So far, the baby name Petehn has only appeared in the U.S. baby name data a single time, in 2017:
2017: 5 baby girls named Petehn [debut]
What was the influence?
A little girl from Chicago named Pe’Tehn Jackson, whose first name is pronounced “pey-ten.”
In early 2015, when she was 3, she recited the poem “Hey Black Child” by Useni Eugene Perkins on local Chicago talk show Windy City Live (vid). A year later, in March of 2016, she performed the same poem for a national audience via the NBC show “Little Big Shots.” Several months later, in September, as a 5-year-old, Pe’Tehn made an appearance on Steve Harvey’s talk show to recite a poem written by her parents called “Affirmations” (vid).
According to the Tasmanian Government, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2019 were Willow and Oliver.
Here are Tasmania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Willow, 53 baby girls
Charlotte, 44 baby girls
Ava, 33 baby girls
Oliver, 62 baby boys
George, 41 baby boys
Charlie, 40 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Ivy, and Lucy replace Matilda, Olivia, and Grace. In fact, it’s interesting to contrast Matilda (which dropped all the way from 2nd to somewhere outside the top 10) to Willow (which jumped from 8th all the way to 1st).
In the boys’ top 10, George, Charlie, Archie, Theodore, and Harrison replace William, Mason, Hudson, Hunter, and James.
In 2018, the top two names in Tasmania were Charlotte and Oliver.
The name Mardeen has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just twice — once in 1950, then again a couple years later:
1952: 5 baby girls named Mardeen
1950: 14 baby girls named Mardeen [debut]
Other variants of the name (Mardene and Mardine) had been in the data before this, but neither has ever been given to as many as fourteen babies per year.
So where did Mardeen come from? My best guess is a secondary character from the nationally syndicated comic strip Mary Worth. Mardeen made appearances regularly in 1950, from June through August.
Mardeen worked as a housekeeper for fellow character K. T. “Katy” Farrell, who was the 35-year-old, “brilliantly successful” head of a publishing house. Katy was involved in a romance — well, a love triangle — with “young novelist” Gregory Ford, one of Mary Worth’s friends. (Despite the title, Mary herself didn’t often make appearances in the strip.)
The comic Mary Worth, which has been around since the late 1930s, was being written by Allen Saunders and drawn by Ken Ernst at that time.
What do you think of the name Mardeen? How would you spell it?