The Mitzi Gaynor Theory

I read something about actress Mitzi Gaynor today, and it reminded me about a post I wrote a few months ago about “tz” names.

Mitzi was one of only two “tz” baby names to be among the top 1,000 baby names in the nation during the mid-1900s. Interestingly, while it barely ranked most years in the 1940s, it suddenly became very popular in the early 1950s.

I wonder: did Mitzi Gaynor have anything to do with it? Her films began coming out about 1950, and her name jumped in popularity from 1951 to 1953. She retired from films in the early sixties, and the first year her name dropped out of the top 500 was in 1965.

I don’t know much about Mitzi Gaynor (whose birth name was actually Francesca), so I’m only postulating. Anyone else know if she was famous enough to hold sway over the tastes of expectant parents?

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