The Most Interesting Compound Boys’ Names in the U.S.

You’ve read the list of compound girls’ names.  Now here’s the boys’ list!

  • Alanmichael: Apparently, this is from an 80s soap opera.  First appearance 1988, last appearance 2001.
  • Angeldejesus: Literally, “Angel of Jesus” in Spanish.  Similar to the women’s name Mariadejesus, or “Mary of Jesus.”  Angeldejesus last appeared in 2015 with 6 boys.
  • Angelgabriel: The angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was pregnant with Jesus.  12 boys were named Angelgabriel in 2016.
  • Brandonlee: Brandon Lee (1965-1993) was the son of Bruce Lee, and an actor in his own right.  He died while filming The Crow (1994).  The name peaked in the SSA list the year he died.
  • Brucelee: 5 boys in 1989.  I’m curious why Brucelee debuted so long after Bruce Lee (1940-1973) died.
  • Christopherlee: Christopher Lee (1922-2015) most famously played Count Dooku in Star Wars and Saruman in Lord of the Rings.  The name Christopherlee shows up in SSA data from 1985 to 1991.
  • Crissangel: 5 boys in 2007.  Criss Angel is a magician.
  • Donjuan: The term “Don Juan” can refer to a womanizer.  It comes from a medieval Spanish legend, first written down in the 1600s.  Famous later works about the character include an opera by Mozart and a poem by Byron.  The name Donjuan last appeared in 2014 with 5 boys, possibly because of the 2013 movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Dylanthomas: Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a 20th-century poet.  This combo only appeared in 1998.
  • Georgemichael: Considering this name only appeared between 1989 and 1997, most Georgemichaels were probably named after the singer (1963-2016).  There’s also the Arrested Development character George Michael Bluth.
  • Jamesdean: Actor James Dean (1931-1955) was best known for the movie Rebel Without a CauseJamesdean first appeared in 1994, and lastly in 2014.
  • Jamespaul: Paul McCartney’s first name is really James.  This combo was given to 5 boys in 2016.
  • Jaydenjames: Britney Spears named one of her sons Jayden James, though this combo didn’t hit the lists for another two years.  Jaydenjames has appeared only once, in 2008.
  • Jeanclaude: The most famous bearer is Jean-Claude van Damme, known for his violent movies.  This combo last appeared in 2013.
  • Jeanluc: Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek: Next Generation.  The show inspired the first crop of Jeanlucs in the 80s, but the name  never faded back into obscurity and is a perennial (though rare) choice for baby boys.  24 boys were named Jeanluc in 2016.
  • Jessejames: 16 boys in 2016.  The most famous Jesse James was the 19th-century outlaw…the second *mildly* famous Jesse James is Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband.
  • Johnbenedict: 14 boys in 2005, presumably named after the new pope that year – Benedict XVI.
  • Johnoliver: 6 boys in 2016.  I wonder how many were named after comedian John Oliver and how many are a result of the name Oliver‘s growing popularity?
  • Johnross: 1980s TV character and the name of a 19th-century Cherokee chief.  Last appeared in 2015 with 9 boys.
  • Johnthomas: If you’ve ever watched Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, you’ll know why this combo is funny.  7 boys were named Johnthomas in 2016.
  • Johntyler: U.S. president John Tyler (1790-1862), who is probably most famous for having living grandchildren in the 21st century despite having been born in the 18th century!  The combo Johntyler has appeared twice, in 2003 and 2005.
  • Johnnyangel: Song from the 1950s, though the name didn’t appear until the 1990s.
  • Juandedios: Translation from Spanish – “John of God.”  5 boys in 2016.
  • Juliocesar: Spanish version of “Julius Caesar.”  8 boys in 2016.
  • Kuntakinte: Kunta Kinte was a major character in Roots, a novel written by author Alex Haley about his ancestry.  The combo Kuntakinte was given to 6 boys in 1977 and never appeared in SSA data again, but Kunta alone was far more popular and did reappear.
  • Malcolmjamal: In the 80s, a few boys were named after Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who acted in The Cosby Show.
  • Marcopolo: Marco Polo (1254-1324) wrote a detailed travelogue of his voyages through China.  5 boys in 2003.

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    Marco Polo is a surprising source for a compound name!

  • Muhammadali: 24 boys were named Muhammadali in 2016, which is a lot more than ever before.  The reason was the passing of boxer Muhammad Ali (1943-2016).
  • Princewilliam: Princewill also shows up in the data.  5 boys were named Princewilliam in 2011, the same year the Queen’s grandson married Kate Middleton.
  • Robroy: Rob Roy is the name of an 1817 Walter Scott book, though the name Rob Roy itself refers to a guy called Rob Roy MacGregor.  The name Robroy occasionally appeared in SSA data between 1958 and 1968.
  • Victorhugo: Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Last appearance: 2014.

Notes:

  • I’ve noticed some compound names that contain “Jr,” including Anthonyjr, Carlosjr, Jesusjr, and etc.  Usually Jr. (abbreviation for Junior) is a suffix placed after the surname.  Assuming most of these kids are indeed named after their fathers, I’d be curious to know if Jr. appears twice on official documents (for example: Anthonyjr Smith, Jr.).  Or, are they negated as juniors because the first name doesn’t exactly copy that of the father’s? 
  • There are some combos that contain names from different languages, including…
    • Iancarlo (Scottish and Italian)
    • Kevinkhang (Irish and Vietnamese) – I really want to know this story behind this one!
    • Jeancarlos (French and Spanish)
    • Jeanmichael (French and English)
  • The “Sir” combos are interesting.  Here are the ones from the 2016 dataset:
    • Siranthony
    • Sirking
    • Sircharles
    • Sirwilliam
  • Combinations that surprisingly don’t appear in SSA data: Ethanallen, Jackryan, and Martinluther. 

