Two-hit wonder baby names (in the top 1,000)

The following names ranked among the top 1,000 U.S. baby names only twice from 1880 through 2006:

Girl NamesBoy Names
Adriene (1962, 1967)
Agusta (1882, 1884)
Aili (1909, 1910)
Alcie (1880, 1886)
Alethea (1973, 1974)
Alexina (1881, 1882)
Almedia (1881, 1885)
Aloma (1942, 1943)
Alwina (1882, 1886)
Alys (1880, 1910)
Ama (1881, 1885)
Amalie (1881, 1883)
Amma (1881, 1887)
Anastacia (1880, 1896)
Angeles (2003, 2004)
Anie (1881, 1882)
Anona (1904, 1905)
Antonetta (1910, 1915)
Araminta (1880, 1884)
Ardath (1905, 1923)
Arkie (1883, 1889)
Arta (1881, 1884)
Ayesha (1979, 1982)
Abbott (1880, 1888)
Adron (1901, 1904)
Albertus (1880, 1883)
Alferd (1891, 1899)
Alfie (1967, 1968)
Amado (1883, 1932)
Ananias (1883, 1889)
Arnett (1893, 1897)
Atlas (1883, 1890)
Aurthur (1880, 1891)
Bebe (1923, 1932)
Bertina (1882, 1893)
Bethann (1965, 1967)
Brigid (1965, 1966)
Brinda (1951, 1952)
Britny (1989, 1990)
Bryn (1999, 2004)
Bayard (1882, 1884)
Bilal (1991, 2002)
Bjorn (1977, 1980)
Blas (1880, 1911)
Bryton (1994, 1995)
Burgess (1884, 1890)
Burrel (1884, 1889)
Carlota (1887, 1892)
Celie (1880, 1887)
Cena (1881, 1883)
Chaney (1880, 1888)
Channie (1884, 1885)
Chante (1977, 1993)
Charlotta (1880, 1884)
Chelsy (1991, 1992)
Cherelle (1986, 1989)
Cherilyn (1972, 1975)
Chimere (1980, 1981)
Ciarra (1995, 1997)
Cicely (1973, 1974)
Cielo (2000, 2001)
Ciji (1983, 1984)
Cinthia (1991, 1996)
Cleva (1884, 1885)
Clevie (1884, 1885)
Columbia (1882, 1893)
Consuela (1971, 1972)
Contina (1972, 1973)
Coralie (1880, 1929)
Cornie (1885, 1887)
Cressie (1889, 1899)
Crete (1881, 1882)
Cuba (1898, 1899)
Cyntha (1881, 1884)
Captain (1883, 1887)
Cato (1880, 1891)
Ceasar (1883, 1900)
Chancey (1883, 1885)
Charls (1886, 1892)
Chauncy (1883, 1890)
Claudius (1890, 1893)
Clemon (1894, 1899)
Clide (1883, 1901)
Colie (1911, 1912)
Collis (1899, 1900)
Colon (1885, 1886)
Coolidge (1924, 1925)
Crockett (1880, 1883)
Daja (1995, 1996)
Danyel (1974, 1976)
Danyell (1973, 1974)
Davante (1992, 1993)
Dawne (1962, 1965)
Deliah (1880, 1883)
Delinda (1964, 1965)
Dellia (1881, 1888)
Dorthey (1932, 1934)
Dossie (1881, 1885)
Darryn (1965, 1968)
Daulton (1994, 1997)
Dejon (1991, 1992)
Demian (1971, 1974)
Demonte (1993, 1994)
Desean (1991, 1994)
Desi (1956, 1970)
Dink (1883, 1892)
Dionicio (1882, 1887)
Dozier (1884, 1892)
Duff (1880, 1882)
Durell (1985, 1986)
Durrell (1985, 1986)
Dustan (1980, 1984)
Echo (1983, 1984)
Edla (1882, 1889)
Ednah (1880, 1887)
Edra (1905, 1908)
Elana (1960, 1966)
Eleonore (1882, 1887)
Elfie (1883, 1888)
Elwanda (1921, 1922)
Epsie (1881, 1888)
Eris (1923, 1924)
Erykah (1997, 1998)
Estefany (1996, 2002)
Evelena (1885, 1910)
Ever (1893, 1901)
Ebbie (1881, 1882)
Elick (1880, 1890)
Encarnacion (1892, 1895)
Ephram (1881, 1887)
Epifanio (1885, 1888)
Eustace (1882, 1885)
Everet (1897, 1905)
Ewin (1882, 1883)
Farah (1976, 1977)
Flavia (1881, 1884)
Floretta (1908, 1916)
Franc (1882, 1883)
Francisqui (1883, 1892)
Ferman (1886, 1893)
Fitzgerald (1964, 1965)
