Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Southern Names

I often see on forums posts about "Southern names". Admittedly, the closest I've ever been to The South is a layover in Houston, but I really have no idea what a "Southern name" is.
Being a dork, of course I set out to discover that statistically.

I combined the lists of 14 states of "The South" (yes, I know, what's in the South is up for debate. For your interest: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV), and pulled out which names are proportionally more common in The South. The results were surprising.

The most "Southern" names in the Southern states' Top 1000:
Boys:
  1. Alexandre
  2. Jamarcus
  3. Jamarion
  4. Cason
  5. Braylen
  6. Tylan
  7. Demarcus
  8. Braylon
  9. Lawson
  10. Zaylen
  11. Kason
  12. Brentley
  13. Kylan
  14. Courtney
  15. Judson
  16. Hayes
  17. Coleman
  18. Braylin
  19. Chandler
  20. Cayson

Girls:
  1. Romina
  2. Mariajose
  3. Landry
  4. Gentry
  5. Eiza
  6. Renata
  7. Nahomi
  8. Vianney
  9. Aracely
  10. Martina
  11. Ariadna
  12. Angelie
  13. Regina
  14. Jaqueline
  15. Sterling
  16. Adamaris
  17. Arleth
  18. Azul
  19. Geraldine
  20. Ivanna

And to narrow down a bit further, from the states' Top 500:
Boys:
  1. Cason
  2. Braylen
  3. Braylon
  4. Lawson
  5. Kason
  6. Brentley
  7. Kylan
  8. Hayes
  9. Chandler
  10. Cayson
  11. Case
  12. Princeton
  13. Raylan
  14. Cannon
  15. Channing
  16. Jamari
  17. Bryson
  18. Jayceon
  19. Karson
  20. Joe

Girls:
  1. Romina
  2. Landry
  3. Renata
  4. Regina
  5. Jaqueline
  6. Ivanna
  7. Aranza
  8. Araceli
  9. Ayleen
  10. America
  11. Fernanda
  12. Alisson
  13. Ariadne
  14. Violeta
  15. Ximena
  16. Arely
  17. Frida
  18. Galilea
  19. Paulina
  20. Montserrat


And even more narrowed down, from the states' Top 100:
Boys:
  1. Bryson
  2. Brantley
  3. Braxton
  4. Juan
  5. Ayden
  6. Kaiden
  7. Kayden
  8. Jose
  9. Jeremiah
  10. Jase
  11. Easton
  12. Bentley
  13. Grayson
  14. Josiah
  15. Carson
  16. Christian
  17. Christopher
  18. Levi
  19. Brayden
  20. Jordan

Girls:
  1. Regina
  2. Fernanda
  3. Ximena
  4. Alejandra
  5. Jimena
  6. Alondra
  7. Alessandra
  8. Carolina
  9. Aylin
  10. Daleyza
  11. Camila
  12. Melany
  13. Ana
  14. Angelique
  15. Kamila
  16. Valeria
  17. Nayeli
  18. Catalina
  19. Daniela
  20. Melanie
I'm pretty surprised at how much more Spanish-influenced the girls' list is! Crazy. (you can mostly blame Texas, as far as I can tell)
If you take out the Spanish-origin names from the girls' side, the list changes quite a bit:
(from the boys', just take Juan & Jose out, and tack Tristan & Joshua to the end)
  1. Regina
  2. Alessandra
  3. Melany
  4. Angelique
  5. Melanie
  6. Leslie
  7. Giselle
  8. Ashley
  9. Nicole
  10. Daniella
  11. Valerie
  12. Alison
  13. Amy
  14. Angela
  15. Londyn
  16. Madeleine
  17. Vanessa
  18. Alina
  19. Melissa
  20. Juliette

