Words from Names: A Vocabulary

I frequently write about words that become names.  A few hundred years ago, the Puritans famously appropriated virtues like Faith for their children’s names.  Virtues are still popular sources for vocab baby names in the 21st century, but so are all kinds of things – travel, guns, etc.  You may soon encounter a young Journey or Remington.

Lately I’ve been watching a fantastic BBC show called “Call the Midwife” about childbirth in a poor section of London, circa 1950s and 1960s.  The latest episode I’ve watched ends with a woman being prescribed thalidomide for extreme morning sickness.  Knowing that thalidomide caused serious birth defects, this ending caught me off guard.  When I went looking for the history, I learned that one of the defects in question is called “amelia.”  “Amelia” the medical term has a completely different meaning and origin than “Amelia” the name.  Still, it made me wonder what other names share dictionary-space with words.

You know how Urban Dictionary has user-submitted definitions for just about every name?  Using dictionary.com and my handy old Funk & Wagnall’s New International Dictionary of the English Language (not so new – published 1993, and it doesn’t even contain a definition for salsa!), I’ve compiled a selection of people’s names that are also words.  Definitions are included! 

Abigail is a servant or lady’s maid.  This Biblical name currently ranks #7 in the U.S. and #51 in England and Wales.

Adonis is an exceptionally handsome young man.  Current U.S. rank: #702.

Amelia is a birth deformity characterized by one or more missing limbs.  Yikes!  The word derives from Greek, but the name has Germanic roots that mean “work.”  Amelia ranks #12 in America but is the #1 name in England and Wales. 

Benedict: Interestingly, while “benediction” means “blessing,” “benedict” refers to a recently married man, especially if his bachelorhood was long.  I read that this usage relates to misappropriation of “Benedick,” a character from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.  151 boys in U.S., #341 in E/W.

Bobby is a policeman.  #738 in U.S., #67 in E/W.

Calliope is a kind of musical instrument also known as a steam organ.  In 2015, 218 girls were named Calliope in the U.S.

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Calliope

Carl: as a noun, “carl” can mean something like “serf” or “rustic.”  Current U.S. rank: #600.

Charlotte, which ranks #9 in the U.S. and #25 in England and Wales, is a kind of dessert served either hot or cold and that usually contains some kind of filling.  Fun fact – Charlotte Russe is both a clothing store and a dessert!

Don is an important (often Spanish or Italian) gentleman or the act of putting on an item of clothing.  114 boys in 2015.

Frank is adjective meaning honest or open.  Current rank: #355 in U.S.

Georgette is a kind of dull and sheer silk or rayon.  35 girls were named Georgette in 2015.

German means “closely related.”  German is not german to Germany.  153 boys were called German in 2015.

Harry: in the context of war, to “harry” is to pillage, plunder, or ravage.  This word also means “to harass.”  Harry is a far more popular name in the U.K. than U.S.  #3 in E/W, #781 in U.S.

Iris can refer to a part of the human eye, a flower, or rainbows.  #217 in U.S., #102 in E/W. 

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Irises (Van Gogh)

Jehu is a fast driver.  32 American boys were named Jehu in 2015.

Job is an employment or task.  87 boys in 2015.

Julienne: When you have julienne vegetables, it means they’re presented in thinly-sliced strips.  29 girls were called Julienne in 2015.

Ken means “to understand.”  87 boys in 2015.

Lea is a meadow.  Current rank – #737 in U.S.

Margarita is a cocktail.  124 girls in 2015.

Marina is a place where small boats may dock safely.  #656 in U.S.

Peter means to diminish or trickle out.  #206 in U.S., #177 in E/W.

Phaethon is a kind of carriage or two-seating car.  You won’t see any baby Phaethons any time soon, but he was a character in Greek mythology!

Philander means “womanizer” in English, though in Ancient Greek it’s more like “friend of man.”  2004 was the last year that this name appeared in SSA birth data.

Phoebe is a kind of bird common to the U.S. east coast.  #286 in U.S., #22 in E/W.

Pippin is a kind of apple or a seed.  Curiously, this only appeared as girls’ name in 2015, with just 5 uses.

Pollyanna is someone who’s overly cheery or optimistic.  12 girls.

Ruth means “sorrow” or “regret.”  #293 in U.S., #455 in E/W. 

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Timothy grass

Sibyl is a prophetess.  12 girls.

Timothy is a kind of grass.  #147 in U.S., #348 in E/W.

