Name Battle: “6 Generation” Edition

Speaking of names on PEI…two six-generation Canadian families (one of which is from PEI) have been featured in the news relatively recently.

Here are the members of the PEI family:

  1. Tish Lidstone (great-great-great-grandmother)
  2. Diane Annand (great-great-grandmother)
  3. Janice Annand (great-grandmother)
  4. Sherri-Lynn Wallace (grandmother)
  5. Morgan Wallace (father)
  6. Kartar Wallace (baby boy born in January 2017)

And here are the members of the second family, from Alberta:

  1. Vera Sommerfeld (great-great-great-grandmother)
  2. Gwen Shaw (great-great-grandmother)
  3. Grace Couturier (great-grandmother)
  4. Amanda Cormier (grandmother)
  5. Alisa Marsh (mother)
  6. Callie Marsh (baby girl born in October of 2016)

So, which six-generation family has the best set of names, do you think?

Which set of names do you prefer?

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Sources: West Cape woman becomes great-great-great-grandmother, Alberta woman becomes great-great-great-grandmother


Popular Baby Names in PEI, 2017

According Prince Edward Island’s Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names on the island in 2017 were Ava and Liam.

Here are PEI’s top girl names and top boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Ava, 11 baby girls
2. Elizabeth & Emma, 8 each (tie)
3. Ella, 7
4. Ellie, Sophia & Charlotte, 6 each (3-way tie)
5. Lilly & Isla, 5 each (tie)
6. Aubrey, Amelia, Ruby, Willow, Millie & Lydia, 4 each (6-way tie)

Boy Names
1. Liam, 12 baby boys
2. Henry & William, 10 each (tie)
3. Jackson, 9
4. Hudson & Declan, 8 each (tie)
5. James & Grayson, 7 each (tie)
6. Thomas, Jacob, Owen & Joseph, 6 each (4-way tie)

These rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 20th.

In 2016, the top two names were Olivia (which is nowhere to be seen on the 2017 list, interestingly) and William.

Source: Here are P.E.I.’s top baby names of 2017

Sayonara: The Goodbye Baby Name

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Sayonara (1957) movie poster
We’re all familiar with sayonara, the Japanese word for “goodbye.”

But did you know that Sayonara was also a one-hit wonder on the U.S. baby name charts in the 1950s?

  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: 6 baby girls named Sayonara
  • 1957: unlisted

The James Michener novel Sayonara came out in 1953. Set during the Korean War, it told the story of U.S. airman Lloyd Gruver, stationed in Japan, who fell in love with a Japanese entertainer called Hana-ogi. (Her namesake is a historical courtesan; hana means “flower” and ogi means “fan”).

Originally, the book was going to be adapted into a stage production à la Michener’s South Pacific. With a musical in mind, Irving Berlin wrote a song called “Sayonara.”

Instead, the story was turned into a movie (starring Marlon Brando) a few years later, and so Irving Berlin’s song ended up on the soundtrack.

Both Sayonara the movie and “Sayonara” the song came out in late 1957. The film made a bigger splash than the song did, so it may have had more of an influence on baby names.

In March of 1958 the film won four Oscars, including one each for supporting actors Red Buttons (who played Joe Kelly) and Miyoshi Umeki (who played Katsumi).

Miyoshi Umeki, both a singer and an actress, was the first Asian performer to win an Academy Award. Her win drew attention to the Japanese name Miyoshi, which debuted in the data as well in 1958:

  • 1965: 6 baby girls named Miyoshi
  • 1964: 9 baby girls named Miyoshi
  • 1963: 8 baby girls named Miyoshi
  • 1962: 7 baby girls named Miyoshi
  • 1959: 8 baby girls named Miyoshi
  • 1958: 20 baby girls named Miyoshi [debut]
  • 1957: unlisted

A few months later, Umeki appeared on the TV game show “What’s My Line?” Here’s how she signed her name:

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Miyoshi Umeki’s signature

Miyoshi was Umeki’s birth name, but at the start of her singing career in Japan, she used the stage name Nancy Umeki. She reverted to her Japanese name upon relocating to America, ironically.

Sources: Sayonara (1957) – Notes – TCM, Fame may be fleeting, but warm memories of Miyoshi Umeki live on – Japan Times

Popular Baby Names in Tennessee, 2017

According to Tennessee’s Office of Vital Records, the most popular baby names in the state in 2017 were Ava and William.

Here are Tennessee’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Ava
2. Olivia
3. Emma
4. Amelia
5. Harper
6. Isabella
7. Elizabeth
8. Charlotte
9. Ella
10. Abigail

Boy Names
1. William
2. Elijah
3. James
4. Noah
5. Liam
6. John
7. Mason
8. Jackson
9. Samuel
10. Grayson

In the boys’ top 10, Samuel and Grayson replace Michael, Benjamin, Aiden, Jacob and Carter (there were extra names on the previous list due to ties).

These rankings are based on provisional data.

In 2016, the top two names were Emma and William.

Source: Ava Ascends to Tennessee’s Top Baby Girl Name in 2017; William Wins for Boys

Retro Brand Name as Baby Name: Icilma

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Icilma: brand name & baby name
Icilma was an English cosmetics company. Icilma products (creams, soaps, powders, etc.) were on the market from the late 1890s until the mid-1960s.

The founder of Icilma was an Englishman named Stephen Armitage who had “acquired permission from the government to exploit a natural mineral water spring [in] Algeria, which had been discovered in the 1890s by oil prospectors.” He apparently coined the word “Icilma” by combining two Arabic words meaning “flows” and “water.”

So why are we talking about a long-gone bath-and-beauty brand on a baby name blog?

Because I’ve found dozens of females with “Icilma” as either a first or middle name. They earliest examples I’ve seen were born in the early 1900s. The most recent one I spotted was born in England in 2006.

Interestingly, the first Icilmas were born not just in England, but in various parts of the British empire. I found a particularly high number of Icilmas in Jamaica, for instance. Here’s a record for Icilma Marjorie Veronica O’Connor, who was born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, in August of 1925:

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Icilma O’Connor, b. 1925 in Jamaica

I also found a few living in the United States, but it looks like most/all of them were born elsewhere.

Do you like Icilma as a baby name?

Source: Icilma Co. Ltd. – Unilever Archives