Flint (1959, 1960)
Florencio (1882, 1889)
Fredy (1993, 2005)
Fremont (1882, 1899)
Georgeanna (1883, 1884)
Gidget (1966, 1967)
Glennis (1936, 1939)
Gracia (1880, 1887)
Gwyn (1961, 1962)
Gaines (1882, 1885)
Gasper (1911, 1917)
Gennaro (1911, 1913)
Geoff (1962, 1969)
Gibson (1882, 1897)
Gorge (1880, 1900)
Grayling (1957, 1959)
Hasel (1895, 1901)
Hennie (1882, 1883)
Hortensia (1927, 1928)
Halbert (1881, 1907)
Hansel (1905, 1917)
Harl (1880, 1897)
Harrie (1880, 1890)
Hartley (1895, 1909)
Hartwell (1881, 1883)
Holmes (1880, 1903)
Horton (1888, 1895)
Hoy (1880, 1910)
Hurbert (1891, 1903)
Ilo (1898, 1899)
Ingeborg (1901, 1905)
Ivonne (1992, 1993)
Illya (1966, 1967)
Imanol (2001, 2006)
Ingram (1883, 1890)
Jacquelynn (1943, 1947)
Jenniffer* (1972, 1973)
Jerilynn (1941, 1942)
Jesenia (1987, 1990)
Jinnie (1881, 1882)
Joell (1966, 1967)
Judyth (1941, 1944)
Jarett (1997, 1998)
Jeb (1978, 1981)
Jerrad (1984, 1985)
Jerrel (1934, 1940)
Jessee (1880, 1887)
Jethro (1899, 1913)
Jobe (1882, 1887)
Jordi (1998, 1999)
Joshuah (1985, 1989)
Kadijah (1993, 1994)
Kaleena (1982, 1983)
Kanisha (1990, 1991)
Kiarra (1999, 2000)
Kylene (1979, 1980)
Kanye (2004, 2005)
Kavon (2000, 2001)
Keenen (1990, 1991)
Kenji (1978, 1979)
Keshaun (2000, 2001)
Kiefer (1990, 1991)
Knox (1881, 1888)
Lakendra (1987, 1988)
Lalla (1885, 1888)
Lashunda (1977, 1980)
Lasonya (1971, 1972)
Latifah (1990, 1992)
Lavonda (1965, 1968)
Lavonia (1880, 1898)
Leafy (1893, 1894)
Leitha (1880, 1906)
Lempi (1899, 1904)
Leoma (1901, 1908)
Lesta (1883, 1892)
Lethia (1886, 1893)
Leyla (2005, 2006)
Liane (1959, 1969)
Lilianna (2005, 2006)
Liller (1880, 1885)
Lisbeth (2002, 2003)
Litha (1883, 1885)
Livia (2004, 2005)
Lorayne (1920, 1922)
Lorean (1901, 1920)
Loria (1961, 1962)
Loris (1935, 1936)
Louanna (1881, 1891)
Leandro (2005, 2006)
Lemmie (1900, 1903)
Levern (1954, 1955)
Lillard (1885, 1890)
Lindbergh (1927, 1928)
Linden (1943, 1947)
Linn (1882, 1891)
Lish (1889, 1893)
Littleton (1882, 1896)
Lydell (1977, 1978)
Madora (1880, 1883)
Mahalia (1880, 1881)
Mallorie (1986, 1987)
Malorie (1986, 1987)
Manila (1898, 1899)
Maralyn (1936, 1938)
Margene (1929, 1935)
Margeret (1880, 1882)
Marget (1882, 1883)
Margrett (1885, 1888)
Margy (1929, 1930)
Markita (1984, 1985)
Marlana (1978, 1979)
Marlen (2000, 2003)
Marnita (1961, 1962)
Martika (1989, 1990)
Marylouise (1922, 1923)
Melony (1963, 1966)
Mena (1880, 1887)
Merrilee (1942, 1943)
Mila (1881, 2006)
Milda (1896, 1897)
Moesha (1996, 1997)
Mora (1881, 1887)
Myla (2005, 2006)
Macarthur (1942, 1943)
Mace (1883, 1902)
Makai (2005, 2006)
Mal (1880, 1883)
Mansfield (1890, 1909)
Manson (1886, 1892)
Messia (2005, 2006)
Michial (1950, 1954)
Mikhail (1988, 1990)
Minoru (1920, 1926)
Mustafa (2001, 2002)
Naima (2005, 2006)
Nakita (1986, 1987)
Norita (1935, 1937)
Nyree (1973, 1975)
Nobie (1890, 1908)
Namon (1884, 1899)
Needham (1890, 1893)
Nile (1896, 1905)
Odette (1899, 1905)
Olinda (1893, 1895)
Oliva (1889, 1894)
Oneida (1919, 1922)
Opha (1887, 1897)
Orlena (1881, 1891)
Ota (1881, 1882)
