Would You Name Your Baby “Maeby”?

Last week’s post on Yan Ebyam reminded me of Maeby, which has appeared on the SSA’s baby name list three times so far:

  • 2010: 8 baby girls named Maeby
  • 2009: unlisted
  • 2008: 7 baby girls named Maeby
  • 2007: unlisted
  • 2006: 6 baby girls named Maeby [debut]
  • 2005: unlisted

It debuted the last year Arrested Development was on the air, which is notable because the sitcom featured a teenage character named Maeby Fünke.

According to Wikipedia

Creator Mitchell Hurwitz named the character after his daughters Maisy and Phoebe. Hurwitz acknowledged the peculiar result of this blending, saying “It just seemed like crazy extra fun to think of weird names. I don’t want us to become too self-conscious about it but, yes, we do have some strange names.” Incidentally, she is often described as George Michael’s “Cousin Maeby,” a play on words making reference to the fact that they may not be related.

Maeby’s teenage counterpart on the show, George Michael Bluth, didn’t had the same impact on the baby name charts; the compound name Georgemichael hasn’t been on the SSA’s list since pop singer George Michael was popular back in the ’90s.

10 thoughts on “Would You Name Your Baby “Maeby”?

  1. my second daughter is Maeve Beatrix and we often call her Mae-Bea, but that’s different. I don’t think I’d name someone that.

  2. The name Surely was on the SSA’s list in both 2005 (5 girls) and 2006 (5 girls).

    I know that Maeby’s “alter ego” Surely was sometimes featured on the show, but I’ve never seen those particular episodes, so I don’t know anything about them (i.e. how much Surely really figured in the plot, or when these episodes aired originally).

  3. The Surely thing was a running gag throughout the whole series. It was supposed to be Maeby’s sick identical twin trying to raise money to fight her fake illness. Maeby would then keep all of the money.

    Thanks for the info!

  4. I know this was posted on a long time ago, but just wanted to add something. My daughter was one of the 8 little girls named Maeby in 2010, and the name fits her perfectly. Everyone thought I was crazy when I picked it, but now they couldn’t imagine it being anything else! Now the real challenge is trying to choose an interesting second name if we have another girl!

  5. That’s awesome! Where do you live (state)? We live in Maryland. Wouldn’t it be great if our girls crossed paths someday!

  6. I’d never choose the name Maeby because of the saying “Mama’s baby, papa’s maybe” (or in a more classical way: “pater semper incerte”). No way.

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