The Arrival of Anja & Anjanette

The baby name Anjanette debuted in the US baby name data in 1963.

The name Anjanette first appeared in the baby name data in 1963, and the very next year it was popular enough to enter the top 1,000:

  • 1966: 90 baby girls named Anjanette
  • 1965: 106 baby girls named Anjanette
  • 1964: 133 baby girls named Anjanette [rank: 904th]
  • 1963: 6 baby girls named Anjanette [debut]
  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted

Several variant spellings (Anjeanette, Annjanette, Annjeanette, Anjanetta, and Anjannette) also emerged in 1964. In fact, one ’64 baby who was part of this trend was actress Vivica Anjanetta Fox.

What inspired this one?

Texas-born actress Anjanette Comer (“j” as in “jam”). She began popping up in small roles on TV in 1962. In 1964, she appeared in her first feature film (Quick, Before it Melts) and was nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress” (an episode of Arrest and Trial).

In her earliest TV roles, she was credited as “Anja Comer.” And, toward the end of 1964, popular Hollywood columnist Dick Kleiner mentioned that Anjanette was called “Anja” by friends and family. So it’s not surprising that the first two years we see Anja creep into the data are 1962, followed by 1964:

  • 1966: 20 baby girls named Anja
  • 1965: 41 baby girls named Anja
  • 1964: 11 baby girls named Anja
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: 7 baby girls named Anja [debut]
  • 1961: unlisted

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