Boys’ Names Popular in Only One State in 2017

Screen Shot 2018-05-30 at 4.17.16 PMSome baby names are popular everywhere; others are local favorites.  Here is a list of boys’ names that were in the top 100 for just one U.S. state or Washington, D.C. in 2017!  I’ve also posted a list of girls’ names like this.

Alaska: Conrad, Paul

Arizona: Francisco

Arkansas: Kaden

California: Matteo

Connecticut: Jake

District of Columbia: Jeremy, Oscar

Florida: Bryan

Hawaii: Kaimana, Kainalu, Kainoa, Kaleo

Maine: Colby

Michigan: Ali

Mississippi: Braylen, Dallas, Kaleb, Princeton

Montana: Augustus, Warren

Nebraska: Barrett

New Jersey: Chaim, Yosef

New Mexico: Andres, Marcos

New York: Abraham, Muhammad

North Dakota: Mohamed

Rhode Island: Enzo

South Dakota: Briggs, Edward, Jax, Lane

Texas: Emmanuel

Utah: Benson, Boston, Milo, Porter

Vermont: Asa, Charlie, Finley

West Virginia: Clayton, Gunner

Wyoming: Conner, Damien, Dean, Gideon, Grant, Jaxton, Killian, Kyle, Tanner

Notes:

  • Every name that was only popular in Hawaii last year is also rare in the U.S.
  • Every name on this list that was rare last year nationally was a top 100 name in Hawaii.
  • Compare to the 2016 list.

Thoughts?  Surprises?  Let me know in the comments!

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Popular Boys’ Names in 1917 *and* 2017

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Do you want to give your baby a name from 100 years ago that’s still usable today?  Here is a list of all the boys’ names that were popular (i.e. in the U.S. top 1000) in both 2017 and 1917!  You can also read my list of popular girls’ names from both years.

A: Aaron, Abel, Abraham, Abram, Adam, Adrian, Alan, Albert, Alberto, Alden, Aldo, Alec*, Alex, Alexander, Alfonso, Alfred, Alfredo, Allan, Allen, Alonzo, Alvin, Amos, Anderson, Andres, Andrew, Andy, Angel, Angelo, Anthony, Anton, Antonio, Arlo, Armando, Aron, Arthur, Arturo*, Asa, August, Augustine, Augustus, Austin, Avery

B: Ben, Benjamin, Bennett, Benson, Benton, Billy, Blaine, Bobby, Bradley, Brady, Brooks, Bruce, Bruno, Bryan, Bryant, Byron

C: Caleb*, Calvin, Carl, Carlos, Carmelo, Carson, Carter, Charles, Charlie, Chris, Christian, Christopher, Clark, Clay, Clayton, Clyde, Coleman, Conrad, Craig, Curtis, Cyrus

D: Dallas, Dalton, Daniel, Danny, Dante, Darrell, Darwin, David, Davis, Dayton, Dean, Dennis, Denver, Dexter, Dominic, Dominick, Donald, Douglas, Duncan

E: Eddie, Edgar, Edison, Edward, Edwin, Eli, Elias, Elijah, Elisha, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis, Emanuel, Emerson, Emery, Emilio, Emmet, Emmett, Emmitt, Emory, Enoch, Enrique, Eric, Ernest, Ernesto, Eugene, Evan, Everett, Ezekiel, Ezra

F: Felipe, Felix, Fernando, Finley*, Fletcher, Ford, Forrest, Foster, Francis, Francisco, Frank, Frankie*, Franklin, Frederick

G: Gabriel, Garrett, Gary, George, Gerald, Gordon, Grady, Graham, Grant, Gregory

H: Harlan, Harley, Harold, Harrison, Harry, Harvey, Hayden, Hayes*, Hector, Henry, Hezekiah*, Houston, Howard, Hudson, Hugh, Hugo, Hunter

I: Ignacio*, Ira, Isaac, Isaiah, Israel, Ivan

J: Jack, Jackson, Jacob, Jake, James, Jason, Jasper, Jay, Jefferson, Jeremiah, Jerome, Jerry, Jesse, Jessie, Jesus, Jimmy, Joe, Joel, John, Johnny, Jonas, Jonathan, Jordan*, Jose, Joseph, Joshua, Juan, Judson, Julian, Julio, Julius, Junior, Justin

K: Keith, Kendall, Kenneth, King, Kyle

L: Lamar, Larry, Lawrence, Lawson, Lee, Leland, Leo, Leon, Leonard, Leroy, Levi, Lewis, Lincoln, Lionel, Logan, Lorenzo, Louie, Louis, Lucian, Luis, Luke, Lyle

M: Mack, Major, Malcolm, Manuel, Marcel, Marcus, Mario, Mark, Marshall, Martin, Marvin, Mason, Mathew, Matt, Matthew, Maurice, Max, Maxwell, Melvin, Michael, Micheal, Miguel, Mike*, Milan, Miles, Miller, Milo, Mitchell, Morgan, Moses, Myles

N: Nathan, Nathaniel, Neil, Nelson, Nicholas, Nickolas, Nicolas*, Noah, Noel, Nolan

O: Oakley*, Oliver, Omar, Orlando, Oscar, Otis, Otto, Owen

P: Pablo, Parker, Patrick, Paul, Pedro, Peter, Philip, Phillip, Pierce, Porter, Preston, Prince

Q: Quentin, Quincy

R: Rafael, Ramon, Randall*, Raphael, Raul, Ray, Raymond, Reed, Reese, Reginald, Reid*, Rene, Reuben, Rex, Ricardo*, Richard, Riley, Robert, Roberto, Rodney, Roger, Rocco, Roland, Roman, Romeo, Ronald, Roy, Royal, Royce, Ruben, Rudy, Russell

S: Salvador, Salvatore, Sam, Samuel, Santiago, Santos, Saul, Scott, Sebastian, Seth, Silas, Simon, Solomon, Spencer, Stanley, Stephen, Sterling, Steven

T: Taylor, Terry, Thaddeus, Theo, Theodore, Thomas, Timothy, Tomas, Tommy, Tony, Travis, Troy

V: Van, Vance, Vaughn, Victor, Vincent, Vincenzo*

W: Wade, Walker, Walter, Warren, Wayne, Wesley, Weston, Will, William, Willie, Wilson, Winston, Wyatt

Notes:

