|Versie (SSA)||Versie (SSDI)|
|1896||16 baby girls||16 baby girls|
|1895||7 baby girls||14 baby girls|
|1894||21 baby girls||21 baby girls|
|1893||5 baby girls||11 baby girls|
|1892||unlisted||7 baby girls|
What caused it?
I’m not sure! I’ve tried searching for an explanation, but so far I’ve come up short.
The 1894 spike isn’t related to the usage of the similar name Versa (which disappeared from the data that year, in fact). And I haven’t found any news stories or pop culture from that era that would have spotlighted the name.
All I can tell you is that, according to the records I’ve seen, usage was primarily in the South (in states like Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, and Tennessee). Also, usage was primarily in white families, though I did find Versies in African-American families as well.
Any ideas on this one?
P.S. Incidentally, versie means “version” in Dutch.