The Most Interesting Compound Boys’ Names in the U.S.

You’ve read the list of compound girls’ names.  Now here’s the boys’ list!

  • Alanmichael: Apparently, this is from an 80s soap opera.  First appearance 1988, last appearance 2001.
  • Angeldejesus: Literally, “Angel of Jesus” in Spanish.  Similar to the women’s name Mariadejesus, or “Mary of Jesus.”  Angeldejesus last appeared in 2015 with 6 boys.
  • Angelgabriel: The angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she was pregnant with Jesus.  12 boys were named Angelgabriel in 2016.
  • Brandonlee: Brandon Lee (1965-1993) was the son of Bruce Lee, and an actor in his own right.  He died while filming The Crow (1994).  The name peaked in the SSA list the year he died.
  • Brucelee: 5 boys in 1989.  I’m curious why Brucelee debuted so long after Bruce Lee (1940-1973) died.
  • Christopherlee: Christopher Lee (1922-2015) most famously played Count Dooku in Star Wars and Saruman in Lord of the Rings.  The name Christopherlee shows up in SSA data from 1985 to 1991.
  • Crissangel: 5 boys in 2007.  Criss Angel is a magician.
  • Donjuan: The term “Don Juan” can refer to a womanizer.  It comes from a medieval Spanish legend, first written down in the 1600s.  Famous later works about the character include an opera by Mozart and a poem by Byron.  The name Donjuan last appeared in 2014 with 5 boys, possibly because of the 2013 movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Dylanthomas: Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a 20th-century poet.  This combo only appeared in 1998.
  • Georgemichael: Considering this name only appeared between 1989 and 1997, most Georgemichaels were probably named after the singer (1963-2016).  There’s also the Arrested Development character George Michael Bluth.
  • Jamesdean: Actor James Dean (1931-1955) was best known for the movie Rebel Without a CauseJamesdean first appeared in 1994, and lastly in 2014.
  • Jamespaul: Paul McCartney’s first name is really James.  This combo was given to 5 boys in 2016.
  • Jaydenjames: Britney Spears named one of her sons Jayden James, though this combo didn’t hit the lists for another two years.  Jaydenjames has appeared only once, in 2008.
  • Jeanclaude: The most famous bearer is Jean-Claude van Damme, known for his violent movies.  This combo last appeared in 2013.
  • Jeanluc: Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise in Star Trek: Next Generation.  The show inspired the first crop of Jeanlucs in the 80s, but the name  never faded back into obscurity and is a perennial (though rare) choice for baby boys.  24 boys were named Jeanluc in 2016.
  • Jessejames: 16 boys in 2016.  The most famous Jesse James was the 19th-century outlaw…the second *mildly* famous Jesse James is Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband.
  • Johnbenedict: 14 boys in 2005, presumably named after the new pope that year – Benedict XVI.
  • Johnoliver: 6 boys in 2016.  I wonder how many were named after comedian John Oliver and how many are a result of the name Oliver‘s growing popularity?
  • Johnross: 1980s TV character and the name of a 19th-century Cherokee chief.  Last appeared in 2015 with 9 boys.
  • Johnthomas: If you’ve ever watched Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, you’ll know why this combo is funny.  7 boys were named Johnthomas in 2016.
  • Johntyler: U.S. president John Tyler (1790-1862), who is probably most famous for having living grandchildren in the 21st century despite having been born in the 18th century!  The combo Johntyler has appeared twice, in 2003 and 2005.
  • Johnnyangel: Song from the 1950s, though the name didn’t appear until the 1990s.
  • Juandedios: Translation from Spanish – “John of God.”  5 boys in 2016.
  • Juliocesar: Spanish version of “Julius Caesar.”  8 boys in 2016.
  • Kuntakinte: Kunta Kinte was a major character in Roots, a novel written by author Alex Haley about his ancestry.  The combo Kuntakinte was given to 6 boys in 1977 and never appeared in SSA data again, but Kunta alone was far more popular and did reappear.
  • Malcolmjamal: In the 80s, a few boys were named after Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who acted in The Cosby Show.
  • Marcopolo: Marco Polo (1254-1324) wrote a detailed travelogue of his voyages through China.  5 boys in 2003.


    Marco Polo is a surprising source for a compound name!

  • Muhammadali: 24 boys were named Muhammadali in 2016, which is a lot more than ever before.  The reason was the passing of boxer Muhammad Ali (1943-2016).
  • Princewilliam: Princewill also shows up in the data.  5 boys were named Princewilliam in 2011, the same year the Queen’s grandson married Kate Middleton.
  • Robroy: Rob Roy is the name of an 1817 Walter Scott book, though the name Rob Roy itself refers to a guy called Rob Roy MacGregor.  The name Robroy occasionally appeared in SSA data between 1958 and 1968.
  • Victorhugo: Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Last appearance: 2014.


  • I’ve noticed some compound names that contain “Jr,” including Anthonyjr, Carlosjr, Jesusjr, and etc.  Usually Jr. (abbreviation for Junior) is a suffix placed after the surname.  Assuming most of these kids are indeed named after their fathers, I’d be curious to know if Jr. appears twice on official documents (for example: Anthonyjr Smith, Jr.).  Or, are they negated as juniors because the first name doesn’t exactly copy that of the father’s? 
  • There are some combos that contain names from different languages, including…
    • Iancarlo (Scottish and Italian)
    • Kevinkhang (Irish and Vietnamese) – I really want to know this story behind this one!
    • Jeancarlos (French and Spanish)
    • Jeanmichael (French and English)
  • The “Sir” combos are interesting.  Here are the ones from the 2016 dataset:
    • Siranthony
    • Sirking
    • Sircharles
    • Sirwilliam
  • Combinations that surprisingly don’t appear in SSA data: Ethanallen, Jackryan, and Martinluther. 

