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Some people should not breed, reason 145: [Jan. 18th, 2004|10:54 pm]
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"A name that seems to have jumped straight from the big screen into cribs in 2002 was Trinity. One hundred and nine baby girls in Washington were named Trinity, presumably after the butt-kicking character in "The Matrix" trilogy."

I decided to see if Washingtonians were dumber than the nation at large, so I went to the Social Security site, http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/, where they track baby names of newly registered infants :

Popularity of the name Trinity
Popularity over years 1991-2002
Year of birth    Rank
2002             70
2001             67
2000             74
1999             216
1998             555
1997             547
1996             687
1995             683
1994             821
1993             951

Note: Rank 1 is the most popular, rank 2 is the next most popular, and so forth. A correlation between the popularity of the name and being knocked up in or after 1999 (when Matrix 1 was released) is noticeable.

Further checking states that 4335 American girls have been saddled with this moniker in 2002, which is makes this name less popular than Aaliyah (4754), Makayla (5408) and the cheeselike "Brianna" (11384).

An aside: "Lara" currently ranks 584th, and it seems to have the same level of popularity over the last 12 years, "Tomb Raider" not being an apparent influence on impressionable parents.

Names on the list that, if you give them to your children, even adults will tease them (or stuff dollars in their g-strings):

Osbaldo (male, rank 991)
Devante (male, rank 971)
Colt (male, rank 867)
Stone (male, rank 844)
Blaze (male, rank 814)
Maverick (male, rank 813)
Keanu (male, rank 790)

Citlali (female, rank 973)
Baby (female, rank 986, or male, rank 811)
Journey (female, rank 948)
Unique (female, rank 932)
Yessenia (female, rank 907)
Princess (female, rank 854)
Lexus (female, rank 766)

The "Learn to spell, dammit" wing:
Xzavier, Abigayle, Abbigail, Alexzander, Keven, Destini, Destinee, Ezequiel, Cheyanne, Madisyn, Zackery, Emely, Jaxon, Jackeline, Jonatan, Sabastian, Stephon, Zain, Eliezer, Jazmyne

I shudder to think what the UNPOPULAR names are, if 222 baby girls got named "Nyasia" last year.

Parents, try this simple test before you name your kid something fanciful:

"Three-term U.S. Senator Braelyn Makendra Graham (D-Florida) is gearing up for a fierce fight going in to the New Hampshire primary."

"OPEC's decision to keep production capped at 25.4 million barrels a day was a wise move, says economist Ashlan Aydan Richardson."

"The members of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize Board included Louis D. Boccardi, president and CEO of the Associated Press; Tom Goldstein, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; and Wall Street Journal managing editor Irelyn Knoah Steiger."


"Now appearing at the Pink Pussycat, is the sultry Diana Goodman"

[User Picture]From: lemur68
2004-01-18 08:38 pm (UTC)

Lara You have a postcard from Federated M. Assembles

I'm sure some of those names would rank much higher if they also counted spam aliases.
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[User Picture]From: rwx
2004-01-18 08:55 pm (UTC)
My name is more popular in weird, vulcan-like mispellings in this country than in the originals.
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[User Picture]From: tyrsalvia
2004-01-18 10:56 pm (UTC)
I did want to point out that some of those weird spellings could be foreign versions. For example, a friend of mine is named Yonatan, which is the Hebrew verion of Jonathan. His family is from Israel.

Still, there is no excuse for Mackynzie or goodness knows what.
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-01-19 02:41 pm (UTC)


yeah, i'm assuming that some of the top 1000 names are of Hispanic (Ramon, Salvador) or Middle eastern (Chaim, Mustafa) origin, and are being given to kids of those ethnicities. But that doesn't explain (or excuse) "Xzavier" and the like.

interestingly, the names "adolf" and "adolph" have apparently become so tainted that they're not among the top 1000 since 1991 (and probably before that as well). Even "Fidel" got attached to 178 boys in 2002.
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[User Picture]From: tyrsalvia
2004-01-19 03:12 pm (UTC)

Re: maybe..

There's a place in Denver called "Adolf's Mexican Food", which I always thought was the funniest thing.

"Xzavier" is pretty unfortunate, I gotta admit.
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2004-01-19 01:08 am (UTC)
"Three-term U.S. Senator Braelyn Makendra Graham (D-Florida) is gearing up for a fierce fight going in to the New Hampshire primary."

But you know, this is precicely what will be the case in thirty or so years when more than half the people in the world have misspelled and newly made up names. But then again, every generation has new names that make the older generation cringe. If you think that your grandparents had goofy names like Cecil and Gertrude, just think about what they must have thought with all the names popular in your and my generations. Also, you're going to get picked on for something in school regardless of the relative normalness of your name.

I just can't believe that some people still haven't gotten over the thrill of making fun of people's names to the point that they made a website about it even after they themselves are presumably childbearing age.
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[User Picture]From: drexle
2004-01-19 01:12 am (UTC)
Having said that, I still don't know what the appeal is of mispelling your child's name.
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[User Picture]From: dougo
2004-01-19 02:45 am (UTC)
Well, someone has to make up for the single-mindedness of George Foreman.
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[User Picture]From: das_prompt
2004-01-19 04:27 am (UTC)
Goddamnit why can't people give their kids normal names?!?!
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-01-19 11:07 am (UTC)

there's a difference between "weird" and "stupid"...

You know I'm not fussing at you- your kids have unusual names, but it's not like you named them "Erycse" or "Llunea" or something that totally obscures the gender of the child and/or the intended pronounciation of the name. But even you (I think) would never have thought "Colt" or "Maverick" was a good name for any being capable of speech. And don't get me started on "Lexus"...
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[User Picture]From: das_prompt
2004-01-19 11:10 am (UTC)

Re: there's a difference between "weird" and "stupid"...

Nah, I dig. I just thought it was funny for me to say that, that's all. :)

And, speaking of, oh gawd my wife had some of those horrible names on the list. I think I did ok.
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[User Picture]From: avphibes
2004-01-19 08:26 am (UTC)
hahah...I knew it was common for people to name thier cats "Kitty" but I did not know it was so common for people to name thier babies "Baby."
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[User Picture]From: jtemperance
2004-01-19 08:40 am (UTC)


Naming a kid "Baby" used to mean they died at birth or shortly thereafter. You see it on tombstones.

Maybe someday someone named Baby will be president.
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[User Picture]From: tinymammoth
2004-01-19 11:48 am (UTC)
Jermaine Jackson named his child "Jermasty".
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