Friday, 26 July 2013

My Favorite Names (Part 2)

I like names.  We've discussed that before.

Here is my list of male names I like between the ranks of 300-600 on the SSA's 2012 list of baby names.
301 - Rowan
307 - Lorenzo
311 - Beau
316 - Felix
318 - Brennan
332 - Grady
358 - Brooks
361 - Keith
386 - Scott
390 - Gideon
394 - Keaton
404 - Archer
410 - Atticus
416 - Davis
426 - Russell
466 - Malcolm
475 - Kendrick
490 - Sullivan
538 - Boston

And here is my list of female names I like between the ranks of 300-600 on the same list.
303 - Phoebe
316 - Veronica
325 - Mallory
334 - Heidi
339 - Ainsley
343 - Adelaide
352 - Bethany
401 - Scarlet
402 - Helen
419 - Cynthia
420 - Daphne
434 - Monica
435 - June
504 - Aspen
514 - Gwendolyn
579 - Virginia

The funny thing about me and names is that I love them in many ways.  I love the prevalence of certain names.  I love the etymology of names.  I like the reasons certain names are popular and certain names are unpopular and how those statistics are dependent on what part of the world the statistics are taken from.  I love the way each of these names have changed in popularity over the years.

"Phoebe," for example, was 433 on the list in 1915 but decreased in popularity until, in 1957, it was practically unheard of and didn't even make the top 1000 list for many years.  In 1993, before Friends, Phoebe was ranked 903rd in popularity in the United States and had been increasing slowly and steadily since it reentered the list in 1989.  However, in 1995, as Friends began to peak in popularity, it jumped to number 581 on the list and has continued to increase pretty steadily since then.



That's fascinating to me.