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Popularity of the Baby Name Cicely


Posts that Mention the Name Cicely

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: C (Part 2)

Looking for a rare girl name with a retro feel? Here are dozens of ideas, all from very old films (1910s-1940s).

The names below are the second half of the C-list (Ci- to Cy-). The first half has the Ca- to Ch- names.

Enjoy!

Cicely
Cicely was a character name in multiple films, including The Hoyden’s Awakening (1913) and Next Time We Love (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Cicely.

Cicily
Cicily was a character name in multiple films, including The Cat Creeps (1930) and The Cat and the Canary (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Cicily.

Ciel
Ciel was a character played by actress Evelyn Dumo in the film The Black Butterfly (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Ciel.

Ciglia
Ciglia was a character played by actress Camilla Horn in the film Eternal Love (1929).

Cina
Cina Burton was a character played by actress Julia Swayne Gordon in the short film The Troublesome Step-Daughter (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Cina.

Cinders
Cinders was a character played by actress Marie Doro in the film Lost and Won (1917).

Cissie
Cissie was a character name in multiple films, including Twinkletoes (1926) and Experiment Perilous (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Cissie.

Cissy
Cissy Fitzgerald was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in England in 1873. Her birth name was Marie Kathleen Kipping. Cissy was also a character name in multiple films, including Just Cissy’s Little Way (short, 1913) and Sunny Side Up (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Cissy.

Citronella
Citronella Dedough was a character played by actress Ethel Teare in the short film Ham the Detective (1915).

Clairette
Clairette Montieth was a character played by actress Linda Arvidson in the short film A Fair Rebel (1914).

Clarabell
Clarabell Brooks was a character played by actress Betty Furness in the film The 3 Wise Guys (1936).

Clarabella
Clarabella was a character played by actress Ona Munson in the film Wild Geese Calling (1941).

Clarabelle
Clarabelle was a character name in multiple films, including Keystone Hotel (1935) and George White’s Scandals (1945).

Clarette
Clarette Clare was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s.

Claribel
Claribel was a character name in multiple films, including The Magic Bon Bons (1915) and Strike Me Pink (1936).

Claribell
Claribell Lotsadough was a character played by actress Gale Henry in the film Marble Heads (1917).

Clarice
Clarice was a character name in multiple films, including A Question of Identity (1914) and The Family Upstairs (1926).

Clarine
Clarine Seymour was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1898.

Clarita
Clarita was a character name in multiple films, including The Ruling Passion (1910) and Three Keys (1925).

Clary
Clary was a character name in multiple films, including Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) and The Law West of Tombstone (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Clary.

Claudette
Claudette Colbert was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in France in 1903. Claudette was also a character played by actress Glenda Farrell in the film Traveling Saleslady (1935).

Claudine
Claudine was a character name in multiple films, including The Nut (1921) and Fifth Avenue (1926).

Clelia
Clelia Matania was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was born in England in 1918.

  • Usage of the baby name Clelia.

Clelie
Clelie Gordon was a character played by actress Fredi Washington in the film Ouanga (1936).

Clemency
Clemency Warlock was a character played by actress Kay Francis in the film Cynara (1932).

Clementina
Clementina was a character name in multiple films, including The Glory of Clementina (1922) and The Desert Song (1929).

Cleone
Cleone Meredith was a character played by various actresses (like Madge Stuart and Elissa Landi) in various films called The Amateur Gentleman, all based on the novel of the same name by Jeffrey Farnol.

Cleopatra
Cleopatra was a character name in multiple films, including Cleopatra – Queen of Egypt (1912) and Oh! Oh! Cleopatra (1931).

Click
“Click” Stewart was a character played by actress Glenda Farrell in the film Exposed (1938).

Clo-clo
Clo-Clo was a character played by actress Margo in the film The Leopard Man (1943).

Clodah
Clodah Harrison was a character played by actress Dorothy Cumming in the film The Female (1924).

Clorinda
Clorinda was a character name in multiple films, including The Lifted Veil (1917) and A Lady of Quality (1924).

Clothilde
Clothilde was a character name in multiple films, including The Breath of Araby (1915) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1934).

Clotilda
Clotilda was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film Kisses for Breakfast (1941).

Clotilde
Clotilde de Marelle was a character played by actress Angela Lansbury in the film The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947).

Cluny
Cluny Brown was a character played by actress Jennifer Jones in the film Cluny Brown (1946).

Clyne
Clyne Dacia was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1922.

Clytemnestra
Clytemnestra was a character played by actress Helen Kelly in the film M’Liss (1918).

Clytie
Clytie was a character name in multiple films, including The Danger Game (1918) and The Heart Line (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Clytie.

Cobina
Cobina Wright was an actress who appeared in films in the 1940s. She was born in New York in 1921.

  • Usage of the baby name Cobina (which debuted in the data in 1939).

Colomba
Colomba was a character played by actress Eily Malyon in the film The White Angel (1936).

Columbine
Columbine was a character name in multiple films, including A Harlequinade Let Loose (1912) and The Tidal Wave (1920).

Comfort
Comfort was a character played by actress Mary Boland in the film The Pursuit of Happiness (1934).

Concha
Concha was a character name in multiple films, including The Canyon of Light (1926) and The Devil Is a Woman (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Concha.

Conchita
Conchita Montenegro was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in Spain in 1911. Her birth name was Concepción Andrés Picado. Conchita was also a character name in multiple films, including A Branded Soul (1917) and Border Romance (1929).

Concordia
Concordia Selander was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Sweden in 1861.

Connaught
Connaught O’Brien was a character played by actress June Collyer in the film Hangman’s House (1928).

Connemara
Connemara Moore was a character played by actress Marie Prevost in the film Bobbed Hair (1925).

Constantia
Constantia was a character name in multiple films, including The Conquest of Constantia (1915) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).

Constantina
Constantina Ivaneska was a character played by actress Tala Birell in the film The Power of the Whistler (1945).

Consuelo
Consuelo was a character played by actress Norma Shearer in the film He Who Gets Slapped (1924).

Cordova
Cordova was a character played by actress Mona Barrie in the film When a Girl’s Beautiful (1947).

Corie
Corie was a character played by actress Nydia Westman in the film Two Alone (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Corie.

Corinna
Corinna Mura was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1950s. She was born in 1909. Corinna was also a character played by actress Jacqueline Logan in the film The House of Youth (1924).

Corliss
Corliss Palmer was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Georgia in 1902. Corliss was also a character played by actress Gloria Grey in the film Unknown Dangers (1926).

Cornelia
Cornelia was a character name in multiple films, including Drugged Waters (1916) and Cover Girl (1944).

Corunna
Corunna was a character played by actress Louise Platt in the film Captain Caution (1940).

Creola
Creola was a character played by actress Lillian Yarbo in the film Wives Under Suspicion (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Creola.

Creota
Creota was a character played by actress Rose Dione in the film It Happened in Paris (1919).

Cressy
Cressy was a character played by actress Blanche Sweet in the film Fighting Cressy (1919).

Cristobella
Cristobella was a character played by actress Anna Demetrio in the film Born to Be Wild (1938).

Croessa
Croessa was a character played by actress Gina Marangoni in the film Cabiria (1914).

Croisine
Croisine Bouhouhorts was a character played by Edith Barrett in the film The Song of Bernadette (1943).

Cuca
Cuca was a character played by actress Armida in the film Fiesta (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Cuca.

Curly
Curly Flagg was a character played by actress Miriam Hopkins in the film She Loves Me Not (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Curly.

Cyd
Cyd Charisse was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1970s. She was born in Texas in 1922. Her birth name Tula Ellice Finklea.

  • Usage of the baby name Cyd.

Cymba
Cymba Roget was a character played by actress Helen Gardner in the film The Sleep of Cymba Roget (1920).

Cynthy
Cynthy was a character played by actress Peggy Hyland in the film The Rebellious Bride (1919).

Cyprienne
Cyprienne Marcey was a character played by actress Billie Burke in the film Let’s Get a Divorce (1918).

Cyrilla
Cyrilla Drew was a character played by actress Caroline Cooke in the film Roses of Yesterday (1913).

Which of the above do you like best?

The Top Baby Name Rises, 1881 to Today

top baby name rises by year

Many years ago, I published a list of the top debut baby names. A few years after that, I posted a list of the top one-hit wonder baby names.

So today let’s check out another fun set of “top” names: the top rises. The names below are those that increased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next according to the SSA data.

Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year jumps in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Isa grew 240% and usage of the boy name Noble grew 333%.)

  • 1881: Isa, 240%; Noble, 333%
  • 1882: Clementine, 300%; Clarance, 300%
  • 1883: Malissa, 243%; Alf, 150%
  • 1884: Belva, 1220%; Grover, 532%
  • 1885: Phebe, 220%; Bryant, 200%
  • 1886: Felicia, 180%; Thornton, 240%
  • 1887: Ossie, 240%; Aubrey, 240%
  • 1888: Bennie, 250%; Thurman, 414%
  • 1889: Diana, 233%; Grady, 267%
  • 1890: Easter, 238%; Isaiah, 215%
  • 1891: Lutie, 200%; Colonel, 217%
  • 1892: Lollie, 271%; Pierce, 340%
  • 1893: Annabell, 240%; Lindsay, 320%
  • 1894: Versie, 320%; Alvie, 233%
  • 1895: Glenn, 283%; Alma, 220%
  • 1896: Vernice, 217%; Hobart, 744%
  • 1897: Sigrid, 200%; Roswell, 183%
  • 1898: Manila, 1386%; Dewey, 606%
  • 1899: Tula, 280%; Rogers, 220%
  • 1900: Rosia, 480%; Wilber, 417%
  • 1901: Dellie, 180%; Kermit, 183%
  • 1902: Lolita, 420%; Judge, 260%
  • 1903: Rafaela, 280%; Jordan, 250%
  • 1904: Amber, 314%; Adelbert, 260%
  • 1905: Orma, 300%; Armand, 222%
  • 1906: Ena, 456%; Sheldon, 240%
  • 1907: Lota & Tula, 240%; Quincy, 183%
  • 1908: Bernetta & Nila, 260%; Taft, 288%
  • 1909: Laverna & Nevada, 267%; Toney, 300%
  • 1910: Cleopatra, 240%; Arturo & Sammy, 283%
  • 1911: Maryellen, 280%; Vincenzo & Wyman, 320%
  • 1912: Marina, 420%; Woodrow, 1423%
  • 1913: Carroll, 263%; Rosendo, 320%
  • 1914: Lucyle, 280%; Irvine, 333%
  • 1915: Zudora, 460%; Charlton, 320%
  • 1916: Aldena, 291%; Tatsuo, 850%
  • 1917: Liberty, 617%; Masami, 338%
  • 1918: Kazuko, 320%; Quentin, 567%
  • 1919: Verbie, 300%; Belvin, 360%
  • 1920: Marcene, 386%; Harding, 718%
  • 1921: Elwanda, 1860%; Gareth, 560%
  • 1922: Carley, 320%; Colie, 340%
  • 1923: Eris, 1313%; Coolidge, 820%
  • 1924: Janeth, 517%; Phyllis, 260%
  • 1925: Murlene & Normalee, 260%; Estell & Unknown, 214%
  • 1926: Ileana, 633%; Jarrell & Lenoard, 240%
  • 1927: Charmaine, 825%; Lindbergh, 867%
  • 1928: Jeannine, 1147%; Hoover, 522%
  • 1929: Dorla, 800%; Davey, 889%
  • 1930: Arlayne, 317%; Derl, 1060%
  • 1931: Marlene, 745%; Colbert, 280%
  • 1932: Harlene, 270%; Delano, 1057%
  • 1933: Sharleen, 425%; Delano, 289%
  • 1934: Adriana, 283%; Kelvin, 360%
  • 1935: Norita, 1171%; Darwyn, 458%
  • 1936: Shelba, 2667%; Lonzie, 320%
  • 1937: Deanna, 2009%; Tyrone, 788%

The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does get a lot better in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (SSA). Now, back to the list…

