How popular is the baby name Capri in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Capri and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Capri.
The baby name Manina debuted in the U.S. data in 1951:
- 1954: unlisted
- 1953: 6 baby girls named Manina
- 1952: 7 baby girls named Manina
- 1951: 6 baby girls named Manina
- 1950: unlisted
Where did it come from?
The movie September Affair, which was released in the U.S. in late 1950. One of the main characters was a prominent concert pianist named Marianne “Manina” Stuart (played by Joan Fontaine).
In the film, Manina meets a married American businessman while traveling. When they’re both mistakenly presumed dead (in a plane accident that would have killed them, had they not missed the flight) they take the opportunity to to start new lives together in Italy. But the affair only lasts until their past lives catch up with them.
Manina’s nickname happens to be the Italian word for “small or delicate hand” — fitting for a professional pianist, I suppose, though it might sound silly to an Italian.
The tagline of the film — “it happened in Capri!” — foreshadows the baby name Capri, which popped up on the charts just a few years later.
Which name do you prefer, Manina or Marianne?
Sources: September Affair (1951) – TCM, Manina – Wiktionary
The Italian island of Capri has been inhabited for millennia, but very few Americans were naming their babies “Capri” before Ford introduced the Lincoln Capri in the early 1950s:
- 1955: 6 baby girls named Capri
- 1954: 5 baby girls named Capri
- 1953: 7 baby girls named Capri [debut]
- 1952: unlisted
The car was on the market from 1952 to 1959 and, as far as I can tell, it was the very first car-inspired baby name to appear in the data. Since then, many different cars have inspired baby names (e.g., Camry, DeLorean, Miata, Porsche).
These days the name Capri is given to close to 200 baby girls per year, which puts it pretty close to the top 1,000.
The origin of the island name “Capri” isn’t known for certain, but it could be derived from the ancient Greek word kapros, meaning “wild boar,” or from the Latin word capreae, meaning “goats.”
Do you like the name Capri? Would you use it for a baby girl?
Love cars? Here are some car-related names that have been used as baby names:
- Allante, from Cadillac Allante.
- Aston, from Aston Martin. Inspired by Aston Hill in England.
- Audi, German manufacturer. The name is a Latin translation of Horch, surname of founder August Horch.
- Avanti, from Studebaker Avanti. The word avanti means “forward” in Italian.
- Bentley, British manufacturer. Named after founder W. O. Bentley.
- Camry, from Toyota Camry. The name is based on kanmuri, which means “crown” in Japanese.
- Capri, from Lincoln Capri.
- Caprice, from Chevrolet Caprice. Named after a New York City restaurant.
- Catera, from Cadillac Catera.
- Celica, from Toyota Celica. The name is based on caelica, which means “celestial” in Latin.
- Chevelle, from Chevrolet Chevelle.
- Chevy, nickname for Chevrolet.
- Civic, from Honda Civic.
- Cooper, from MINI Cooper. Named after auto racer John Cooper.
- Cressida, from Toyota Cressida.
- DeLorean, from DeLorean DMC-12.
- Diamante, from Mitsubishi Diamante.
- Dino, from Fiat Dino or Ferrari Dino. Both named after V6 engine designer Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.
- Dodge, a division of Chrysler. (I know of two babies named after Dodge Pickup Trucks specifically.)
- Elantra, from Hyundai Elantra.
- Elise, from Lotus Elise. Named after Elisa Artioli, granddaughter of Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli.
- Elva, British manufacturer. The name is based on elle va, which means “she goes” in French.
- Florian, from Isuzu Florian. Named after the fictional horse in Florian, the Emperor’s Stallion by Felix Salten.
- Ford, American manufacturer. Named after founder Henry Ford.
- Hudson, American manufacturer.
- Jazz, from Honda Jazz.
- Jeep, a division of Chrysler.
- Jetta, from Volkswagen Jetta. The name is based on the phrase “jet stream.”
- Jimmy, from GMC Jimmy.
- Kia, South Korean manufacturer.
- Lexus, a division of Toyota. The name has no specific meaning, according to the company.
- Lincoln, a division of Ford. Named after former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
- Martin, from Aston Martin. Named after founder Lionel Martin.
- Mercedes, from Mercedes-Benz, a division of Daimler AG. Named after Mercedes Jellinek, daughter of Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek.
- Miata, from Mazda Miata. Possibly means “reward” in Old High German.
- Millenia, from Mazda Millenia.
- Mondeo, from Ford Mondeo. The name is based on mundus, which means “world” in Latin.
- Morgan, British manufacturer.
- Porsche, German manufacturer. Named after founder Ferdinand Porsche.
- Renault, French manufacturer.
- Royce, from Rolls-Royce. Named after founder Henry Royce.
- Scion, a Toyota marque.
- Shelby, from Shelby American. Named for founder Carroll Hall Shelby.
- Tiburon, from Hyundai Tiburon. The word tiburón means “shark” in Spanish.
- Toyota, Japanese manufacturer. Named for founder Kiichiro Toyoda.
- VW, short for Volkswagen.
Blog readers have also told me about babies named Riviera (after the Buick Riviera) and Axel (because of its similarity to the word axle).
Update, 2016 – Here’s a baby whose middle name, Megan, was inspired by a Renault Megane.
Know any babies that were named for automobiles?
[Psst! Were you looking for a post about giving a name to your car?]
I just went through a fairly recent copy of the Laramie, Wyoming phone book. (Yes, I went through the whole thing — it’s only about 60 pages long.) Here are some of the names I came across.
||Altamae, Amarante, Anet, Ania, Azize
||Borgia, Bowdoin, Braeton, Brownie, Brunza, Bunny, Burkett
||Cambria, Capri, Carlinda, Celestin, Changyul, Chavawn, Chimpalthradi, Clynn, Crecencio
||Desharia, Dolphus, Dorea, Dubie
||Eino, Eloy, Enja, Erambo Ayokosok, Erasmo, Eustorgio
||Farkas, Floraida, Florian, Foncey
||Gamal, Gavino, Guoying
||Hakima, Halcyon, Hartzell, Heikki, Hyoen
||Jayaramreddy, Jeniel, Jenise, Jonlee
||Kaijsa, Koren, Kurk, Kusum
||Latazia, Lay-Nah, Linse
||Maciej, Maimo, Manmohan, Mannory, Marinus, Maryalice, Masahiro, Mikkelina, Mima, Minden, Mrityunjal, Murat, Mustapha, Mylon, Myrcena
||N’Kole, Navamoney, Neulette, Ninnie
||Octaviano, Odean, Oundalyn
||Rabinder, Reinette, Ridge, Rogene, Royal
||Sadrul, Scholastique, Servando, Shealeen, Sneh, Snehalata, Star, Storm, Sukky, Suresh
||Terena, Tibereu, Towana, Trice, Tylin
||Ubaldo, Ushakant, Uvalda
||Vidal, Vinita, Vipul, Vladimir
||Wangtii, Warrie, West, Windy
I’ve also found other cool names in phone books from Indiana, Illinois, and Indiana again.