- 1980: 311 baby girls named Aja [rank: 597th]
- 1979: 362 baby girls named Aja [rank: 526th]
- 1978: 491 baby girls named Aja [rank: 412th] – peak usage
- 1977: 14 baby girls named Aja
- 1976: unlisted
Because of the soft rock duo Steely Dan. In 1977, the band released both a song called “Aja” and an album called Aja. (The pronunciation is identical to that of “Asia.”)
The title track was an 8-minute jazz-rock song. Band member Donald Fagen said that the song’s title was inspired by a woman he knew of named Aja:
I did have a friend in high school whose brother was in the Army and came back with a Korean wife named Aja. I don’t know how she spelled it — but that was the source for that name.
Aja ended up becoming Steely Dan’s best-selling album. It was nominated for several Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year (though it only won for best sound engineering).
What are your thoughts on the baby name Aja? How would you pronounce it?
*Aja also saw usage as a boy name during this time, but I didn’t include the numbers in the post.