  • 1938: Danielle, 878%; Dion, 355%
  • 1939: Brenda, 308%; Hall, 280%
  • 1940: Scarlett, 743%; Clemmie, 257%
  • 1941: Jerilyn, 1250%; Rulon, 250%
  • 1942: Michal, 1520%; Macarthur, 2740%
  • 1943: Shaaron, 456%; Suzanne, 240%
  • 1944: Dorinda, 568%; Kennedy, 280%
  • 1945: Lauren, 709%; Dorian, 220%
  • 1946: Jacalyn, 740%; Cornel, 533%
  • 1947: Jolinda, 388%; Brock, 364%
  • 1948: Sharman, 275%; Kevan, 260%
  • 1949: Lorry, 360%; Hanson, 240%
  • 1950: Vallorie, 717%; Brion, 400%
  • 1951: Krystal, 588%; Denise, 350%
  • 1952: Pandora, 1100%; Corby & Wilhelm, 240%
  • 1953: Angelique, 1157%; Shane, 392%
  • 1954: Sheree, 756%; Dain, 360%
  • 1955: Sabrina, 711%; Davy, 509%
  • 1956: Venetia, 543%; Cheyenne, 680%
  • 1957: Tammy, 1591%; Tammy, 467%
  • 1958: Keely, 1100%; Bret, 680%
  • 1959: Torri, 411%; Efrem, 963%
  • 1960: Lisha, 1096%; Stephon, 1200%
  • 1961: Marisol, 481%; Parrish, 1460%
  • 1962: Penne, 447%; Chance, 350%
  • 1963: Tamiko, 1440%; Tal, 617%
  • 1964: Deneen, 7191%; Temple, 420%
  • 1965: Fontella, 880%; Branden, 340%
  • 1966: Tabatha, 9900%; Heath, 1070%
  • 1967: Anisa, 1600%; Garrison, 320%
  • 1968: Coretta, 2485%; Dustin, 778%
  • 1969: Lalena, 640%; Jeromy, 514%
  • 1970: Shiloh, 540%; Jermaine, 3320%
  • 1971: Ashli, 1900%; Jermaine, 494%
  • 1972: Catina, 9033%; Demond, 3920%
  • 1973: Cicely, 1827%; Caine, 780%
  • 1974: Nakia, 16100%; Rashad, 1100%
  • 1975: Rasheda, 988%; Jamaal, 688%
  • 1976: Rhiannon, 1713%; Seneca, 1429%
  • 1977: Shawntae, 686%; Lavar, 5480%
  • 1978: Aja, 3407%; Dequan, 988%
  • 1979: Renada, 780%; Yoel, 525%
  • 1980: Genese, 1920%; Rayshaun, 440%
  • 1981: Krystle, 1623%; Cavin, 833%
  • 1982: Jere, 1000%; Colt, 1620%
  • 1983: Ciji, 2950%; Remington, 657%
  • 1984: Santana, 3467%; Ryne, 424%
  • 1985: Kayleigh, 2914%; Jaymes, 769%
  • 1986: Kyrie, 3180%; Orry, 789%
  • 1987: Janay, 1168%; Jareth, 400%
  • 1988: Whitley, 916%; Nico, 860%
  • 1989: Audriana, 3467%; Alexande, 4917%
  • 1990: Alannah, 1583%; Tevin, 4569%
  • 1991: Tanairi, 820%; Devante, 1356%
  • 1992: Darian, 703%; Jalen, 3980%
  • 1993: Coraima, 4320%; Savon, 2457%
  • 1994: Aaliyah, 6495%; Romario, 1940%
  • 1995: Iridian, 1845%; Tristin, 747%
  • 1996: Alanis, 1047%; Json, 880%
  • 1997: Yulisa, 2729%, Ennis, 620%
  • 1998: Jazsmin, 960%; Denilson, 900%
  • 1999: Tionne, 1100%; Sincere, 647%
  • 2000: Litzy, 1189%; Elian, 2413%
  • 2001: Nevaeh, 1111%; Jaheim, 5440%
  • 2002: Lashanti, 2060%; Omarion, 8260%
  • 2003: Azeneth, 1913%; Andon, 2200%
  • 2004: Betzaida, 1233%; Jakwon, 1260%
  • 2005: Mikalah, 1906%; Talan, 2130%
  • 2006: Bethzy; 2636%; Dereon, 1217%
  • 2007: Jaslene, 9920%; Leonidas & Renner, 700%
  • 2008: Dayami, 3464%; Barack, 940%
  • 2009: Baya, 1020%; Dhani, 520%
  • 2010: Collins, 1557%; Bentlee, 733%
  • 2011: Thaily, 1400%; Neymar, 900%
  • 2012: Cataleya, 2182%; Long, 740%
  • 2013: Daleyza, 1055%; Jaiceon, 1057%
  • 2014: Aranza, 1297%; Jameis, 720%
  • 2015: Vail, 700%; Rhydian, 667%
  • 2016: Kehlani, 571%; Kylo, 580%
  • 2017: Westlynn, 600%; Oseias, 1080%
  • 2018: Maleni, 950%; Atreus, 1888%

(Did you catch all the doubles? Tula, Delano, Tammy, Jermaine, and Davey/Davy.)

I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about many of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it! Leave a comment and let us know what popularized Dorla in 1929, or Lauren in 1945, or Dustin in 1968, or Kayleigh in 1985, or Talan in 2005…

Gaiety Girl Names – Ellaline, Florence, Moya

Gaiety Girl Camille Clifford
Camille Clifford
Before there were Follies girls, there were Gaiety Girls.

These were showgirls appearing in Edwardian musical comedies at London’s Gaiety Theatre during the 1890s.

