[Ads-l] 26 Names That Didn't Exist Before 2000

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 10 19:00:59 UTC 2015


> On Nov 10, 2015, at 1:43 PM, Geoffrey Steven Nathan <geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU> wrote:
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> I have a colleague, chair of Music, who is Norah Duncan IV. And he's about my age...
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> Geoff

Ah, a male (I assume) Norah.  Now that's more unusual, I reckon.

LH
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> GB has "Norah" at least as far back as the 1840s.
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> It looks to have been most common in Ireland.
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> JL
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> On Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 12:04 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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>> Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>> Subject:      Re: 26 Names That Didn't Exist Before 2000
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>>> On Nov 10, 2015, at 8:39 AM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com> =
>> wrote:
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>>> I don't know how accurate this list is.  For example, I find it =
>> difficult to believe Khloe Kardashian is less than 15 years old, "Norah" =
>> is a variant spelling of "Nora"
>> 
>> Ditto Norah Jones and Gael Greene.  And Vivienne Haugh-whatever, as in =
>> "Tom and Viv", where Tom =3D T. S. Eliot (although she was a Brit so =
>> maybe that doesn't count).  Hard to believe that their names "basically =
>> didn't exist" at the time each was christened.  True, these are minority =
>> spellings.  But I agree that this fact doesn't make the *names* =
>> non-existent. =20
>> 
>> LH
>> 
>>> , and "Vivienne" is a variant spelling of "Vivian" which is one of the =
>> names of the woman who seduced Merlin in the Arthur legends.
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>>> <begin quote>
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>>> 26 Names That Didn't Exist Before 2000
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>>> Before the year 2000--you know, way back in the last century--the name =
>> "Bentley" was pretty much reserved for a British luxury automobile. And =
>> it was rarely, if ever, used as a name for a baby boy. Fast forward to =
>> today. Bentley is now the 81st most popular name for a boy, according to =
>> data from the Social Security Administration.
>>> =20
>>> Jennifer has been replaced by Hazel. And Michael has been dumped by =
>> Elijah. =20
>>> =20
>>> What are other names are new to the 21st century? Mooseroots.com dove =
>> into the SSA data on names to figure out which ones are popular now that =
>> basically didn't exist before 2000. That is, fewer than 100 babies a =
>> year were given any one of these names.=20
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>>> Here are the 26 popular baby names that basically didn't exist before =
>> 2000:
>>> 1. Bentley
>>> 2. Nevaeh
>>> 3. Mila
>>> 4. Khloe
>>> 5. Paisley
>>> 6. Brantley
>>> 7. Ryker
>>> 8. Maddox
>>> 9. Gael
>>> 10. Kingston
>>> 11. Zayden
>>> 12. King
>>> 13. Lyla
>>> 14. Londyn
>>> 15. Isla
>>> 16. Adalyn
>>> 17. Norah
>>> 18. Jax
>>> 19. Arabella
