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:

Rare ‘H’ Names

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Some of my all-time favorite names start with the letter ‘H!’  I even love modern ‘H’ names, and my name preferences are usually very ancient or traditional.  To be fair, Hadley and Harper do have literary precedents…

The names below are rare ‘H’ names that were used in the U.S. in 2016, the latest year for which national baby name data has been released.  They are sorted by popularity – the most common names will appear first, and the least common will be at the bottom of the list.  They’re also color-coded; pink indicates that the name was mostly (≥90%) given to girls, blue to (≥90%) boys, and purple to both (>10% and <90% boys and girls).

Girls:

  • 150-212 girls named: Honesty, Halo, Harriet, Hillary, Hensley
  • 100-149: Haddie, Hartley, Hollis, Hafsa, Honor, Haisley
  • 50-99: Hawa, Haya, Hosanna, Hermione, Halima, Hanan, Harbor, Henrietta, Huda, Hala, Havana, Hiba, Hoorain, Honey
  • 25-49: Haneen, Hennessy, Husna, Hilda, Hera, Heiress, Hayat, Huntley, Harini, Henny, Henna, Habiba
  • 10-24: Hadiya, Hadeel, Halina, Hargun, Harvest, Havilah, Hiyab, Hasset, Honour, Heavenleigh, Harleyquinn, Harnoor, Hebe, Holiday, Haasini, Hedy, Hikari, Honora, Hanley, Henchy, Humaira, Hajra, Heer, Herlinda, Hartlynn, Hser, Halsey, Hathaway, Hermela, Hind, Halona, Hamda, Harshitha, Heavenlyjoy, Hadar, Haruka, Hatley, Havisha, Heloise, Hephzibah, Heylin, Hildegard, Hoda
  • 8-9: Hanifa, Happiness, Hessa, Hibo, Hidaya, Hikma, Hilde, Holy, Honest, Hypatia, Halimatou, Hanalei, Harland, Hortencia
  • 7: Haddison, Hannie, Hava, Henriette, Hetvi, Hewan, Hildy, Hiya, Horizon
  • 6: Haidee, Hallelujah, Hannahgrace, Hansini, Harlequin, Harliv, Harumi, Hasanat, Hawraa, Healani, Helia, Herminia, Hestia, Holliday, Hridya, Hrisha, Hyacinth
  • 5: Hadasha, Hanvika, Haram, Harseerat, Hasnaa, Hassanatou, Haunani, Haynes, Hemen, Hendel, Hettie, Hinako, Hinami, Honoka, Honore, Honoria, Husaina

Boys:

  • 100-183 boys named: Harlem, Hans, Hagen, Hoyt
  • 50-99: Hamilton, Hiram, Hawkins, Heriberto, Herbert, Hiro, Hernan, Heston, Hansel, Holt, Hampton, Hosea, Haddon, Hawk, Haziel
  • 25-49: Hero, Hardy, Huxton, Hanson, Hisham, Hubert, Halen, Hawthorne, Humza, Hatcher, Hadrian, Haakon, Hari, Haydn, Henderson, Hillel, Hogan, Haniel, Harbor, Harmon, Herschel, Huckleberry, Hilario, Homero
  • 10-24: Heber, Hilton, Homer, Hutch, Halston, Hazael, Horace, Helios, Huzaifa, Hale, Haroun, Han, Hercules, Hunner, Haruki, Hewitt, Hyatt, Hannibal, Helix, Horatio, Haruto, Huston, Haneef, Haru, Hiroki, Hurley, Hazaiah, Hriday, Hridaan, Hyde, Hades, Helio, Hutchinson, Hykeem, Hafiz, Hamish, Havoc, Haziq, Hiroshi, Hobson, Howie, Huntingdon, Haines, Hartaj, Hayato, Haywood, Hendry, Hobie
  • 8-9: Henok, Hermes, Hipolito, Haggai, Haku, Hammond, Handsome, Hanzalah, Hardin, Harjot, Harrington, Hatch, Haxton, Helaman, Hemi, Heron, Holder, Hughes
  • 7: Hadriel, Hananiah, Haoxuan, Harsh, Havok, Heaton, Hebron, Hemingway, Hobbes, Hollister, Htoo, Hunt
  • 6: Hamdi, Hansley, Happy, Harald, Harbour, Harding, Hastings, Hebert, Hinton, Hiroto, Hooper, Horus, Hovhannes, Hung
  • 5: Haig, Hall, Hamdaan, Handy, Hanz, Hap, Harfateh, Hariharan, Hartford, Harvard, Hasten, Hawkeye, Heathcliff, Hikaru, Hill, Hilo, Hoke, Hopper, Hyland

