Tough Baby Name Trivia
Ready for a real challenge, name enthusiasts? Plaudits to anybody who can correctly answer even a few of these:
1. Every #1 boy's name in U.S. history has been either a biblical name or the name of a King of England...except one. What's the one exception?
2. Can you name a familiar girl's name that became popular based on a famous battle? (There are at least two!)
3. Only three names longer than 10 letters were given to 100 or more American boys or girls last year. (Not counting compound names like Miguel Angel.) How many of them can you name?
4. Which girl's name currently boasts the most different spellings in the girls' top 1,000?
5. Which books of the Bible had ten or more baby namesakes in the U.S. last year -- not counting books named for people (e.g. Ruth, Luke)?
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1. Robert was #1 from 1924-1939, and in 1953.
2. The Siege of Kimberley in the Second Boer War spurred use of the name Kimberley/Kimberly.
The name Alma is typically associated today with its Latin and Spanish meanings ("fostering/nourishing," "soul"). It's original burst of popularity, though, came from the Battle of the Alma in the Crimean war. That Alma was a river, which took its name from the Turkic word for "apple."
3. The average girl's name is 6.1 letters long and the average boy's name 4.6 letters. Yet the three longest names are all male: Christopher, Maximiliano, and Maximillian.
4. Nine spellings of Kaelyn rank among the top 1,000 names for American girls. In descending order of popularity: Kaelyn, Kailyn, Kaylin, Kaylynn, Kaylyn, Kaylen, Cailyn, Kailynn, Kaelynn.
5. Babies were only named for the first three books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus. The most popular by far is Genesis, a top-100 name for girls.