>>> 20. Cash
>>> 21. Jaylah
>>> 22. Beckett
>>> 23. Brynlee
>>> 24. Karter
>>> 25. Arya
>>> 26. Vivienne=20
>>> =20
>>> <end quote>
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>>> Also Netscape provides
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>>> <begin quote>
>>> =20
>>> 30 Classic Baby Names Popular Again=20
>>> Jennifer has been replaced by Hazel. And Michael has been dumped by =
>> Elijah.=20
>>> =20
>>> Classic names that were popular well over 100 years ago are surging in =
>> popularity again. Talk about retro!=20
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>>> MooseRoots.com did the hard work using 2014 data from the Social =
>> Security Administration and the United States Census Bureau and =
>> identified 30 classic names that have made a comeback.=20
>>> =20
>>> Specifically, the MooseRoots editors looked for names that:
>>> =20
>>> =E2=80=A2 Ranked in the top 200 before 1930.
>>> =20
>>> =E2=80=A2 Ranked outside of the top 200 between 1930 and 1980.
>>> =20
>>> =E2=80=A2 Ranked in the top 200 again after 1980.=20
>>> =20
>>> Thirty classic baby names that are making a comeback:=20
>>> =20
>>> 1. Noah
>>> Rank in 1880: 126
>>> Rank in 2014: 1=20
>>> =20
>>> 2. Emma
>>> Rank in 1880: 3
>>> Rank in 2014: 1=20
>>> =20
>>> 3. Elijah
>>> Rank in 1880: 135
>>> Rank in 2014: 11=20
>>> =20
>>> 4. Charlotte
>>> Rank in 1880: 91
>>> Rank in 2014: 10=20
>>> =20
>>> 5. Oliver
>>> Rank in 1880: 69
>>> Rank in 2014: 32=20
>>> =20
>>> 6. Amelia
>>> Rank in 1880: 96
>>> Rank in 2014: 15=20
>>> =20
>>> 7. Levi
>>> Rank in 1880: 118
>>> Rank in 2014: 45=20
>>> =20
>>> 8. Evelyn
>>> Rank in 1880: 133
>>> Rank in 2014: 16=20
>>> =20
>>> 9. Eli
>>> Rank in 1880: 177
>>> Rank in 2014: 49=20
>>> =20
>>> 10. Lillian
>>> Rank in 1880: 32
>>> Rank in 2014: 25=20
>>> =20
>>> 11. Nathaniel
>>> Rank in 1880: 200
>>> Rank in 2014: 94=20
>>> =20
>>> 12. Sadie
>>> Rank in 1880: 74
>>> Rank in 2014: 46=20
>>> =20
>>> 13. Leo
>>> Rank in 1880: 92
>>> Rank in 2014: 97=20
>>> =20
>>> 14. Nora
>>> Rank in 1880: 55
>>> Rank in 2014: 49=20
>>> =20
>>> 15. Elias
>>> Rank in 1880: 189
>>> Rank in 2014: 103=20
>>> =20
>>> 16. Stella
>>> Rank in 1880: 60
>>> Rank in 2014: 66=20
>>> =20
>>> 17. Max
>>> Rank in 1880: 225
>>> Rank in 2014: 112=20
>>> =20
>>> 18. Eleanor
>>> Rank in 1880: 126
>>> Rank in 2014: 78=20
>>> =20
>>> 19. Harrison
>>> Rank in 1880: 189
>>> Rank in 2014: 127=20
>>> =20
>>> 20. Naomi
>>> Rank in 1880: 275
>>> Rank in 2014: 80=20
>>> =20
>>> 21. Ivan
>>> Rank in 1880: 320
>>> Rank in 2014: 132=20
>>> =20
>>> 22. Ruby
>>> Rank in 1880: 149
>>> Rank in 2014: 90=20
>>> =20
>>> 23. Timothy
>>> Rank in 1880: 180
>>> Rank in 2014: 135=20
>>> =20
>>> 24. Cora
>>> Rank in 1880: 15
>>> Rank in 2014: 103=20
>>> =20
>>> 25. Silas
>>> Rank in 1880: 139
>>> Rank in 2014: 137=20
>>> =20
>>> 26. Hazel
>>> Rank in 1880: 352
>>> Rank in 2014: 107=20
>>> =20
>>> 27. Joel
>>> Rank in 1880: 262
>>> Rank in 2014: 154=20
>>> =20
>>> 28. Josephine
>>> Rank in 1880: 50
>>> Rank in 2014: 147=20
>>> =20
>>> 29. Oscar
>>> Rank in 1880: 29
>>> Rank in 2014: 183=20
>>> =20
>>> 30. Rose
>>> Rank in 1880: 30
>>> Rank in 2014: 194=20
>>> <end quote>
>>> =20
>>> I would speculate that the popularity of Emma might be due to the fame =
>> of actress Emma Watson, but in that case why isn't "Hermione" on the =
>> above list?
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