  • *Alec, Arturo, Caleb, Finley, Hayes, Hezekiah, Ignacio, Jordan, Nicolas, Oakley, Quincy, Reid, Ricardo, and Vincenzo were new and/or returning in 1917.  Frankie, Mike, and Randall returned to the top 1000 in 2017.
  • 379 (37.9%) of the 1000 most popular boys’ names in 2017 were also popular in 1917.
  • The initials with the greatest percentage of shared boys’ names between 1917 and 2017:
    1. O: 72.72%
    2. P: 70.59%
    3. W: 68.42%
    4. H: 65.38%
    5. E: 65.22%
  • And the initials with the smallest percentage of boys’ names shared between the 1917 and 2017 lists:
    1. U/X/Y/Z: 0%; no shared names between 1917 and 2017
    2. K: 6.94%
    3. B: 25%
    4. C: 26.92%
    5. D: 30.65%

Thoughts?  Are you surprised by any of these?  For me, it’s interesting to see how archaic many of these so-called modern baby names (especially the surnames) actually are.

Rare ‘Z’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-05-10 at 7.38.57 PMWe’re finally at the end of this series!  Over the past year, I’ve compiled alphabetically-organized selections of interesting rare baby names from 2016.  Now, we’re not only at letter 26, but we’re imminently expecting the next data release.  Tomorrow morning (May 11th), the Social Security Administration releases its data for the most popular baby names of 2017.  I’m so excited…are you? 🙂

Here are just some of the rare ‘Z’ names given to babies in the U.S. in 2016:

Girls

  • 150-218 named: Zoya, Zayla, Zola, Zaya, Zadie, Zahara, Zora, Zella, Zaina
  • 100-149: Zia, Ziva, Zinnia, Zuleyka, Zyana, Zayda, Zyla
  • 50-99: Zayna, Zelie, Zakiyah, Zipporah, Zarina, Zya, Zamora, Zamiyah, Zhuri, Zoelle, Zaliyah
  • 25-49: Zena, Zada, Zamya, Zenobia, Zeynep, Zari, Zoha, Zamaya, Zyra, Zoi, Zulema, Zuria, Zaelynn, Zahira, Zenaida, Zamira, Zoriah, Zahava, Zana, Zuzanna, Zalayah, Zunairah, Zahria, Zaidee, Zina, Zyanya, Zyasia, Zanylah, Zlata, Zuleika
  • 10-24: Zenia, Zeva, Ziona, Zowie, Zurisadai, Zamara, Zanna, Zelena, Zulay, Zelia, Zissy, Zoraya, Zakayla, Zareen, Zadaya, Zarielle, Zeenat, Zehra, Zoella, Zaia, Zalia, Zania, Zayana, Zosia, Zanovia, Zo, Zabrina, Zhara, Zillah, Zoila, Zully, Zamyra, Zarai, Zuzu, Zariana, Zenovia, Zetta, Ziara, Zala, Zayanna, Zeriah, Zhane, Zamzam, Zaylani, Zelina, Zita, Zykeria, Zaaliyah, Zelma, Zayleen, Zeeva, Zellie, Zeniya, Zabella, Zafirah, Zanae, Zaneta, Zannah, Zaray, Zariel, Zawadi, Zema, Zera, Zeta, Zimal, Zinachimdi, Zixi, Zylie
  • 9: Zea, Zehava, Zineb, Ziomara, Zohar, Zolie, Zona, Zoraida, Zriyah, Zula, Zulma, Zyann, Zyelle, Zylynn
  • 8: Zarahi, Zhia, Zniyah, Zoelys, Zorianna, Zsazsa, Zuleimy, Zyva
  • 7: Zabdi, Zareth, Zatanna, Zavia, Zeidy, Zephora, Zhoemi, Ziani, Zinaya, Zirwa, Zitlali, Zonnique
  • 6: Zamina, Zaveah, Zeda, Zephyra, Zeplyn, Ziqi, Zitong, Zoanna, Zuhur, Zurielle, Zyriana, Zyrie
  • 5: Zaelie, Zafiro, Zafreen, Zahida, Zahniyah, Zamiaya, Zanasia, Zariha, Zarlish, Zela, Zelaya, Zelene, Zerelda, Zhaniya, Zhen, Zianne, Zikra, Zing, Zixuan, Zizi, Zlaty, Zoa, Zoeigh, Zorrie, Zumra, Zynae

Boys

  • 100-186 named: Zahir, Zamir, Zev, Zakai, Zephaniah, Zavion, Zaylen, Zeus, Zephyr, Zabdiel, Zaden, Zakariya
  • 50-99: Zyler, Zacharias, Zen, Zeppelin, Zuriel, Zamari, Zade
  • 25-49: Zamarion, Zylen, Ziyad, Ziggy, Zidane, Zaki, Zacchaeus, Zaydin, Zayyan, Ziad, Zian, Zedekiah, Zaxton, Zekiel, Zohan, Zeb, Zeno, Zlatan, Zymere
  • 10-24: Zahid, Zebulon, Zubair, Zadok, Zamar, Zealand, Zadrian, Zaeem, Zarek, Zebediah, Zeth, Zadkiel, Zalen, Zebulun, Zaryan, Zebadiah, Zohaib, Zorawar, Zephan, Zalman, Zenon, Zoltan, Zoran, Zael, Zaviyar, Zani, Zaniel, Zarian, Zed, Zenith, Zigmund, Zvi, Zyden, Zyheir, Zymeir, Zadiel, Zaim, Zichen, Zyron, Zaccai, Zafir, Zende, Zinedine, Zorian, Zuko, Zyking, Zaquan, Zaylor, Zayon, Zebedee
  • 9: Zahran, Zai, Zairus, Zeal, Zeddicus, Zeeshan, Zeon, Zeph, Zihan, Zikora, Zyrell
  • 8: Zabriel, Zandon, Zavin, Zebastian, Zeven, Zimri, Zisha, Zyrion
  • 7: Zacharius, Zadquiel, Zahi, Zakyrie, Zarif, Zaron, Zaul, Zerek, Zishan, Ziv, Zixuan, Zoraiz, Zoraver, Zubin, Zuhaib
  • 6: Zae, Zale, Zam, Zantiago, Zarin, Zarrar, Zay, Zelig, Zevin, Zi, Ziheng, Zyquan
  • 5: Zaevon, Zafar, Zahkeem, Zakaiden, Zalan, Zamil, Zaxon, Zaymar, Zayshaun, Zedric, Zephyrus, Zethan, Zihao, Zimo, Zirui, Ziyang, Zoel, Zolton, Zurich

Do you have a favorite rare ‘Z’ name?  Let me know!  And thank you for following along this series of unusual baby names.

