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Liberty became the 585th most popular baby girl name in 1918.
It wouldn’t enter the top 1,000 again until 1976, the year of the U.S. Bicentennial.
Families with the surname Bond must have been especially tempted to name their babies Liberty in 1917 and 1918.
I’ve found records for several babies named Liberty Bond, such as Liberty Lois Bond (b. 1917, California) and Liberty C. Bond (b. 1918, Michigan).
A baby girl who ended up with the name Liberty was born to Wallace and Jenny Bond of Oklahoma in 1917:
Named “Flossie Mae” at birth, her name was changed to “Liberty” when a relative told her father that she would buy Liberty Bonds in her name if he would make the switch. (She resented the name until she got a copy of her birth certificate decades later and learned that she otherwise would have gone through life as Flossie Mae.)
In the early 1950s, Ed Sullivan wrote that actor Ridge Bond had a cousin, born during the first World War, named Liberty Bond. “She married Frank Bell, and her name became Liberty Bell.”
Liberty Bond was also used more than once as a first-middle combination.
For instance, a baby named Liberty Bond Bailey, born in New York in 1918, made national headlines:
News comes from Ithaca, N.Y., that a real, live “Liberty Bond,” weighing nine pounds, arrived in that city on the morning of April 6, simultaneously with the opening of the loan drive and the anniversary of our entrance into the great war. It wasn’t of the accustomed variety, however, but a lusty, named “Liberty Bond” Bailey by his patriotic parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard C. Bailey of 614 Utica Street. The boy’s parents were so elated by the triple significance of the day that they named the new arrival in honor of the great bond drive.
According to his wife, his name was the doctor’s idea:
“The doctor mentioned it to his mother about the bonds and as he handed (the baby) over, he said, ‘Here’s your liberty bond’,” Garetta Bailey said. “So, she named him Liberty Bond.”
And I’ve found another Liberty Bond Bailey, believe it or not, born almost exactly a year earlier in Oklahoma.
A 1918 newspaper reported that a baby boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Alex Sleime of West Virginia was named Liberty Bond.
Records suggest that around 8 other babies were also named “Liberty Bond,” including Liberty Bond Todd (b. 1917, Texas) and Liberty Bond Jones (b. 1918, North Carolina).
P.S. Another first-middle combination I spotted a handful of times was “Liberty Loan.” One example: Liberty Loan Hickman, born in Texas in 1917.
“Boy Named “Liberty Bond.”” Salt Lake Telegram 24 June 1918: 12.
Here are the current top 25 names for both boys and girls:
In Wales specifically, the top names were Oliver and Lily. In London, Daniel and Isabella.
A few other things I noticed…
Usage of Pippa increased in 2011, thanks to the royal wedding:
2011: 250 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 204th)
2010: 124 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 365th)
2009: 125 baby girls named Pippa (rank: 351st)
Usage of another quirky P-name, Pixie, is also on the up thanks to English pop star Pixie Lott:
“…the annually-published list does show that, for the first time in nine centuries, English people are easily identifiable by class solely by their name, since most names in the 2011 list have strong class biases either way.”
“Social mobility will be achieved only when we all give our children the same names.”
Have you spotted anything interesting or surprising on the England and Wales 2011 list?
Tareva is the only Star Search baby name I’ve ever come across.
Toward the end of 1985, Tareva Henderson of Baton Rouge started appearing on the popular TV talent show Star Search. According to one Louisiana newspaper, “She finished out the show Dec. 28 with six wins in the female vocalist category. That’s more than enough to put her in the Search semi-finals.”
Looks like Tareva lasted for a total of eight episodes, actually. Here are the songs she sang:
“Saving All My Love For You“
“I Knew You When”
“Tonight I Give In”
“Let Me Be Your Angel”
“Come to Me”
“You Could Have Been With Me”
“Bridge Over Troubled Waters”
The baby name Tareva started appearing on the SSA’s baby name list the same year Tareva Henderson began appearing on Star Search:
1988: not listed
1987: 9 baby girls named Tareva
1986: 63 baby girls named Tareva
1985: 13 baby girls named Tareva [debut]
1984: not listed
It only remained on the charts for three years, though.
Spelling variants Tereva and Tavera, both of which popped up a year later, were one-hit wonders.
1987: not listed
1986: 11 baby girls named Tereva & 5 baby girls named Tavera [debuts]
1985: not listed
What do you think of the baby name Tareva?
Source: “Area & some residents find places on the tube.” Advocate [Baton Rouge] 3 Jan. 1986.