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2016 GoobNet Name Championship: Seedings

We are pleased to announce the seeds for the first GoobNet Name Championship, determining the best female name.

The top 64 female names in the US state of California in 2014, according to the United States Social Security Administration, were eligible. The number of girls with each name born in California, and in the United States overall, in 2014 are shown below. We have also attempted to help you out by providing the origin of each name and some prominent examples of each.

As you can see, the regional semifinals and finals are to be hosted by four major literary settings: St Mary Mead, Tara, River Heights, and Wuthering Heights. We will begin the tournament next week right here on GoobNet, so be sure to join us then.

And be sure to start looking at how you’ll fill in your bracket. Are you going to look for famous names in real life [go wild for Olivia], are you going to pick out your favourite fictional characters [team Bella], are you going to select etymologies that speak to you [favour Hannah], or are you going to go all in with your own name [sorry, Wen]?

ST MARY MEAD REGIONAL

SeedName2014 [CA]2014 [USA]OriginNotes
1Sophia3,16218,490‘Wisdom’ in GreekAsteroid 251, Brahe, Myles
2Victoria1,6977,955‘Victory’ in LatinAsteroid 12, Queen, Spelling; Martian crater
3Abigail1,51811,985‘My father’s joy’ in HebrewAdams, Breslin
4Natalie1,0667,061‘Christmas’ in LatinCole, Merchant, Portman
5Chloe1,0468,469Epithet of DemeterMoretz, Sevigny
6Allison9045,440Variant of ‘Alice’Jones, Williams
7Audrey8975,531‘Noble’ in Old EnglishHepburn, Richards, Tautou
8Ella8228,489‘Greece’ in GreekAsteroid 435, Fitzgerald, Grasso
9Aubrey7927,589‘Elf ruler’ in Norman FrenchO’Day, Plaza
10Maya6983,904‘Generous’ in Old PersianAngelou, Moore, Rudolph
11Aaliyah6954,850‘Ascent’ in HebrewHaughton
12Brooklyn6606,767New York City boroughDecker
13Valentina6422,769Variant of ‘Valeria’Cortese, Tereshkova
14Jasmine5912,988FlowerHarman, Thompson; Only qualifying J name
15Sarah5764,647‘Princess’ in HebrewBernhardt, Michelle Gellar, Jessica Parker; Doctor Who companion Jane Smith
16Valeria5431,882‘Healthy’ in LatinBruni Tedeschi, Kozlova; Most proportionately popular in California amongst top 64: 28.85% of all Valerias born in the US in 2014 came from California

TARA REGIONAL

SeedName2014 [CA]2014 [USA]OriginNotes
1Mia2,62713,442Variant of ‘Miriam’Farrow, Hamm; Pulp Fiction character Wallace
2Olivia2,40719,674‘Olive’ in LatinAsteroid 835, Newton-John, Wilde; Only qualifying O name
3Samantha1,1925,680Variant of ‘Samuel’Bee, Kerr, Power
4Charlotte1,11810,048‘Petite’ in FrenchBrontë, Church, Laws; Largest city in North Carolina
5Scarlett9605,965‘Scarlet cloth seller’Johansson, Pomers; Gone with the Wind protagonist O’Hara
6Grace9497,554‘Gracious’ in LatinKelly, Metalious, Park; Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment spacecraft
7Penelope8565,062Odysseus’s wife in The OdysseyCruz, Ann Miller, Wilton; Only qualifying P name
8Alexa8494,227Variant of ‘Alexandra’Davalos, Havins, Junge
9Lily7236,727FlowerAldridge, Tomlin
10Kimberly7212,883‘Kimber’s meadow’ in Old EnglishElise, Kardashian
11Layla6836,428‘Night’ in Arabic and Hebrewal-Akhyaliyya, Hanbury
12Delilah6792,496‘She who weakened’ in HebrewBeasley, Luke; Only qualifying D name
13Savannah6345,433Grassy plainGuthrie; Oldest city in Georgia
14Ashley6253,539‘Ash meadow’ in Old EnglishMadekwe, Olsen, Tisdale; The Young and the Restless character Abbott
15Nicole5592,511‘Victorious people’ in GreekKidman, Lepaute, Parker
16Luna5562,314‘Moon’ in LatinMore common as surname: Antonio, Braulio, Gabriel

