Unisex Names: Unusual word names

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This month’s ‘Unisex Names’ post is a little different (and late). For this post, three ‘word’ names that is uncommon (around 50-250 babies in total) in the US at the moment, though mainly unisex, will be shown and their status is compared to other locations and previous years.

Ocean

Origin: Derived from the name of a Greek Titan named Okeanos (Ωκεανος), who is the personification of a body of water thought by the ancient Greeks to surround the disc of the earth

Number and gender preference in the US in 2016: 102 boys and 82 girls = 184 in total (55.435% more to the boys)

Compared to 2006 and 1996: 55.705% more to the boys in 2006 (83 boys and 66 girls) and 54,930% more to the girls in 1996 (39 girls and 32 boys)

Compared to other countries: More often used on girls in England & Wales, Scotland, British Columbia and South Australia

Storm

Origin: Derived from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *stur-mo-, in turn from root *(s)twer- meaning “to rotate, turn, twirl, whirl”

Number and gender preference in the US in 2016: 88 boys and 85 girls = 173 in total (50.867% more to the boys)

Compared to 2006 and 1996: 54.444% more to the boys in 2006 (49 boys and 41 girls) and 2/3 to the boys in 1996 (136 boys and 68 girls)

Compared to other countries: More often used on girls in England & Wales, Scotland and South Australia

Wisdom

Origin: Derived from a combination of wise and -dom meaning “statute, judgement,” wise originating from Proto-Germanic *wīsaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weydstos meaning “knowledgeable,” an extension of *weyd- meaning “to see” (“to know” in this instance)

Number and gender preference in the US in 2016: 43 boys and girls = 86 in total (an equal split)

Compared to 2006 and 1996: 51.786% more to the boys in 2006 (29 boys and 27 girls) and 57.143% more to the girls in 1996 (12 girls and 9 boys)

Compared to other countries: More often used on boys in England & Wales

Which one of these names do you prefer and where, do you think, the preferred name’s gender status should belong to? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the sources.

Dictionary sources:
Wiktionary – https://en.wiktionary.org/
Online Etymology Dictionary – http://etymonline.com/

Data sources:
Social Security Administration (United States) – http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/index.html
Office for National Statistics (England & Wales) – http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/baby-names–england-and-wales/index.html
National Records of Scotland – http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/names/babies-first-names
BC Vital Statistics Agency (British Columbia) – http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/babynames/
South Australian Government – https://data.sa.gov.au/data/dataset/popular-baby-names

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