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Celebrity Influence

Do you think it's a coincidence that the name Mila 27k huge bumps in popularity in 1998 and 2010 when actress Mila Kunis had her major career accomplishments? Us either. See lists of names made popular by celebrities.

Meaning & Origin

Did you know that Matthew 1.6m means Gift of God? Find out if your name means beauty, hope, power, bravery, or something different. Learn the origin of your name: American, Hebrew, French, Irish, or another origin.

Peak Popularity

Were your parents ahead of the curve when picking their baby's name? You can be. See if your favorite baby name is trending or declining. For instance, Megan 437k was most popular in 1990.

Geo Popularity

Looking for a name that is distinctly southern? Try William 4.1m. See what part of the country your name is most popular. Coming soon: see what parts of the world a name is popular.

Gender Preference

Think Charlie 187k is a pretty masculine baby name? Traditionally, it has been. However, in recent years, there are almost as many baby girls named Charlie as baby boys!

Popular Spellings

Have you ever wondered about the spellings of names like Sean 418k, Shawn 334k, and Shaun 72k? Pick the most common name for less misspellings or show their individuality with a less common spelling.

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About Names

A name sticks with us from birth until death and although we often have no control over it, our names can define us. We can all thank our parents for our name.

You can search for your own name and pull out amazing information from the massive name database. With more millions of statistical records and historical references for popular baby names after 1880, this site is packed with eye-opening facts. Expand your search by traveling back in time to discover the meanings of more names for your coworkers, pets, friends, and family.

Many parents can agree that choosing the right name for their child/children is not easy because there are so many factors to consider prior to naming a new baby. Thus, they include religion, popularity, namesakes, place of origin, spelling, rhythms/sounds, gender, stereotypes, etc.

As parents, your first consideration should be if the name for your newborn baby will be a burden for them as they are growing up. There are names that are foreign sounding, hard to spell or pronounce, very accentuated, have been associated with negative people or things, or simply would be a cause for teasing.

What Does My Name Mean?

Do you want to know the meaning behind your name? Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names of all kinds - including the origins of names. A branch of onomastics is called anthroponomastics or anthroponymy. It's the study of "anthroponyms" which originates from the Greek words anthropos (meaning human) and onoma meaning (name). Combined together it means "the names of human beings". The meanings of thousands of names, including their origin, are included on this site.

In some cases, parents look to their religious beliefs in giving names to their children. Some religious individuals traditionally opt for the names of saints such as the name Mary. Did you know that the word Mary is a Hebrew term for beautiful? Most names also have a traditional meaning. As another example, Jewish families have the common practice to name their babies after their deceased family loved ones, whose names are traditionally from the Bible.

Other Christian denominations usually give children names found either in the Old or New Testaments of the Bible. Many Muslims prefer to use Islamic names. Of course, there are other world religions that also use the same naming conventions for their family members.

How Popular Is My Name?

Do you ever wonder how many Americans are using the same first name as you? You're in the right place if you are asking the question "how popular is my name?" or "how common is my name?"

This site utilizes the statistical data from the Social Security Administration to show popular baby names. To date, there are 5,838,786 records in the database. The oldest record dates back to 1880 and the newest is from 2016. Using this data, you can see how many people have my name and how popular was my name the year I was born.

The primary reason we use names for people is for distinguishing use from others. However, in many cases, parents name their children using very popular baby boy or baby girl names. Most parents from various countries still name their newborn kids on the basis of their cultural norms, traditions, and religious beliefs. Still, some parents strive to find unique names. With billions of people around the world, it is very likely that someone else shares your name even if your parents picked the most unique name that they could.

Is The Name Popular Because Of Someone?

Many parents these days name their children after famous or popular celebrities, businessmen, etc. across the globe. Even fictional characters are being used to name children. Traditionally, that has not always been the case.

Babies are often named after their parent with the addition of Junior (Jr.), II, III, IV, etc. It is usually the use of the father's first name for a child's name. It is also extremely popular to name children after other relatives: grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.

Many people's names create an impression even before you meet them. For example, Adolph is often referred to the Nazi Fuehrer who is cruel, Judas from one of Jesus' disciples who betrayed him, Abe for a person who is honest, Jennifer for someone having fair or white complexion, and the list continues. A name's image will usually have an effect on its owner's self-esteem and how other people might perceive him.

Where Is the Name Popular?

When you choose the names for your children, you should expect that in another country that you visit, your children's names may not be pronounced the same way as in your place of origin. For example, names like Jesus, Padilla, Genevieve, and other foreign names are often pronounce differently in other countries. Some names are even much more popular in certain regions of the US.

Other Things to Consider

Avoid unconventional spellings as much as you possibly can because it may confuse most people. Remember, typical spellings of names are the ones that most people will use when writing down a name. It is very annoying or irritating to have your name often misspelled. For instance, consider the names Cathy, Kathy, Cathey, and so on.

Some rhymes may come may invite teasing. For instance, Harold Hatfield, Wanda Fonda, Jack Black, Tess Thiz, etc. Naming puns, or other humorous play on names, may sound funny and even hilarious at times but people living a life with names with jokes attached will not be amused. Many name experts recommend the use of an uneven number of syllables such as Kat Smith Patterson, Dwight David Eisenhower, May Alcott Stevenson, etc. Names with unequal number of syllables have a more pleasing effect than full names with a common number of syllables.

It is still not very common these days to find children's names appropriate for either male or female, but the trend is growing. These names are often useful when naming children after a relative of a different gender. Many individuals would argue that requiring a child to explain his or her gender by reason of his gender-neutral name is bothersome or annoying.