What do you think of these compound boys’ names?  Are there any you’ve heard that you would add to this list?  Let me know!


Rare ‘I’ Names

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‘I’ is an unusual initial for names.  Once you eliminate most of the spelling variants for Isabella, Isaac, and Isaiah, there aren’t many remaining names that start with this letter!  That said, here are some rare ‘I’ names from 2016, according to Social Security Administration data.


  • 150-262 girls named: India, Ireland, Indie, Ida, Imogen
  • 100-149: Isadora, Isha, Isobel, Iva, Inaaya, Ivanka, Iman, Inara
  • 50-99: Irina, Italia, Italy, Ilana, Isela, Ines, Irma, Iqra, Isra, Indira, Iona, Isis, Ishani
  • 25-49: Imogene, Ishanvi, Ishika, Idalia, Ilona, Imari, Imelda, Island, Indica, Infinity
  • 10-24: Ilse, Itzamara, Ixhel, Inari, Ione, Isamar, Irlanda, Isidora, Ikhlas, Inga, Inna, Isabeau, Isolde, Ibtisam, Io, Ivelisse, Ishita, Islay, Iselis, Irais, Iridessa, Isaura, Ita, Ismahan, Ismerai, Icelynn, Ilithyia, Ivalee, Idella, Ilsa, Iola, Irish
  • 7-9: Innocence, Israella, Ifunanya, Inanna, Insiya, Ilma, Iolani, Irani, Itzuri, Iymona
  • 6: Ileigh, Ilinca, Independence, Infiniti, Intisar, Isatou, Itati, Izetta, Izora
  • 5: Ibtihaj, Ibukunoluwa, Idalis, Ifechukwu, Ijeoma, Inayat, Ineza, Ioni, Ipek, Isabelly, Iselys, Iseult, Ishwaq


  • 100-194 boys named: Imran, Idris, Irving, Ishmael, Ishan, Irvin
  • 25-99: Ilyas, Indiana, Isidro, Iverson, Ignatius, Ike, Iver, Iain, Ikaika, Indy
  • 10-24: Iam, Itai, Isley, Icarus, Ikenna, Itamar, Igor, Irwin, Irfan, Ireoluwa, Islam, Ivar, Isadore, Ikechukwu, Iran, Inigo, Isidore, Ivo, Izen, Ibn, Ikaia, Inioluwa, Iremide, Iroh, Issachar
  • 8-9: Inaki, Inman, Italo, Ichiro, Ifeoluwa, Indio, Isaiha
  • 7: Ifeanyichukwu, Imanol, Infant, Ingram, Ion, Isco, Ishaaq, Iskander, Itzhak
  • 6: Iason, Ignazio, Imere, Inoke, Ioan, Isahi, Ivor
  • 5: Ifenna, Ijah, Ikram, Iniko, Isao, Isauro, Ishmeet, Isileli, Ithiel, Itsuki, Ives

Do you have a favorite ‘I’ name?  Let me know!

Love from Latin: Verb Conjugations of Amare as Baby Names

Screen Shot 2018-02-14 at 6.17.13 PMHey everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day!  Time for some lovely names?

I took Latin while at university, and at some point I realized that some of the many conjugations or forms of the verb amare (“to love”) have become baby names.  No, I’m not going to make you learn all the ways to say love in Latin – I don’t even think I learned every tense myself since I only had three semesters of the stuff, and I’m a bit rusty to boot.  I *am* going to list the derivative names I can find in my old textbook.  Enjoy!

  • Ama – 2nd singular Present Imperative Active, which basically means it’s the command “Love!” directed at one person.  16 girls were named Ama in 2016.
  • Amanda – Feminine future passive participle / gerundive.  Means “to be loved.”  Amanda is one of the few girls’ names to be in the top 1000 since 1880!  This timeless choice was given to 992 girls in 2016, and ranked #329.
  • Amandus – Masculine version of Amanda.  It appeared a few times in the data between 1917 and 1935.
  • Amare – Infinitive active verb meaning “to love.”  19 girls and 207 boys (#979) were named Amare in 2016.
  • Amari – Present passive infinitive, means “to be loved.”  In modern times, Amari is also plural for amaro, which is a type of Italian digestif (alcoholic beverage consumed to help digest a meal).  1351 boys (#269) and 695 girls (#459) were named Amari in 2016.
  • Amaris – 2nd. singular present passive indicative, means “you are loved.”  376 girls (#751) and 28 boys received this name in 2016.
  • Amata – Feminine perfect passive participle, means “having been loved.”  6 girls in 2016.  I also really like the masculine form “Amatus,” but it doesn’t appear in the SSA data.
  • Amer – 1st singular subjunctive passive…I think it means “I may/should/would be loved?”  28 boys in 2016.
  • Ames – 2nd singular present active subjective.  I can’t be 100% on the correct translation, but I think it’s something like “you may/should/would love.” 86 boys and 5 girls in 2016.  This name is rising very quickly!
  • Ameris – 2nd singular present subjunctive passive; if Ames is active, I think this is probably “you may/should/would be loved.”  12 girls in 2016.
  • Amo – 1st person singular present active indicative, means “I love.”  Appeared in the data for both genders immediately after World War I.
  • Amor – 1st singular Present Passive Indicative, means “I am loved.”  This is also the noun for “love.”  In 2016, 96 girls and 33 boys were named Amor.

