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Popularity of the Baby Name Daryl

Number of Babies Named Daryl

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Daryl

Mystery Monday: The Curious Name “Caster”

The top two debut names of 1953 were Trenace (for girls) and Caster (for boys). And you know what? Both have me stumped.

We’ve already talked about Trenace, so here are some details about Caster:

  • 1957: unlisted
  • 1956: 5 baby boys named Caster
  • 1955: 11 baby boys named Caster
  • 1954: 16 baby boys named Caster
  • 1953: 21 baby boys named Caster [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted

Caster doesn’t seem to be a variant of some other name (like Casper, or Lancaster). So I’m assuming this usage corresponds to someone named Caster — either real or fictional — who was in the public eye for several years in a row.

The tricky thing is, of course, that any online search for the name “Caster” turns up all sorts of extraneous stuff — fishing, furniture, music (stratocaster), sports (sportscaster), and so forth.

Still, I was able to track down a few clues.

Records suggest that the majority of these 1950s Casters had middle names that started with D. Here’s a Caster D. born in 1953, and another Caster D. born in 1957.

And every single D-middle I tracked down included the letter L and/or the letter R. Some examples: Dell, Derrell, Derrel, Derriel, Daryl, Deryl, Derald, Derra, Doria, and Doral. A handful of people even had combination names like Casterdale or Casterdell (b. 1953).

Finally, it looks like most of the people named Caster D. were born in the South.

Do you have any idea where the name Caster might have come from?


The Rise of Madison – An Early Sign?

We all know that usage of the baby name Madison rose sharply in the years after 1984, thanks to the movie Splash, which starred Daryl Hannah as mermaid Madison (named after Madison Avenue).

Daryl Hannah as Madison in "Splash," © Disney

Interestingly, I’ve found an article in New York Magazine, published only about two and a half months after the movie was released, that seems to predict this rise.

The article mostly focuses on Alan Ladd Jr.’s unlucky decision not to produce Splash, but it includes the following quotes, allegedly spoken by an anonymous Hollywood movie producer:

“Do you suppose this is happening all over the country?” the Hollywood producer asked nervously.

“Two weeks ago, I walk into a party, and there is this woman I’ve known for fifteen years, always wears her blonde hair properly tied back from her face. She’s gone to see Splash, this movie about a mermaid named Madison, and now she’s trying to be Daryl Hannah. She’s got blonde bangs hat practically cover her eyes. Then last night, my wife tells me the couple down the street had a baby girl that morning. They named the baby Madison.”

That was how the article began, and here’s how it ends:

The producer’s shoulders shuddered almost imperceptibly. “It could happen to any of us,” he said. “I tell you, I can’t get that baby named Madison out of my mind.”

…Just like a lot of expectant parents couldn’t get the name Madison out of their minds in the years to come. The popularity of the name snowballed over the next couple of decades. It peaked at #2 in the nation in 2001 and 2002, behind #1 Emily both times.

Source: Kasindorf, Jeanie. “How not to make a “Splash.”” New York Magazine 21 May 1984: 34.

California Couple with 20 Kids

In late 1966, Jim and Eldora Parnell of Bakersfield, California, welcomed their 20th child.

Here are the names of all twenty kids, plus their 1966-ages:

  • Robert, 26
  • James, 24
  • Edwina, 21
  • Marie (nn Baby Doll, “because we were sure she’d be our last one”), 19
  • Eddie, 18
  • Bill, 17
  • Charlotte, 16
  • Chris (female), 15
  • Elledie, 13
  • Patrick, 12
  • Wanetta, 11
  • Peggy, 9
  • Gail, 8
  • Donna, 7
  • Steve, 5
  • Logan, 4
  • Gil, 3
  • Daryl (twin), 18 months
  • Gerald (twin), 18 months
  • Teri Kay, newborn

Which girl name is your favorite? How about boy name?

Bonus: The article included name stories for Charlotte and Logan. Charlotte “was born in the family car during a visit to Los Angeles. The police officer delivering the baby was named Charley–so, Charlotte.” Logan “was named after Dr. Lloyd Q. Logan, who delivered eight of his older brothers and sisters. But when Logan was born, Dr. Logan was out of town and another doctor delivered him.”

Source: Hillinger, Charles. “Managing a Family of 20 Poses Big, Happy Problem.” Spokesman-Review 11 Dec. 1966: 7.

Cavewoman Baby Names – Evolet and Ayla

Believe it or not, both these baby names were given a boost by cavewomen. (Fictional ones, of course!)

Evolet

The name Evolet appeared on the Social Security Administration’s baby name list for the very first time in 2008, thanks to the movie 10,000 BC (2008), which featured Camilla Belle as cavewoman Evolet [EHV-oh-let].

  • 2008 – 82 baby girls named Evolet (11 Evolette, 8 Evolett, 5 Evoleth)
  • 2009 – 130 baby girls named Evolet (29 Evoleth, 15 Evolett, 14 Evolette)
  • 2010 – 95 baby girls named Evolet (17 Evoleth, 16 Evolette, 15 Evolett, 7 Evoleht)

Ayla

The number of babies named Ayla, already on the rise in the 1980s, jumped in 1987 thanks to the movie The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), which featured Daryl Hannah as cavewoman Ayla.

  • 1982 – 13 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1983 – 38 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1984 – 41 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1985 – 46 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1986 – 93 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1987 – 329 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1988 – 266 baby girls named Ayla
  • 1989 – 225 baby girls named Ayla

A couple of decades later, American Idol contestant Ayla Brown gave the name an even bigger boost (413 babies in 2005 to 1,231 babies in 2006–an increase of almost 300%).

Which name do you prefer, Evolet or Ayla?