Victoria is a kind of carriage.  #20 in U.S., #92 in E/W.

Xanthippe – A nagging or ill-tempered woman.  Another mythological name you’re unlikely to see in real life, though I remembered it from a children’s alphabet book that probably came from Colonial Williamsburg.  Xanthippe was the wife of Socrates.

Are there any you’d add to this list?  Favorites?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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“Stranger Things” in Naming

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By Lowtrucks – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50284157

Something that’s been on mind lately is the possibility of Stranger Things affecting baby names.  The sci-fi/horror series, released on Netflix in July, has set the internet abuzz.  The show is so successful that a second season was announced today!  Disclaimer: I was already formulating this post before they announced it.  Good timing, I guess?

Since Stranger Things takes place in the early 1980s, the characters’ names generally reflect mid-century American names.  Some of them are rapidly losing popularity, but I expect them to recover at least temporarily. 

Joyce – This name has been in the top 1000 almost every year since 1880, but popularity has been declining for decades.  Peak popularity was in the 1940s, around the time when Joyce Byers likely would have been born.  Joyce was persistent in finding her son, even when everyone else thought he was dead and she was crazy; for that, I think Joyce will grow higher than her current U.S. rank of #837.

NancyNancy Wheeler is Mike’s older sister, who helps search for Will and for her friend Barb.  Nancy has been in the top 1000 every year since 1880, but that may not last much longer.  Still, the character may be enough to slow or even reverse the decline.  Current rank: #819.     

BarbaraBarb“- The name Barbara ranks similarly to Joyce and Nancy, but usage has been a little more stable this decade; she currently ranks #836.  Although the character doesn’t have much screen time or many lines, she’s become a huge meme.  I’m convinced Barb is going to reappear in the extended data because of this. 

Eleven I would be shocked if Eleven doesn’t debut in the extended data next year.  She’s too major a character, and even if her real name might be Jane, we all lovingly know her as El.  Yes, English numbers generally aren’t used as names.  The current exception to that rule is Seven, who was a character in the show Married With Children, if memory serves me.

Dustin – Dustin is friends with Mike, Will, and Lucas.  If his character was 12 or 13 in 1983, that would likely mean he was named after Dustin Hoffman.  Dustin has been in the top 1000 in 1968, the year after The Graduate hit cinemas.   Although declining in usage, Dustin still fares better than the more traditional women’s names above.  With the adorable kid from Stranger Things, I expect Dustin will be a more popular choice for parents in 2016 and 2017 than it was in 2015.  Current rank: #505. 

Mike – Mike Wheeler is Nancy’s brother, best friends with Lucas, Will, and Dustin, and later with Eleven.  Mike fell out of the top 1000 last year after being there all the way since 1880…but, with 194 uses in 2015, don’t be surprised if this name returns from the Upside-Down of the American onomastic lexicon in 2016.  The #1000 ranking name in 2015 was given to 202 boys.  

Lucas – Unlike the other names on this list, Lucas is actually much more popular or trendy now than in 1983, or in the early 70s when the character would have been born.  Last year, Lucas ranked #16…top 20!  But before 1973, this name wasn’t even top 100.  Lucas needed no boost, but the cool, nerdy character behind him grants him one by default. 

Hopper – Hawkins’ police chief Hopper’s first name is actually Jim, but it seems like he was always referred to by his surname.  Hopper isn’t a top 1000 name at all; in fact, only 5 boys were named Hopper in 2015.  I don’t expect 200 baby boys to suddenly be called  Hopper by the end of 2016, but whenever this year’s data is released, there will almost certainly be more than 5. 

Jonathan – A top 50 name for over as many years, Jonathan is the kind of name I’d describe as popular but un-trendy.  Yes, it’s still a top 100 name, but hundreds fewer boys are given this name each succeeding year.  I think the show could stabilize Jonathan for a little while, but I’m not as certain as with the other names.  Personally, I’d look more towards his surname – Byers – and see if that shows up in the extended data next year.

Steve – Steve Harrington is Nancy’s boyfriend.  He has his pros and cons, but you never know with this name.  Steve barely remains in the top 1000, and I’m guessing that Mr. Harrington is the test for whether this name stays or goes.  Ironically, it’s Jonathan who’s a fan of The Clash…

Brenner – Dr. Brenner is the “scary government guy.”  Brenner was the name of 35 baby boys born last year.  I’d tell you to look for a drop in the 2016 data, but villainy hasn’t stopped Harry Potter fans from naming their daughters Bellatrix

Thoughts?  Stranger Things is one of my favorite TV shows, and I can’t wait to see how Season 2 pans out.  Naturally, I’m also very curious about the names! 

