Baby Names for The Birds: Tippi, Pleshette

the birds, movieLast month, HBO aired an original movie called The Girl.

I didn’t see it, but the reviews tell me it was about the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock and actress Nathalie Kay “Tippi” Hedren, who starred in two of Hitchcock’s movies, The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964).

And that reminded me–both of these Hitchcock films had an effect on baby names in the 1960s.

The Birds inspired two SSA debuts: Tippi and Pleshette (from the surname of fellow Birds actress Suzanne Pleshette).

Tippi debuted in 1963:

  • 1966: 8 baby girls named Tippi
  • 1965: 12 baby girls named Tippi
  • 1964: 10 baby girls named Tippi
  • 1963: 6 baby girls named Tippi [debut]
  • 1962: not listed

And Pleshette debuted a year later:

  • 1966: 9 baby girls named Pleshette
  • 1965: not listed
  • 1964: 7 baby girls named Pleshette [debut]
  • 1963: not listed
  • 1962: not listed

Tippi was off the list again by the mid-1970s, and Pleshette hung on until the late 1980s.

Marnie wasn’t behind any debuts, but it did increase the popularity of the name Marnie:

  • 1968: 446 baby girls named Marnie [rank: 456th]
  • 1967: 252 baby girls named Marnie [rank: 600th]
  • 1966: 245 baby girls named Marnie [rank: 606th]
  • 1965: 267 baby girls named Marnie [rank: 584th]
  • 1964: 112 baby girls named Marnie
  • 1963: 38 baby girls named Marnie
  • 1962: 30 baby girls named Marnie

Marnie fell out of the top 1,000 in 1978. In 2011, just 16 baby girls were named Marnie.

Which of these three names do you like best: Tippi, Pleshette, or Marnie?


One thought on “Baby Names for The Birds: Tippi, Pleshette

  1. I went to school with a Tippi (legal name Tiffany) who was born in 1972. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear her parents were big Hitchcock fans.

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