    • Amore isn’t a verb, but another (locative, dative, and/or ablative) form of the noun Amor *and* the name of 44 girls and 19 boys born two years ago.
    • Amos is also an old (nominative and vocative) form of the noun Amor.  It ranked #678 in 2016, having been given to 373 boys.

It would be cool to see the forms Amaturus and Amatura as names, but I realized they can sound a lot like “amateur” outside of classical pronunciation. 

What do you think?  Do you like any of these?  And to my readers who know Latin – if I’ve missed any verb conjugations that are names or gotten any translations wrong, please let met know.  Truly, participles and subjunctives are curses upon us all.


The Most Interesting Compound Girls’ Names in the U.S.

A compound name is one name that includes at least two names.  There are a few common types of compound names:

  1. Double-barrel, or when two names are connected by a hyphen.  Example: Lily Rose -> LilyRose.
  2. Double name, or when someone goes by two names separated by a space.  This can either be a result of having two first names or using both a first and middle together.  Example: Billy Bob.
  3. Combination, or as I sometimes like to call it, the “stream of consciousness.”  Example: Mary + Elizabeth = Maryelizabeth.

Unfortunately, in the U.S. there’s no official data distinguishing between different compound types.  There’s no way to tell whether there’s a dash, space, extra capital, apostrophe, or any other marks you can imagine because the SSA doesn’t acknowledge them!  Officially, MaryAnne exists as Maryanne, and will find herself in a list with women who actually are named Maryanne...which is why I’m not writing a list of double-barrel names right now.  The United Kingdom does recognize hyphenated names, and indeed, they’re much more popular there than here.  If you’re interested in reading more on the British double-barrel phenomenon, check out two posts about that country’s hyphenated girls’ and boys’ names by a fantastic new name blog called Onomastica!

Here are some of the most interesting compound names for girls from the U.S., all found scattered through the Social Security Administration‘s baby name data.  There are so many fascinating and distinctive compound names (mostly related to pop culture) that I will publish the boys’ names in a separate post.

  • Avemaria: Literally meaning “Hail Mary,” this is a prayer that has been transformed into several famous pieces of music.  According to the Social Security Administration, 5 girls were named Avemaria in 2016.
  • Barbaraann: Barbara Ann is a song immortalized by the Beach Boys, though the original version was recorded under the title “Barbara-Ann.”  Barbara was an extremely popular name between the 30s and 50s; indeed, the name Barbaraann precedes the song, and appears in the birth data as early as 1934.  Her last appearance was in 1996 with 5 girls.
  • Billiejean: Although perpetually rare, this name received a mild boost twice; first in 1973, after tennis player Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match; and secondly, after the 1983 Michael Jackson song.
  • Briarrose: In the 1959 Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora was renamed Briar Rose when she went to live with the fairies.  18 girls were named Briarrose in 2016.
  • Caramia: The most famous version of the song “Cara Mia” was recorded by Jay and the Americans in 1965.  The name first appeared in 1966 with 6 girls, peaked in 2006 with 20 girls, and last appeared in 2015 with 8 girls.  “Cara Mia” means “my dear” or “my beloved” in Italian.
  • Chakakhan: Chaka Khan is a funk musician from the 70s and 80s.  The name itself only charted in 1975 and 1976.
  • Cindylou: From The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the character Cindy Lou Who.  This combo appeared in the late 50s (around the time the book was written).
  • Dannielynn: After the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007), who was born in 2006.  5 girls were named Dannielynn in 2016.
  • Dellareese: Della Reese (1931-2017) was a singer in the 50s – that’s when her name debuted – and later, an actress.  Interestingly, the resulting compound name Dellareese is very close to her birth name, Delloreese.
  • Harleyquinn: After the DC comics villain.  20 girls were named Harleyquinn in 2016.
  • Heavenlyjoy: 11 girls received this religious name in 2016.
  • Jeannedarc: Appeared in the early 1920s after the canonization of St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431), or Jeanne d’Arc in French.


    St. Joan of Arc inspired the compound name Jeannedarc after her 1920 canonization.

