, Cashton, Canyon, Carmine, Calder, Coby, CallahanCourtney, Constantine, Cecil
  • 50-99: Chancellor, Clifton, Canon, Clive, Casper, Caesar, Chester, Conley, Carmello, Chayton, Conan, Carsten, Ciaran, Croix, Charleston, Conway, Colston, Clarke, Crawford, Claude, Clement
  • 25-49: Charbel, Christos, Collier, Creighton, Cavan, Crimson, Cove, Conall, Corwin, Carlin, Carlisle, Cassiel, Champ, Cage, Carlito, Coda, Copeland, Courtland, Cutler, Cary, Chauncey, Christ, Cutter, Claudio, Captain, Chosen, Cloud, Curren, Caedmon, Copper, Cashmere, Casimir, Castor, Chapman, Chidubem, Colm, Creek, Cross, Can, Canton, Champion, Caliber, Calix, Chesky, Cache, Celso, Cheskel, Corinthian
  • 15-24: Caelum, Coulter, Cuyler, Cleveland, Cecilio, Calloway, Cheikh, Conlan, Cosmo, Cayman, Creedence, Carlson, Caspar, Cassian, Cliff, Crixus, Cruzito, Carder, Chukwuemeka, Coltrane, Colvin, Cotton, Cato, Chief, Cinch, Camillo, Celestino, Chip, Calogero, Castle, Che, Chevelle, Clancy, Corbett, Courage, Crispin, Cuauhtemoc
  • 10-14: Calixto, Cartel, Charlton, Coal, Cyprian, Chan, Cobain, Curry, Cesare, Chatham, Cisco, Cordarius, Cruise, Caio, Cambridge, Candido, Chadrick, Chavez, Cordero, Crockett, Czar, Camp, Carroll, Chetan, Cope, Cyprus
  • 8-9: Candelario, Carmichael, Cephas, Chamberlain, Corion, Coyote, Crowley, Cung, Calcifer, Calhoun, Catcher, Cheveyo, Chigozie, Claiborne, Clovis, Constantinos
  • 7: Cabot, Caillou, Cameo, Cavalli, Chiedozie, Chipper, Chiron, Cipriano, Columbus, Corrado, Corvus, Craven
  • 6: Calvary, Calvert, Cavanaugh, Charming, Church, Cletus, Clever, Compton, Connolly, Cosimo, Crown, Cypher
  • 5: Caffrey, Caldwell, Caliph, Calixtro, Calyx, Camper, Candler, Carbon, Chanson, Chaplin, Chenyu, Chimaobim, Chirag, Chisum, Choice, Chrisander, Coast, Colburn, Corny, Cosmas, Coven, Crusoe


  • Carroll only appears as a boys’ name in last year’s data.
  • Although the word “chipper” can mean “cheerful,” as a name Chipper just makes me think of that scene in Fargo.  Yikes!  
  • Chanson means “song” in French.  A little surprising that it appears as a boys’ name, but the primary association is possibly La Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland).
  • Cavalli means “horses” in Italian.  Not “horse,” but “horses.”  Should make travel quite interesting.
  • Craven is another word for “cowardly.”  It’s an odd, unusable name even by my standards.

What do you think?  Do you have any favorites?  Least-favorites?  Let me know in the comments!