Both Evolet and Ayla were given a boost by fictional cavewomen…
The name Evolet appeared on the Social Security Administration’s baby name list for the very first time in 2008, thanks to the movie 10,000 BC (2008), which featured Camilla Belle as cavewoman Evolet [EHV-oh-let]. Variant names popped up around the same time as well.
|Evolet||.||82 girls||130 girls||95 girls||103 girls|
|Evolette||.||11 girls||14 girls||16 girls||19 girls|
|Evolett||.||8 girls||15 girls||15 girls||18 girls|
|Evoleth||.||5 girls||29 girls||18 girls||14 girls|
|Evoleht||.||.||.||8 girls||8 girls|
The baby name Ayla, already on the rise in the 1980s, jumped into the top 1,000 in 1987 thanks to the movie The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), which featured Daryl Hannah as cavewoman Ayla.
- 1989: 225 baby girls named Ayla [rank: 838th]
- 1988: 267 baby girls named Ayla [rank: 709th]
- 1987: 329 baby girls named Ayla [rank: 593rd]
- 1986: 93 baby girls named Ayla
- 1985: 46 baby girls named Ayla
- 1984: 41 baby girls named Ayla
A couple of decades later, American Idol contestant Ayla Brown gave the name an even bigger boost (413 babies in 2005 to 1,231 babies in 2006–an increase of almost 300%).
Which name do you prefer, Evolet or Ayla?