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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Popular baby names in Gibraltar, 2021

Gibraltar — the small British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula — shares a border with only Spain. In 2021, Gibraltar welcomed 417 babies: 197 baby girls and 220 baby boys. What were the most popular names among these babies? Sophia/Sofia and Kai. Here are Gibraltar’s top 5+ girl names […]

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More “Year of the Dragon” baby names

Chinese New Year is coming up! We will soon be transitioning out of the Year of the Tiger and into the Year of the Rabbit. And, while I don’t have anything to say about tigers or rabbits, I do I have something to say about dragons. I wrote about Dragon year baby names (like Long […]

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Baby name story: Solander

The small Canadian city of Port Alberni, which is located on Vancouver Island, finally welcomed its first baby of 2023 on the morning of January 4. Born at West Coast General Hospital to parents Andre-Anne and Joseph Danshin, the baby boy was named Solander Laurent Danshin. Why “Solander”? He was named after Solander Island, an […]

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Where did the baby name Alson come from in 1888?

The name Alson first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1888: 1890: unlisted 1889: unlisted 1888: 5 baby boys named Alson [debut] 1887: unlisted 1886: unlisted The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) data for the same window of time shows a similar increase in usage in 1888: 1890: 7 people named Alson 1889: […]

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Popular baby names in Mexico, 2021

Mexico, the 10th-most-populated country in the world, is located in the southern part of North America. In 2021, Mexico welcomed 1,912,178 babies. What were the most popular names among these babies? Sofia and Santiago. Here are Mexico’s top 50 girl names and top 50 boy names of 2021: Girl Names Sofia, 6,552 baby girls Maria […]

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