Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thematic Names in the top 7000

In 2011 there were a lot of themed-names in the top 7000. While it's nothing new to name a baby after a hero or favorite character, these names seem to be on the rise. We'll start with boys' names (in parentheses is the # given that name):

SPORTS:
  • Zinedine (7)
  • Shaquille (32)
  • Satchel (12)
  • Rondo (8)
  • Ripken (9)
  • Messi (11)
  • Magic (10)
  • Lebron (57)
  • Kobe (552)
  • Jeter (27)
  • Gehrig (27)
  • Garnett (5)
  • Dimaggio (8)
  • Beckham (356)
  • Sneijder (28)
  • Neymar (190) - this was the highest rising name in 2011!
 STAR WARS:
  • Solo (7)
  • Lando (12)
  • Jedi (11)
  • Anakin (96)
 And for girls:
  • Padme (5)
  • Leia (345)
MUSIC:
  • Vedder (12)
  • Tupac (5)
  • Shyne (15)
  • Ringo (6)
  • Reznor (14)
  • McCartney (7), girls: (13)
  • Lyriq (8)
  • Lyfe (7)
  • Lennon (302)
  • Lemmy (5)
  • Juelz (157)
  • Jeremih (154)
  •  Jagger (362)
  • Jodeci (11) girls: (8)
  • Hendrix (200) girls: (10)
  • Edge (5)
  • Dio (13)
  • Danzig (5)
  • Coltrane (13)
  • Cobain (13)
  • Bowie (50) girls: (10)
  • Bonham (6)
  • Axl (73)
  • Avant (23)
  • Akon (7)
And for girls:
  • Aretha (5)
  • Danity (17)
  • Fergie (15)
  • Beyonce (39)
  • Madonna (6)
  • Pantera (6) - probably not named after the band, but still!
 Girls tend to get named things that stress beauty and grace, for example:
  • Angelic (43)
  • Beauty (19)
  • Beautiful (39) and 15 Beautifulls!
  • Charm (17)
  • Cherish (383)
  • Comfort (5)
  • Passion (44)
  • Princess (301)
  • Radiance (14)
  • Finesse (5)
  • Purity (15)
  • Lovely (55)
  • Precious (195)
  • Pretty (7)
  • Gorgeous (19)
  • Gracious (6)
  • Fancy (16)
Boys are more likely to get names stressing strength and prosperity, such as:

  • Worth ( 10)
  • Valor (17)
  • Valiant (8)
  • Tuff (36)
  • Triumph (8)
  • Swift (5)
  • Supreme (10)
  • Success (8)
  • Righteous (10)
  • Noble (91)
  • Fortune (8)
  • Courage (10)
  • Clever (7)
  • Bravery (5)
  • Brave (5)
  • Awesome (7)
  • Epic (9)
  • Champ (31)
  • Champion (25)
Then there are some virtues and concepts that both sexes get, such as:
  • Favor (boy: 14 girls:  19)
  • Freedom (boys: 11, Girls: 24)
  • Courage (boys :10, Girls: 7)
  • Praise (boys: 14, Girls: 31)
  • Solace (Boys: 7, Girls: 8)
  • Victory (boys: 13, girls: 39)
  • Treasure (boys:6, girls: 189)
  • Rogue (boys: 15, girls: 17)
  • Rebel (boys: 19, girls: 8)
  • True (boys: 28, girls: 40)
  • Trust (boys: 11, girls: 7)
  • Truth (boys: 29, girls: 19)
  • Unique (boys: 14, girls: 213)
  • Hero (boys: 14, girls: 17)
  • Marvelous (boys: 6, girls: 5)
  • Loyal (boys: 37, girls: 6)

Boys tend to get names stressing rebellion and having an outlaw nature:

  • Gotti (5)
  • Corleone (6)
  • Jessejames (20)
  • Rowdy (127)
  • Maverick (634), there were 7 girls named Maverick, too though!
  • Brazen (5)
  • Riot (36)
  • Pistol (8)
  • Gatlin (102)
  • Dragon (5)
  • Bronco (10)
  • Cannon (491)
  • Wrangler (16) 
  • Notorious (5)
  • Trigger (21)
Girls get... well, these!
  • Diva (11)
  • Breezy (18)
  • Bunny (6)
  • Honey (56)
  • Peaches (311)
  • Mirage (6)
  • Pixie (15)
  • Sparkle (13)
  • Starlet (12)
  • Sundae (5)
  • Tequila (5)
  • Chardonnay (9)
  • Gypsy (13)
  • Goddess (21)
  • Geisha (5)
  • Jinx (6) (I know it's a super hero, but still!)

3 comments:

theperfectbirth said...

Those are effing awesome. I mean, Reznor? Wow. But where are you getting these from? What is the source of the top 7000? You're killing me.

millennialkelly said...
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millennialkelly said...

theperfectbirth - The SSA has files that you can download that show names beyond the Top 1,000:
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/limits.html