Now, I noticed an interesting phenomenon when I looked at the bottom of the lists, the least Southern names--lots of boys' names ending in -o! Nico, Rocco, Theo, Arlo, Milo, Leo. And for the girls', quite a few word-names: Luna, Ruby, Melody, Daisy, Jade, Hazel, Iris.
What's the opposite of Southern? Hipster? ;)

And in case you wanted any more trivia, the Southern Top 10, and the national SSA lists for comparison:


Southern
National
1.
Noah
Noah
2.
William
Liam
3.
Mason
Mason
4.
Liam
Jacob
5.
Jacob
William
6.
Elijah
Ethan
7.
James
Michael
8.
Ethan
Alexander
9.
Michael
James
10.
Aiden
Daniel












Southern
National
1.
Camila
Emma
2.
Melanie
Olivia
3.
Ximena
Sophia
4.
Ashley
Isabella
5.
Emma
Ava
6.
Olivia
Mia
7.
Sophia
Emily
8.
Ava
Abigail
9.
Natalia
Madison
10.
Abigail
Charlotte










And if you want to see the whole Southern Top 1000, it is here, on Google Sheets. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Anders & Andras

I like the -anders. Alexander is the most wide-spread, of course, and name-nerds can probably name a few others--Evander, Leander, Lysander. Most have a place in Greek mythology & legend--ander is the Anglicized form of andros "man", usually feminized as -andra.
Let's see if we can find some more fun names....

  • Agesander/Agesandra--"leader of men". Also transliterated as Hagesander
  • Alcander/Alcandra--poss. "strong man"
  • Alexander/Alexandra--"defender of man"
  • Amynander/Amynandra--"defender of man"
  • Anaxander/Anaxandra--prob. "ruler of men"
  • Archander/Archandra--"highest man"
  • Aresander/Aresandra--prob. "favorable man"
  • Aristander/Aristandra--"best of men"
  • Cassander/Cassandra--poss. "shines upon man", "plots against man", or "tester of men"
  • Charisander/Charisandra--"beauty of man" or "grace of man"
  • Cleander/Cleandra--"glory of man"
  • Dexander/Dexandra--prob. "courteous man"
  • Eteander/Eteandra--poss. "true man"
  • Ethelander/Ethelandra--poss. "willful man"
  • Evander/Evandra--"good man"
  • Isander/Isandra--poss. "equality of man" or "fair man"
  • Kleitander/Kleitandra--"famous man"
  • Kratander/Kratandra--"power of men"
  • Leander/Leandra--"lion man"
  • Lycander/Lycandra--prob. "wolf man" or "light of man"
  • Lysander/Lysandra--"release of man"
  • Melesander/Melesandra--prob. "care of man" or "study of man"
    [no, the resemblance to 'Melisandre' is not lost on me!]
  • Menander/Menandra--prob. "patient man" or "might of man"
  • Nicander/Nicandra--"victory of man"
  • Onasander/Onasandra--prob. "prosperity of man" or "help of man"
  • Ophelander/Ophelandra--"helping man"
  • Peisander/Peisandra--poss. "persuading men"
  • Periander/Periandra--prob. "among men" or "beyond men"
  • Philander/Philandra--"love of man"
    [is 'philanderer' still a word people use? Hmmm....]
  • Poemander/Poemandra--poss. "shepherd of men"
  • Praxander/Praxandra--"practice of man"
  • Proander/Proandra--"before man"
  • Pyrander/Pyrandra--"fire of man"
  • Sosander/Sosandra--prob. "secure man"
  • Stasander/Stasandra--prob. "standing man" or "stable man"
  • Telesander/Telesandra--prob. "accomplishment of man"
  • Terpander/Terpandra--"delight of man"
  • Thrasyander/Thrasyandra--"bold man"
  • Thersander/Thersandra--prob. "brave man"
  • Timander/Timandra--prob. "honored man"
  • Tisander/Tisandra--"vengeance of man"
  • Tychander/Tychandra--"lucky man"
  • Xenander/Xenandra--"foreign man"