The Baby Names Jubilee and Marian

jubilee, 1975

Within the next few years, the baby name Jubilee will likely enter the girls’ top 1,000:

  • 2015: 227 baby girls named Jubilee [1,118th]
  • 2014: 164 baby girls named Jubilee [1,397th]
  • 2013: 153 baby girls named Jubilee [1,453rd]

But it debuted on the charts only recently, in 1975:

  • 1977: 6 baby girls named Jubilee
  • 1976: 8 baby girls named Jubilee
  • 1975: 9 baby girls named Jubilee [debut]
    • 5 born in California
  • 1974: unlisted

I don’t think the year is a coincidence, as it lines up with one of the Roman Catholic Church’s more recent jubilee years.

Speaking of special Roman Catholic years…the church has also celebrated a total of two Marian years, the first of which was in 1954. That year, the baby name Marian saw a sharp rise in usage:

  • 1956: 1,249 baby girls named Marian [232nd]
  • 1955: 1,497 baby girls named Marian [208th]
  • 1954: 4,014 baby girls named Marian [104th]
  • 1953: 1,366 baby girls named Marian [217th]
  • 1952: 1,246 baby girls named Marian [221st]

The name nearly landed in the top 100 for baby girls that year. (The last time it was in the top 100 was the mid-1930s.)

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6 thoughts on “The Baby Names Jubilee and Marian

  1. Hello. Is it possible that Marian is just an alternative spelling for Marion or Marianne?

    I wonder if Jubilee may be linked to Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee?

  2. Yes — most sources define “Marian” as either a variant of Marion or as a blend of Mary and Ann, in fact. In 1954, though, it looks like the majority of parents were influenced by the Marian Year specifically.

    Queen Elizabeth has had three jubilees so far — 1977 (Silver), 2002 (Golden), and 2012 (Diamond) — and it does look like the last one had an influence on the name.

  3. Yes, looks like a woman named Jubilee Sharpe was on 2 shows — The Bachelor and a spin-off called Bachelor in Paradise — both this year. Makes it even more likely the name will hit the top 1,000 very soon…

  4. When I was gathering data from the Irish civil registration indexes, I noticed that Marian had saw a similar if not much bigger spike in numbers. I can only find 307 birth AND death records for Marians born in 1953 (adding up to around 0.7%), but fast forward a year and you get 4,884 records (adding up to around 8.5%) – representing a spike of around 1,491%.
    When I compared to other top names of that time, it seems as if Marian became the 2nd most popular name in Ireland for 1954 only – just over 300 records shy of top name, Mary – before coming back down to 428 records (around 0.8%).

  5. Impressive! Thanks so much for sharing your data/calculations. :)

    Marian possibly reaching the #2 spot in Ireland that year is pretty impressive, though maybe we should have expected it, given how Catholic Ireland still was during the 1950s…

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