  • Lauraashley: While the names Laura and Ashley were both pretty trendy in the mid-to-late 80s, Laura Ashley was a fashion designer who died in 1985.  The name appeared in 1987.
  • Marajade: Fairly obscure Star Wars reference.  Mara Jade was a character in the extended universe before Disney bought the rights and made Force Awakens.  According to the SSA, 6 girls were named Marajade in 2016.
  • Maryjane: “Mary Jane” can refer to a few things – 1) a street name for marijuana, 2) a shoe style, or 3) a type of penny candy.  A shocking 216 girls were named Maryjane (or some variation thereof) in 2016!  It’s even been in the top 1000 within the last decade.
  • Marysue: A “Mary Sue” is a type of Original Character in fan fiction stories who exhibits self-inserted qualities of the fan fiction writer.  5 girls received this compound name in 2016, which is the first year since the early 1970s that it’s appeared in the data!
  • Ninasimone: Nina Simone (1933-2003) was a famous African-American musician.  This combo appears in the data twice, in 2000 and 2015.  Two documentaries about her came out in ’15, which may explain the name’s appearance in the data that year.
  • Normajean: From the Elton John song “Candle in the Wind,” which is about Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962); her birth name was Norma Jeane.  7 girls were named Normajean in 2016, which is impressive considering that only 86 girls were named Norma.
  • Peggysue: From two Buddy Holly songs, “Peggy Sue” and “Peggy Sue Got Married.”  The latter is also the name of a cute 1980s movie.  Any uses of the double-barrel name probably come from the first Peggy Sue song, which came out in 1957.  Nancy (of Nancy’s Baby Names) has written more extensively on the name Peggysue.
  • Ravensymone: After the actress and commentator on The View, Raven-Symoné.  Ravensimone also appears in the data.  Her name first appeared in SSA data in 1990, while she was on The Cosby Show.
  • Pennylane: From the Beatles song “Penny Lane.”  Though the song came out in the 1960s, the name didn’t appear in SSA data until 2008!  5 girls received this name in 2016.

What do you think of these compound names?  Do you have a favorite, perhaps one that isn’t listed here?  What’s your favorite type of compound?  Let me know, and stay tuned for the boys’ names!

Rare ‘H’ Names

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Some of my all-time favorite names start with the letter ‘H!’  I even love modern ‘H’ names, and my name preferences are usually very ancient or traditional.  To be fair, Hadley and Harper do have literary precedents…

The names below are rare ‘H’ names that were used in the U.S. in 2016, the latest year for which national baby name data has been released.  They are sorted by popularity – the most common names will appear first, and the least common will be at the bottom of the list.  They’re also color-coded; pink indicates that the name was mostly (≥90%) given to girls, blue to (≥90%) boys, and purple to both (>10% and <90% boys and girls).


  • 150-212 girls named: Honesty, Halo, Harriet, Hillary, Hensley
  • 100-149: Haddie, Hartley, Hollis, Hafsa, Honor, Haisley
  • 50-99: Hawa, Haya, Hosanna, Hermione, Halima, Hanan, Harbor, Henrietta, Huda, Hala, Havana, Hiba, Hoorain, Honey
  • 25-49: Haneen, Hennessy, Husna, Hilda, Hera, Heiress, Hayat, Huntley, Harini, Henny, Henna, Habiba
  • 10-24: Hadiya, Hadeel, Halina, Hargun, Harvest, Havilah, Hiyab, Hasset, Honour, Heavenleigh, Harleyquinn, Harnoor, Hebe, Holiday, Haasini, Hedy, Hikari, Honora, Hanley, Henchy, Humaira, Hajra, Heer, Herlinda, Hartlynn, Hser, Halsey, Hathaway, Hermela, Hind, Halona, Hamda, Harshitha, Heavenlyjoy, Hadar, Haruka, Hatley, Havisha, Heloise, Hephzibah, Heylin, Hildegard, Hoda
  • 8-9: Hanifa, Happiness, Hessa, Hibo, Hidaya, Hikma, Hilde, Holy, Honest, Hypatia, Halimatou, Hanalei, Harland, Hortencia
  • 7: Haddison, Hannie, Hava, Henriette, Hetvi, Hewan, Hildy, Hiya, Horizon
  • 6: Haidee, Hallelujah, Hannahgrace, Hansini, Harlequin, Harliv, Harumi, Hasanat, Hawraa, Healani, Helia, Herminia, Hestia, Holliday, Hridya, Hrisha, Hyacinth
  • 5: Hadasha, Hanvika, Haram, Harseerat, Hasnaa, Hassanatou, Haunani, Haynes, Hemen, Hendel, Hettie, Hinako, Hinami, Honoka, Honore, Honoria, Husaina


  • 100-183 boys named: Harlem, Hans, Hagen, Hoyt
  • 50-99: Hamilton, Hiram, Hawkins, Heriberto, Herbert, Hiro, Hernan, Heston, Hansel, Holt, Hampton, Hosea, Haddon, Hawk, Haziel
  • 25-49: Hero, Hardy, Huxton, Hanson, Hisham, Hubert, Halen, Hawthorne, Humza, Hatcher, Hadrian, Haakon, Hari, Haydn, Henderson, Hillel, Hogan, Haniel, Harbor, Harmon, Herschel, Huckleberry, Hilario, Homero
  • 10-24: Heber, Hilton, Homer, Hutch, Halston, Hazael, Horace, Helios, Huzaifa, Hale, Haroun, Han, Hercules, Hunner, Haruki, Hewitt, Hyatt, Hannibal, Helix, Horatio, Haruto, Huston, Haneef, Haru, Hiroki, Hurley, Hazaiah, Hriday, Hridaan, Hyde, Hades, Helio, Hutchinson, Hykeem, Hafiz, Hamish, Havoc, Haziq, Hiroshi, Hobson, Howie, Huntingdon, Haines, Hartaj, Hayato, Haywood, Hendry, Hobie
  • 8-9: Henok, Hermes, Hipolito, Haggai, Haku, Hammond, Handsome, Hanzalah, Hardin, Harjot, Harrington, Hatch, Haxton, Helaman, Hemi, Heron, Holder, Hughes
  • 7: Hadriel, Hananiah, Haoxuan, Harsh, Havok, Heaton, Hebron, Hemingway, Hobbes, Hollister, Htoo, Hunt
  • 6: Hamdi, Hansley, Happy, Harald, Harbour, Harding, Hastings, Hebert, Hinton, Hiroto, Hooper, Horus, Hovhannes, Hung
  • 5: Haig, Hall, Hamdaan, Handy, Hanz, Hap, Harfateh, Hariharan, Hartford, Harvard, Hasten, Hawkeye, Heathcliff, Hikaru, Hill, Hilo, Hoke, Hopper, Hyland

