Sunday, July 20, 2014

Baby Name Wizard

 On Nov 12, 2012, Randy from Genea-Musings posted a Saturday Night Fun challenge- Baby Name Wizard so I thought I'd try that to kill some boredom! 

Here is the challenge: 

1) Go to the Baby Name Wizard site and see how popular your name was over the 20th century, and how popular a baby name it is today. Check out your spouse, your children and your grandchildren (if you have some!) also. 

2) What does your name mean (find out on

3) Tell us about it, and show us your graphs, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a Facebook status or on Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:

1) Carrie:  (Related names- Cari, Kari, Karrie, Carey, Carie, Carmela, Carri, Cary and Carys.

According to, Carrie is ranked #265 in 2014.
At it's peak, Carrie was #20 in 1880.

My husband James "Jim": (Related names- Jacques, Jamie, Jameson, Jamie, Jim, Jimmy)

According to, James is ranked #11 in 2014.
James has been #1 several times- especailly between 1940 and 1952.

My son Jack: (Related names- Jackie, Jackson, Jake, Jax, John, Jacky). 

According to, Jack is ranked #10 in 2014.
The last few years has been "Jack"s peak-- going as low as #3 in 2006.

2) Carrie means- Originally a short form of names such as Caroline, Carolyn and Carol. Carrie is now often used as an independent name. 

James means- "He who Supplants" - Hebrew origin. 

Jack means- Jack is short for John. The nickname became so popularized it became a name in it's own right.