RIVER HEIGHTS REGIONAL

SeedName2014 [CA]2014 [USA]OriginNotes
1Isabella2,70516,950‘Elizabeth’ in LatinAsteroid 210, Boylston, Rossellini; Full name of Twilight protagonist Bella Swan; Only qualifying I name
2Sofia2,0949,542Variant of ‘Sophia’Coppola, Vergara; Bulgarian capital
3Camila1,4815,194‘Acolyte’ in LatinAlves, Giorgi
4Elizabeth1,0809,492‘My god is abundance’ in HebrewBarrett Browning, Queen, Taylor
5Madison98510,247‘Son of Matthew’Davenport, Keys; Wisconsin capital
6Melanie9173,681‘Blackness’ in GreekGriffith, Mayron, Safka
7Ariana8935,461‘Land of Aryans’ in PersianGrande, Reines, Richards
8Aria8255,893‘Lioness’ in HebrewCrescendo, Curzon
9Amelia7918,727‘Work’ in GermanicBloomer, Earhart; Doctor Who companion Pond
10Bella7024,050‘Beauty’ in LatinIgla, Thorne; Twilight protagonist Swan
11Mila6944,033‘Gracious’ in Slavic languagesGojsalić, Kunis, Mason
12Hailey6654,595Variant of ‘Hayley’Duke
13Ximena6392,323Variant of ‘Simona’Navarette, Sariñana; Only qualifying X name
14Andrea5962,543Variant of ‘Andrew’Ghez, Levy, McArdle
15Kayla5752,982‘Pure’ in GreekEwell, Harrison
16Eva5443,651Variant of ‘Eve’Ahnert-Rohlfs, Longoria, Perón

WUTHERING HEIGHTS REGIONAL

SeedName2014 [CA]2014 [USA]OriginNotes
1Emma2,66220,799‘Whole’ in GermanicAsteroid 283, Bull, Watson; Jane Austen novel; Most popular female name overall in US in 2014
2Emily2,25812,562Variant of Roman ‘Æmilia’Brontë, Deschanel, Dickinson
3Ava1,43115,586Derived from several Germanic namesGardner, Leigh
4Evelyn1,1048,692Variant of ‘Ava’Asteroid 503, Gandy, Hooker
5Genesis9744,144‘Origin’ in GreekRock returned by Apollo 15 crew; Solar wind sample return spacecraft; Most popular in California amongst names not in nationwide top 64
6Zoe9225,828‘Life’ in GreekEmpress, Pollock, Saldana
7Avery8909,517‘Elf ruler’ in Old EnglishAsteroid 3580; Lunar crater
8Zoey8277,358Variant of ‘Zoe’Zoey 101; The West Wing presidential daughter
9Leah7425,563‘Weary’ in HebrewGoldberg, Remini, Song
10Arianna7085,240Variant of ‘Ariana’Huffington, Savall
11Alyssa6903,798‘Not insane’ in GreekMilano, Reid, Sutherland
12Hannah6736,512‘He favours me’ in HebrewArendt, Dakota Fanning, Friedman; Girls protagonist Horvath
13Natalia6382,778Variant of ‘Natalie’Kills, Lafourcade, Sokol
14Harper6099,564‘Harp player’ in GermanLee; Least proportionately popular in California amongst top 64: only 6.37% of all Harpers born in the US in 2014 came from California
15Violet5744,156FlowerMarkham, Oakley
16Brianna5543,582Variant of ‘Brian’Brown, Keilar

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