How popular is the baby name Delphin in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Delphin and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Delphin.
Today marks the 19th anniversary of O. J. Simpson’s acquittal.
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman were murdered on June 12, 1994. The heavily publicized trial began early the next year, and the “not guilty” verdict was handed down on October 3, 1995.
Believe it or not, several baby names saw increased usage in the mid-1990s thanks to the O. J. Simpson murder trial:
- Arnelle & Arnell, which refer to Arnelle Simpson, O. J. Simpson’s daughter with his first wife.
- Kaelin & Kato, which refer to Brian Jerard “Kato” Kaelin, the memorable witness who was living on Simpson’s property at the time of the murders. (His nickname comes from the Green Hornet character.)
Here’s how many U.S. babies got each name per year from 1993 through 1997:
Does this surprise you at all, or would you have expected it?
(And these aren’t the only baby names to be popularized by murders and/or murder trials. Check out Evelyn, Delmas & Delphin, Rainelle & Rainell and Trayvon.)
Source: O. J. Simpson murder case – Wikipedia
Speaking of Evelyn Nesbit…
The baby names Delphin and Delmas debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1907 and 1906, respectively:
But the SSA data for the early 1900s skews low, so here’s the corresponding data from the SSDI, to give you a better picture of how trendy these names got:
(A handful of Delphins even got the middle name Delmas, such as Delphin Delmas Chapman, born in 1906.)
So where do these two names come from?
From California attorney Delphin M. Delmas. In late 1906, he was hired to defend millionaire Harry K. Thaw in a highly publicized murder trial. It was the very first trial to be dubbed “the trial of the century” by the press.
Here’s how the New York Times described Delmas in early 1907:
Delphin Michael Delmas, the “Napoleon of the California Bar,” was brought into the limelight of metropolitan life for the first time last week, when he assumed active charge of the defense of Harry K. Thaw. Everything seemed to be against him. […] Seldom is a lawyer put to such a supreme test under adverse circumstances. The result was entirely to his credit. The externals of the man–his appearance, courtly speech, and little mannerisms–left a final impression of a strong, though somewhat elusive, personality.”
Source: “Delmas, Legal Napoleon of San Francisco.” New York Times 10 Feb. 1907.
The names below are one-hit wonder names that ranked among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names only once — sometime during the first decade of the 20th century (1900 through 1909).
- 1900 – Luvinia
- 1901 – Dagny, Ethyle
- 1903 – Augustina, Girtha
- 1904 – Edris, Vernia
- 1905 – Beadie, Ilda, Neola, Orma, Vela
- 1907 – Clydie, Rosabelle, Theta
- 1908 – Arnetta, Clementina, Launa
- 1909 – Azalee, Macel
- 1900 – Goebel (influence: William Goebel), Tallie
- 1901 – Ancil, Buren, Erland, Esco, Mathews, Pate
- 1902 – Doll, Ivor, Victoriano
- 1903 – Beckham, Lenon, Ozzie, Teddie
- 1904 – Arbie, Council, Duard, Harm, Severo, Tobie
- 1905 – Fredie, Graydon, Jiles
- 1906 – Benard, Harrold
- 1907 – Delmus, Delphin (influence: Delphin Delmas), Gilmer, Ogden, Oland, Samie
- 1908 – Esker, Levie, Robley (influence: Robley Evans)
- 1909 – Othel
I think both Beckham (1903) and Graydon (1905) could really appeal to modern parents — Beckham for its association with soccer star David Beckham, Graydon for its similarity to currently popular names like Grayson and Jayden.
Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…
- All the top-1,000 one-hit wonder baby names, decade by decade: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2005.
- Some interesting full-list one-hit wonder baby names, from all decades (this list is always growing): One Hit Wonder Baby Names.