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Inconspicuous Anagram Baby Names

I recently updated my old Anagram Baby Names post to make it much more comprehensive. As I worked on it, though, I noticed that many of those sets of names had obvious similarities, such as the same first letters and/or the same rhythm.

So I thought I’d make a second, shorter list of anagram names that were less conspicuously similar. Specifically, I wanted the second list to feature sets of names with different first letters and different numbers of syllables.

And that’s what you’ll find below — pairs of anagram names that are relatively distinct from one another. So much so that, at first glance (or listen), some might not even strike you as being anagrammatic at all. :)

Click on any name to check out its popularity graph…

Most of the names above have a clear number of syllables, but a few do not. (I categorized them according to my own interpretation/accent.) So, if you’re interested in using any of these pairings, just remember to test the names out loud first!

Which of the pairs above do you like best?

The Naming of Eustace Tilley

eustace tilley, 1925
Eustace Tilley

The very first issue of New Yorker magazine came out in early 1925. On the cover was a drawing of a top-hatted dandy pering at a butterfly through a monocle. He was created by the magazine’s original art editor, Rea Irvin, and soon became somewhat of a mascot for the magazine.

He also got a name: Eustace Tilley. It was coined by humorist Corey Ford, who said in his memoir:

“Tilley” was the name of a maiden aunt, and I chose “Eustace” because it sounded euphonious.

Other sources suggest that Ford might have been influenced by English male impersonator Vesta Tilley.

Did you know that, for many years, Eustace Tilley was listed in the Manhattan phone book? Harold Ross, co-founder of the magazine, “was delighted when the city authorities eventually sent this imaginary figure a personal-property tax bill.”

The name Eustace has been used as the English form of either of two ancient Greek names: Eustachius or Eustathius. Eustachius means “fruitful” (eu, “good” + stachus, “ear of corn”) and Eustathius means “well-built” (eu, “good” + histemi, “to stand, to set up”).

What are your thoughts on the name Eustace?

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Name Quotes #42: Tucker, Tess, Shea

tucker, life, 1952

From the cover description of the June 2, 1952, issue of LIFE:

The birthday guest all done up for a party on this week’s cover is Second-Grader Tucker Burns, 7, of New York City.

(A female Tucker born in the mid-1940s? Interesting…)

From “10 facts about Tess of the d’Urbervilles” (pdf) at The Times:

Tess didn’t start out as Tess. Hardy often changed names when he was writing, and he tried out Love, Cis and Sue, using Woodrow as a surname, narrowing the name down to Rose-Mary Troublefield or Tess Woodrow before finally settling on Tess Durbeyfield.

From “Naming a Baby (or 2) When You’re Over 40” by Joslyn McIntyre at Nameberry.com:

But I’m now far too practical for whimsical names. I want to spare my kids the time wasted spelling their name slowly over the phone and correcting its pronunciation millions of times. So out the window went some of the iconoclastic names I loved, but which seemed difficult, along with two names I adored but couldn’t figure out how to spell in a way that would make their pronunciation obvious: CARE-iss and k’r-IN.

From “Why everyone started naming their kids Madison instead of Jennifer” by Meeri Kim in the Washington Post:

While some believed a central institution or figure had to be behind a skyrocketing trend — say, Kim Kardashian or Vogue magazine — researchers have discovered through a new Web-based experiment that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, the study suggests that populations can come to a consensus about what’s cool and what’s not in a rapid, yet utterly spontaneous way.

From “Name change proves a mysterious and outdated process” by Molly Snyder at OnMilwaukee.com:

The process to change your name is surprisingly lengthy, pricey and arguably outdated. People fill out forms, pay a $168 filing fee (there is also a fee to obtain a new birth certificate once the name is legally granted), get assigned to a judge, schedule a hearing date with the court and take out a statement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel or the Daily Reporter three weeks in a row declaring intent of name change.

News websites are not approved for legal name change declaration, but this does not mean they couldn’t be someday, according to Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court John Barrett.

“The process is very old and it hasn’t been changed in a long time, but that’s not to say it couldn’t be,” says Barrett. “The Wisconsin legislature decides that. Someone would have to have an interest in that change and take the time to make the argument that we’re in a changing world and publications shouldn’t be limited to print.”

From “The latest trend in startup names? Regular old human names” (Dec. 2014) by Erin Griffith in Fortune:

If you work in startups, there’s a good chance you know Oscar. And Alfred. Benny, too. And don’t forget Lulu and Clara. These aren’t the prominent Silicon Valley people that techies know by first name (although those exist—think Marissa, Satya, Larry and Sergey, Zuck). Rather, Oscar, Alfred, Benny, Lulu and Clara are companies. The latest trend in startup names is regular old human names.

