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Much has been said lately about Caitlyn Jenner’s first name (which, notably, does not start with a K).
But what about her surname?
Because, long before the Kardashians were a thing, the baby name Jenner debuted on the charts — first as a boy name, then as a girl name:
1977: 9 baby boys & 5 baby girls named Jenner
1976: 8 baby boys named Jenner [debut]
The decathlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner shot to international fame in 1976 after winning a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. (This was about 2 weeks after Nadia Comaneci scored her perfect ten.)
The name Jenner has seen even higher usage in recent years thanks to the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which has been on the air since late 2007.
How do you like Jenner as a first name? Do you think it works better as a boy name or a girl name?
Canberra, the capital of Australia, was established (and named) on March 12, 1913 — almost exactly a century ago.
So the Canberra Times is asking people to suggest baby names that could commemorate Canberra’s centennial year, 2013.
Here are some names they’ve come up with so far:
Acacia, a genus of trees, most of which are native to Australia
Bluebelle, “after the Royal Bluebell, our Territory’s floral emblem”
Corymbia, a type of eucalyptus
Makaira, from the genus of the Black Marlin
Melliodora, another type of eucalyptus
One reader mentioned that his daughter was named “Aisha Caitlyn Truelsen” — initials ACT, same as the initials of the Australian Capital Territory. Her father said “she is quite chuffed about seeing ACT all over the place.”
What other Australia-specific (or, better, Canberra-specific) baby names would you suggest?
Here’s one idea: Gertrude, for Gertrude Mary Denman (1884-1954). Her name might not be stylish right now, but she was the person who officially named Canberra back in 1913.