There is not much more American than apple pie, baseball, baby name, or the classic game Scrabble. That's why for today's study we decided to combine two of those. Unfortunately, we have no invented baseball pie but we are going to look at baby names which score very high on Scrabble.
The names above are the names which appeared in the Social Security Administration data (meaning they had at least one year of five babies with that name) and have the highest Scrabble score. For those who may forget, Scrabble gives low point values to common letters like A, E, or N and high point values to rare letters like X, Y, or Z. That explains how the co-winner is Zzyzx with 42 points before any double letter scores. The highest female scoring name is Xochiquetzal, with 42 points as well. Congratulations to any baby Zzyzx's or baby Xochiquetzal's who may be reading this!
The names above are rare. If you click through you will see they each had just individual years of making the top list. Therefore it seems only right to honor the names which score high and also rank high in the popularity contest. The highest scoring Scrabble names from the list of top 1,000 names are (for females) Jacquelyn (30), Jacqueline (28), Mackenzie (26), Mckenzie (25), Jazmin (24). For males names from the top 100 the winners are Zachary (24), Jeffrey (23), Jeffery (23), Johnathan (22), Christopher (21).
On the other side of the spectrum it seems fair to single out a few names for which 1) are among the top 1,000 names 2) are at least eight letters and 3) consist only of Scrabble letters worth one point. The seven names fitting this description are Antionette, Anastasia, Lorraine, Natalie, Allison, Antonio, Russell.
Sadly proper nouns are not allowed in traditional Scrabble. It could be awhile before you have a chance to spell Xochiquetzal in a competitive environment.