My three very favorite names (overall, not just among ‘H’ names) are mentioned within the post.  Bonus points to anyone who can correctly guess them!

Do you have a favorite ‘H’ name?  Let me know in the comments!

January Name Spotting

It’s the last day of January, and time for the first name sightings post of 2018!

Here are a few interesting names I spotted this month:

  • Tishaminga – Her siblings had names that would have been popular/trendy in the 70s or 80s…really makes me wonder about this one!  I can’t find any numbers for it.  Has anyone else ever seen this name, and if so, where?
  • Shealyn – Given to 12 girls in 2016.
  • Alynne (deceased) – In this case, apparently a feminine patronymic form of Alan.  Last SSA appearance in 2010 (first in 1999).  This Alynne was likely born before the name ever debuted, though.
  • Tishawn – Last appeared in SSA birth data c. 2014 as a boys’ name.  The last time Tishawn appeared as a girls’ name was in 1990.
  • Jennings (male, probably child) – In 2016 (at last count), 62 boys and 14 girls were named Jennings.  It’s on the rise for both genders.
  • Payeton – 5 girls were named Payeton in 2016.
  • Rogers (deceased) – 7 boys named Rogers in 2016; peaked in 1950 with 164 boys.
  • Navy – Assuming this name wasn’t a Freudian slip where I saw it listed (military family), then Navy is probably an adult.  152 girls and 29 boys were named Navy in 2016; it first appeared as a girls’ name in 1985.
  • Mekele (adult) – Mek’ele is a city in Ethiopia.
  • Senecca (adult) – Senecca (a variant of already-rare Seneca) was a boys’ name that appeared in the birth data a few times in the late 70s and early 80s. This person is highly educated and has a good job, which I feel is important to point out because of this name’s “youneek” spelling.  Too often, people act as though children’s lives are instantaneously ruined if their parents give them names with non-standard spellings; they aren’t.
  • Falkon (teenager or young adult) – Another variant spelling of an already rare name!  I can’t find Falkon in the birth data, but 21 boys and 7 girls were named Falcon in 2016.

I think I also saw a guy named Ushinsi, though I’m not positive on the spelling.

What do you think?  Did you spot any unusual names this month?  Let me know in the comments!

The Many Ways to Spell Tiffany

Tiffany is quite an old name – it’s the medieval form of the Greek name Theophania (feminine for Theophanes, meaning “manifestation of God“), and was traditionally given to girls born on January 6th, or Epiphany.  Much more recently, Tiffany became popular in light of the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  If you’re unfamiliar with the movie or book, the story gets its name from the jewelry shop, not a character. 

As a trendy name becomes trendier, more spellings appear.  From the time Tiffany entered the top 1000 in 1962 to its peak in 1988, and even afterwards, over 50 different ways to spell Tiffany appeared in the Social Security Administration’s birth data.  I’ve tried to find them all.

Definite spellings:

