How popular is the baby name Benito in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Benito.
When I first spotted the one-hit wonder baby name Tsitsiki, I honestly thought it might have something to do with Greek yogurt.
Turns out the answer is not tzatziki, but more likely Chicago news anchor Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix.
According to the SSA’s baby name list, eight baby girls were named Tsitsiki in 2004. All of these baby girls were born in Illinois.
- 2005: unlisted
- 2004: 8 baby girls named Tsitsiki [debut]
- 2003: unlisted
The name had never been on the list before, and it hasn’t made an appearance since.
Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix is originally from Michoacán, México. Her name is based on the Purépecha word tsitsiki, which means “flower.”
She joined Telemundo Chicago in 2001 as a reporter, was promoted to co-anchor of the 5 p.m. news in 2005, then became solo anchor of both the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. news in 2009. I’m not sure what event boosted her profile in 2004, though…maybe a Telemundo advertising campaign?
Which leads me to a sub-theory: 2004 was the year Mexican-American singer Lila Downs released the folk album Una Sangre/One Blood, which include the Purépecha song “Tirineni Tsitsiki.” The album sold well and earned Downs a Latin Grammy Award the following year. The song may have helped popularize the name Tsitsiki in 2004 specifically.
What are your thoughts on the name Tsitsiki?
P.S. Lila Downs has a son named Benito Dxuladi, dxuladi [shoo-la-dee] being the Zapotec word for “chocolate.”
Sources: Félix leaves Telemundo Chicago, Tsi-Tsi-Ki | Bio, Welcome Benito! | The Official Lila Downs Site
California mom-to-be Natasha Hill, the woman who was supposed to be getting $5,000 for allowing strangers to name her unborn baby via Belly Ballot, isn’t really pregnant.
She isn’t even really named “Natasha Hill.”
Her name is Natasha Lloyd, and she’s an actress who was hired by the website’s founder to help drum up publicity.
Yep — the whole thing was a hoax. The folks at Today.com were the ones to figure it out.
When TODAY Moms first reported on the contest, some readers were incredulous; they couldn’t believe a real mom would do such a thing. Now it appears they were right.
Except…they weren’t. Several “real moms” (and dads) have done such a thing.
Here are all the for-profit baby names (and attempted for-profit baby names) I can think of:
- 1990s: Pixy, $500
- 2000: Iuma, $5,000 or music downloads
- 2001: Baby Black, auction failed*
- 2002: Baby Armstrong, auction failed*
- 2002: Turok, $10,000 (failed?)
- 2002: Baby Johnston, unknown*
- 2004: Dot/Dorothy, free pizza party (failed?)
- 2005: GoldenPalace.com, $15,000
- 2008: Baby Partin, unknown
- 2008: Brooklyn, free pizza party (failed?)
- 2009: Baby Drummond, auction failed
- 2009: Benito/Rachele, $1,940
- 2010: Melania, free website rewards points
- 2011: another GoldenPalace.com, $15,000
- 2011: Israeli baby, unknown
- 2011: Dovahkiin, free video games
- 2013: New Jersey baby, sale failed
- 2013: Klaus-Heidi, live in Berlin for free
- 2015: Quinoa, free food (failed?)
- 2018: Harland, $11,000
- 2020: Twifia, free internet
- 2020: Dominic/Dominique, free pizza
- 2021: Muhammad/Mahmoud/Ahmed, 3,600 Egyptian pounds
*I never blogged about these three, so here are the details:
- In 2001, Jason Black and Frances Schroeder of New York tried to auction off the name of the their third child (first son) via Yahoo and eBay. They were aiming for a corporate sponsor, so the bidding started at $500,000. No one bid. They ended up naming the baby Zane Black.
- In 2002, Bob and Tracy Armstrong from Florida tried to auction off the name of their baby (gender unknown) via eBay. After eBay pulled the auction for the third time, they decided not to try again.
- In 2002, Heather and Steve Johnston of Washington state tried to auction off the name of their baby boy via eBay. The bidding started at $250,000. I found no follow-up stories, so I imagine the auction was either pulled or unsuccessful.
Video games on one end, $15,000 on the other…such wildly different values placed on baby names. Kinda fascinating, isn’t it?
Sources: $5,000 online baby-name contest revealed as hoax, Mom crowdsources baby name for $5,000
P.S. More hoaxes here.
[Latest Update: December 2020]
Edgar Allan Poe was born 202 years ago today. To celebrate, let’s check out some of the names Poe used in his poetry, short fiction, and longer works:
- Annabel Lee
- Ulalume (rhymes with tomb)
I suppose we could include Raven and Usher as well, though technically Poe never used them as first names.
In 1938, The Montreal Gazette noted that fascist baby names were all the rage.
There has been a regular epidemic of “Adriens” and the feminine form, “Adreinnes,” among Monteal’s new born babies during the past few months, all the children being named in honor of Adrien Arcand, Supreme Chief of the Quebec Fascists.
Adrien Arcand (1899-1967), a journalist by profession, was also high-profile fascist and anti-Semite of the 1930s. He liked to refer to himself as the Canadian Führer.
Other Montreal babies were named Gabriel and Gabrielle after local fascist leader Gabriel Lambert. One was named Adolph Benito Adrien “in honor of Hitler, Mussolini and Arcand.”
I also know of at least one Toronto baby with a fascist name — Benito Mussolini Graziano, born in 1936. (He was one of the babies in Toronto’s Great Stork Derby.)
- “French-Canadian Baby Named for 3 ‘Duces’.” Montreal Gazette 17 Mar. 1938: 13.
- “Ninth Baby Born to Toronto Mother in $500,000 Stork Derby.” Chicago Tribune 18 Aug. 1936: 4.
Are you a resident of Potenza, Italy? Are you expecting a baby next year?
If you answered yes to both of the above questions, the Movimento Sociale Fiamma Tricolore (a small neo-fascist political party) would like to suggest the names Benito and Rachele.
Parents who name their babies after either the dictator or his (second) wife will receive $1,940 from the group…so long as they “promise to use the money on cribs, clothes, food or other necessary items for their infants.”
Source: Party: Cash for Mussolini baby names