Saturday, November 15, 2008

Top 10 Baby Names in North America

Sometimes I just wonder: there are so many people in this world with the same name! Within my circle of friends, there are at least 4 Rachels, 4 Samanthas, and 3 Nicholases. My name itself is pretty common - sometimes mistaken as an Indian name - within the Indonesians.

Well, here are the top 10 most popular baby names:


  • Emma – This name usually tops the list for girls. It means whole or complete.
  • Emily – Emily is the feminine form of the French name Emile. It means industrious or hard-working.
  • Sarah – A variety of meanings have been assigned to this name. In the Bible, the name is understood to mean lady or princess. Sarah was the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. The Muslim origin defines “Sara” as pure and happy.
  • Madison – This name is based on a surname derived from the name Matthew (gift or reward) or Matilda (strong fighter).
  • Hannah – In the Bible, Hannah was the mother of Samuel. The name means gracious and merciful, or “God has favored me.”
  • Olivia – This name is a variant of Olive, which means peace.
  • Hailey – Typically used as a surname, this name has become quite popular as a first name. It means field of hay.
  • Ava – Ava is a variant of the name “Eve”. In the Bible, Eve is well-known as the first woman and wife of Adam. Eve means breath or life.
  • Kaitlyn – The name Kaitlyn is a derivative of Catherine, which means pure. This particular spelling is a modernized version of the traditional “Caitlin”.
  • Abigail – In the Bible, the wise and sensible Abigail married King David after the death of her first husband. The name means father’s joy.
I didn't know Olive means "peace" :)
And I didn't know Matilda is associated with a powerful girl :S Woohoo... I always thought the name Matilda suits someone who is soft and kindhearted!

  • Ethan – Usually tops for boys of late, this name means strong, valiant and constant.
  • Matthew – In the Bible, Matthew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and was the author of one of the gospels. The name means gift or reward.
  • Joshua – Joshua was the warrior who succeeded Moses and led the Israelites in their journey to the Promised Land. The name means a savior or deliverer.
  • Jacob - The name means “heel” or one who supplants or undermines, but the Jacob in the Bible eventually redeemed himself and became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Nicholas – Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of children, sailors and, strangely, pawnbrokers. Saint Nicholas is best known as the basis for Santa Claus. The root of the name is the Greek word “Nike”, meaning victory. In Slavic cultures, Nikolas is known as a victor or conquerer.
  • Aidan – This popular Irish name means little fire or ardent. The name comes from a 7th century Irish monk named Aidan.
  • Ryan – This was originally a Gaelic name meaning little king. The Irish name means, simply, kingly.
  • Logan – Logan is another Gaelic name, meaning “from the hollow”.
  • Noah – Anyone familiar with the Bible recognizes this name as that of the famous ark builder. The name signifies comfort and repose.
  • Michael – This name is from the Biblical saint who conquered Satan and was charged with the protection of Israel. Michael is the patron saint of soldiers.
Joshua is a savior/deliverer, and Ryan is king/kingly. OMG. I have a friend called Ryan and he's unkingly (if there is such a word)... no, I'm just joking. I don't mean to belittle him LOL :)

Pretty interesting. I don't know the credibility of this source, though, coz I don't seem to find many people called Aidan, Ava and Hailey. I know Emily is pretty common, though.

Probably if I make a list of common names of Indonesians, I'd say:
- Stephanie/Stefani and all the derivatives
- Felicia and all the derivatives
- Priscilla/Priscillia and all the derivatives
- Melissa
- Amelia
- Franciska/Fransiska and all the derivatives
- Anthony/Antonius and all the derivatives
- Albert/Albertus and all the derivatives
- Andre/Andrew/Andreas and all the derivatives
- Leonardus/Leonard and all the derivatives

Recently names have been going more exotic, though... It's like they kind of fall under Enlgish names, but they're not English either (meaning that they are derivatives or some sort). There is even someone named Radian. Even though theoratically it should be associated with the word "radiant", I keep thinking that it's the mathematical radian (180 degrees). No offense - I just think it's interesting. Probably someday there will be a math fetish who named his/her children Sine, Cosine and Tangent.


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