Something I’ve noticed while perusing the United States extended data is the prevalence of baby names related to money. I’m not a huge fan of this name theme, but it yields some interesting results! Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all the other post-Thanksgiving deal days that detract from the true spirit of the Holidays, this post seems (unfortunately) fitting for this time of year. Cynicism aside…
Florin – Hasn’t appeared in SSA data since 2003. The florin was a popular medieval European currency.
Lira – 30 girls; currency of Italy (pre-Euro) and Turkey. Pronounced “lee-ruh.”
Mark – #195; Germany (pre-Euro).
Naira – 57 girls; Nigeria.
Quetzal – 5 boys; Guatemala. The Resplendent Quetzal is that country’s national bird and monetary namesake.
Rand – 11 girls and 21 boys; South Africa. Most people will probably think of Sen. Rand Paul before they think about South African money.
Sterling – #458; United Kingdom (Pounds Sterling). The TV series Archer saved this name from obscurity in the U.S.
Yuan – 7 girls, 8 boys; China.
Yen – 7 girls; Japan.
Zaire – #783; Zaïre. This currency is now defunct, plus the country changed its name to Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997. The name spiked that year, interestingly enough.
Cash – #253. This most popular of monetary baby names took off after Johnny Cash died, though I can’t tell whether this name is meant more as a throwback to country music or capitalism. Cash has led to derivations like Cashton (135 boys) and Cashlynn (11 girls). The name Cassius has various alternate spellings that include “cash,” but they may be phonetic and unrelated to the name Cash itself.
Denarius – 7 boys; Ancient Roman coin. Denarius Moore played with the Oakland Raiders from 2011 to 2014.
Dinero – 19 boys. Dinero is the Spanish word for money.
Penny – #693. Penny returned to the top 1000 in 2013, the same year that Penelope entered the top 100 for the first time.
Silver – 50 girls; 12 boys. Don’t be that person who names a child Sterling Silver.
Tuppence – A corruption of “two-pence,” this is a strictly (albeit rare) British name. Agatha Christie had a character called Tuppence (whose name was really Prudence). Another potential namesake is actress Tuppence Middleton.
Fortune – 11 girls, 5 boys.
Prosperity – 6 girls. I normally love Puritan-style virtue names, but this makes me think too much of the ‘Prosperity Gospel.’ 😦
Rich – 17 boys. Using Rich as a formal name might seem conceited, so put Richard on the birth certificate instead and use Rich as a nickname.
Wealthy – Hasn’t appeared since 1941.
Worth – 12 boys.
Araminta – Last appeared in 2015. Use this in reference to “mints,” or places where money is produced.
Crown – 6 boys; can refer to any currencies (especially Scandinavian) whose name translates to “crown” or “crowns.”
Damoney – 7 boys.
Dinara – 5 girls; in reference to the “dinar,” a currency mostly used in countries whose land previously belonged to the Ottoman Empire. Dinara itself seems to have been a (more ancient) coin, and the word dinar ultimately derives from the Latin denarius.
Florence – 246 girls; In reference to the medieval Florin.
Florian – 18 boys; also in reference to the Florin. Florian is a very popular baby name in Austria.
Frank – #353; Swiss Franc, along with the pre-Euro Belgian Franc.
Franklin – #423; $100 or Franc.
Hamilton – 97 boys; $10/1st secretary of the Treasury.
Millicent – 119 girls. It contains ‘cent,’ doesn’t it?
Monique – #923; More subtle than naming a child Money.
Ruby – #71. As in “ruble” (Russia) or “rupee” (India), though I suppose one can pay in rubies.
Vincent – #104; see Millicent.
Personally, I think the name Jackson (#17) should be avoided if naming a child after money. On the other hand, Centurion could be a fun way of incorporating “cent!”
As I said at the beginning of this post, this isn’t my favorite name theme. If the purpose of the baby name is to advertise the family’s riches (or lack thereof), it’s tacky. However, there is something to be said about naming children in the hopes that they’ll be successful: it’s not wrong to desire posterity’s wealth and good fortune. Money-themed names can even be cool choices for coin-collecting parents. Truly, it’s about intent.
What do you think about money-themed baby names? Are there any you would add to this list? Let me know!