My three very favorite names (overall, not just among ‘H’ names) are mentioned within the post.  Bonus points to anyone who can correctly guess them!

Do you have a favorite ‘H’ name?  Let me know in the comments!

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

Finally, the names that are currently popular for baby girls in the U.S. but not in England and Wales!  A few of the names here are in the top 1000 for British boys.  Unisex and gender-bending names are more American phenomenons. 

To make this list, I compared the 2016 U.S. top 1000 against the top 1000 names in England and Wales for the same year.  American data comes from the Social Security Administration; English and Welsh data comes from the Office of National Statistics.  I’ve also made a list of girls’ names in the E/W top 1000 that aren’t in the U.S. and comparable boys’ lists.

  • A: Aadhya, Abril, Adalyn, Adalynn, Addilyn, Addilynn, Addisyn, Addyson, Adelyn, Adelynn, Adilynn, Adley, Adrienne, Ailani, Aileen, Ainsley, Aislinn, Aitana, Aiyana, Alaia, Alani, Alayah, Aleah, Alejandra, Alena, Alessandra, Alexa, Aliana, Alianna, Alison, Allie, Allison, Ally, Allyson, Alondra, Alyson, Alyvia, Amari, Amaris, Amia, Amiya, Amya, Anabella, Anahi, Analia, Andi, Angelique, Angie, Ann, Annalee, Anne, Annika, Anniston, Ansley, Antonella, Aranza, Arden, Arely, Ari, Ariel, Armani, Aryana, Aryanna, Ashley, Ashlyn, Ashlynn, Aspen, Aubri, Aubrie, Aubriella, Aubrielle, Audrina, Avah, Avalynn, Averi, Averie, Avianna, Ayleen, Aylin, Azalea, Azaria, Azariah
  • B: Bailee, Barbara, Baylee, Belen, Bexley, Blair, Blaire, Blakely, Braelyn, Braelynn, Braylee, Breanna, Brenda, Brenna, Bria, Briar, Briana, Briella, Briley, Brinley, Bristol, Brittany, Brooklynn, Brylee, Bryleigh, Brynlee, Brynn
  • C: Cadence, Calliope, Cameron, Camila, Camryn, Carlee, Carly, Carolina, Carolyn, Carter, Cataleya, Catalina, Caylee, Celia, Celine, Chana, Chandler, Charlee, Charleigh, Charli, Cherish, Cheyenne, Clare, Clarissa, Colette, Collins, Coraline, Corinne, Cynthia
  • D: Dalary, Daleyza, Dallas, Danica, Danna, Davina, Dayana, Delaney, Desiree, Dulce, Dylan
  • E: Eileen, Elaina, Elaine, Elianna, Elliana, Ellianna, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis, Ellison, Elyse, Emely, Emerie, Emerson, Emersyn, Emery, Emmaline, Emmalyn, Emmalynn, Emory, Esmeralda, Esperanza, Estella, Estrella, Evelynn, Everleigh
  • F: Fernanda, Finley
  • G: Galilea, Gemma, Genesis, Giana, Gianna, Giovanna, Giselle, Giuliana, Gracelyn, Gracelynn, Guadalupe, Gwendolyn
  • H: Hadlee, Hadleigh, Hadley, Hailee, Hailey, Haley, Harlee, Harleigh, Harmoni, Haven, Hayden, Haylee, Heaven, Heavenly, Henley, Holland, Hunter
  • I: Iliana, Irene, Isabela, Itzayana, Itzel, Ivanna, Ivory
  • J: Jacqueline, Jada, Jaelyn, Jaelynn, Jaliyah, Jamie, Jane, Janelle, Janessa, Janiyah, Jaycee, Jayda, Jayde, Jayden, Jayla, Jaylah, Jaylee, Jayleen, Jaylene, Jaylynn, Jazlyn, Jazlynn, Jazmine, Jemma, Jessa, Jewel, Jillian, Jimena, Joelle, Johanna, Jolene, Jolie, Jordan, Jordyn, Joselyn, Joslyn, Journee, Journey, Judith, Juliana, Julianna, Julianne, Julie, Julieta, Julissa, June, Juniper, Justice
