Friday, May 25, 2018

Usual Nickname, Unexpected Name--Gus

Gus seems to be a rather polarizing nickname: either you find it adorable, or you find it hopelessly dorky. In the US, it's usually short for the various forms of August, occasionally Gustavo or Constantine, but simply Gus on its own is on the rise as well.
And gosh-darn-it, I think Gussie is adorable for a girl, so let's go ahead and see if we can find a few girl Gus-names, too.

Boys:
  • Agus (AG-oos, Indonesian)--prob. "handsome"
  • Angus (ANG-gus, Irish, Scottish, English)--poss. from Old Irish "one strength" or "one choice". Also spelled Aengus or Aonghus
  • Argus (AR-gus, [Latinized] Greek)--"shining"
  • Fergus (FUR-gus, English, Irish)--from Old Irish "man-strength"
  • Gaius (GYE-us, Latin)--origin uncertain, poss. from Latin "rejoice". Another form was Gaianus (GYE-an-us).
  • Galenus (gah-LEEN-us, [Latinized] Greek)--"calm"
  • Gentius (GEN-tee-us, [Hellenized] Illyrian)--poss. "beget". [the flower gentian is derived from Gentius]
  • Goswin (GAHZ-win, [archaic] English; GOHZ-veen, German)--from Germanic, "Goth-friend"
  • Gusten (GOOS-ten, Swedish)--from Old Norse, "god-stone"
  • Gustin (goos-AHn, French)--form of Augustine
  • Lugus (LOO-gus, Celtic mythology [Latinized])--origin uncertain, poss. "light", "black", or "swear an oath"
  • Margus (MAHR-goos, Estonian)--form of Marcus

Girls:
  • Angustias (ahn-GOOST-yahs, Spanish)--"anguish" [a Marian name]
  • Gusta (GOOS-tah, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian; GUS-tah, English)--short form of Gustava or Augusta.
    Other forms include Gustė (GOOS-tay, Lithuanian), Gustel (GOOS-tel, German), and Gusten (GOOS-ten, Swedish [much more common on boys, however]). 
  • Gustava (goos-TAH-vah, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish)--feminine of Gustav (Old Norse, "Goth-staff").
    Another [rather rare] form is Gustavia (goos-TAHV-yah, English, Swedish). 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jumping Word-Names

So I finished all my usual stats, and decided to look at a specific subset of baby names: word-names.
As usual, I've removed most archaic words and jargon, as well as imported names. Exceptions are imported names that are word-names in their language of origin, like Luna; or foreign words intentionally used in English as names, like Bodhi.

Here are the 10 fastest rising word-names (from the Top 1500):

Boys:
  1. Wells, +499 (#913)
  2. Legacy, +452 (#1442)
  3. Roan, +406 (#1386)
  4. Warner, +315 (#1489)
  5. Nova, +313 (#916)
  6. Wren, +263 (#1489)
  7. Aspen, +257 (#1407)
  8. Canon, +252 (#1489)
  9. Bailey, +247 (#1277)
  10. Palmer, +246 (#1084)

Girls:
  1. Dream, +834 (#828)
  2. Indigo, +375 (#1370)
  3. Majesty, +327 (#1274)
  4. Althea, +216 (#1456)
  5. Sunny, +202 (#979)
  6. Bonnie, +198 (#697)
  7. Opal, +166 (#855)
  8. Emerald, +161 (#979)
  9. Samara, +151 (#324)
  10. Queen, +151 (#1079)
If you don't like lots of numbers, you probably should just stop now. :p

Here are the word-names that gained the most usage by % of babies born:

Boys:
  1. Maverick, +0.093%
  2. Rowan, +0.036%
  3. Kyrie, +0.028%
  4. Beau, +0.022%
  5. Axel, +0.02%
  6. Legend, +0.018%
  7. Colt, +0.017%
  8. Henry, +0.016%
  9. Brooks, +0.015%
  10. Bodhi, +0.014%

Girls:
  1. Luna, +0.094%
  2. Nova, +0.043%
  3. Aurora, +0.038%
  4. Willow, +0.028%
  5. Hazel, +0.026%
  6. Aria, +0.021%
  7. Samara, +0.019%
  8. Emery, +0.018%
  9. Iris, +0.015%
  10. Stella, +0.013%
But, as I said on my full % analysis post, this still isn't a huge increase in popularity--Luna, the word-name that gained the most, went from being given to about 1 in every 500 girls in 2016 to about 1 in every 350 girls in 2017. So, you're still not that much more likely to meet one. ;)

Percentage ratios, on the other hand, favor less common names. This shows how much comparative usage each name gained from 2016 to 2017. So for clarification, you're about 2x more likely to meet a Chosen born in 2017 than you were in 2016. 

Boys:
  1. Chosen (2.01x)
  2. Wells (1.92x)
  3. Hawk (1.71x)
  4. Maverick (1.64x)
  5. Tuff (1.58x)
  6. Nova (1.57x)
  7. Legacy (1.57x)
  8. Roan (1.53x)
  9. Rowen (1.5x)
  10. Buck (1.47x)

Girls:
  1. Dream (2.61x)
  2. Samara (1.55x)
  3. Luna (1.5x)
  4. Indigo (1.45x)
  5. Marigold (1.44x)
  6. Venus (1.42x)
  7. Sparrow (1.39x)
  8. Majesty (1.38x)
  9. Bonnie (1.37x)
  10. Nova (1.36x)