Angus the name that makes me think of Angus Burgers from McDonalds or Hungry Jacks but it has consistently ranked in Australia making it a true classic whether it makes you think of greasy burgers or not. At 57 in the country and 42 in Victoria, it seems to be staying inside the top 100 for a while yet. Angus peaked at 137 in the Uk and is currently at 408 and hasn’t ranked since the 20′s in the US but it does rank in Scotland at 73 so is higher in Australia despite being a Scottish name. My mum informed me that my Grandma wanted to name her brother Stuart, Angus back in the late 60′s but my granddad rejected it which my mum is glad of. I guess Angus and Elspeth sound like they should be in the mountains of Scotland not in the streets near Fremantle. I think the more English sounding Stuart for him as he’s half English half Scottish.
This has to be my favourite series me trash talking names that other people love. Today to be hated is Imogen. Its gushed over on Nameberry for being not very popular sure its never ranked in the top 1000 there but for me Imogen is well used I know two Imogen’s and its a top 100 name here (at 45). Unlike Arthur Imogen has only been well used since the 90′s when it was in the mid 100′s (this is when the two Imogen’s I know were born) and has only ranked since the 70′s with a massive one born per year. In the UK it’s also quite popular at 37 showing us to be very British in this instance. I don’t quite know what I don’t like about Imogen it just seems forced *shrugs*
With Taylor Henderson finishing up second on X Factor and Taylah getting kicked off Australia’s Next Top Model for chocking someone I’ll call Taylor/Tayla/Taylah for a rise this year. It left the top 100 last year but with Ebony and Lauren joining the top 100 I think Taylor’s fair game to join.
In Australia the most used spelling is Taylah most often discounted as a unique spelling or Taylor with a funny accent ranks 120 in Victoria while Taylor is 163 and Tayla is 210. In the UK it is a different story Taylah ranked 1809 , Tayla at 319 and Taylor is at 213 and top 100 for boys. In the US Taylah has never ranked.
Why is Taylah so popular here? Maybe so the gender is apparent my sister believes that Tayla/Taylah is the girl spelling and Taylor is the boy spelling. Maybe they just love H’s? I mean many names get H’s added to them so why not Taylor. Most likely its to show the pronunciation to Americans so they can say like Taylor in a funny accent.
This new series focuses on names that have became more popular since a celebrity with the name rose to fame. I think Drake is a good example of this especially if you look at the stats in America where Drake is pretty well known with 65 hot 100 entries to his name Drake reached its highest point in 2010 and is still around the same spot it peaked at 199 and is now at 231 not too bad especially since it means male duck. In the UK it is also peaking 682 but I’m not quite sure how popular Drake is there my knowledge seems to only be billboard (I do know hold on we’re going home is at number two in South Africa). In Victoria their were 8 Drake’s born. Its no surprise its so much higher in America Hold on We’re Going Home is Drake’s highest charting single in Australia it peaked at 8. Also the rapper wasn’t born Drake he was born Aubrey Drake Graham in Canada 27 years ago.
I know two boys called Darcy and one girl named Darcy as well as a D’Arcy. In the Uk and America that would be out of the ordinary (knowing two boys Darcy’s that is) as it is 107 for girls and 1021 for boys in the US its not in the main chart (top 1000) and hasn’t since the 80′s but is considered feminine. In Australia however its 85 for boys. Anna claimed it was one of the most uniquely Australian names there is but since it is on the rise in the UK for boys and plus I’ve already crowned Lachlan the king.
Maybe I hate this name because of the the aardvark or because its an ugly name, I’m going with option b. It is an old man name it peaked in the 1910′s and basically everyone born then is dead though it never actually left the charts maybe some of the 80′s and 90′s Arthur’s were named after Grandpa Arthur? It is at 385 and falling in the US and 52 and rising in the UK.
The excuse some name nerds use about old man and lady names: even old people were children. But Jayden and Bella are unimaginable on an older person one day Agatha will be saying don’t name your son Jaidyn thats an old man name.
Asha is quite well known in Australia pronounced Ash-ah is an indian name meaning wish, hope desire but could be used as a more feminine spelling of the biblical Asher. Both the Asha and Asher spelling chart in Victoria Asha is at 106 with 47 born and Asher is at 195 with 26 born. Why am I classing the two together because most Australians say Asha and Asher the same as I explained in another post earlier in the week we say our er’s as Ah’s. Asha is a name that could gain popularity as the similar Ashley and Ashton fall out of favour though it looks like Asha is going that way while Asher is currently rising for boys.
I used to love Harriet when I was 10, until my mum said that it was an old lady name. I’ve never lost that connection and as you can see by the picture its a tortoise name and a turtle name through Franklin the Turtles baby sister Harriet (though I must admit Franklin and Harriet is a great fictional sibset). Though Harriet is rising its only top 100 in Tasmania (77), Victoria (98) and ACT (62). In NSW 2011 it was at 198 and rising so it may be joining the top 100 in a few years. In England it’s actually down 7 spots since 1997 (it fell and is currently rising again) to 67. I see the nickname Hattie as worse then Harriet because it seems to hattish.
Then again I like Alice so maybe its just a matter of time until I like Harriet again.
Happy Halloween everyone for a few days ago. I will cover a lovely name possibly still too connected to a fictional witch that name is Sabrina. Even I know of Sabrina and I’ve seen one episode. A few years ago we had a real estate agent named Sabrina and my mum said that her name was Sabrina the teenage witch and this was in 2011. Sabrina has ranked consistently since the 60′s and in 2012 (victoria) their were 12 Sabrina’s and in 2011 (NSW) their were 23. Would Sabrina have risen higher without the witch connection?
Due to Taylor Henderson er names have been on my mind a lot lately my sister said that she would think of Taylor as a boy and Tayla and Taylah as girls but they are pronounced the same. My mum said she would say Harper as Harp-er instead of Harp-ah (but she said Harp-ah the next time she said it). I also said that Taylah was more popular then Taylor know even though some people still think of Taylah as a unique misspelling. When Anna featured a Rydah on her blog it was thought of as a regional pronunciation by an American commenter not the way we all say it. Though if you look on nameberry for Ryder you will see that to them it sounds like ride her but in Australia that wouldn’t be an issue due to the Rydah pronounciation. Even the two Emmerson’s I know name’s turn out to be Emma-syn instead of Emmer-son like it should be, the way we say Emmerson could make it seem more feminine same with Taylor.
I do sometimes try to say the er’s but to me Tay-ler sounds worse then Taylah. And one of my favourites Cooper that will always be Coop-ah to me.