How popular is the baby name Dru in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Dru and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Dru.
In 1916, the London Globe mentioned twins named Jere and Miah:
There lived for many years in the village of Twerton, Bath, one named Miah. He was born a twin, and his parents thriftily divided the predestined name of Jeremiah between them, the other babe being christened Jere.
What other names could we divide into two usable mini-names like this?
Here are a few ideas to kick things off…
Abigail, Abi + Gail
Anastasia, Ana + Stasia
Calista, Cal + Ista
Drusilla, Dru + Silla
Elizabeth, Eliza + Beth
Mozelle, Mo + Zelle
Valentina, Valen + Tina
Alexander, Alex + Ander
Christopher, Chris + Topher
Denzel, Den + Zel
Donovan, Dono + Van
Joseph, Jo + Seph
Rexford, Rex + Ford
William, Wil + Liam
…what others can you think of?
Source: “Some Odd Christian Names.” Bee [Earlington, KY] 8 Dec. 1916: 8.
I find it interesting that some people are given forenames that exactly match their surnames. A few historically significant examples include:
(Ford Madox Ford and Horst P. Horst don’t count. They were born Ford Hermann Hueffer and Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann.)
There are also many forename/surname sets out there that come close to matching, such as:
Have you ever met someone whose first name and last name were identical (or nearly so)? Do you like these sorts of names?
Update – I just found out about Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan, 1794-1852, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior for a few weeks in 1850. This is as close to a double double as I’ve ever seen.
Want a baby name that’s short & sweet? Here are over 100 one-syllable girl names:
Brynn, Bryn, Brynne
Claire, Clare, Clair
Faye, Fay, Fae
Gail, Gayle, Gale
Jade, Jayde, Jaide
Joy, Joi, Joie
Laine, Lane, Layne
Lynn, Lynne, Lyn
Rayne, Rain, Raine
Shea, Shae, Shay
See any you like?
P.S. Here are the most popular 1-syllable girl names of 2012, 2011 and 2010.