Rare ‘X’ and ‘Y’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-05-09 at 6.36.19 PMThe 2017 baby name data comes out in just two more days (May 11th), so I’m finishing up my series of initial-sorted rare names from 2016!  Here is a selection of rare ‘X’ and ‘Y’ names given to babies in the U.S. two years ago, according to extended data from the Social Security Administration.  I’ll post the rare ‘Z’ names tomorrow.

X

Girls

  • 50-257 named: Xiomara, Xena, Xitlali, Xochitl, Xyla, Xenia
  • 10-49: Xaria, Xareni, Xia, Xandria, Xariah, Xylia, Xavia, Xandra, Xaniah, Xin, Xayla, Xiara, Xinyi
  • 8-9: Xamira, Xaniyah, Xela, Xiana, Xariyah, Xaviera, Xianna, Xolani, Xyliana
  • 5-7: Xea, Xola, Xania, Xanthe, Xarielys, Xaylee, Xochi, Xcaret, Xiaoxi, Xitlalic

Boys

  • 25-122 named: Xavi, Xaiden, Xavian, Xavion, Xion
  • 10-24: Xaiver, Xadrian, Xayvion, Xerxes, Xyler, Xian, Xylan, Xabi, Xachary
  • 7-9: Xabier, Xhaiden, Xadiel, Xuan, Xaire
  • 5-6: Xylon, Xain, Xamir, Xan, Xavius, Xiang

 

Y

Girls

  • 150-205 named: Yaritza, Yesenia, Yazmin, Yara, Yasmine
  • 100-149: Yuna, Yaneli, Yusra, Yvonne, Yvette
  • 50-99: Yatziri, Yolanda, Yurani, Yasmeen, Yuri, Yana, Yitty, Yamila, Yadira, Yocheved, Yahaira, Yehudis, Yasmina, Yatzil, Yelena, Yaiza, Yuritzi
  • 25-49: Yohana, Yanet, Yareni, Yumi, Yelitza, Yides, Yetzali, Yanira, Yui, Yeimy, Yuki, Yashvi, Yaneth, Yuridia, Yashika
  • 10-24: Yari, Yeva, Yumna, Yaelis, Yamilex, Yuriana, Yarielis, Yemaya, Yakira, Yanelis, Yesli, Yaira, Yaquelin, Yeshia, Yilia, Yliana, Yoana, Yalena, Yaslin, Yeily, Yulieth, Yuvia, Yani, Yaritzi, Yemariam, Yaileen, Yazaira, Yeilyn, Yuleimy, Yazhini, Yazlynn, Yilin, Yissel, Yuritza, Yutong, Yvaine, Yamina, Yaneisy, Yarexi, Yachet, Yareliz, Yariana, Yeraldin, Ytzel, Yukari
  • 9: Yashira, Yasna, Yenifer, Yenty, Yihan, Yordanos
  • 8: Yancy, Yanessa, Yatzary, Yaxeni, Yaz, Yena, Yitta, Yixin, Yiyi, Yuhan, Yuktha, Yuval
  • 7: Yakelin, Yalexa, Yalina, Yalini, Yamile, Yanai, Yanitza, Yariah, Yasira, Yazleemar, Yeabsira, Yehudit, Yen, Yesha, Yittel, Yoali, Yoltzin, Yoyo, Ysela, Yunalesca, Yuni, Yuriko, Yuxi, Yuxin
  • 6: Yafa, Yarden, Yaritzel, Yarlin, Yasina, Yasmely, Yasuri, Yatzari, Yeslin, Yeyetzi, Yiran, Yixuan, Yizel, Yorleny, Younique, Yumiko, Yunxi
  • 5: Yaa, Yabsera, Yagmur, Yaheli, Yahvi, Yalda, Yamani, Yardley, Yaribeth, Yarisbeth, Yashi, Yazbeth, Yazlene, Yeilani, Yifei, Ynez, Yodahe, Yoko, Yovana, Ysa, Yubin, Yuka, Yukina, Yukti, Yulani, Yumalay, Yun, Yunuen, Yuvika, Yuzuki

Boys

  • 100-201 named: Yael, Yadiel, Yaseen, Yitzchok, Yandel, Yasir, Yariel
  • 50-99: Yoandri, Yuvan, Yazan, Yash, Yuvraj, Yasser, Yechiel, Yannick, Yohan, Yunus
  • 25-49: Yerik, Yug, Yadier, Yahia, Yasiel, Yamir, Yamil, Yuvin, Yan, Yeshaya, Yafet, Yaniel, Yeray, Yossi, Yamen, Yanis, Yareth
  • 10-24: Yahshua, Yadriel, Yago, Yeiden, Yanni, Yassine, Yechezkel, Yann, Yanuel, Yaroslav, Yazid, Yates, Yuriel, Yaiden, Yazen, Yaziel, Yishai, Yoni, Yves, Yadir, Yuma, Yurem, Yerachmiel, Yobani, Yaman, Yaxiel, Yichen, Yonael, York, Yacine, Yandriel, Yaron, Yeab, Yeudiel, Yi, Yomar, Yu, Yancarlos, Yerick, Yeriel, Yida, Yifan, Yogi, Yugan, Yuto
  • 9: Yasmani, Yaw, Yohanan, Yostin, Yunior, Yuriy
  • 8: Yali, Yanky, Yetzael, Yoav, Yojan, Yordi, Yosgart, Yuan, Yuchen, Yuniel, Yunqi, Yusei
  • 7: Yabdiel, Yamato, Yedaiah, Yeico, Yian, Yiming, Yochanan, Youhance, Yonason, Yusha
  • 6: Yandell, Yaniv, Yashas, Yeiren, Yexian, Yicheng, Yidel, Yinuo, Yoshi, Yosmar, Yuvi, Yuxuan
  • 5: Yader, Yahveh, Yale, Yamajesty, Yancey, Yankel, Yao, Yaqeen, Yashwin, Yassiel, Yatniel, Yavier, Ye, Yedidya, Yekusiel, Yeltsin, Yiddy, Yigit, Yishay, Yissachar, Yiyang, Young, Yucheng, Yusufbek, Yusuke, Yuuki, Ywa

Do you have a favorite rare ‘X’ or ‘Y’ name?  Let me know!