From “A teacher mispronouncing a student’s name can have a lasting impact” by Corey Mitchell at PBS.org:

For students, especially the children of immigrants or those who are English-language learners, a teacher who knows their name and can pronounce it correctly signals respect and marks a critical step in helping them adjust to school.

But for many ELLs, a mispronounced name is often the first of many slights they experience in classrooms; they’re already unlikely to see educators who are like them, teachers who speak their language, or a curriculum that reflects their culture.

“If they’re encountering teachers who are not taking the time to learn their name or don’t validate who they are, it starts to create this wall,” said Rita (‘ree-the’) Kohli, an assistant professor in the graduate school of education at the University of California, Riverside.

It can also hinder academic progress.

From the NPS biography of John Quincy Adams (1767-1848):

Born on July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts, he was the son of two fervent revolutionary patriots, John and Abigail Adams, whose ancestors had lived in New England for five generations. Abigail gave birth to her son two days before her prominent grandfather, Colonel John Quincy, died so the boy was named John Quincy Adams in his honor.

(Quincy, Massachusetts, was also named after Colonel John Quincy.)

And finally, from “How Many Mets Fans Name Their Babies ‘Shea’?” by Andrew Beaton in the Wall Street Journal:

You’re not a real Mets fan unless you name your kid Shea.

Where did the baby name Raekwon come from?

Back in June, Dan Lieberman tweeted out this photo of his newborn twins, supposedly named Raekwon and Ghostface after Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface Killah.

Newborn twins (not) named Raekwon and Ghostface.
Newborn twins not named Raekwon and Ghostface.

The image was reposted to various music sites/blogs, and Raekwon himself reposted it on Instagram, but it turns out Dan was only joking about the names. (Here’s my tweet of disappointment.)

Regardless, the baby name Raekwon (by itself) is no joke. More than 1,000 baby boys have been named Raekwon since the mid-1990s:

  • 1998: 249 baby boys named Raekwon [rank: 683rd]
  • 1997: 282 baby boys named Raekwon [rank: 618th]
  • 1996: 445 baby boys named Raekwon [rank: 483rd] – peak usage
  • 1995: 303 baby boys named Raekwon [rank: 589th]
  • 1994: 39 baby boys named Raekwon – debut
  • 1993: unlisted
  • 1992: unlisted

Raekwon’s 1994 debut is tied with Dvante and Savion as the 40th highest baby boy name debut of all time.

And that’s not all. Raekwon inspired plenty of spelling variants (like Raekwan, Raykwon, Rakwon, Raykwan, Rakwan, Reakwon and Rackwon) and alternate forms (like Daekwon, Taekwon, Jaekwon, Shakwon, and my personal favorite, the two-for-one musical tribute Drekwon).

Most of the babies named Raekwon were born in the eastern U.S., which isn’t surprising given that the Wu-Tang Clan is an East Coast hip hop group. According to SSA data, the states with the most Raekwons are North Carolina (266), Virginia (180), South Carolina (159), New York (148), Georgia (131), Florida (116) and Maryland (104). In contrast, the two most populous states in the union, California and Texas, have only a handful of Raekwons each.

So how did Wu-Tang’s Raekwon (born Corey Woods) come by his stage name? Here’s his answer, from an interview with Blues & Soul Magazine:

Q: I’ve got a few questions here from your fans. Firstly, your real name’s Corey. How did you get the name Raekwon The Chef? Due to your skills in the kitchen or the way you handle beef on the streets?

A: We were definitely out there in the streets but I didn’t get my name because of that. I got the name Raekwon The Chef because at one point I was in the Nation of Islam and I was given a name but only the Raekwon part was suitable for the music so that’s where I got that. In those old karate flicks there was an old dude called The Chef who was nasty and mean. RZA said, “You remind me of this kinda cat, this is what we gon’ call you.” That’s how we came with Raekwon The Chef.

In 2013, only 8 baby boys in the U.S. were named Raekwon. Will the Raekwon/Ghostface baby name hoax of a couple of months ago give the name a boost in 2014, do you think?

P.S. Here are a few more baby name hoaxes for you.

Source: Raekwon: Bad Boy for Life
Image: “It’s for the children” by Dan Lieberman (@DaddyLieb)

Nameless Baby “Corey”: Where Is He Now?

Last week’s post on namelessness reminded me of another nameless baby I know of.

He was born on October 28, 1946, in San Pedro, California.

His parents, Joseph and Lucille Corey of nearby Wilmington, decided not to give him a name. “When our boy is old enough to know what he wants, he can choose his own name” is reportedly what they told the San Pedro General Hospital records clerk.

So the California Birth Index lists him simply as “Corey.”

Did he end up adding a first name when he got older? I wish I knew — I haven’t been able to find any later records or newspaper articles about Corey or his parents.

If you’re familiar with the family and know what happened next, please leave a comment!

Source: “Boy to Choose His Own Name.” Ludington Daily News 2 Nov. 1946: 1.