How popular is the baby name Cassandr 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 Cassandr.
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If we ignore all the 1989 names — which are only truncated spelling variants caused by the great baby name glitch of 1989 — the real #1 one-hit wonder becomes Meghaan.
Here’s what I can tell you about some of the above: Shastelyn, Jocell, Madelis and Raengel were inspired by Mexican beauty queens; Aidsa and Yaindhi were inspired by the TV show Objectivo Fama; Eshanti was inspired by singer Ashanti; Nykeba was inspired by a mention in Ebony magazine.
Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?
Here’s the second-to-last installment of the top baby name debuts for girls. No more ties from here on out.
From 20 to 11:
Azure debuted with 121 baby girls in 1975. Inspired by Azure Dee, a character on the TV detective series “Kojak.” (Or by the song “Azure Dee,” inspired by the character and sung by Telly Savalas for that particular episode.)
Sharde debuted with 124 baby girls in 1985. Inspired by singer Sade [shah-DAY].
Shardae debuted with 129 baby girls in 1985. Same reason as #19.
Yamilex debuted with 130 baby girls in 1995. Inspired by Jamilex, a character on the telenovela “Como Tu, Ninguna.”
Chastelyn debuted with 150 baby girls in 2009. Inspired by Chastelyn Rodriguez, a contestant on the TV beauty pageant “Nuestra Belleza Latina 2009.”
While I was gathering one-hit wonders recently for a post, I found a whole bunch of typos like Christop and Alexandr among the top U.S. baby names of 1989.
I figured all the typos must be coming from a single source, so I checked the top baby names of some of the larger states. Didn’t see anything in California, didn’t see anything in Texas…but then I checked New York, and there they were:
A few of the above may not be typos. But the fact that so many are concentrated in a single place suggests that most are.
Given the time period and consistent truncation, my guess is that one of the counties in New York started using a computer system in 1989 that only allowed the input of up to 8 characters per name.
Now the big question: Did this glitch skew the national baby name rankings?
Yes, but only for Alexandra:
# in U.S.
Rank in U.S.
Alexandra + Alexandr
All 301 of the baby girls named Alexandr were born in New York, so it’s likely that all of them are typos. If we add these 301 to the total for Alexandra, the new number nudges Alexandra up two spots to #41. (And bumps the names Brittney and Hannah down one spot each.)
UPDATE, Sept. 2010: I scanned the full list for 1989 (i.e., looked over thousands of baby names outside the top 1,000) and found even more typos: