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Can you name the most popular girl's names found in the Bible?
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SSA online (2009 figures) and biblegateway.com (KJV)
1st set of parentheses contain the name's position in the top 1000, 2nd set a reference. Hints are how the name appears in the Bible. Spelling counts, since SSA counts it. Translation: KJV.
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Dec 20th, 2010 at 18:23 GMT
Idea from Flick's quiz on the popular boy's name: http://www.sporcle.com/games/Flick/bibnamefun, and used with permission. Comments and suggestions are welcome. I gave the hint categories since contemporary girl's names are often less traditional than boy's names, and also because I think it's interesting to see how the usage has changed. There are currently no bonuses for names that have dropped off the top 1000, but if you have suggestions I'd be happy to add them. Also, if a name appears only in the deuterocanonical books, I probably missed it because the only online Bible with a keyword search that I know of is Protestant. If you know of one that I missed, please let me know. I used the KJV (with the one addition) because it was simpler to pick a version.
Dec 20th, 2010 at 18:25 GMT
Also, if anybody knows how to make paragraphs breaks in these comments and is willing to share that information, I'd be very grateful. The only thing I can think of to try is html, and neither of the html methods I know of seems to work.
Dec 20th, 2010 at 18:51 GMT
Great job NotYou. I thought you'd forgotten, ( Oh, me of little faith!) so I had the girl version finished and already to roll off the production line. I'm glad I held off :)
Dec 20th, 2010 at 21:43 GMT
Maybe add Talitha to the list. It is Hebrew for little girl I think, and I know someone who has the name. I believe it was mentioned in Mark 5:41.
Dec 20th, 2010 at 23:51 GMT
@Flick, thanks! I should have replied telling you I was working on it, but that it was going to take a bit. :) @Raynard, Talitha is in Mark 5:41 and I'm sure there are people with that name, but it hasn't ever been in the SSA's top 1000 list, so it doesn't qualify as popular.
Mar 13th, 2011 at 08:52 GMT
What about Ann. I think she was Mary's cousin, Jesus's aunt. And Salome - she asked for John the Baptist's head.
Mar 13th, 2011 at 12:48 GMT
@9toes, I searched several versions of the Bible, and I'm not finding either Ann or Anne. I did find Salome, but that hasn't made the SSA's top 1000 list since 1908, so I added it as a bonus (I think? I've never added bonus answers before, so please let me know if it's not working correctly!)
Mar 16th, 2011 at 05:16 GMT
I thought that Keturah was becoming more common.
Mar 16th, 2011 at 21:35 GMT
@dxdtdemon, Keturah has never made the SSA's top 1000 list.
Mar 23rd, 2011 at 01:39 GMT
Good Quiz! And yes, Salome is working just fine as a bonus. I got it, but not Elizabeth. Doh!
Apr 13th, 2011 at 12:58 GMT
I moved this to Miscellaneous, since it's really more about baby names than it is about religion, and baby names seems to be a subcategory of Miscellaneous now. If you think I should move it back, let me know.
May 10th, 2011 at 05:34 GMT
Surprisingly, Nevaeh was not in the Bible XD
Jun 18th, 2011 at 19:53 GMT
Great quiz, and nice to see some classic names are still holding their own again flash in the pan trendy names. Biblical names and names with Hebrew origins are some of the best :)
Aug 21st, 2011 at 12:56 GMT
How about Ruby (rank 108) and Pearl (rank 990)? They're definitely mentioned in the Bible.
Aug 21st, 2011 at 18:01 GMT
@triplet_3, Pearl I just missed. It should be there now. Ruby actually
mentioned in the King James translation, which is what I used here (I did make an exception for Elizabeth, since she's such a well known Biblical figure and the KJV uses the less common English spelling of her name). However, it is in several other translations, so I've added it as a bonus.
Oct 15th, 2011 at 23:43 GMT
"Hadassah" but no Phoebe or Dinah?
Oct 16th, 2011 at 15:19 GMT
There were 288 girls born named Hadassah in 2009, making it #925. Dinah hasn't been in the top 1000 since 1966 (only 66 girls born in 2009 were given the name Dinah). I'll add it as a bonus, though.
Phoebe is Phebe in the KJV. I'll add that as a bonus, too. For consistency, I'll also move Elizabeth to being a bonus.
Oct 23rd, 2011 at 00:06 GMT
Wwhat about Chloey?
Oct 23rd, 2011 at 15:17 GMT
Chloey, with that spelling, has never been in the SSA's top 1000 list, and so does not qualify as popular. Chloe, that spelling, I missed somehow, and has been added.
Nov 2nd, 2011 at 16:56 GMT
Hadassah is quite popular among religious Jews. There are a handful of names, mostly in the 900's of the rankings, that are very traditional Jewish baby names, like Chana, Chaim, Menachem, etc. It's not in the KJV, but 'Autumn' (#81 on SSN list in 2010) appears in several other translations, including the NIV (Deuteronomy 11:14, among other places.)
Nov 3rd, 2011 at 14:42 GMT
@GilaB, I'm happy to add it as a bonus. I decided to pick a translation because searching for all 1000 names in all translations (even if I stuck with English translations) seemed too unwieldy. I picked the KJV because it seemed like the most "neutral" translation - if nothing else, it's very been around for a very long time - and the least likely to start a translation war.
Nov 25th, 2011 at 22:31 GMT
"Also, if anybody knows how to make paragraphs breaks in these comments and is willing to share that information, I'd be very grateful. The only thing I can think of to try is html, and neither of the html methods I know of seems to work."
To make paragraph breaks, you use HTML tags. The one I use is < / br >. Take the spaces out; there shouldn't be any spaces in between the greater/lesser symbols, the slash, or the letters.
Jan 11th, 2012 at 20:49 GMT
I didn't know people called their kids Journey!
Jan 31st, 2012 at 14:20 GMT
And Jasmine, Jade, Genesis, Trinity, Serenity, Susannah and Tamara?
Jan 31st, 2012 at 14:25 GMT
Feb 2nd, 2012 at 01:46 GMT
@raragigi: Genesis is in the quiz, was 83 on the SSA's list in 2009 (which was the most current list available when I made the quiz), and is in the Bible, since I decided to count book names. Jasmine, Jade, Trinity, Tamara, and Paige were all on the SSA's list. However, they are not in the quiz because, as far as I can determine, none appear in the Bible. I used the keyword search at biblegateway.com, and just checked all 30 English translations available on that site. If you have a reference (with version, please) for any of them, I'll be happy to add it as a bonus. Serenity isn't in most of the translations I can search easily, but does appear in both The Message and the Darby Translation so I've added it as a bonus. Susannah hasn't appeared on the SSA's list since 1978, when it was 946. It isn't in any of the versions I can search easily, but I'm familiar enough with the Catholic deuterocanonical books to remember the story of Susanna in Daniel 13/The Book of Susanna. So I looked it up in my actual paper copies of the KJV Apocrypha and the NAB, but both use "Susanna." Susanna hasn't appeared on the SSA's list since 1997 when it was 984, but I did add it as a bonus. I didn't add "Susannah," but if you can point me in the direction of a translation that uses that spelling, I can make it a bonus, too.
Feb 3rd, 2012 at 12:18 GMT
Ok. Thank you, i really appreciate the quick answers and that you the time to answer all of the questions sent to you even this long after the game has been launched! I also just thought i should say when i ask about a name it isnt because i have a particular spelling in mind, i just mean that name in any one of its most recognizeable form basically and the reason i asked about those names isnt because i now any specifik person named "jasmine" or "jade" in the bible but just ment as in the word because i assumed thats what you got "raven" from for an example meaning that those count.
Feb 3rd, 2012 at 12:40 GMT
And on that note, looking at the list from whitch you go by...Taylor, Harmony, Destiny?
Feb 4th, 2012 at 03:14 GMT
@raragigi, I don't mind answering questions. I appreciate people bringing up names I might have missed, especially given that since I haven't been able to find a Catholic translation with a good keyword search, it's quite likely that I missed a few in the deuterocanonical books (especially since I'm not Catholic, and only vaguely familiar with them). Had more baby girls been named "Susanna" in 2009, that would have been a great example of that. I'm glad you brought up the spelling issue, because now I understand where you're coming from a bit better. Because I'm using the SSA's lists as my source for what counts as a popular name, spelling matters. "Susannah" and "Susanna" aren't the same name, according to the SSA. Combining spellings is a tricky business. The combiner has to guess at intended pronunciation, and occasionally make somewhat arbitrary decisions. The best example of this I can think of off the top of my head is Louis, Lewis, and Louie. Louis can be pronounced as Lewis and it can pronounced as Louie, but Lewis and Louie don't feel like the same name at all. So what should the combiner do, here? The data is textual, so there's no way to know what percentage of the Louis's are pronounced like Louie, and what percentage are pronounced like Lewis. In addition to the difficulty in figuring out what should be combined, it also takes a long time to do well. So I'm not going there, at least for this quiz :) You are correct that I'm not looking for specific people named these things, just for the word to appear (that
how "raven" got into the quiz). So when I say, for example, that "jade" isn't in the Bible, I mean that even the word "jade" doesn't appear (to address the particular example, "jade" did feel vaguely familiar to me as something that shows up in the Bible, too, but I double checked the spots where I thought it might show up in all three translations I own paper copies of, and it really isn't there).
Feb 4th, 2012 at 03:18 GMT
So, background elaborated upon, to address your three most recent questions: Taylor and tailor aren't the same, because spelling counts (and tailor doesn't seem to be in the Bible anyway - I checked a few of the more popular translations out of curiosity). Harmony and Destiny aren't in the KJV, but they do appear as words in the NIV, so I'll add them as bonuses.
Jul 12th, 2012 at 19:44 GMT
Fun quiz, NotYou. What about Lois and Eunice as bonuses? Neither name has been in the top 1000 for several years, but they are mentioned in the New Testament as Timothy's mother and grandmother. (On a side note, I was disappointed that Gomer didn't make the cut!)
Jul 15th, 2012 at 15:45 GMT
Added, alabamapaladin, thanks for the suggestion. (And no, no Gomers!)
Dec 6th, 2012 at 15:05 GMT
What about Dawn?
Dec 6th, 2012 at 15:09 GMT
...and Jubilee and Bethlehem (I dont know if that is an american name but it is an eritrean one).
Dec 7th, 2012 at 12:57 GMT
Dawn hasn't made the SSA's top 1000 list since 2000, but I've added it as a bonus. Jubliee and Bethlehem have never made the SSA's top 1000 list.
Jan 19th, 2013 at 21:46 GMT
I'm really quite shocked that 'Trinity' never appears in the Bible. I believe you, it's just one of those words I would assume to be everywhere in it.
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