I covered Ebony what seems like ages ago when I first started blogging, but after what Anna said and me struggling to find names from my childhood it seems like a good time to start a new series. And the first name in the series is rather arrogantly my own.
Ebony has charted since the 1960’s when 3 Ebony’s were born and rose up to64 in 2000-2004 (thanks NSW Data) after falling to 140 in 2011 it rose to 97 in Australia and since NSW name explorer which I normally use hasn’t been updated I don’t know how popular it is in NSW. Ebony comes from the english word Ebony and I normally say the meaning is deep dark black wood. One of the main reasons Ebony didn’t catch on in America is the racial overtones and a lot of people see it as a lower class stripper name. In Australia i highly recommend it but spell it properly.
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From a bit of snooping I did, it seems as if Ebony is also thought of as a “black” name in the UK, and a lower-class one as well. Most people did say it was pretty, even people who thought it was inappropriate or low-class.
Thanks for that, Anna. It kind of makes me glad to live in Australia with that name.
And also the only other name for this series I can think of is Tahlia do you have any suggestions? Since I’ve covered Tahlia and would prefer to keep the Tahlia stalkers of my site.
Ones that occur to me immediately:
Boys – Hamish, Lachlan, Nate, Taj
Girls – Asha, Bronte, Indiana, Lara
Oh and Braxton its much more common here then anywhere else
Yes but it’s rising very fast in the UK and US – I think it will be popular everywhere in time. It would count for now though ….
I’m thinking of doing a home and away inspired thread covering Braxton so I probably won’t include it in this series.
Ooh the Home and Away one will be interesting! 🙂
I’m writing it now 🙂
A lovely name too!
Thank you Olivia