Mystery Monday: The Baby Name Trenace

The baby name Trenace debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1953:

  • 1956: 5 baby girls named Trenace
  • 1955: unlisted
  • 1954: 6 baby girls named Trenace
  • 1953: 32 baby girls named Trenace [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted

It was the top debut name that year, but…I can’t figure out why.

My only theory is a weak one: Sutton Roley, a director associated with various well-known ’60s and ’70s television shows, welcomed a baby girl named Trenace in 1953. In the early ’50s he wasn’t a household name — I don’t think he was ever a household name — but he was working as a stage manager at NBC. So it’s plausible that the baby’s name was mentioned on-air for some reason, and that this is what caused the spike.

Any other ideas?

Source: Sutton Wilson Roley – Prabook

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