Edited by Azizi Powell
This post showcases lists (categorized by race & gender) of the top ten names that were given to newborns in New York City in 2014. Selected comments from that article about are also featured in this post.
Lists of the top ten males & female names for newborns born in United States in 2014 (from the social security administration, and from baby center.com are also given in this post.
This post is part of an ongoing pancocojams series on names and nicknames that are given to Black people.
Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/02/famous-black-people-name-origins.html for Part II of this series.
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Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
LISTS OF TOP TEN NAMES FOR NEWBORNS IN NEW YORK CITY (by race, 2014)
From http://gothamist.com/2014/12/29/baby_names_nyc.php "Here Are The Most Popular Baby Names In NYC" by Lauren Evans in News on Dec 29, 2014
ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER MALES
ASIAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER FEMALES
From http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/ [Social Security Administration, USA]
Top 10 Baby Names for 2014 [USA]
That website also provides options to find information regarding "Popular Names by Birth Year",
"Popularity of a [Particular] Name", and other data.
TEN MOST POPULAR NAMES BY GENDER OF 2014
From http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/popular-baby-names-2014-sophia-jackson-top-lis-article-1.2030604 by Beth Stebner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Tuesday, December 2, 2014,
[According to Baby Center.com]
10 most popular girl names of 2014
10 most popular boy names of 2014
"According to Behindthename.com, both names ["Jackson" and "Sophia"] gained traction in the early aughts and have skyrocketed since, with approximately 0.65% of new babies in America getting called Jackson and an astounding 1.5% of new little girls being named "Sophia."
According to the social security website whose link is given above, "Jackson" is the 17th ranked name for newborn boys in the USA in 2014. And, as noted in the list above, "Sophia" is the 3rd ranked name for newborn girls in the USA in 2014.
SELECTED COMMENTS FROM http://gothamist.com/2014/12/29/baby_names_nyc.php "Here Are The Most Popular Baby Names In NYC"
[Note: These are some of the comments that referred to the lists in general or to the "Black Names" lists. All of these comments are from December 1014]
WARNING: This article and some of the comments contain profanity.
"The names are way more homogeneous across races than I expected. Ashley and Emily are common hispanic names? Ethan, Aiden, and Liam are common black names? This is wild!"
ftotheyu > [reply to] RB
"I know... gone are the days where you can tell a person's race/ethnicity/national origin by their name.
Mikela123 > RB
"Those names are from Black Bougie parents who are trying to give their sons a fighting chance in the Employment arena."
"Bougie" is an African American word that comes from the word "bourgeoisie". That slang word usually means a person who is acting above their social class.
frenchbeans > Mikela123
"And that's bad?"
Mikela123 > frenchbeans
"Nope. I plan to be one of the Black bougie parents. But I swear if I see another Black mom naming her kid Madison I'll scream."
vegimitehandwich > Mikela123
"or any mom for that matter.
frenchbeans > Mikela123
"I understand. Sorry if I came across as rude. I think that as parents (especially parents of colour) we have to be careful what we name our children. Yes, it's good to be creative. On the flip side, we have to remember that someday, our children will be adults, and will have to date, apply for jobs and live with these names. I've always loved the names (for a girl) Lauren, Amy and April."
Walter Sobchak, Esq.
"Nothing particularly surprising with the exception (at least to me) of London a) being a popular name and b) being a popular girls name. If anything, I would expect that to be a boys name."
Sincerely > Walter Sobchak, Esq.
"You need to watch disney production "the suite life" as one female character is London Tipton. She is wealthy and non white."
"The health department needs to know your baby's [profanity deleted] race?"
Trilby16 > Gentle Robot
"Yeah. And I don't know how breaking out the names by race adds anything to the story. What are the top ten mixed race babies' names, huh?"
nicemarmot > Trilby16
"That's what I was wondering. My Chinese friend and his black American wife are having a baby, which race is the health department gonna shove that kid under?"
Walter Sobchak, Esq. > nicemarmot
"I think it is whatever the parents check off as opposed to what the Health Dept decides."
Mikela123 > Gentle Robot
"Anyone who works in Public Health knows there are strong correlations between many health disparities and race in NYC. Race and health are related across the country."
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