The Arrival of Randye

randye, baby name, 1949, triplets
Most of the Herman family, 1949

The baby name Randye debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1949. The usage was primarily in New York state.

YearRandye, usage in U.S.Randye, usage in N.Y.
195311 baby girls10 baby girls
195224 baby girls11 baby girls
195112 baby girls6 baby girls
19509 baby girls6 baby girls
194924 baby girls [debut]14 baby girls [debut]

Why the debut, and why New York?

Because of a set of identical triplets born to New York City couple Murray and Marjorie Herman in May of 1949. The three girls were born at Polyclinic Hospital and named Jaimye, Randye, and Vickye.

My guess is that the triplets — plus their older sister, Leslye — were featured in the local news throughout their childhood. All four of must have been in the papers around 1952, for instance, because usage of three of the four names increased that year.

Female usage of names similar to Randye (like Randy and Randi) were seeing higher usage in general during this time period, likely thanks to the influence of movie actress Randy Stuart (born Elizabeth Shaubell).


4 thoughts on “The Arrival of Randye

  1. I’m not a fan of “-ye” on 2-syllable feminine names (e.g. Bettye, Rubye) specifically. Just seems unnecessary.

    That said, I don’t mind the extra “e” on names like Faye or Gaye. Or even on 2-syllable masculine names that parents are trying to feminize, like Billye or Bobbye. (I don’t like the *look* or Billye or Bobbye, but I can at least understand the motivation in those cases.)

  2. Wow. I went to high school with Randye and Vickye (I think), met Jaimye at the Herman family home one afternoon and first found out that they were triplets, but never knew that they spelled their names like that or that they had an older sister (who also spelled her name like that). Randye was in one of my classes at Art & Design in New York City, as I recall, but I don’t ever remember seeing her name spelled with an “e” at the end of it. Of course, I may have seen it, but didn’t absorb it. Reading their father’s obituary of 21 years ago made me glad to know that the girls had done all right for themselves. Hope they’re still okay today. No doubt grandmothers, themselves now. How time flies!!!

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