  • K: Kadence, Kaelyn, Kai, Kailani, Kailee, Kailey, Kailyn, Kairi, Kaiya, Kalani, Kali, Kaliyah, Kallie, Kamila, Kamryn, Karen, Karla, Karlee, Karlie, Karsyn, Karter, Kassandra, Kassidy, Katalina, Kaydence, Kaylani, Kaylee, Kaylie, Kaylin, Kaylynn, Kehlani, Kendra, Kenia, Kenley, Kenna, Kennedi, Kennedy, Kensley, Kenya, Kenzie, Keyla, Kimber, Kinley, Kinslee, Kinsley, Kora, Kori, Kristina, Kylee, Kyleigh, Kylie, Kynlee
  • L: Lailah, Lainey, Landry, Laney, Laurel, Lauryn, Laylah, Leanna, Leighton, Lennon, Lennox, Leslie, Lillianna, Lilyana, Lilyanna, Linda, Lindsey, Liv, Lizbeth, Logan, London, Londyn, Lorelai, Luciana, Lucille, Luz, Lyric
  • M: Mackenzie, Madalyn, Madalynn, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilynn, Madisyn, Madyson, Magnolia, Makayla, Makenna, Makenzie, Malaya, Malaysia, Maleah, Malia, Maliah, Maliyah, Mallory, Maren, Mariana, Marianna, Marilyn, Marisol, Marissa, Mariyah, Marjorie, Marlee, Marleigh, Mavis, Maxine, Maylee, Mckenna, Mckenzie, Mckinley, Meilani, Mercy, Micah, Mikaela, Mikayla, Milani, Milania, Miracle, Miranda, Monroe, Monserrat, Montserrat, Moriah
  • N: Nala, Nalani, Nataly, Nathalia, Nathalie, Nathaly, Nayeli, Noelle, Noemi, Novalee
  • O: Oakley
  • P: Paislee, Paityn, Paola, Parker, Paulina, Perla, Presley, Priscilla
  • R: Raegan, Raelyn, Raelynn, Raina, Ramona, Raquel, Rayna, Rayne, Reagan, Rebekah, Reese, Regina, Reign, Reina, Remington, Remy, Renata, Reyna, Rivka, Romina, Rory, Rosalyn, Roselyn, Royal, Royalty, Ryan, Ryann, Rylan, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
  • S: Sage, Saige, Sarai, Sariah, Sariyah, Sawyer, Saylor, Scarlette, Selah, Sharon, Shayla, Shiloh, Sierra, Simone, Sloan, Sloane, Susan, Sutton
  • T: Taliyah, Tatiana, Tatum, Tenley, Teresa, Tinley, Tinsley, Tori
  • V: Vada, Valeria, Veda, Virginia, Viviana
  • W: Wendy, Whitney, Willa, Wynter
  • X: Ximena
  • Y: Yamileth, Yareli, Yaretzi
  • Z: Zaniyah, Zaria, Zariah, Zariyah, Zaylee, Zelda, Zendaya, Zion, Zoie, Zuri

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments! 

 

Below the Top 1000, Part 32 (Boys)

Do you ever accidentally fail to recognize or mispronounce a common name because of context?  I saw Hazel listed directly below a very obscure Biblical men’s name and thought I was looking at another rare Biblical boys’ name that was pronounced like “Hah-sel.”  It took me a few seconds to realize why spell-check already accepted it!

Here are some of the names given to 12 or 13 boys in 2015, according to the Social Security Administration.  Each year, the SSA publishes information about America’s most popular names.  They also publish an extended list containing just about every name down to five occurrences, which is where these names come from.  