  1. Teffani – debuts 1971 with 5 girls; only appearance.  Might be influenced by variation of Stephanie.
  2. Teffanie – debuts 1969 with 6 girls; only appearance.
  3. Teffany – debuts 1966 with 8 girls, peak in 1977 with 16 girls. Last appearance 1993.
  4. Tephanie – debuts 1968 with 6 girls, peak in 1982 with 14 girls. Last appearance 1988. 
  5. Tifanee – debuts 1980 with 5 girls, peak in 1987 with 9 girls. Last appearance 1991.
  6. Tifani – debuts 1967 with 12 girls, peak in 1981 and 1988 with 39 girls. Last appearance 2010.
  7. Tifanie – debuts 1970 with 8 girls, peak in 1980 with 34 girls. Last appearance 2001.
  8. Tifanny – debuts in 1980 with 7 girls, peak in 2003 and 2007 with 12 girls. Last appearance 2009.
  9. Tifany – debuts in 1966 with 5 girls, peak in 1982 with 66 girls. Last appearance 2013.
  10. Tiffaine – debuts in 1986 with 5 girls; only appearance.
  11. Tiffane – debuts in 1970 with 6 girls, peak in 1981 with 20 girls. Last appearance 1998.
  12. Tiffanee – debuts in 1969 with 8 girls, peak in 1988 with 43 girls. Last appearance 2002.
  13. Tiffaney – debuts in 1965 with 5 girls, peak in 1980 with 142 girls. Last appearance 2009.
  14. Tiffani – debuts in 1962 with 9 girls, peak in 1981 with 643 girls, 15 girls in 2016.
  15. Tiffanie –debuts in 1962 with 6 girls, peak in 1980 with 470. 6 girls in 2016
  16. Tiffannee – debuts in 1978; only appearance.
  17. Tiffanni – debuts in 1971 with 7 girls, peak in 1987 and 1994 with 8 girls. Last appearance 1997.
  18. Tiffannie – debuts in 1971 with 6 girls, peak in 1986 with 15. Last appearance in 1995. 
  19. Tiffanny – debuts in 1968 with 6 girls, peak in 1982 and 1984 with 21 girls. Last appearance 2006.
  20. Tiffany – debuts 1942 with 7 girls. Peak in 1988 with 18364 girls. Entered top 1000 in 1962, peaked 1982 and 1988 (with highest percentage in ’88).  Current rank: #558 with 555 girls. 
  21. Tiffanye – debuts 1972 with 7 girls. Peak in 1980 with 10 girls.  Last appearance 1985.
  22. Tiffeney – debuts in 1970 with 6 girls. Peak in 1982 and 1983 with 7 girls.  Last appearance 1985.
  23. Tiffeny – debuts 1968 with 6 girls. Peak in 1989 with 31 girls.  Last appearance 2003.
  24. Tifffany – debuts 1988 with 6 girls; only appearance.
  25. Tiffiani – debuts 1980 with 5 girls. Peak in 1980 and 1992 with 5 girls.  Last appearance 1992.
  26. Tiffiany – debuts 1966 with 7 girls. Peak in 1982 with 50 girls.  Last appearance 1999.
  27. Tiffinay – debuts 1971 with 5 girls. Peak in 1976 with 8 girls.  Last appearance 1988. 
  28. Tiffine – debuts 1971 with 8 girls, peak in 1984 with 18 girls. Last appearance 1995.
  29. Tiffinee – debuts 1973 with 5 girls, peak in 1988 with 10 girls. Last appearance 1990.
  30. Tiffiney – debuts 1966 with 10 girls, peak in 1981 with 63 girls. Last appearance 2001.
  31. Tiffini – debuts 1964 with 7 girls, peak in 1980 with 71 girls. Last appearance 2007.
  32. Tiffinie – debuts 1967 with 8 girls, peak in 1981 and 1982 with 22 girls. Last appearance 1996.
  33. Tiffiny – debuts 1964 with 10 girls, peak in 1980 with 144 girls. Last appearance 2008.
  34. Tiffnay – debuts 1975 with 6 girls, peak in 1981 with 12 girls. Last appearance 1989.
  35. Tiffney – debuts 1962 with 7 girls, peak in 1980 with 66 girls. Last appearance 2002.
  36. Tiffni – debuts 1970 with 11 girls, peak in 1970 with 11 girls. Last appearance 1971.
  37. Tiffnie – debuts 1970 with 5 girls; only appearance.
  38. Tiffny – debuts 1972 with 7 girls. Peak in 1984 with 12 girls.  Last appearance 1988.
  39. Tiffoni – debuts 1972 with 6 girls; only appearance.
  40. Tiffonie – debuts 1971 with 5 girls. Peak in 1971, 1975, and 1976 with 5 girls.  Last appearance 1976.
  41. Tiffony – debuts 1966 with 5 girls, peak in 1980 with 16 girls. Last appearance 1990.
  42. Tifini – debuts 1967 with 5 girls, peak in 1982 with 12 girls. Last appearance 1995.
  43. Tifinie – debuts 1971 with 5 girls, peak in 1980 with 6 girls. Last appearance 1980.
  44. Tifiny – debuts 1979 with 5 girls, peak in 1980 with 6 girls. Last appearance 1980.
  45. Tifney – debuts 1970 with 7 girls, peak in 1970 and 1977 with 7 girls. Last appearance 1982.
  46. Tifni – debuts 1980 with 5 girls; only appearance.
  47. Tifphanie – debuts 1976 with 6 girls; only appearance.
  48. Tiphanee – debuts 1995 with 5 girls; only appearance.
  49. Tiphani – debuts 1971 with 6 girls, peak in 1988 with 24 girls. Last appearance 2007.
  50. Tiphanie – debuts 1967 with 5 girls, peak in 1988 with 32 girls. Last appearance 2009.
  51. Tiphany – debuts 1968 with 5 girls, peak in 1993 with 15 girls. Last appearance 2001.
  52. Tyfani – debuts 1990 with 7 girls; only appearance.
  53. Tyffani – debuts 1980 with 7 girls, peak in 1987, 1993, and 1995 with 11 girls. Last appearance 2001.
  54. Tyffanie – debuts 1979 with 5 girls, peak in 1985 with 7 girls. Last appearance 1992
  55. Tyffany – debut 1975 with 7 girls, peak in 1989 with 13 girls. Last appearance 2000.

The names in bold are the ones that were still being given to babies in 2016.

Uncertain spellings:

  • Taffani – debuts 1972 with 5 girls, peaks in 1972 and 1992 with 5 girls.  Last appearance 1992.  Sounds more like Daphne.
  • Taffany – debuts 1967 with 6 girls, peaks 1988 with 24 girls.  Last appearance 1994.
  • Taffney – debuts 1970 with 5, peaks 1970 and 1974 with 5 girls.  Last appearance 1974.
  • Tiffancy – debuts 1975 with 5 girls, peak in 1986.  Last appearance 1988.
  • Tiphaine – debuts 1976 with 5 girls; only appearance.
  • Tippany – debuts 1982 with 6 girls; only appearance.

