How popular is the baby name Bisceglia in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Bisceglia and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Bisceglia.
The baby name Bisceglia debuted on the SSA’s list in 1979 and stuck around for 3 more years:
- 1983: unlisted
- 1982: 6 baby girls named Bisceglia
- 1981: 7 baby girls named Bisceglia
- 1980: 5 baby girls named Bisceglia
- 1979: 8 baby girls named Bisceglia [debut]
- 1978: unlisted
According to records, many of these baby Bisceglias were born in the South.
The name must come from the Italian surname Bisceglia [be-SHAYL-yah], which refers to the town of Bisceglie in southern Italy, but I have no idea what boosted the surname onto the baby name charts in 1979.
The closest I’ve got to a proper theory is Steve Bisceglia, who played football at the University of Alabama in the early ’70s, but the years don’t match up, and male sports stars typically don’t inspire female names.
Any other ideas?
I’m a baby name blogger, but sometimes I feel more like a baby name detective. Because so much of my blogging time is spent doing detective work: trying to figure out where a particular baby name comes from, or why a name saw a sudden jump (or drop) in usage during a particular year.
If a name itself doesn’t make the answer obvious (e.g., Lindbergh) and a simple Google search hasn’t helped, my first bit of detective work involves scanning the baby name charts. I’ve learned that many search-resistant baby names (like Deatra) are merely alternative spellings of more common names (Deirdre).
If that doesn’t do it, I go back to Google for some advanced-level ninja searching, to help me zero in on specific types of historical or pop culture events. This is how I traced Irmalee back to a character in a short story in a very old issue of the once-popular McCall’s Magazine.
But if I haven’t gotten anywhere after a few rounds of ninja searching, I officially give up and turn the mystery baby name over to you guys. Together we’ve cracked a couple of cases (yay!) but, unfortunately, most of the mystery baby names I’ve blogged about are still big fat mysteries.
Here’s the current list of open cases:
- Wanza, girl name, debuted in 1915.
- Nerine, girl name, debuted in 1917.
- Laquita, girl name, debuted in 1930.
- Norita, girl name, spiked (for the 2nd time) in 1937.
Delphine, girl name, spiked in 1958.
Leshia, girl name, debuted in 1960.
- Lavoris, girl name, debuted in 1961.
Djuna, girl name, debuted in 1964.
- Latrenda, girl name, debuted in 1965.
- Ondina, girl name, debuted in 1968.
- Khari, boy name, debuted in 1971.
- Jelani, boy name, debuted in 1973.
- Toshiba, girl name, debuted in 1974.
- Brieanna, girl name, debuted in 1979.
- Sumiko, girl name, spiked in 1980.
Tou, boy name, debuted in 1980.
- Marquita, girl name, spiked in 1983.
- Caelan, boy name, debuted in 1992.
- Deyonta, boy name, debuted in 1993.
- Trayvond, boy name, debuted in 1994.
- Zeandre, boy name, debuted in 1997.
- Yatzari, girl name, debuted in 2000.
- Itzae, boy name, debuted in 2011.
If you enjoy sleuthing, please give some of the above a shot! I’d love to knock one or two off the list before I start adding more mystery names in the coming weeks…
Update, 7/13/16: More still-open cases from the Mystery Monday series last summer: Theta, Memory, Treasure, Clione, Trenace, Bisceglia, Genghis and Temujin.