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Elowen

Rarely do I find modern names so much to my taste as I do Elowen!  Although she sounds Welsh, she’s actually Cornish and means “elm tree.”  Pronunciation-wise, the second syllable is supposed to be emphasized – i.e., Elle-OH-when.  However, most people (myself included) probably emphasize the first syllable (like ELLE-oh-when).  36 girls were named Elowen in 2015.

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Cornish Elms

Cornish is a rare and endangered language, but don’t underestimate Elowen.  Another Cornish name, Jennifer, transitioned from utter obscurity at the dawn of the 20th century into the #1 American girls’ name by the 1970s.  That took several decades, but maybe Elowen will rise faster in the days of the internet. 

Usage is growing steadily on this spelling alone, but popularity for the alternative spelling Elowyn nearly tripled between 2014 and 2015, from 24 to 67 uses!  That Elowyn is more popular than Elowen is curious, but not completely out-of-the-blue when you consider that Americans tend to spell other (mostly Welsh) names ending in -wen instead with -wyn (i.e., Bronwen and Gwendolen usually become Bronwyn and Gwendolyn).  Another spelling, Ellowyn, registered 34 times last year.  There’s also Ella-influenced Ellawyn at 7 uses.  If you rank names by combined spellings (as some people do), that means 144 baby girls were called Elowen last year…an average of almost 3 per state.  There may be even more, if there were spellings too rare to show up in the extended data.  Either way, don’t be shocked to find one on the playground.

The most obvious nicknames for an Elowen are Ella and Ellie, but Winnie is arguably possible as well.  I can even see where a fan of Netflix’s Stranger Things might use this name to honor Eleven without calling their daughter a number. 

What do you think of ElowenDo you think she or Elowyn will enter the top 1000 at some point? 

Searching for Nallely

One of the great things about being a name blogger is not only educating my readers, but educating myself about names too.  Every so often I encounter names with which I am totally unfamiliar, like Nallely.  I came across this adorable appellation while drafting last week’s Below the Top 1000 post.  Nallely was given to 47 baby girls in the U.S. last year.

I made no immediate connections to any existing names.  On the surface, Nallely appeared as a standalone modern name.  I thought it had great nickname potential, producing Nellie, Ellie, and Ally.  For whatever reason, though, I didn’t look it up then and there.

That is, until I encountered Nallely again earlier this week.  A perusal of the extended data for earlier years indicated that this name first appeared stateside in 1978 with 5 uses.  For a name that appeared so modern, 1978 seemed really early for her to debut as a standalone (not saying that 1978 isn’t modern, but it’s the pre-Internet era).  So, then I searched for similar names.

Behind the Name doesn’t have a standard entry for Nallely, but a user-submitted definition says it’s a variant of Nayeli, which does have a regular entryNayeli is Zapotec (indigenous Mexican language/language group) and means “I love you.”    

Still, the definition for Nallely was user-submitted, and I had a hard time seeing the connection between that spelling and Nayeli.  I needed more evidence, and this is where the data was especially helpful.  Nayeli experienced a popularity spike and peak in 2001, apparently due to a character in a telenovela called Amigas y Rivales (translation: “Friends and Rivals”).  The show didn’t continue into 2002.  Nevertheless, between 2000 and 2001 the name jumped from #607 to #175. 

Now back to Nallely – the same year Nayeli spiked, Nallely made her first and only appearance in the top 1000, as did variant Nayely.  When I saw this, I finally realized I’d  forgotten about Spanish-language pronunciation.  A double-l is pronounced like a ‘y.’  When I first read “Nallely,” my brain responded “Nah-lel-lee” rather than “nah-yell-ee.”  There may be even more ways to say Nayeli depending on spelling or dialect.  At the end of the day, some of the greatest respect you can accord a person is to spell and say their name the way they do.

What do you think of NallelyNayeli?

 

 

Georgiana

Georgiana is a gorgeous 18th-century name that just experienced a relatively huge jump in popularity.  In 2015 there were 117 American baby girls given this name, up from 79 in 2014 and 76 in 2013.  Usually pronounced like “Georgie-Anna” or even “Jor-Jayna,” this name derives from George, which means “farmer.”  However, throughout much of the 20th and all of the 21st century, Georgia has been the preferred feminine form.  Georgiana does have a history in the American top 1000, but hasn’t appeared since the 1950s. 