Names Inspired by Tiffany:

  • Latiffany – debuts 1974 with 6 girls, peak in 1987 with 22 girls.  Last appearance 1994.
  • Tiffanique – debuts 1992 with 5 girls, peak in 1993 with 6 girls.  Last appearance 1993.
  • Tiffaniamber – debuts 1993 with 6 girls, peak in 1997 with 9 girls.  Last appearance 1997.
  • Tiffanyamber – debuts 1994 with 8 girls, peak in 1994 and 1998 with 8 girls.  Last appearance 1999.
  • Tiffanyann – debuts in 1981 with 7 girls.
  • Tiffanymarie – debuts 1987 with 5 girls.
  • Tiffay – debuts 1974 with 6 girls, peak in 1987 with 28 girls.  Last appearance 1988.
  • Tiffin – debuts 1966 with 5 girls, peak in 1968, 1977, and 1980 with 7 girls.  Last appearance 1982.
  • Tiffy – debuts 1974 with 5 girls, peak in 1981 with 7 girls.  Last appearance 1981.

Do you have a favorite spelling of Tiffany?  Have you met someone with an unusual spelling of this name, even one that didn’t make this list?  Let me know!


Rare ‘G’ Names

Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 4.20.50 PMLike the letter ‘F’, the paucity of names starting with ‘G’ means I can fit the girls’ and boys’ names into one post!  Right now, we’re still looking at America’s rare names of 2016, because the 2017 data isn’t due out until May.  A perpetual issue with naming trends is that the people watching them have information that’s at least a year or two old; what was popular or rare in 2016 might not be in 2017 or 2018.


  • 150-220: Gracyn, Geneva, Giada, Gretchen, Grecia
  • 100-149: Guinevere, Geraldine, Gitty, Georgina, Goldie, Glory, Georgiana
  • 50-99: Gaia, Greer, Gladys, Gigi, Gretel, Ginger, Gala, Griselda, Gianella
  • 25-49: Gisela, Galilee, Golda, Gittel, Goddess, Gertrude, Glenda, Greenlee, Gurnoor, Germany, Gelila, Gioia
  • 10-24: Georgette, Ginny, Getsemani, Gypsy, Gail, Greicy, Gemini, Gracia, Gwynn, Gaelle, Galaxy, Gurleen, Gloriana, Galia, Golden, Garnet, Ginevra, Gem, Genoveva, Giabella, Gorgeous, Gauri, Geet, Gladis, Girl, Glenna, Gurbani, Gurseerat, Genesee, Ghazal, Gwendoline
  • 7-9: Gardenia, Gayatri, Gilda, Gayle, Graciana, Gabbanelli, Galena, Genavie, Genova, Gita, Giuseppina, Graceland, Gracious, Gurman, Gurnaaz, Gwenevieve
  • 6: Galina, Gamila, Geethika, Geisha, Genisys, Gethsemane, Gidget, Gregoria, Gwenna
  • 5: Galadriel, Garland, Gavrielle, Geri, Gift, Giordana, Glorious, Gohar, Gredmarie


  • 150-192: Gino, Glenn, German, Gianluca, Gerard
  • 100-149: Gatlin, Guy, Gonzalo, Graeme, Gerson, Granger, Gareth
  • 50-99: Gentry, Grayden, Gadiel, Geoffrey, Gene, Gregorio
  • 25-49: Gotham, Geronimo, Gamaliel, Garrick, Godric, Giuliano, Galen, Gil, Gaspar, Gaston, Gibran, Gaines, Gautham, Gustav, Gohan, Gershon, Gaetano, Gryphon
  • 10-24: Gennaro, Gaius, Garner, Galvin, Gerrit, Gianfranco, Gurfateh, Galileo, Gerry, Gianmarco, Ghassan, Gunther, Godwin, Gates, Gatsby, Giles, Grover, Gaddiel, Guthrie, Grafton, Grantley, Gurveer, Gehrig, General, Gildardo, Goku, Griffey, Garth, Glendon, Griffith, Gable, Gamble, Gannicus, Gennady, Granite, Grantham, Grayer, Garvey, Godson
  • 7-9: Gad, Garrus, Ghazi, Great, Gresham, Gurshan, Gale, Garv, Gerhard, Gin, Godfrey, Gurjot, Gardner, Garyson, Gaspard, Gaurav, Gedalya, Giordano, Gopal, Greighson, Grigor, Grisham, Grizzly, Gustave, Gyasi
  • 6: Gadsden, Ganza, Garang, Geoff, Gershom, Gilmer, Godswill, Govani, Griezmann
  • 5: Garvin, Gilead, Gioele, Glynn, Golan, Goliath, Gordy, Gregson, Guillaume, Gurkirat

Do you have a favorite ‘G’ name?  Any thoughts about the names above?  Let me know in the comments!

December Name Sightings

Happy New Year!  I hope you’ve all had wonderful holidays. 🙂

Something interesting was pointed out to me earlier.  As of today – December 31, 2017 – there are no more children who were born in the 20th century.  Tomorrow, people born in 2000 can purchase cigarettes legally.  Everybody born in the 1900s is now (or would be) an adult.  All I can say is…wow!  And maybe, yikes?