There’s no definitive list of all the Gaiety Girls, but here are a few of them:

  • Alice Delysia
  • Billie Carleton – birth name Florence
  • Blanche Massey
  • Camille Clifford – birth name Camilla
  • Cicely Courtneidge – birth name Esmerelda
  • Connie Gilchrist – birth name Constance
  • Constance Collier – birth name Laura
  • Denise Orme – birth name Jessie
  • Dorothy Minto
  • Eleanor Souray
  • Ellaline Terriss – birth name Mary (Ellaline was her middle name)
  • Evelyn Laye – birth name Elsie
  • Florence Smithson
  • Gaby Deslys – birth name Marie-Elise-Gabrielle
  • Gabrielle Ray
  • Gertie Millar – birth name Gertrude
  • Gina Palerme
  • Gladys Cooper
  • Irene: Irene Desmond, Irene Richards
  • Jessie Matthews
  • Jose Collins – birth name Charlotte
  • Kitty Gordon – birth name Constance
  • Lily Elsie – birth name Elsie
  • Mabel: Mabel Love, Mabel Russell
  • Mamie Watson
  • Marie Studholme – birth name Caroline
  • May: May Etheridge, May Gates
  • Moya Nugent
  • Olive May
  • Phyllis Dare
  • Rosie Boote – birth name Rose
  • Sylvia: Sylvia Grey, Sylvia Lillian Storey
  • Zena Dare – birth name Florence

Which of the above names do you like best?

Sources: Gaiety Girls – Wikipedia, Gaiety Girls exhibition – National Portrait Gallery
Image: Camille Clifford – National Portrait Gallery

Name Quotes for the Weekend #29

Here are some interesting snippets about names/naming to end the week…

From “Sandra Bernhard, rebellious as ever” (The Villager, 2006) by Jerry Tallmer:

Though Bernhard, rebellious as ever, says: “I can’t stand sitting in theater, it drives me insane,” and has time for movies “only on television…or in airplanes,” she did appropriate from Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” the name Cicely that graces Bernhard’s daughter born July 4, 1998, nine or so months after the flamethrowing actress/singer/faghag/friend of the famous said to herself one fine day: “Enough! Get real.”

From a “Names of boundless mirth” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2003) by Ambeth Ocampo (who is quoting a reader who e-mailed him this story):

“I was once a MedTech intern assigned in a rural Cebu town. Back then it was common to encounter names of kids such as ‘Tom Cruise Duhaylungsod,’ ‘Jacky Chan Labadan,’ ‘Fernando Poe Capunay,’ etc. Certainly a vast improvement over those Spanish-era saintly names of old (mine included). You would think parents of those kids were diehard movie fanatics who wanted to append their idol’s screen names to their kids’. But once, while taking a blood sample from a baby girls with [a] profusely runny nose and ‘Phoebe Cates’ as a given name, I kidded the mother that she must be a Phoebe Cates fan. To which she replied that living in a rural barrio she seldom watched movies actually, not to mention that she could hardly afford it; she didn’t know it was a movie star’s name until much later. It was the midwife who attended to her when she gave birth to her baby who pinned a paper with that name on the baby’s lampin. Needless to say, she and her husband found it unique. So the name stuck. Go figure how many more babies that midwife christened with her own idols’ fancy names. The baby’s parents nevertheless were proud of it, mind you.”

From the BBC article “‘Unique’ Roman tombstone found in Cirencester“:

The tombstone was found near skeletal remains thought to belong to the person named on its inscription, making the discovery unique.

Archaeologists behind the dig in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said they believed it marked the grave of a 27-year-old woman called Bodica.

[…]

Mr Holbrook has suggested the name Bodica was of Celtic origin.

“Perhaps Bodica is a local Gloucestershire girl who’s married an incoming Roman or Gaul from France and has adopted this very Roman way of death,” he said.

And that BBC article reminded me of this BBC article, “Queen Khentakawess III’s tomb found in Egypt“:

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed the tomb of a previously unknown queen, Egyptian officials say.

The tomb was found in Abu-Sir, south-west of Cairo, and is thought to belong to the wife or mother of Pharaoh Neferefre who ruled 4,500 years ago.

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said that her name, Khentakawess, had been found inscribed on a wall in the necropolis.

Mr Damaty added that this would make her Khentakawess III.

From “Why I Changed My Name and What It Taught Me About Who I Am” by Belle Beth Cooper:

My dad did feel a bit taken aback by it. Although he knew I was using my new name already, talking to him about the process of changing it legally was pretty tough. That conversation was a huge lesson for me in empathy and communication. My dad suggested I was changing my name out of anger towards my parents, almost in revenge or as a way to hurt them. That’s a pretty hard thing to hear from someone you love and respect, and it wasn’t easy to explain why I was changing my name and to convince him it was no reflection on my relationship with him or my mum at all.

From “Social change and the Fatima Index” by Justin Thomas in The National (and found via Clare’s Name News):

In spite of the great developments and massive social changes that have taken place across the UAE over the past few decades, the names Emirati families give to their babies has remained incredibly stable.

For more quote posts, check out the NBN name quotes category.