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!

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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!

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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.

Girls:

  • 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

Boys:

  • 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!