Before you continue reading, can you guess what the four names in the title have in common?
I’ve written about one-hit and two-hit wonder baby names before, but I’ve been neglecting to mention a special class of names that falls in between these two groups — names that have ranked exactly once per gender.
There are only four of these names:
|Name||Rank (Boys)||Rank (Girls)|
|Elgie||#843 in 1888||#970 in 1889|
|Halley||#952 in 1910||#580 in 1986*|
|Jensen||#968 in 1998||#988 in 1998**|
|Ozell||#978 in 1937||#991 in 1910|
*It probably isn’t a coincidence that 332 baby girls were named Halley the year that Halley’s Comet appeared.
**My guess is that the sudden interest in Jensen can be traced back to former Days of Our Lives actor Jensen Ackles, who won a Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer in 1998.
Finally, a note to those who have e-mailed me lately: I’m sorry I haven’t been replying! I was traveling all last week, and this weekend I’m helping with a wedding, so I haven’t had much free time. I’ll respond to everyone as soon as I can.