Back in 1907, the baby name Theta debuted on the SSA’s baby name list, making the top 1,000 for the first and only time:
- 1909: 7 baby girls named Theta
- 1908: 6 baby girls named Theta
- 1907: 20 baby girls named Theta (rank: 868th) [debut]
- 1906: unlisted
- 1905: unlisted
Theta was not only the top debut name that year, but it was also one of the top debut names of the entire decade (tied with Rosevelt, a misspelling of Roosevelt that debuted in 1900 with 20 baby boys).
Here are the SSA and SSDI numbers side by side:
|1909||7 Thetas||13 Thetas|
|1908||6 Thetas||21 Thetas|
|1907||20 Thetas||36 Thetas|
While neither set of data is perfect, both indicate that Theta saw increased usage in 1907. I can’t figure out why, though. Literature is often a good bet for this time period, but so far I’ve been unable to link Theta to a particular book or story.
Do you have any idea where Theta came from?
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