How popular is the baby name Danity in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Danity and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Danity.
Know what today is? It’s Britney Spears’ birthday! (Come on, you didn’t already know that?)
So today is the perfect day to start playing the Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
What’s that? It’s a game in which we try to predict which pop culture-inspired baby names will appear on the SSA’s official baby name list for the first time in 2010. Danity and Daughtry made it for the first time in 2007, Obama and Palin in 2008, the infamous Renesmee in 2009…which pop culture baby names will make their debut in 2010?
Think back to notable occurrences of 2010 and late 2009. Think about movies, music, books, video games, sports, politics, products, and whatever else made headlines and/or caught your attention. What brand-new baby names might these things have inspired?
Here are some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:
Another that has since come to mind is Etsy, which looks and sounds like Betsy with the B chopped off.
What other potential names can you think of? (Remember–oddball names like Chachi and Darth have made the SSA’s list in years past, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box on this!)
We know there are people out there named after Bon Jovi, Danity Kane and Roxette. Even Starship. So how about Jodeci?
Yup. In 1990, the four-man R&B group Jodeci was formed by Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Donald “DeVante Swing” DeGrate, Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate, and Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey. The name of the band was pieced together from the the jo of JoJo, the de of DeGrate, and the ci of K-Ci.
Jodeci’s first album, the successful Forever My Lady, was released in 1991. Sure enough, that’s the year we start seeing babies named Jodeci:
- 1996: 29 girls, 13 boys named Jodeci
- 1995: 32 girls, 15 boys named Jodeci
- 1994: 19 girls, 23 boys named Jodeci
- 1993: 33 girls, 29 boys named Jodeci
- 1992: 77 girls, 94 boys named Jodeci
- 1991: 13 girls, 12 boys named Jodeci [debut]
- 1990: unlisted
The group put out a second album in 1993, a third in 1995, then went on hiatus in 1996. After they stopped releasing new material, usage of the name declined.
A related name that was used around this time was K-Ci:
- 2001: unlisted
- 2000: 6 boys named K-Ci
- 1999: 6 boys named K-Ci
- 1998: 5 boys named K-Ci
- 1997: unlisted
- 1996: unlisted
- 1995: 7 boys named K-Ci [debut]
- 1994: unlisted
This one was helped along by the band K-Ci & JoJo, formed by two Jodeci members around 1996.
The names Jodeci and K-Ci may be down, but don’t count them out. In about a month, a reality TV show starring K-Ci and JoJo will premiere on TVOne. Also, there’s a talented high school football player out there named Jodeci Mays. (He scored seven touchdowns a couple of weeks ago.) Visibility often leads to usage, so the TV show and/or the athlete could help revive the names, you never know…
Danity Kane was a pre-fabricated American band formed via the reality TV show Making the Band in late 2005. The group released two successful albums before disbanding in early 2009.
The name of the band had been inspired by the doodlings of band member Dawn Richard:
During a June 2006 appearance on MTV’s TRL, it was announced the group would be called Danity Kane, a reference to a superhero Dawn had created and sketched in the studio during downtime.
Danity wasn’t used much (if at all) as a baby name in the U.S. until 2007, when it popped up on the SSA’s baby name list for the first time:
- 2009: 31 baby girls named Danity
- 2008: 27 baby girls named Danity
- 2007: 25 baby girls named Danity [debut]
- 2006: unlisted
Will there be any more baby girls named Danity now that Danity Kane is kaput, do you think?
UPDATE, 1/9/15: Danity lingers on the list to this day! Daughtry hasn’t been so lucky.