Rare ‘U,’ ‘V,’ and ‘W’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-05-08 at 5.10.55 PMWith the new U.S. baby name data for 2017 coming out on Friday, and considering that relatively few names names start with letters at the end of the alphabet, I’ve combined rare ‘U,’ ‘V,’ and ‘W’ names from 2016 into a single post.  Enjoy! 

U

Girls

  • 25-115 named: Unique, Uma, Una, Unity, Ursula
  • 10-24: Ulani, Ulyana, Umaiza, Umaima, Urvi
  • 6-8: Ula, Umme, Umu, Urielle, Ursa
  • 5: Ualani, Ubah, Umi, Ummehani, Umrah, Urwa

Boys

  • 25-143 named: Ulysses, Usman, Uzziah, Usher, Urban, Ubaldo, Umair
  • 10-24: Uri, Uzziel, Ulrich, Uzair, Urias, Uthman, Umer
  • 6-9: Uchenna, Uzay, Uchechukwu, Ugonna, Ugochukwu, Upton, Utah, Uwais
  • 5: Udochuwku, Ujwal, Umarbek, Uros

V

Girls

  • 100-245 named: Viola, Violette, Vida, Violetta, Valencia
  • 50-99: Venus, Vianney, Verity, Vania, Vesper, Vanna
  • 25-49: Vale, Vanellope, Valkyrie, Victory, Vianna, Verna, Venice, Vaishnavi, Vega, Vanity, Varnika, Vasilisa, Veera, Vy, Vaani
  • 10-24: Vela, Vita, Verona, Vibha, Vilma, Viridiana, Valeska, Vedika, Vasiliki, Verena, Varvara, Vayla, Vung, Varsha, Venna, Vitalia, Vivia, Vivica, Valley, Vanshika, Viha, Vaanya, Vaidehi, Venba, Vidhi, Vika, Vincenza, Via, Videl, Vidalia, Vienne, Vyla, Vara, Verenice, Vina, Vincy, Viona, Viva
  • 8-9: Vala, Vashti, Vedha, Vesta, Vidya, Vismaya, Vaelyn, Velvet, Venezia
  • 7: Varshini, Vedanshi, Veeksha, Velma, Vesa, Vinisha, Vlada, Vrinda
  • 6: Valena, Valeriana, Varenya, Vasilia, Veralynn, Victoire, Victoriana, Vinaya
  • 5: Vaibhavi, Vaishvi, Valaysia, Vanille, Vanisha, Varna, Velia, Velouria, Versailles, Veruca, Virsaviya, Vishika, Vishwa, Viviani, Vriti

Boys

  • 50-178 named: Vladimir, Veer, Vernon, Ved, Vito, Viraj, Valor, Virgil, Valen, Von, Vedant, Vander, Vikram, Vidal
  • 25-48: Vedansh, Varun, Virat, Vivan, Valentine, Vansh, Viggo, Vinson, Valente, Vyom, Vishnu, Vladislav, Vasilios, Vinh
  • 10-24: Vedh, Vir, Vaibhav, Vadim, Vibhav, Vishwa, Varian, Viren, Vishal, Vallen, Vaden, Vardaan, Vash, Vashawn, Vitaly, Vuk, Vinay, Vinicio, Vivek, Vayden, Vihaanreddy, Vijay, Vishruth, Varick, Vernell, Vinicius, Vishak, Vishan, Volvi, Vrishank
  • 9: Victorious, Vidyut, Vikrant, Virlan, Vontrell
  • 7-8: Vinton, Vahe, Vasco, Ventura, Victoriano, Vidur, Vishakan, Voss, Vraj
  • 6: Valdemar, Valencio, Valiant, Venancio, Ventus, Victorino, Viet, Vinayak, Vishanth, Vishva, Vitus, Vontae
  • 5: Valerio, Valik, Valon, Vanden, Varad, Varek, Varin, Vedder, Vegas, Vegeta, Vigo, Virgilio, Vishraan, Vishrut

W

Girls

  • 100-250 named: Whitley, Winnie, Waverly, Winifred, Wilhelmina
  • 25-99: Winona, Wednesday, Weslyn, Winry, Wisdom, Wynne, Windsor, Wanda, Winslow
  • 10-24: Westlyn, Wilma, Wania, Waylynn, Wateen, Winslet, Warda, Wrenna
  • 7-9: Wrenlee, Wajiha, Wallis, Wakely, Willoughby
  • 5-6: Wafaa, Windy, Winterrose, Wedad, Whisper, Wilmary, Wimberly, Winta, Wynonna, Wyoming

Boys

  • 100-196 named: Wallace, Wiley, Wells, Watson, Wolfgang, Wilmer
  • 50-99: Wendell, Warner, Woodrow, Witten, West, Willem, Willis, Wolf, Wali, Wilfredo, Wynn
  • 25-49: Ward, Whitaker, Willard, Weldon, Wayland, Walden, Wilbert, Whitman, Williams, Wilber, Welles, Wellington, Wilfred, Waseem, Walt, Wolfe, Wrigley, Walton, Whit, Walid
  • 10-24: Wilbur, Wilhelm, Wyland, Waris, Wesam, Willian, Woodson, Wheeler, Whitten, Wael, Winner, Webb, Wake, Wilton, Woods, Wrangler, Wilkes, Webster, Wassim, Werner, Wright, Wyeth, Warrick, Witt, Worth, Wagner, Washington, Weiland, Winfield
  • 9: Wacey, Waldo, Whitton, Winchester, Winson, Wyman
  • 7-8: Warrior, Wilford, Wakiyan, Warwick, Whitson, Wills, Win, Wulfric, Wynton
  • 6: Wahid, Wardell, Warden, Wayden, Whitfield, Wilkin, Wilman, Wrennyn
  • 5: Wahab, Wais, Waldemar, Warsame, Wasi, Weber, Whalen, Whelan, Wilberth, Wilco, Wilfrido, Winthrop, Woodley, Wystan

Do you have a favorite rare name that starts with one of these letters?  Let me know!

