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Where did the baby name Jehnna come from in 1985?

In 1985, the Jenna-like name Jehnna debuted in the U.S. baby name data: 1987: unlisted 1986: unlisted 1985: 10 baby girls named Jehnna [debut] 1984: unlisted 1983: unlisted The similar name Jehna also appeared for the first time in the data that year. What was the influence? A character in the 1984 movie Conan the […]

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Popular baby names in Toledo (Brazil), 2022

Last year, the most popular baby names in the Brazilian city of Toledo (located in the southern state of Paraná) were Alice and Miguel. According to local newspaper Gazeta de Toledo — which published a single, provisional set of rankings for Toledo in late December — these were the city’s top 50 baby names overall […]

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Where did the baby name Dwala come from in 1942?

The curious name Dwala first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1942: 1944: unlisted 1943: 11 baby girls named Dwala 1942: 15 baby girls named Dwala [debut] 1941: unlisted 1940: unlisted Despite the fact that it one of the highest-debuting baby names of the year, Dwala only remained in the data for one […]

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Parents fined for having baby, name baby after the fine

In 1987, Mai Van Cán and his wife, Do Thi Vân — a couple from Quang Nam province in central Vietnam — welcomed their fifth child. The problem? Several years earlier, Vietnam had put a two-child policy in place. So, soon after the newborn arrived, the family was fined 6,500 dong (Vietnamese currency) by the […]

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