The name Georgiana is usually associated with Georgiana Darcy, the younger sister of Fitzwilliam Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  At the point of her appearance, she is a lovely 16-year-old heiress and an excellent pianist who had narrowly escaped elopement with the dastardly Mr. Wickham just a year prior. 

Of course, the character of Miss Darcy is not the only Georgiana from the reign of King George III.  Georgiana Cavendish, née Spencer (1757-1806), was Duchess of Devonshire through her marriage.  She’s a fascinating individual.  The duchess bore an illegitimate child with Charles Grey, who eventually became Prime Minister and the namesake of Earl Grey tea (obviously that second attribute is more important).  She had a considerable influence in British politics, during a time long before women’s suffrage…I’ve even seen political cartoons concerning her.  The duchess was also known for being a serious fashionista.  There’s a decent Keira Knightley movie about her called The Duchess.

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Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire

As to the sudden popularity increase between 2014 and 2015, I believe it is attributable to Death Comes to Pemberley.  A few years ago, P.D. James wrote a popular murder mystery in the form of Pride and Prejudice fanfiction.  Late in 2013, BBC released a DCtP miniseries, but it doesn’t appear that an American release happened until October and November of 2014.  That time frame probably helps to explain why there were so many more babies named Georgiana in 2015; although the event occurred in 2014, it happened late enough in the year so as to affect the next year’s naming trends more than the 2014 trends.  We’re likely going through the same phenomenon for Star Wars Episode VII, but of course we won’t know for sure until the SSA releases the 2015 data next May.  Either way, this Austenian murder mystery seems to have had a few other minor effects on American baby naming.  Since the novel was published in 2011, we’ve seen both Fitzwilliam and Pemberley pop up in the SSA extended data.  That has to count for something, yes?

What do you think of the name Georgiana?  Do you think she’ll keep rising, or was this spike a one-time deal? 

Henry

Henry is a classic boys’ name that is recovering from a mid-century lull.  He’s lucky to be a member of the minuscule club of names that has never been out of the top 1000 since 1880, the year in which the SSA name popularity data begins.  Still, he remained outside the top 100 between 1970 and 2005. 

As of 2015, Henry ranks #29 nationally.  If you live in Minnesota or Nebraska, he’s actually the #1 boys’ name, and he’s #2 in Washington D.C. and Oregon.  And it isn’t just this side of the pond that’s experiencing a revival of the name.  I fully expect Henry to enter the England & Wales top 10 within the next couple of years.  20 years ago, this name ranked #58 there, but in 2013 he entered the top 20 at #18 and in 2014 he ranked #15.  Henry has also recently debuted in the Irish and Scottish charts.  This name trendy all over the English-speaking world, and even Sweden apparently loves this name now (#56 in 2015, up from #76 in 2014).  

For the longest time, Henry VIII has been the prime association for millions.  He’s the English king who married six times and split from the Roman Catholic church (and started the Episcopal/Anglican church) to obtain a male heir.  As the wife mnemonic goes: “Divorced, Executed, Died, Divorced, Executed, Survived.”  Henry VIII has even inspired “disappearing wives” mugs where you pour a hot liquid in and their portraits fade to white (I have one – I’m a monarchy nerd).  There’s also a great, very catchy pop song from the 60s by Herman’s Hermits called “I’m Henery the Eighth, I am” that’s actually about a guy who’s the eighth in a line of men named Henry to have married some widow.  According to the song, “she wouldn’t have a Willie nor a Sam.”  Also, I have indeed seen the TV series The Tudors starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers…historically inaccurate in so many ways, though who doesn’t enjoy that show and that Henry VIII portrayal?

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Henry VIII

Henry VIII aside, there were seven other English kings named Henry before him (including Henry V, who has his own Shakespeare play and a Kenneth Branagh movie!); not to mention, other kingdoms had their fair share of Henrys too.  France had several named Henri, Castile had a number of rules named Enrique…This is a very royal name.  Perhaps Henry‘s meaning, “home ruler,” makes this even more fitting.