Rare ‘T’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 3.40.27 PMHere’s a list of rare ‘T’ names given to American babies in 2016, according to data from the Social Security Administration (which is going to release the 2017 data in a few days.  Yay!).  These aren’t all the unusual names starting with this letter…just the highlights.  

Girls

  • 200-262 babies named: Treasure, Temperance, Taya, Tamia, Taryn, Tess
  • 100-199: Tia, Tesla, Tallulah, Tamara, Taraji, Tala, Tina, Tayla, Tiara, Theodora, Tanvi, Trisha
  • 50-99: Taniyah, Terra, Tanya, Tracy, Tamar, Tilly, Therese, Taylynn, Taylee, Timber, Tova, Taleen, Tammy, Tierney, Tyra, Tirzah, Tyanna, Tasneem
  • 25-49: Tahiry, Tyla, Tanisha, Truly, Talayah, Talitha, Tylee, Tariah, Tzipora, Tyasia, Tennyson, Tali, Tanishka, Tauriel, Thelma, Tavia, Tula, Tasia, Trista, Tehila, Twyla, Tahani, Talaysia, Tensley, Tigerlily, Topanga
  • 10-24: Tempest, Tennessee, Trina, Trudy, Twila, Tamsin, Tzivia, Tahira, Tasha, Thora, Toriana, Tamryn, Taina, Taisley, Tessie, Timberly, Tamari, Thania, Troi, Tsion, Tylia, Takiyah, Teal, Tisha, Tiwatope, Toba, Tuesday, Tenaya, Terriana, Thais, Tomi, Torah, Trany, Tamira, Tressa, Triana, Tulsi, Tvisha, Tzirel, Taliana, Talina, Tanishi, Taraoluwa, Trixie, Takayla, Tanyla, Thaily, Tilda, Tonia, Trishika, Tytiana, Takara, Tashi, Tasmia, Teresita, Traniyah, Talani, Taline, Tam, Tayanna, Temple, Tiare, Tailor, Tanvika, Tashvi, Tavi, Tawny, Teniola, Tilia, Tove, Tris, Tuleen, Tzippy
  • 8-9: Temiloluwa, Thessaly, Tiaraoluwa, Talisa, Talley, Tasfia, Theory, Tien, Tirenioluwa, Tulip, Tyrianna, Tzivy
  • 7: Talita, Tamila, Tansy, Testimony, Thailyn, Tifa, Torunn, Treva
  • 6: Tacori, Tahreem, Taimane, Tanzila, Taralynn, Tasnia, Tatelyn, Tejasvi, Tesslyn, Teva, Texas, Theodosia, Thisbe, Tikva, Tomorrow, Tonantzin, Topaz, Tristine
  • 5: Tabea, Tacy, Tahiya, Tahmina, Taiba, Talar, Talayla, Talianna, Tarini, Tasi, Tauri, Taylani, Teela, Temidayo, Tena, Tequila, Tessley, Teuila, Tha, Timea, Timiyah, Tionne, Tisa, Tiwaloluwa, Tola, Toluwanimi, Torilynn, Treya, Trillium, Trinley, Trish, Troian, Tryphena, Tulia, Twisha, Tykera, Tyndall, Tyria

Boys:

  • 150-201 babies named: Tyrone, Tyree, Truman, Todd, Taj, Tyrell, Tayden, Torin
  • 100-149: Thorin, Tevin, Truett, Tzvi, Tariq, Tobin, Tyrese, Trevon, Tylan
  • 50-99: Tiberius, Thor, Tenzin, Taylen, Triton, Tyce, Theron, Townes, Taha, Tyshawn, Tyrus, Trayvon, Tremaine, Tamir, Tyrion, Tamim, Tylen, Tavin, Thane, Thompson, Timur, Truth
  • 25-49: Theophilus, Tory, Teague, Thang, Torrance, True, Tayer, Takoda, Tafari, Tobiah, Theseus, Tiernan, Tillman, Tj, Trapper, Torian, Taym, Torrence, Tuff, Tayson, Tyquan, Tevita, Talmage, Tayton, Tadhg, Tilden, Tavian, Tiger, Talal, Tavaris, Tyjuan
  • 10-24: Tanush, Taysom, Thien, Torsten, Taggart, Trigg, Taft, Treshawn, Tuck, Theoden, Tracen, Trinidad, Tavin, Thelonious, Tito, Townsend, Trigger, Thurman, Trust, Tycho, Takumi, Takai, Taurean, Thierry, Trustin, Tyreke, Taavi, Taevon, Thurston, Tilak, Tipton, Tully, Tahmid, Taz, Tor, Tadashi, Takeo, Teller, Thai, Toa, Tri, Tassen, Thaxton, Thorten, Toussaint, Trajan, Trip, Trygve, Tal, Taurus, Tino, Tobenna, Torben, Turki, Tavarius, Thackery, Thornton, Thunder, Tulio
  • 9: Tanvir, Teancum, Teoman, Terrin, Tex, Thailand, Thierno, Thorn, Timo, Tlaloc, Tobechukwu, Tobiloba, Torres, Tresor
  • 8: Tahmeed, Taiwan, Takashi, Taksh, Taquan, Tavis, Tekoa, Temitayo, Thanos, Tonatiuh, Toretto, Tramel, Tripton, Tuvia, Tyga, Tyjae, Tyrael
  • 7: Tae, Tajae, Takeshi, Tallis, Talmadge, Taniela, Tanis, Taos, Tavius, Teion, Temesgen, Temujin, Terez, Tharun, Thijs, Tolliver, Tonio, Topher, Toprak, Tracer, Trell, Trew, Trillion, Triumph, Trooper, Trowa, Turan, Tymarion, Tyray
  • 6: Taahir, Tadeas, Taiki, Taino, Taio, Tajuan, Takeru, Taliesin, Tamarius, Tamem, Tank, Tannen, Tanveer, Tarak, Taras, Taskin, Taves, Tavita, Tavoris, Tawfiq, Tazio, Teak, Tejus, Telly, Telvin, Temitope, Temuge, Teofilo, Thales, Thanh, Theoren, Thorne, Tiam, Tikon, Timaeus, Timileyin, Timon, Timothee, Tin, Tomoya, Toriano, Toribio, Toshiro, Traeger, Trebor, Trek, Tron, Truce, Truxton, Tydarius, Tyke, Tyking, Tyrome, Tzion
  • 5: Taaraz, Tabious, Tag, Taiwo, Tajai, Takahiro, Tamatoa, Tanuj, Taraj, Taro, Tarrant, Tejveer, Tengis, Thabit, Theodis, Thom, Thurmond, Tiberias, Tiller, Tinsae, Tirth, Tobijah, Tochi, Tod, Toluwani, Tomo, Torstein, Tosh, Toviyah, Tracker, Trafton, Trance, Trennon, Trevino, Trexton, Treylin, Treysen, Trice, Trindon, Tyland, Tywin

Do you have a favorite rare ‘T’ name?  Let me know!

