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Popularity of the Baby Name Dotty

Number of Babies Named Dotty

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Dotty

Names from WHER, the First All-Female Radio Station

Dot Fisher of WHER radio station in the 1950s
Dot Fisher of WHER c. 1957 © Broadcast News
Memphis-based radio station WHER (1430 AM), which was run almost entirely by women, went on the air in October of 1955. It was billed as America’s “First All-Female Radio Station.”

The station was created and funded by legendary record producer Sam Phillips — the guy who discovered Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, among others.

WHER’s original staff included Sam’s wife Rebecca (Becky) along with seven other women: Barbara Gurley, Donna Rae Johnson, Dorothy “Dot” Fisher, Dotty Abbott, Fay Bussell, Phyllis Stimbert, and Roberta Stout.

Six of these eight ladies were on-air personalities with their own programs, each of which emphasized “some particular subject of interest to housewives” according to a 1957 source.

Which of the original WHER names do you like best?

Which WHER name do you like best?

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(Dotty is usually a nickname for Dorothy, so I combined them in the poll.)

Vida Jane Butler, who joined WHER later in the ’50s, was known on-air as “Janie Joplin.” She’d been told that Vida “was considered too old-fashioned and too Southern for WHER,” and the data backs it up: the name Vida was indeed out of fashion and associated with the south at that time. These days, though, Vida is picking up steam — particularly in California. Janie, on the other hand, saw peak usage in the mid-20th century and has been in decline ever since.

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Stickers with Names from the ’60s

In 1969, dozens of “Mod Generation” stickers — each of which featured a drawing of a young person and a name — were distributed inside packs of Topps chewing gum.

(The outfits and hairstyles seem a lot more hippie than mod to me, but oh well.)

Female names used on the stickers include Alice, Ann, Barbara, Betty, Connie, Diane, Donna, Dotty, Ellen, Esther, Fay, Frances, Gloria, Helen, Jackie, Joan, Judy, Lois, Marie, Mary, Millie, Minda, Nancy, Natalie, Phyllis, Rose, Shelly and Susan.

Mod Generation Sticker BettyMod Generation Sticker DonnaMod Generation Sticker Minda

Male names used on the stickers include Barry, Bert, Bill, Charlie, Chris, Dave, Don, Fred, George, Herb, Irv, Jerry, Joe, John, Larry, Louis, Michael, Paul, Pete, Ray, Richard, Roy, Teddy and Tony.

Mod Generation Sticker IrvMod Generation Sticker LarryMod Generation Sticker Terry

While of these female and male names do you like most? How about least?

Source: 1969: “Mod Generation” Stickers, Mod Generation – 1969

Name Signs – Dotty’s Casino, etc.

Need a photo of a sign that says something like Robbie’s Barber Shop or Sophia’s House of Pancakes?

I know, I know–probably not. :)

But just in case you do one day…

The bizarre-but-awesome Flickr group First-Name Basis Signage Project has got you covered. It’s a collection of business signs featuring given names. Dotty’s Casino, Cicero’s Green Frog Pizza, Rosie’s Rock Yard, Howard’s Donuts, and thousands more.

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UPDATE, 1/31/13: I just spotted a Wired.com article called a New Book Helps You Visualize Your Child’s Name, which is about a new book called It’s a Boy – It’s a Girl, which contains “over 300 hundred pages of names as signs.”

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1930s

Here’s the next installment of one-hit wonders. The following baby names cracked the top 1,000 only once–all during the 1930s:

Girl Names

  • Belia – ranked 962nd in 1931
  • Charlsie – ranked 951st in 1930
  • Darlyne – ranked 976th in 1935
  • Dotty – ranked 988th in 1939
  • Helaine – ranked 872nd in 1938
  • Jonell – ranked 955th in 1937
  • Karel – ranked 842nd in 1939
  • Larae – ranked 984th in 1936
  • Marcelina – ranked 945th in 1934
  • Monna – ranked 943rd in 1933
  • Nira – ranked 463rd in 1933 – influence: Nira, the National Industrial Recovery Act
  • Noreta – ranked 976th in 1937 – variant of Norita
  • Noretta – ranked 860th in 1937 – variant of Norita
  • Shelvie – ranked 876th in 1937 – variant of Shelby
  • Shirleyann – ranked 867th in 1935
  • Thomasina – ranked 970th in 1932
  • Vernetta – ranked 982nd in 1935

Boy Names

  • Darl – ranked 997th in 1931
  • Darwyn – ranked 743rd in 1935
  • Delwin – ranked 970th in 1935
  • Derl – ranked 875th in 1930
  • Harlon – ranked 946th in 1939
  • Marland – ranked 840th in 1934
  • Orlin – ranked 944th in 1932
  • Ronal – ranked 780th in 1939

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.