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Popularity of the Baby Name Archie


Posts that Mention the Name Archie

The Two Debuts of Durelle

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Radio Guide, Sept. 1936

You could say that the name Durelle debuted in the U.S. baby name data twice — first as a girl name in the ’30s, next as a boy name in the ’50s.

The name’s very first appearance in the data was in 1936:

  • 1941: unlisted
  • 1940: 5 baby girls named Durelle
  • 1939: unlisted
  • 1938: unlisted
  • 1937: 6 baby girls named Durelle
  • 1936: 12 baby girls named Durelle
  • 1935: unlisted

This initial influence here was female entertainer Durelle Alexander, who was born in Texas in 1918.

She’d started out as a child actor, then re-emerged during her teen years as a vocalist associated primarily with bandleader Paul Whiteman. She sang on the radio, made recordings, and toured with Whiteman’s orchestra (and several others) before getting married in 1939 and retiring from the music business.

Around that time, the name Durelle dropped off the charts entirely…

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Yvon Durelle vs. Archie Moore, Dec. 1958

…But, about two decades later, the name reemerged on the boys’ side of the list:

  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: 6 baby boys named Durelle
  • 1957: unlisted

It was the year that French Canadian boxer Yvon Durelle, the “Fighting Fisherman,” challenged American boxer Archie Moore for the World Light Heavyweight title. By all accounts it was a sensational match, with each man knocking the other down multiple times before Moore finally prevailed in the 11th round.

The fight not only made Durelle a legend in Canada, but it “was one of the first to be broadcast coast-to-coast on American television.” This wide exposure of the surname Durelle — and the unmistakably masculine association — is what boosted the name back into the data, but as a boy name. The uncommon name Yvon also saw peak usage in 1958/1959.

I’m not sure about the origin (coining?) of Durelle Alexander’s first name, but Yvon Durelle’s surname can be traced back to the Old French word dur, meaning “hard(y).”

Do you like the name Durelle more as a girl name or as a boy name?

Sources:

  • Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Rayno, Don. Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967. Vol. 2. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.
  • Sares, Ted. “Back from the Brink of Defeat: Archie Moore v. Yvon Durelle.” Bad Left Hook 20 Oct. 2010.

P.S. Durelle saw peak usage (as a boy name) in 1985 thanks to Star Search contestant Durell Coleman.

Popular Baby Names in Jersey, 2019

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According to Jersey’s Superintendent Registrar, the most popular baby names on the island of Jersey in 2019 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia
  2. Ava
  3. Amelia
  4. Ella
  5. Emilia
  6. Isla
  7. Lily
  8. Mia
  9. Isabella
  10. Charlotte

Boy Names

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. Lucas
  4. Mason
  5. Oscar
  6. Archie
  7. George
  8. Alfie
  9. Arthur
  10. Benjamin

Curiously, Sienna and Leo — the top names of 2018 — did not make either top-ten list in 2019.

A total of 880 babies were born on the island in 2019.

Sources: Lowest number of births since 1982, Jersey’s Most Popular Baby Names Revealed

Popular Baby Names in Tasmania, 2019

According to the Tasmanian Government, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2019 were Willow and Oliver.

Here are Tasmania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Willow, 53 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 44 baby girls
  3. Ava, 33 baby girls
  4. Amelia
  5. Evie
  6. Harper
  7. Ivy
  8. Lucy
  9. Ruby
  10. Isla

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 62 baby boys
  2. George, 41 baby boys
  3. Charlie, 40 baby boys
  4. Leo
  5. Henry
  6. Noah
  7. Jack
  8. Archie
  9. Theodore
  10. Harrison

In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Ivy, and Lucy replace Matilda, Olivia, and Grace. In fact, it’s interesting to contrast Matilda (which dropped all the way from 2nd to somewhere outside the top 10) to Willow (which jumped from 8th all the way to 1st).

In the boys’ top 10, George, Charlie, Archie, Theodore, and Harrison replace William, Mason, Hudson, Hunter, and James.

In 2018, the top two names in Tasmania were Charlotte and Oliver.

Sources: Tasmanian Top Baby Names, Tasmania’s top baby names for 2019 revealed

Pop Culture Baby Name Game, 2019

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Time for the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!

But first: Happy birthday, Elvis Presley! (He would have been 85 today.)

So now, think back to 2019. Think of all the pop culture that caught your attention. Think of movies, music, TV shows, social media, sports, video games, news, politics, products, and so forth.

Which of these things had an influence on U.S. baby names last year, do you think? Which baby names will see higher usage (or appear for the very first time) in the 2019 data thanks to 2019 pop culture?

Here are some names to start with:

  • Adeya – from celebrity baby Adeya (born in March to Kehlani)
  • Alita – from the movie Alita: Battle Angel
  • Archie – from royal baby Archie (born in May to Harry & Meghan)
  • Billie – from singer Billie Eilish
  • Brixton – from the movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
  • Deckard – from the movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
  • Dorian – from hurricane Dorian
  • Eilish – also from singer Billie Eilish
  • Gloria – from the St. Louis Blues anthem “Gloria
  • Greedy – from NFL player Andraez Montrell “Greedy” Williams
  • Greta – from environmental activist Greta Thunberg
  • Lizzo – from rapper/singer Lizzo (originally a Melissa)
  • Luce – from the movie Luce
  • Maleficent – from the movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Nipsey – from the late rapper Nipsey Hussle
  • Post – from rapper Post Malone
  • Psalm – from celebrity baby Psalm (born in May to Kim & Kanye)
  • Saybie – from newsworthy baby Saybie
  • Shaed – from the band Shaed (“Trampoline”)
  • Sulwe – from the book Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
  • Wick – from the movie John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

A few names from the 2018 game (Kamala? Kelleth? Sanni? Marsai?) might still be applicable as well.

What other names should we add to the list? Let me know by commenting below. Please don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence!

I’ll be posting the game results in May of 2020, a few days after the SSA releases the 2019 baby name data. If you don’t want to miss the results post, just subscribe to NBN!