Rare ‘S’ Names for Boys

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Here are some rare ‘S’ names that were given to boys in 2016, according to data from the Social Security AdministrationEarlier today, I posted about one of the names included in this list – Severus – because I’ve never seen him anywhere near as common as 32 boys in one year!  To be fair, that’s still considered very rare.

  • 150-199: Simeon, Sidney, Semaj, Slade, Stone, Shlomo, Sami, Smith, Syed
  • 100-149: Salem, Salman, Steele, Sheldon, Siddharth, Saint
  • 50-99: Sire, Sultan, Savion, Seven, Shamar, Storm, Shaurya, Stryker, Saif, Shiv, Samarth, Shaya, Stellan, Sulaiman, Saleh, Shlok, Shia, Sahil, Samar, Sylvester, Shayan, Selim, Stiles, Stockton, Stuart, Shivansh, Simcha, Slater, Shaquille, Sahir, Shulem, Steel, Sagan, Sampson, Shai, Sir
  • 25-49: Shamir, Surya, Sai, Saxon, Sherman, Sanjay, Stratton, Sutter, Shakur, Slate, Srihan, Stanton, Subhan, Sylvan, Shmiel, Summit, Safwan, Seeley, Shelton, Saud, Sirius, Sriyan, Sachin, Saharsh, Shreyan, Scotty, Soham, Sven, Shaw, Stryder, Sudais, Sahib, Severus, Shloimy, Stewart, Sabir, Shraga, Shreyansh, Sander, Selvin, Shivam, Saxton, Servando, Sharif, Silvio, Sanad, Satvik, Shan, Saw, Shaul, Styles, Sadiq, Sandro, Schuyler, Siddhartha, Sriram
  • 10-24: Sajid, Sekou, Shayden, Sanders, Saulo, Savon, Sharbel, Slayton, Saketh, Santo, Sparsh, Stirling, Sully, Santonio, Strider, Supreme, Stark, Saverio, Shakir, Sixto, Sufyan, Sahaj, Sal, Santi, Sebastiano, Serafin, Serge, Sharvil, Shaunak, Sherrod, Sherwin, Shneur, Sid, Stavros, Sabian, Samael, Savino, Savior, Schneider, Shad, Skanda, Sayer, Shade, Sheikh, Silvano, Srithik, Sanford, Shedrick, Shiva, Snyder, Sohail, Stevenson, Saber, Sanjeev, Sharmarke, Shimshon, Shine, Sinclair, Sriyansh, Stafford, Stanford, Stanislav, Sabino, Sadler, Sanav, Sandor, Sanjith, Severiano, Shahid, Shaka, Shant, Shaquan, Shooter, Subham, Simba, Sneyder, Samwise, Sanchez, Sang, Sarkis, Severin, Shah, Shray, Sigmund, Sumner, Sun, Szymon
  • 9: Sabdiel, Samanyu, Samhith, Schneur, Sekai, Serigne, Seymour, Shadrach, Sherwood, Sho, Shuaib, Skip, Soma, Sovereign, Stokely, Swade
  • 8: Sabien, Safeer, Sajjad, Samridh, Santiel, Sartaj, Saurav, Sava, Savage, Scot, Seraj, Sergei, Severo, Seydou, Shahir, Shandon, Shemuel, Shep, Sherlock, Shivin, Shota, Silvan, Skyden, Sneijder, Solon, Spiro, Srikar, Staten, Stedman, Stihl, Striker
  • 7: Salahuddin, Samyog, Saugat, Schafer, Selassie, Shabazz, Shalev, Shahin, Shashank, Shenouda, Siaosi, Siddiq, Silvino, Sladen, Smaran, Sony, Srihaas, Sriman, Strickland
  • 6: Sadrac, Sagar, Sahishnu, Saiansh, Salam, Samatar, Samuela, Samwell, Saquan, Savoy, Sayyid, Seaton, Seger, Selwyn, Sender, Shankar, Shavar, Shazil, Shervin, Shivay, Shohjahon, Shomari, Siddh, Sigurd, Sirach, Siranthony, Sirking, Sly, Smokey, Sosuke, Sotero, Srihith, Srijan, Srikrishna, Sruly, Stallone, Statham, Stevens, Sundiata
  • 5: Safwat, Sakariye, Salinger, San, Satchel, Sathwik, Satoshi, Satyam, Savant, Say, Seanix, Serafim, Severyn, Shady, Shaker, Shaydon, Sheng, Shresht, Shyheim, Siddhanth, Siegfried, Sigifredo, Sircharles, Sirwilliam, Slevin, Solaris, Solo, Srihari, Sriniketh, Srinivas, Stalin, Stanlee, Statler, Stelios, Suyog, Syd

Do you have a favorite name on this list?  Let me know!  And if you haven’t already seen the list of rare ‘S’ names for girls, here it is.

Rare ‘R’ Names for Boys

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Yesterday I posted a selection of rare ‘R’ names for girls, so here are some rare ‘R’ names for boys!  As usual, these numbers come from the Social Security Administration‘s baby name data-set for 2016.  We find out the 2017 data in just a few more weeks.