  • 13: Abdikadir, Aceton, Achillies, Adedamola, Akim, Amore, Antonius, Apollos, Arrington, Bannon, Barrington, Benz, Bernabe, Bertram, Cainen, Cecilio, Colm, Coltrane, Cope, Crosley, Daequan, Delvon, Dj, Dolan, Dujuan, Early, Edwyn, Eirik, Elohim, Eluzer, Emilian, Eris, Even, Finch, Florencio, Foxx, General, Grantley, Griffith, Haywood, Hermes, Hiroshi, Hiroto, Ikenna, Izzy, Janoah, Jedi, Kamen, Kincaid, Lakoda, Lestat, Linwood, Lyfe, Makani, Marcio, Messi, Parish, Porfirio, Quintavious, Ruairi, Sacha, Samwise, Sequoia, Sho, Sixto, Stan, Talmadge, Tex, Vega, Wyeth, Yannis, Yaroslav, Zandon, Zohaib
  • 12: Adrick, Aeon, Alcides, Aldous, Amour, Aodhan, Arlington, Balin, Balthazar, Bert, Bingham, Bolton, Bowe, Bran, Breslin, Buckley, Calhoun, Calixto, Cephas, Chadrick, Cobain, Constantin, Czar, Dagoberto, Dhani, Dijon, Dinero, Django, Doyle, DreuxEladio, Eliakim, Fabrice, Gatsby, Gemini, Guilherme, Hazaiah, Jessup, Kaliq, Kyrillos, Laurent, Lehi, Leomar, Leovanni, Ludwig, Lyman, Lynx, Marquee, Muhammadali, Nuchem, Orville, Osborn, Rafferty, Ramadan, Ramesses, Ringo, Schneider, Shooter, Siaosi, Sneyder, Spenser, Stanislav, Thanos, Theodoros, Torres, Tristain, Trust, Vijay, Xabi, Yanni, Yitzhak, Zebastian, Zinedine

What do you think of these names?  Let me know!

P.S. One thing that’s strange for me is how many names on this list actually belong to people I knew in high school or college!  I won’t say exactly which names I’ve encountered (for privacy), but I count 8 that I knew personally and another 2 or 3 that I heard about in passing.

Previous 5 posts in this series:

An August Ascent

In honor of the 1st of August, how about a post on the name? 

August belongs to that exclusive and venerable club of names that have been in the American top 1000 every year since 1880.  Once a top 100 name, it almost left the charts in the 1980s.  August grew a little more popular through the 1990s and remained stable in the #600s until the later 2000s.  Then, in 2007, the lovely movie August Rush came to theaters, starring such luminaries as Robin Williams and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.  Between 2007 and 2008 the name August jumped about 150 spots upwards.  Ever since, it has only gotten more popular.  In 2015, August breached the top 200, ranking at #195.  I don’t expect this name to become unfashionable any time soon, and would be very surprised indeed if it doesn’t reenter the top 100 in a few years. 

The month, the name, and the word meaning ‘venerable’ all derive from Augustus, an Ancient Roman honorific for the early emperors, or Caesars.  The first Augustus was Octavian (not Julius Caesar, who was never emperor…nor were all “Caesars” related to the emperor).  Augustus itself is also trendy in the U.S.  In 2015, Augustus ranked #467, up from #544 in 2014 and #688 in 2013. 

There are women named August, too.  Last year, 242 girls were named August, almost enough to enter the top 1000.  By my own standards and metrics, the name is now unisex because girls counted for over 10% of all baby Augusts last year.  I suspect that many female Augusts are so named because of the month.  The name, after all, has a traditional feminine form – Augusta, which was only given to 49 girls last year.  Moreover, August has only appeared regularly in the extended data for girls since the 1960s and 70s, which suggests to me it was a kind of summery hippie name akin to, well, Summer.

Possible nicknames for August include Gus, Augie, and Gussie.  However, I think it works well as a standalone name too. 

What do you think of the name August?  Do you prefer it for boys or girls?  Let me know in the comments.