Why is Henry becoming so popular again?  I’m not sure, but I can think of a few possibilities:

  1. Prince Harry (he’s actually a Henry)
  2. Harry Potter.  Okay, I know his name isn’t actually Henry.  But a) Harry is commonly a nickname for Henry, b) Harry’s great-grandfather was named Henry Potter “Harry”, and c) Henry has become a much more popular name since the books and movies started coming out. 
  3. Once Upon a Time, which is a popular ABC series which takes storybook/fairy tale/Disney/whatever characters and puts them into a modern day town in real-world Maine called “Storeybrook.”  Henry is the name of a main character.
  4. Old names are generally trendy at the moment. 

What do you think of the name Henry?  And why do you think it’s becoming so popular again? 

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Bentley Babies

An interesting question just popped into my head: how many parents of babies named Bentley know what a Bentley is?

First of all, Bentley was originally an English automobile and was once owned by Rolls-Royce, though apparently Volkswagen owns it now.  Anyway…new Bentleys look rather like this:

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Nice looking cars.  But, I doubt most Americans have seen them in person.  I only spotted my first one last week, and where I live these are very out-of-place.  Seeing someone drive a Bentley in America is much like seeing a limousine out in the country; possible, but the vehicle will stick out like a sore thumb and draw serious attention.

This being a site about baby names, my car talk is somewhat digressive.  Nevertheless; this car name is now also a popular baby name, and that merits discussion.

Bentley is currently a top 100 boys’ name in the U.S, but 10 years ago it wasn’t even in the top 1000.  Its first re-entrance was in 2007, and rising quickly, it even ranked as a girls’ name in 2011 (though not since).  Interestingly, Bentley is currently a top 500 name according to both the English+Welsh and Dutch charts, potentially due to its popularity and association as an American appellation. 

Why and how is Bentley so trendy a name?  This 2011 article from the Daily Mail suggests MTV’s Teen Mom is the culprit.  One of the girls on the show, Maci (who’d previously been on 16 and Pregnant), named her baby son “Bentley Cadence.”  From what I could find out, he was born in 2008, and 16 and Pregnant first aired in 2009.  Bentley as a baby name jumped from a rank of #939 in 2008 to #514 in 2009.  Then, it ranked #100 in 2010.  Meanwhile, other spellings have been trending too, which are often more unisex or even feminine in usage.  Bentleigh, for example, was given to 38 girls and 8 boys last year.   

So here’s what I think: Bentley was already trendy enough to enter the top 1000, meaning it was already on a few people’s radars.  However, once the general population saw the name on TV, it exploded.  This also potentially means that many Bentley parents indeed have not actually seen the car nor heard of it, but they have heard of Maci. 

What do you think of Bentley as a baby name? 

Unusual Names in the 26-30 Range (Boys)

Finally, the boys’ list.  These names were given to between 26 and 30 boys in the U.S. back in 2014.  It’s a really interesting set!

30: Amias, Aristotle, Banner, Canton, Casimir, Dimas, Dodge, Eamonn, Elimelech, Ezriel, Kolson, Macen, Mackenzie, Malique, Matthieu, Maximilliano, Mehdi, Odysseus, Pinchas, Randal

29: Alasdair, Aldon, Alexi, Braddock, Carlin, Edwyn, Enmanuel, Espen, Gryphon, Hillel, Kirin, Lyon, Oakland, Romero, Vincente, Walt, Ward

28: Adi, Alias, Bauer, Cashmere, Champ, Cordero, Ellington, Emeric, Etienne, Faustino, Flavio, Garner, Homer, Jennings, Lior, Mercer, Rooney, Seeley, Severin, Walden, Wilfred, Yeshaya

27: Alexey, Alphonso, Asiel, Azarias, Burton, Cage, Cloud, Dillinger, Dirk, Euan, Fabrizio, Jabez, Jeanluc, Jeb, Majesty, Manolo, Novak, Oswald, Oz, Rhythm, Tallon, Tito, Vladislav, Wrigley, Yareth, Yechezkel

26: Alphonse, Arun, Asaph, Atley, Beauregard, Bogdan, Boy, Captain, Cleveland, Cord, Crispin, Donato, Egan, Fallon, Harbor, Hartley, Jacinto, Jebediah, Jetson, Kenyan, Klaus, Manasseh, Quintus, Richmond, Sevastian, Thad, Thaddaeus, Timur, Uri, Vivek, Zebulon

Comments:

  • Banner – Most likely because of Bruce Banner A.K.A the Hulk.
  • Canton – If intended as a geographical/political feature, I’d call this unique.
  • Kolson – I feel that this might be a Marvel-influenced name, but I don’t think it’s spelled that way in that universe.
  • Odysseus – This is equally surprising and not surprising.  I guess I’ll never get over the amazement of seeing a rare Ancient Greek or Biblical name within the data!
  • Espen – Probably a phonetic variant of Espn…I guess a television network’s standard abbreviation isn’t ‘namey’ enough, lol.
  • Homer – Considering the usage levels of Odysseus and Achilles, I imagine that Homer’s not used more because of Homer Simpson. 
  • Seeley – as in Seeley Booth, a character in the show Bones.  One of the few TV programs I watch, actually. 
  • Cage – Immediate thoughts of Nicolas Cage.  I hope these boys aren’t the brunt of too many “One True God” jokes or “Cagey” puns. :/
  • Jeanluc – Picard!
  • My favorites: Amias, Aristotle, Casimir, Elimelech, Matthieu, Odysseus, Alasdair, Emeric, Etienne, Seeley, Severin, Walden, Alphonso, Jabez, Alphonse, Asaph, Beauregard, Crispin, Manasseh, Quintus, Richmond, Thaddaeus, Zebulon

What do you think?  This is the last of the rare names from 2014 that I’ll post before the new data is released.  Stay tuned for the 2015 names!

How Archer Affects Baby Names

Tonight the newest season of Archer debuts on television.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, it’s basically James Bond in cartoon form.  The eponymous character does everything you would expect 007 to do, but with more vulgarity.  For most of the series, he works for a spy organization called ISIS (this changed when the conflict in the Middle East erupted).  His mother is his boss and the show’s equivalent of M.  Also working in the organization are a plethora of lively characters who are sometimes even more insane than Archer or his mother (note: Krieger).  Yet despite being the farthest thing from family-friendly, the show has actually managed to affect baby names.  A few names from the show have become more popular since its inception in 2009. 

My popularity analysis of the character names:

Archer: This name hadn’t even been in the American top 1000 since 1889.  The year the show hit the airwaves, Archer reentered the rankings with a ranking of #681 – impressive!  Admittedly the name was starting to build traction in the earlier years of the 2000s, but probably as an occupational name.  Still, there’s no denying that the series has catapulted Archer back into general use.  In 2014, it ranked at #303 with over 1,000 uses.  I project that it will climb further in the 2015 data. 

Sterling: This is Archer’s first name.  Sterling has the rare distinction of being in the top 1000 every year since 1880, but Archer has definitely affected its usage.  Sterling had his lowest-ever ranking of #897 in 2009, but has been climbing back ever since.  In 2014, this came in at #505, and I project that it will rise further.

Lana: Archer works with another spy, Lana Kane, with whom he eventually has a child.  This name doesn’t necessarily appear to be affected that much by the show, as it actually declined in popularity for a couple years afterwards.  But, the past couple of years it’s started to rebound.  So, it’s possible.

Cyril: Cyril Figgis is an office-worker who used to date Lana.  Cyril is currently a rare name in the U.S., and looking at usage data it doesn’t appear to be rising or falling.  He might be a namesake for a few children, but even so the show has had negligible effects on this appellation.  If anything, the name has stabilized in the range of 40-50 uses per annum.

Cheryl: Cheryl Tunt is an insane office-worker who happens to be a multi-millionaire. Cheryl fell out of popularity years ago, and continues to decline in usage.  It appears that there were a few more Cheryls in 2010 than 2009, but otherwise the show hasn’t affected popularity.

Pam: Pam is the human resources person, and absolutely hilarious.  But, as far as I can find, there’s no known record of any Pams born since the 1990s.

Krieger: Dr. Krieger is a mad German-Brazilian scientist who has a holographic Japanese wife and finds out that he’s one of several clones.  I have found no evidence of any baby Kriegers.

Ray: Like Archer and Lana, Ray is a field agent.  Ray is actually still popular, but is declining.  Like Sterling, it also has the distinction of being perpetually in the American top 1000.  However, Archer has little to no affect on usage here.

Malory: Malory is Sterling Archer’s middle name and his mother’s first name.  This name isn’t popular anymore, and if I can see anything it’s that Archer’s mother has actually made this name even *less* popular.  If you’re as familiar with the character as I am, it’s really not surprising.

If you’re interested in seeing the numbers yourself, I looked at these two awesome websites, Behind the Name and Nancy’s Baby Names.  Both use the SSA data that is publicly accessible to everyone.