What do you think of these compound boys’ names?  Are there any you’ve heard that you would add to this list?  Let me know!

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The Most Interesting Compound Girls’ Names in the U.S.

A compound name is one name that includes at least two names.  There are a few common types of compound names:

  1. Double-barrel, or when two names are connected by a hyphen.  Example: Lily Rose -> LilyRose.
  2. Double name, or when someone goes by two names separated by a space.  This can either be a result of having two first names or using both a first and middle together.  Example: Billy Bob.
  3. Combination, or as I sometimes like to call it, the “stream of consciousness.”  Example: Mary + Elizabeth = Maryelizabeth.

Unfortunately, in the U.S. there’s no official data distinguishing between different compound types.  There’s no way to tell whether there’s a dash, space, extra capital, apostrophe, or any other marks you can imagine because the SSA doesn’t acknowledge them!  Officially, MaryAnne exists as Maryanne, and will find herself in a list with women who actually are named Maryanne...which is why I’m not writing a list of double-barrel names right now.  The United Kingdom does recognize hyphenated names, and indeed, they’re much more popular there than here.  If you’re interested in reading more on the British double-barrel phenomenon, check out two posts about that country’s hyphenated girls’ and boys’ names by a fantastic new name blog called Onomastica!

Here are some of the most interesting compound names for girls from the U.S., all found scattered through the Social Security Administration‘s baby name data.  There are so many fascinating and distinctive compound names (mostly related to pop culture) that I will publish the boys’ names in a separate post.

  • Avemaria: Literally meaning “Hail Mary,” this is a prayer that has been transformed into several famous pieces of music.  According to the Social Security Administration, 5 girls were named Avemaria in 2016.
  • Barbaraann: Barbara Ann is a song immortalized by the Beach Boys, though the original version was recorded under the title “Barbara-Ann.”  Barbara was an extremely popular name between the 30s and 50s; indeed, the name Barbaraann precedes the song, and appears in the birth data as early as 1934.  Her last appearance was in 1996 with 5 girls.
  • Billiejean: Although perpetually rare, this name received a mild boost twice; first in 1973, after tennis player Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match; and secondly, after the 1983 Michael Jackson song.
  • Briarrose: In the 1959 Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora was renamed Briar Rose when she went to live with the fairies.  18 girls were named Briarrose in 2016.
  • Caramia: The most famous version of the song “Cara Mia” was recorded by Jay and the Americans in 1965.  The name first appeared in 1966 with 6 girls, peaked in 2006 with 20 girls, and last appeared in 2015 with 8 girls.  “Cara Mia” means “my dear” or “my beloved” in Italian.
  • Chakakhan: Chaka Khan is a funk musician from the 70s and 80s.  The name itself only charted in 1975 and 1976.
  • Cindylou: From The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the character Cindy Lou Who.  This combo appeared in the late 50s (around the time the book was written).
  • Dannielynn: After the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007), who was born in 2006.  5 girls were named Dannielynn in 2016.
  • Dellareese: Della Reese (1931-2017) was a singer in the 50s – that’s when her name debuted – and later, an actress.  Interestingly, the resulting compound name Dellareese is very close to her birth name, Delloreese.
  • Harleyquinn: After the DC comics villain.  20 girls were named Harleyquinn in 2016.
  • Heavenlyjoy: 11 girls received this religious name in 2016.
  • Jeannedarc: Appeared in the early 1920s after the canonization of St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431), or Jeanne d’Arc in French.

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    St. Joan of Arc inspired the compound name Jeannedarc after her 1920 canonization.

  • Lauraashley: While the names Laura and Ashley were both pretty trendy in the mid-to-late 80s, Laura Ashley was a fashion designer who died in 1985.  The name appeared in 1987.
  • Marajade: Fairly obscure Star Wars reference.  Mara Jade was a character in the extended universe before Disney bought the rights and made Force Awakens.  According to the SSA, 6 girls were named Marajade in 2016.
  • Maryjane: “Mary Jane” can refer to a few things – 1) a street name for marijuana, 2) a shoe style, or 3) a type of penny candy.  A shocking 216 girls were named Maryjane (or some variation thereof) in 2016!  It’s even been in the top 1000 within the last decade.
  • Marysue: A “Mary Sue” is a type of Original Character in fan fiction stories who exhibits self-inserted qualities of the fan fiction writer.  5 girls received this compound name in 2016, which is the first year since the early 1970s that it’s appeared in the data!
  • Ninasimone: Nina Simone (1933-2003) was a famous African-American musician.  This combo appears in the data twice, in 2000 and 2015.  Two documentaries about her came out in ’15, which may explain the name’s appearance in the data that year.
  • Normajean: From the Elton John song “Candle in the Wind,” which is about Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962); her birth name was Norma Jeane.  7 girls were named Normajean in 2016, which is impressive considering that only 86 girls were named Norma.
  • Peggysue: From two Buddy Holly songs, “Peggy Sue” and “Peggy Sue Got Married.”  The latter is also the name of a cute 1980s movie.  Any uses of the double-barrel name probably come from the first Peggy Sue song, which came out in 1957.  Nancy (of Nancy’s Baby Names) has written more extensively on the name Peggysue.
  • Ravensymone: After the actress and commentator on The View, Raven-Symoné.  Ravensimone also appears in the data.  Her name first appeared in SSA data in 1990, while she was on The Cosby Show.
  • Pennylane: From the Beatles song “Penny Lane.”  Though the song came out in the 1960s, the name didn’t appear in SSA data until 2008!  5 girls received this name in 2016.

What do you think of these compound names?  Do you have a favorite, perhaps one that isn’t listed here?  What’s your favorite type of compound?  Let me know, and stay tuned for the boys’ names!

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!