That in mind, it does bring me back to the topic of names.  Most of the time, I talk about baby names – names of children who were recently born.  Once a month, though, I write about the interesting names I’ve spotted among all ages in that time.  Babies aren’t the only ones with unique names!  Indeed, sometimes adults (even ones who’ve passed away) are the bearers of names so unusual that you’d almost never find them in data-sets.  If there’s ever a way for name-enthusiasts to discover new and uncharted appellations, this is it.

I met:

Doucette – She told me her family was from southern France.

Presumably children’s names, seen in newspapers:

  • Arrow – Increasingly popular for both boys and girls.  According to the latest numbers, 71 girls and 119 boys were named Arrow in 2016.
  • Kourtlyn – 22 girls were named Kourtlyn in 2016.  A little surprisingly, this trendier, more modern take on Courtney first appeared in SSA birth data in 1992.  Other spellings include Courtlyn and Courtlynn.
  • PhinehasPhineas is a better-known form of this Biblical name.  25 boys were named Phinehas in 2016, compared to 139 named Phineas.
  • Hosanna – Biblical, but not traditionally a name (though it sounds like one!).  It’s a word that commonly pops up in church hymns.  76 girls were named Hosanna in 2016.

Adults in newspapers:

  • Avelina – This is a name we’re all going to start hearing more often.  Avelina tails on the trendiness of Aveline, which has more than quintupled in usage since 2012!  179 girls were named Aveline in 2016 (up from 100 in 2015), and 64 girls were named Avelina in ’16 (up from 48 in ’15). 
  • Cinderella (deceased) – Most of her siblings had ordinary names, making this an especially odd sighting!  Cinderella last appeared in SSA birth data in 2010.
  • Stanwyn (deceased, male) – looks like someone tried to Welsh-ify Stanley.
  • Shirley Sr. (deceased, male) – I think this is the second time this year I’ve encountered a man named Shirley.  A reminder that many “women’s” names didn’t start out that way. 🙂


Aphroditi-Marilena – At least, I think it’s Aphroditi-Marilena.  I’m not 100% sure that Marilena was the name after the hyphen, but I definitely saw Aphroditi before the dash!  Spotted in the credits of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4.  Aphroditi is a variant of Aphrodite, name of the Ancient Greek goddess of love.  Although Aphroditi doesn’t show up in SSA birth data, Aphrodite does, and was given to 12 girls in 2016.

And that’s it for 2017!  I can’t wait to see what goodies 2018 brings.  Maybe I’ll meet a real-life Champagne or something…speaking of which, time to open a bottle! 

P.S.  What did you think of the names I spotted in December?  Did you spot any unusual names of your own?  Let me know in the comments!

Previous rare-name round-ups of 2017:

Rare ‘F’ Names

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‘F’ is an uncommon letter for baby names.  Indeed, I’ve managed to fit girls’ and boys’ names into just one post!

As always, the data for this post comes from the Social Security Administration, which publishes information on American baby names that have been used at least 5 times in a given year.  All the names below fell somewhere below the top 1000 last year (2016).


  • 100-246 babies: Florence, Fallon, Flora, Freyja, Faigy
  • 50-99: Fatoumata, Fabiola, Fern, Fiorella, Flor, Francine, Faiga, Farida, Fabiana
  • 25-49: Felicia, Frieda, Fatou, Fraidy, Fanta, Faiza, Fatuma, Faithlynn, Fae, Fanny, Fajr, Filomena, Freedom
  • 10-24: Faustina, Forever, Favor, Fiora, Flavia, Fia, Fradel, Fawn, Faelyn, Frimet, Florencia, Farhiya, Fable, Fariha, Fatiha, Fatimazahra, Fleur, Farzona, Federica, Fortune, Fairy, Fenna, Fionnuala, Firdaus, Fiza, Flannery
  • 5-9: Fariza, Faryal, Folasade, Frimmy, Fancy, Fenet, Fahima, Fairen, Faithful, Fantasia, Farheen, Fate, Fauna, Feather, Fiyinfoluwa, Furiosa, Faraday, Fatimatou, Faven, Felicitas, Finely, Francina, Franziska, Fabiha, Fadeelah, Fadia, Fartun, Faustine, Fayrouz, Fe, Fedora, Femi, Flourish, Flower, Fotini, Francia, Franklynn, Frederica


  • 100-186 babies: Finnian, Forest, Finnick, Floyd
  • 50-99: Fidel, Fitzgerald, Flint, Faisal, Fabio, Farhan, Farhad, Fritz
  • 25-49: Ferris, Fulton, Fitz, Fausto, Flavio, Fabrizio, Ferdinand, Fenton, Freeman, Fionn, Fintan
  • 10-24: Falcon, Future, Faustino, Franz, Fergus, Florian, Fawaz, Fin, Feliciano, Filiberto, Fishel, Francois, Fuad, Florentino, Faheem, Fielding, Farouk, Friedrich, Fields, Fadi, Farrell, Fitzpatrick
  • 5-9: Florencio, Franciszek, Fortino, Faolan, Fawkes, Fenris, Field, Fielder, Finch, Fitzwilliam, Flash, Froilan, Fabrice, Felton, Fidencio, Fowler, Fuller, Faraj, Faustin, Fender, Feynman, Fionnlagh, Folarin, Fordham, Frasier, Frey, Furious, Fayden, Fennec, Fenrir, Finbar, Forrester, Fortunato, Fraser, Frost

What do you think of these?  Do you have a favorite ‘F’ name?