  • 150-202 boys named: Roderick, Rodolfo, Ross, Randall, Rashad, Ruger, Raheem, Rian, Ramsey
  • 100-149: Reynaldo, Rome, Rishi, Rowdy, Ronaldo, Ramses, Rico, Rigoberto, Ren, Ryden, Ransom
  • 50-99: Rockwell, Rogan, Rishaan, Renzo, Rafe, Roan, Rudra, Rivers, Rami, Raymundo, Ryu, Rehan, Radley, Ranger, Riot, Rush, Revan, Riggs, Roscoe, Raylon, Rhodes, Reggie, Raziel, Ryne, Reef, Reyes, Romello, Raghav, Rashawn, Roosevelt, Rakan, Robinson, Rashid, Rayshawn, Riddick, Riggins, Ravi, Reeve
  • 25-49: Rasheed, Rustin, Rayland, Riyansh, Rider, Riyaan, Rye, Ranveer, Rainer, Rhydian, Roshan, Ram, Rashard, Renato, Rakeem, Rusty, Ragnar, Renner, Rhythm, Rexton, Randolph, Roque, Rufus, Ramir, Rigel, Redding, Ridwan, Rudolph, Ryett, Rajveer, Rishik, Rainier, Rock, Rook, Renly, Reza, Raider, Rondell, Rigo, Rishabh, Reno, Robel, Roczen, Reeves, Romero
  • 10-24: Ramone, Richmond, Rigby, Rorik, Rahman, Raj, Rocket, Rosendo, Redmond, Ruhan, Ramel, Ramzi, Rand, Riggin, Rudransh, Rajon, Rommel, Roper, Ruslan, Race, Raudel, Remus, Rowland, Rune, Ruthvik, Rutledge, Rajan, Raynor, Ronav, Rich, Riku, Rishab, Rithik, Ritter, Roark, Ruston, Rahsaan, Rahul, Rawley, Rocko, Rollin, Ryo, Ramadan, Ripken, Rohit, Rourke, Rowe, Rubens, Rupert, Revere, Richardson, Rockford, Romario, Ruvim, Ruxin, Raja, Reddington, Regis, Reuel, Rhone, Romulo, Ralston, Rance, Redford, Revel, Rishav, Rodriguez, Rosalio, Rucker, Rayquan, Rigdon, Righteous, Roarke, Robben, Rod, Rafferty, Rally, Rambo, Redd, Remo, Renan, Rexford, Reznor, Rollie, Royston, Ruairi
  • 9: Radek, Raekwon, Rawlings, Red, Rein, Reiner, Renton, Reo, Rigley, Rohin, Rollo
  • 8: Radford, Rameses, Rankin, Rayniel, Refugio, Regal, Renji, Revansh, Reynold, Rockland, Romulus, Rufino, Russ, Rustam, Rutherford
  • 7: Ra, Rafiq, Rahm, Raistlin, Ramari, Ramsay, Ranson, Rawson, Reade, Regino, Reston, Ridha, Riordan, Rizzo, Rogers, Rollins, Ronal, Rudolf, Rushton
  • 6: Racer, Rad, Rage, Ralpheal, Range, Raquan, Rawling, Raxton, Rehansh, Reiss, Remigio, Reus, Richter, Rigsby, Riser, Rixton, Rohith, Romaine, Ruichen, Rutger
  • 5: Radeen, Rafat, Rainn, Raizo, Raji, Rawlins, Raza, Redden, Rem, Remiel, Rennen, Rennick, Renzel, Rhody, Ridgely, Ridger, Ringo, Rishank, Rito, Robson, Roby, Rogerick, Roko, Romualdo, Roston, Rowley, Ruaridh, Ruddy, Ruzgar, Ryota, Ryse

Do you have a favorite rare ‘R’ name for boys?  Let me know!

Rare ‘P’ and ‘Q’ Names

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Mind your P’s and Q’s – I’ve combined these two letters into a single post!  ‘Q’ is an extremely rare initial for baby names, but ‘P’ isn’t exactly the most common letter, either.  As we near the end of the alphabet, I’ll continue juxtaposing some of the rarest letters together in lists.  Plus, the new 2017 data arrives soon; I’d rather not post 2016 numbers after that.

Here is a selection of rare ‘P’ and ‘Q’ names from 2016, according to information from the Social Security Administration.

‘P’

Girls:

  • 100-241 named: Palmer, Promise, Patience, Persephone, Pamela, Prisha, Priya, Petra, Pepper, Precious, Pia, Pippa
  • 50-99: Philomena, Prudence, Paulette, Philippa, Polina, Pauline, Primrose, Polly
  • 25-49: Pandora, Passion, Pilar, Praise, Pari, Posey, Paradise, Pessy, Parnika, Phaedra, Portia, Paw, Perel, Priyanka
  • 10-24: Parisa, Pranavi, Pacey, Persia, Phyllis, Page, Patrice, Penina, Prim, Peggy, Paz, Pihu, Paislyn, Purity, Padme, Patsy, Prairie, Prisca, Pola, Porsha, Pailynn, Pearla, Petrona, Pragya, Pietra, Providence, Pascale, Pax, Pema, Prakrita, Pranisha, Preslyn, Priyal, Palyn, Pessel, Poetry, Posy, Prachi, Pranika, Priyana
  • 9: Paije, Parthenia, Penda, Pixie, Poet, Polette, Prapti, Prathana, Preesha
  • 8: Perpetua, Pollyanna, Pooja, Prabhnoor, Prajna
  • 7: Panagiota, Patty, Pelia, Pemberley, Peony, Persis, Portland, Pragathi, Pragnya, Pranathi, Pranaya, Pranshi, Pretty, Prima
  • 6: Pallas, Pallavi, Parneet, Pasleigh, Penley, Pessi, Pipper, Pippi, Pragna, Preksha, Prosperity, Purvi
  • 5: Padma, Paij, Palin, Palmira, Paolina, Par, Pareesa, Parizoda, Pearline, Pennylane, Peshy, Petal, Pocahontas, Poleth, Poorvi, Pranita, Praylee, Preema, Prisma, Pristine, Pritika, Pualani

Boys:

  • 100-172 named: Pierre, Pierson, Phineas, Pranav, Pharaoh, Perry
  • 50-99: Patricio, Paris, Patton, Penn, Perseus, Paolo, Price, Pearson
  • 25-49: Percy, Parth, Perrin, Pavel, Parks, Pietro, Pace, Pascal, Prescott, Pearce, Pinchas, Padraig, Parsa, Paden, Pascual, Poseidon, Phinehas
  • 10-24: Panagiotis, Parrish, Pasquale, Paulino, Prayan, Peace, Pinchos, Praneel, Prosper, Parish, Porfirio, Pranay, Pratham, Prithvi, Param, Peregrine, Philemon, Peretz, Philippe, Payne, Pharrell, Philopateer, Pryor, Prem, Papa, Percival, Piero, Platon, Pratik, Pate, Peniel, Philo, Polo, Powell, Priyan, Prophet, Parthiv, Pasha, Pranish, Prentice, Prish
  • 9: Park, Philopater, Pike, Pranesh, Pratyush, Prayag, Preet, Priyansh, Ptolemy
  • 8: Parv, Pernell, Phong, Pj, Priam, Priest, Primo, Psalm
  • 7: Paco, Parson, Patriot, Paulson, Perez, Pesach, Petros, Piers, Pilot, Portland, Prajwal, Pranshu, Premier, Pride, Princedavid
  • 6: Palash, Pape, Parx, Patterson, Pavan, Phelan, Pinny, Pio, Piyush, Prabhjot, Prajit, Pranith, Prashant, Prathik, Pravin
  • 5: Panth, Parnell, Partha, Peleg, Pendleton, Phanuel, Pippin, Pius, Pol, Potter, Power, Poyraz, Prabhav, Pradyun, Prasoon, Praxton, Prime, Pruitt, Psalms, Purav

‘Q’

Girls:

  • 10-197 named: Queen, Quinley, Queenie, Queena, Quetzaly, Quinnlyn, Quorra
  • 5-9: Qiana, Quynh, Qadira, Qirat, Quiana, Quyen

Boys:

  • 25-182 named: Quintin, Quinlan, Quaid, Quran, Qasim, Quest, Quintus
  • 10-24: Quill, Quan, Quillan, Qadir, Quamir, Quavion, Quintavious, Quint, Quintrell
  • 6-9: Qusay, Quindarius, Qays, Quintel, Qumari, Quantavious, Quavon
  • 5: Qi, Quang, Quantae, Quetzal, Quigley, Quince, Quinston

Thoughts?  Favorites?  Let me know!

On a personal note: ‘P’ is my second-favorite initial for baby names after ‘H.’  I especially adore Philippa, Perpetua, Percival, and Peregrine!  I get a kick out of ‘Q’ names too, just because they *are* so unusual.  From that letter, my favorite rarities are Queenie, Qadira, Quintus, and Quetzal.

Rare ‘O’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 12.34.01 PMThere are few rare ‘O’ names for any gender, but the small selection that does exist is very diverse.  The Social Security Administration registered a ton of West African names (especially Yoruba) under this letter in 2016, and many of them are unisex!  To avoid widespread repetition in a list containing both girls’ and boys’ names, I’ve listed every unisex name (shown in purple) under its more frequent gender.  For example, Oluwadarasimi was given to 48 girls and 17 boys in 2016, so I’ve listed it under the girls’ section; meanwhile, Oluwademilade was given to 21 boys and 11 girls that year, so I’ve listed it under the boys’ section.  Note: the unisex names listed aren’t all West African, and not all the West African names are unisex.

Girls

  • 100-256 named: Opal, Octavia, Oaklyn, Oriana, Oona
  • 50-99: Ocean, Odette, Odessa, October, Odalys, Olympia
  • 25-49: Oluwadarasimi, Olga, Ona, Ora, Odelia, Orly, Oumou, Ohana, Orla, Oceana, Oliviana, Oliva, Onalee
  • 10-24: Oreoluwa, Oluwanifemi, Odyssey, Ola, Oluwatamilore, Oriyah, Olina, Ottilie, Oluwadamilola, Olena, Oluwatoni, Ondine, Oksana, Olanna, Omotara, Oralia, Oceane, Olivine, Oluwatishe, Oluwatofunmi, Oyinkansola
  • 8-9: Oasis, Oliana, Oluwabukunmi, Oluwafikayomi, Omni, Otilia, Oluwatumininu, Omnia, Oniyah, Orchid, Ottilia
  • 7: Oktober, Omaria, Omera, Omolola, Onyinyechi, Onyinyechukwu, Osmara, Ovee, Oviya
  • 6: Ogechi, Okalani, Olamiposi, Olana, Olesya, Olivette, Oluwadabira, Oluwakemi, Omolara, Oneida, Oonagh, Orielle, Ornella, Ostara, Ourania, Ovi, Oyindamola
  • 5: Ogheneruona, Olani, Olia, Olisa, Ololade, Oluwadara, Oluwadunminunu, Oluwateniola, Onella, Oreofeoluwa, Orpha, Orquidea, Osariemen, Oshun, Osiyo, Oyinlola, Ozioma

Boys

  • 100-187 named: Osvaldo, Onyx, Octavio, Osiris, Oren, Obadiah
  • 50-99: Obed, Orson, Om, Osman, Omer, Oziel, Osmar, Ozias, Oshea, Ozzy, Omarion, Oswaldo, Octavian, Olen, Orrin, Octavius
  • 25-49: Oakland, Oak, Oswald, Ousmane, Omega, Omri, Odell, Othniel, Oz, Odysseus
  • 10-24: Oran, Ojas, Ole, Oluwademilade, Oisin, Olsen, Oluwatobi, Oluwatobiloba, Olamide, Orlin, Oswin, Obinna, Owais, Olaoluwa, Omid, Osbaldo, Osinachi, Oakes, Olson, Osborn, Oseas, Oluwasemilore, Obaloluwa, Oberon, Obrian, Oluwaseun, Oluwaseyi, Oneil, Osmond, Oleg, Oluwadamilare, Orville, Oxley, Oluwajomiloju, Oslo, Oaken, Olaf, Oluwafemi, Oluwaferanmi, Oluwajoba, Oluwatise, Omkar, Ontario, Othello
  • 8-9: Olajuwon, Oluwatomisin, Oneal, Orhan, Osborne, Oberyn, Ociel, Octaviano, Ollivander, Owain
  • 7: Obi, Ogden, Oliverio, Olujimi, Oluwatimilehin, Oluwatimileyin, Oluwatomi, Oluwatosin, Oxford
  • 6: Oaks, Ogheneruno, Olanrewaju, Olivander, Olufemi, Olumide, Oluwakorede, Onyekachi, Or, Ossian, Ovidio
  • 5: Ocelotl, Ohm, Oluwapelumi, Onesimo, Onesimus, Onyekachukwu, Orland, Osagie, Osric

Do you have a favorite rare ‘O’ name?  Let me know!

Also, if you’re interested in reading more about West African names, here are a couple of links: