The baby name Bisceglia debuted on the SSA’s list in 1979 and stuck around for 3 more years:
- 1983: unlisted
- 1982: 6 baby girls named Bisceglia
- 1981: 7 baby girls named Bisceglia
- 1980: 5 baby girls named Bisceglia
- 1979: 8 baby girls named Bisceglia [debut]
- 1978: unlisted
According to records, many of these baby Bisceglias were born in the South.
The name must come from the Italian surname Bisceglia [be-SHAYL-yah], which refers to the town of Bisceglie in southern Italy, but I have no idea what boosted the surname onto the baby name charts in 1979.
The closest I’ve got to a proper theory is Steve Bisceglia, who played football at the University of Alabama in the early ’70s, but the years don’t match up, and male sports stars typically don’t inspire female names.
Any other ideas?