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Mystery Monday: Derl

Derl, baby name popularity graph, spike in 1930

Today’s mystery name, Derl, is one I’ve been trying to figure out for years.

It debuted modestly in the SSA data in 1929, then skyrocketed in usage the very next year. In fact, Derl was the fastest-rising name of 1930.

  • 1933: 19 baby boys named Derl
  • 1932: 27 baby boys named Derl
  • 1931: 36 baby boys named Derl
    • 5 born in TX, 5 in VA
  • 1930: 58 baby boys named Derl [peak usage]
    • 7 born in TX, 7 in OK, 5 in NC
  • 1929: 5 baby boys named Derl [debut]
  • 1928: unlisted
  • 1927: unlisted

The spelling Derle both debuted and saw peak usage in 1930 as well.

Despite my best efforts, I still don’t have any theories about this one. But I can offer a couple of clues:

  • The state-by-state SSA data suggests that Derl was used most often in the South.
  • The 1929 debut might mean that the event we’re looking for occurred in the later months of 1929 instead of in 1930.

Have any ideas about Derl?

P.S. Just for context, the somewhat similar names Dale and Darrell were both on the rise during the ’20s and ’30s.

Update, 11/5/2020: Just noticed that the fastest-rising girl name of 1930, Dorla, is strangely similar to Derl. Could this be a clue…?

The Baby Name Nasiya

Nasiya on the cover of Jet in June, 1984
Nasiya on the cover of Jet in June, 1984

In 1984, both Nasiya and Laken debuted on the SSA’s baby name list with 19 baby girls.

Laken, inspired by Santa Barbara, went on to reach the top 1,000 for a 6-year stretch in the 1990s.

Nasiya, on the other hand, never really gained traction.

  • 1987: unlisted
  • 1986: 5 baby girls named Nasiya
  • 1985: 5 baby girls named Nasiya
  • 1984: 19 baby girls named Nasiya [debut]
  • 1983: unlisted

This may have been because it was inspired not by a popular soap opera, but by a little girl who was only in the news for a matter of months before slipping into obscurity again.

Nasiya Jobe, a 5-year-old long distance runner from Richmond, California, started making headlines in 1984.

She was on the cover of Jet in June. At that time, she held eight national records for her age group.

In mid-July, various U.S. newspapers ran a photo of Nasiya being passed the Olympic Torch at the start of her 1-kilometer leg of the relay between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

She appeared once more in Jet, twice in Ebony Jr!, and also in other publications. She even appeared on several TV programs, including Good Morning, America.

In a lengthy Sports Illustrated article that September, Nasiya’s father Darrell explained that her name was pronounced NAS-ee-yuh and meant “child of God” in Hebrew. (I can’t find any proof of this.)

SI also mentioned that “[s]he currently holds nine national age-group records and has two more pending for distances ranging from 400 (1:50.5) to 15,000 meters (1:17:56).”

Nasiya turned 6 that November.

The following year, she was profiled by People Magazine in January and Weekly World News in April. WWN mentioned that she was up to 11 national records at that point.

And then…nothing. She seems to disappear. Did she stop doing media appearances/interviews? Did she stop running altogether? I don’t know.

But at least one of her records still stands: her half-marathon time of 1:51:31, which she set at the age of 5 years and 328 days, remains a World Single-Age Record for women according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.


Baby Name Wagered on Football Game

On Thanksgiving last year, the Washington Redskins played the Dallas Cowboys.

Before the game, Emmanuel Vega (a Redskins fan) and Marissa Pena (a Cowboys fan) made a bet. Marissa was pregnant with the Tuscon couple’s first child, so if the Cowboys won, she would get to choose the baby’s name. If the Redskins won, Emmanuel would choose the name.

Each of them was granted one veto; Vega nixed “Emmitt Vega,” and Pena said no to “Darrell Green Vega.” They each chose again; Vega went with “Robert Griffin Vega,” and Pena chose “Austin Miles Vega,” after her favorite active player.

(Robert Lee Griffin III, known as RG3, is a Redskins quarterback; Miles Jonathon Austin III is a Cowboys wide receiver.)

“I was second-guessing the whole time, like, What am I thinking?” Vega recalled. “If she’s gonna name him after a Cowboys player, there’s no doubt he would be a Cowboys fan. My son, as a Cowboys fan? I might have to disown him.”

But Vega’s Redskins ended up defeating Pena’s Cowboys, 38 to 31. So when the couple’s baby boy arrives in mid-April, they plan to name him Robert Griffin Vega. And nickname him RGV.

Source: Man wins bet, will name son after RGIII

The Baby Name Medgar

Medgar Evers

Medgar Evers (b. 1925) was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi.

On the morning of June 12, 1963, Medgar was assassinated by a white supremacist in front of his own home. He was just 37. Left behind were his wife and three young children (Darrell, Reena and James).

Not coincidentally, the baby name Medgar appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the very first time in 1963. It was the top boy name debut that year, in fact.

  • 1966: not listed
  • 1965: 8 baby boys named Medgar
  • 1964: 13 baby boys named Medgar
  • 1963: 25 baby boys named Medgar [debut]
  • 1962: not listed

The name remained on the list for two more years, then disappeared again. (Variant name Medger appeared on the list from 1963 to 1964.)

Evers was named for his great-grandfather Medgar Wright. “The derivation of the name Medgar is unknown, though it was possibly a variation of Edgar.”

Source: Morris, Willie. The Ghosts of Medgar Evers: A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi, and Hollywood. New York: Random House, 1998.

Baby Name Needed – Name for Biracial Baby Boy

A reader named Laurie is trying to find a name for her baby boy:

I am white, my boyfriend is black. […] The problem is he does not want a “ghetto” baby name, but I don’t want a plain old “Matt or Jeff” name. He seems to be stuck on the name Martell but it reminds me of the name Martin…I hate it. He has now said he wants the name to end in -tell, as in “Dontell” (his brother). I am not creative enough to think of any names that end in -tell, please help me.

I couldn’t come up with many -tell names, either. But there are plenty of names that end with an L-sound, such as:


Do any of you have other name suggestions or advice for Laurie?