In yesterday’s post on Cindylou, we talked about how the name Cindy was at peak trendiness in 1957.
- 1960: unlisted
- 1959: 9 baby girls named Sindee
- 1958: 9 baby girls named Sindee
- 1957: 32 baby girls named Sindee [debut]
- 1956: unlisted
On-trend Sindee might have debuted that year anyway, but it wouldn’t have hit as high without the national news coverage of Sindee Roberta Neilson, born in January to Suzanne and Robert Neilson of Hartsdale, New York. Her birth was notable because it was Mrs. Neilson’s eighth caesarean section delivery — not technically a record at the time, but still a “very rare” occurrence.
Mrs. Neilson had a ninth C-section in 1959. Six of her nine babies lived past birth, but the only other names I could track down were Sherry and Suzanne (who is holding the camera in that photo).
What are your thoughts on the name Sindee? Do you like that spelling?
- Baby Makes History; Child Is Woman’s 8th Delivered by Caesarean Section.” New York Times 11 Jan. 1957: 13.
- “After Her Eighth Caesarian.” Daily Banner [Greencastle, Indiana] 21 Jan. 1957: 3.
- “Ninth Caesarean.” Daily Review [Decatur, Illinois] 17 Apr. 1959: 5.