Octavius (1987, 1991)
Olof (1883, 1891)
Orren (1880, 1886)
Ott (1882, 1891)
Ovid (1894, 1907)
Owens (1890, 1896)
Pamelia (1949, 1954)
Pearly (1884, 1904)
Pheobe (1885, 1889)
Porsche (1987, 1988)
Posey (1889, 1896)
Prentiss (1907, 1943)
Purl (1884, 1885)
Quint (1964, 1965)
Rafaela (1903, 1909)
Rennie (1880, 1885)
Rinda (1882, 1885)
Roena (1880, 1884)
Ruie (1884, 1886)
Randolf (1953, 1955)
Ras (1890, 1891)
Rayfield (1904, 1906)
Reubin (1892, 1898)
Reynolds (1895, 1901)
Ridge (1988, 1989)
Rishi (2004, 2005)
Romello (1995, 1996)
Ruffus (1881, 1884)
Rustin (1979, 1980)
Salena (1977, 1995)
Sanjuana (1949, 1950)
Sebrina (1967, 1970)
Selah (2005, 2006)
Serina (1970, 1998)
Shanelle (1989, 1992)
Shanequa (1991, 1992)
Shaquita (1985, 1986)
Sharman (1949, 1950)
Shaunna (1978, 1979)
Shelvia (1937, 1938)
Sheyla (2001, 2006)
Shirl (1963, 1964)
Shirlie (1926, 1935)
Shona (1969, 1970)
Shyla (1999, 2006)
Siena (2005, 2006)
Signa (1890, 1892)
Soledad (1919, 1929)
Stephani (1987, 1989)
Saint (1896, 1897)
Severt (1882, 1896)
Shan (1968, 1969)
Sie (1888, 1890)
Sing (1890, 1905)
Tamya (2003, 2004)
Tayla (1998, 2006)
Tea (1997, 1998)
Thresa (1883, 1888)
Tinie (1881, 1885)
Tobi (1974, 1975)
Torrie (1976, 1977)
Toshiko (1919, 1923)
Tahj (1998, 1999)
Taj (1976, 1998)
Talan (2005, 2006)
Tandy (1883, 1899)
Tavion (1999, 2002)
Tayshaun (2004, 2005)
Terell (1985, 1986)
Theodis (1952, 1955)
Tilman (1881, 1884)
Toshio (1921, 1925)
Treyton (2002, 2003)
Tuan (1982, 1983)
Tyriq (1998, 1999)
Tyrus (1912, 1916)
Valery (2005, 2006)
Velia (1929, 1930)
Vonetta (1973, 1974)
Vander (1884, 1887)
Vashon (1973, 1974)
Vidal (1972, 1973)
Vinie (1885, 1895)
Wanita (1924, 1931)
Winter (1978, 1979)
Waino (1904, 1909)
Wells (1881, 1886)
Wess (1883, 1890)
Wirt (1881, 1886)
Wood (1881, 1882)
Xena (1996, 1997)
Yahaira (2003, 2005)
Yuridia (2005, 2006)
Yaakov (1986, 1987)
Yehuda (2001, 2005)
Zana (1888, 1994)
Zara (2005, 2006)
Zhane (1994, 1995)
Zaid (2003, 2004)

Which of the above do you like most? How about least?

P.S. Here’s a list of the top 1,000’s one-hit wonder names.

3 thoughts on “Two-hit wonder baby names (in the top 1,000)

  1. Mila made the list in 1881 (910) and 2006 (749). I think it’s quite likely that next year it will no longer be a two-hit wonder.

  2. This used to be a series of posts, and in condensing them into a single post I lost a bunch of comments. This was an especially good one — it was left by Abby on July 15, 2009:

    I *think* I can explain Alethea. 1970s television favorite Kung Fu featured an episode with a character called Alethea. (She was played by a very young Jodie Foster!) Normally, I’d say that could NEVER inspire enough parents to break into the Top 1000, but the character’s name was an important plot point. Enough, I think, for around 500 expectant parents to watch the episode and think, “yes, yes we should name our daughter Alethea.”

    http://appellationmountain.net/2008/06/16/name-of-the-day-alethea/

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