The Baby Name Velvet

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In the early 1900s, not many baby girls were named Velvet.

The 1935 publication of Enid Bagnold’s book National Velvet — which featured a 14-year-old main character named Velvet Brown — didn’t change the situation appreciably.

But when the 1944 movie adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney was released, the baby name Velvet became more popular.

  • 1948: 18 baby girls named Velvet
  • 1947: 16 baby girls named Velvet
  • 1946: 32 baby girls named Velvet
  • 1945: 37 baby girls named Velvet
  • 1944: unlisted

The thing that really gave the name Velvet a boost? The television adaptation, which aired on NBC from 1960 to 1962 and starred Lori Martin as Velvet Brown. (The name Lori saw peak usage in the early ’60s as well.)

  • 1965: 85 baby girls named Velvet
  • 1964: 117 baby girls named Velvet (ranked 988th)
  • 1963: 143 baby girls named Velvet (ranked 883rd)
  • 1962: 261 baby girls named Velvet (ranked 626th)
  • 1961: 331 baby girls named Velvet (ranked 542nd)
  • 1960: 74 baby girls named Velvet

Those four years (1961-1964) are the only years Velvet ranked among the 1,000 most popular baby girl names in the U.S.

Nowadays, the popularity of Velvet is close to what it was 100 years ago.

  • 2011: 9 baby girls named Velvet
  • 2010: 5 baby girls named Velvet
  • 2009: 9 baby girls named Velvet
  • 2008: 17 baby girls named Velvet

Do you like the name Velvet?

P.S. The word velvet can be traced back to the Latin word villus, meaning “shaggy hair” or “tuft of hair.”


One thought on “The Baby Name Velvet

  1. I woke up this morning after dreaming that I had named my daughter Velvet – in my dream I named her for the feeling of her soft, downy newborn cheek. Mentioned it to my partner and it’s on the list now!

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