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Popularity of the Baby Name Elin

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Babies Named for Tenley Albright

Tenley Albright, 1956, ItalyThe baby name Tenley first popped up in the SSA’s baby name data in 1953:

  • 1957: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1956: 25 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1955: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1954: 6 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1953: 12 baby girls named Tenley [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted

The inspiration? Tenley Emma Albright (b. 1935), who overcame childhood polio to become a world-class figure skater.

She won a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics, became the first “triple crown” winner (U.S., North American, and World titles) in figure skating in 1953, and won a gold medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics (the first to be televised).

After retiring from figure skating in 1956, she became a surgeon.

Where did she get her name?

“I don’t know exactly where my mother found the name Tenley. When I asked her, she said, “I just liked the sound.”

Her family is full of interesting names: father Hollis, mother Elin, and brother Nile (whose name is “Elin” spelled backwards). Her first husband was named Tudor, and her three daughters are Lilla Rhys, Elin, and Elee.

In 1965, Tenley explained her eldest daughter’s name to Sports Illustrated. She said that Lilla came from the Swedish expression Lilla Vän (“little friend”) — her mother’s childhood nickname — and that Rhys was a family name.

In July of 2014, for her 79th birthday, Tenley hosted a party for her many namesakes at the Boston Skating Club. She promoted the party via the website My Name Is Tenley. Over 60 Tenleys showed up, some coming from as far away as London and Holland. The party even featured a performance by an 11-year-old skater named (what else?) Tenley.

(And what pushed the name Tenley in the top 1,000 for the first time in 2010? A contestant named Tenley on the 14th season of The Bachelor.)


  • Albright, Tenley – National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • La Fontaine, Barbara. “There is a doctor on the ice.” Sports Illustrated 8 Feb. 1965.
  • Sharing the Name Tenley
  • Tenley Albright throws a bash for other Tenleys
  • Tenley Albright – Wikipedia
  • Image: © UPI, 1956

    Popular Baby Names in England and Wales, 2015

    According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the most popular baby names in England and Wales last year were (again) Amelia and Oliver.

    Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:

    Girl Names Boy Names
    1. Amelia, 5,158 baby girls
    2. Olivia, 4,853
    3. Emily, 3,893
    4. Isla, 3,474
    5. Ava, 3,414
    6. Ella, 3,028
    7. Jessica, 2,937
    8. Isabella, 2,876
    9. Mia, 2,842
    10. Poppy, 2,816
    1. Oliver, 6,941 baby boys
    2. Jack, 5,371
    3. Harry, 5,308
    4. George, 4,869
    5. Jacob, 4,850
    6. Charlie, 4,831
    7. Noah, 4,148
    8. William, 4,083
    9. Thomas, 4,075
    10. Oscar, 4,066

    In the girls’ top 10, Ella and Mia replace Lily (now 13th) and Sophie (now 11th).

    In the boys’ top 10, Noah (the top name in the U.S. right now) replace James (11th).

    In the girls’ top 100, Penelope, Mila, Clara, Arabella, Maddison and Aria replace Lydia (now 103rd), Faith (104th), Mollie (105th), Brooke (107th), Isabel (110th) and Amy (117th).

    In the boys’ top 100, Jaxon, Roman, Reggie and Carter replace Owen (now 101st), Robert (105th), Joey (117th) and Finlay (123rd).

    Here are some of last year’s rare baby names, each given to either 3, 4 or 5 babies:

    Rare Girl Names Rare Boy Names
    Aarzoo, Autumn-Lily, Boglarka, Comfort, Edna, Enxi, Euphemia, Flourish, Fozia, Gabia, Jupiter, Lady, Lleucu, Llio, Merveille, Nectaria, Pebbles, Peony, Prisca, Purity, Quorra, Reisel, Sloka, Tuba, Venice, Vimbainashe, Ylva Alffi, Bam, Bright, Crimea, Cuthbert, Efezino, Elimelech, Fyfe, Ghyll, Gryff, James-Dean, Jamesdean, Kushagra, Ignatius, Marmaduke, Math, Mio, Osagie, Otso, Pip, Przemyslaw, Sherlock, Swayley, Ringo, Testimony, Thierno, Zephyrus

    (Crimea is intriguing, isn’t it? It was used as a baby name in the 1850s, during the Crimean War, but this is the first time I’ve seen it on a modern name list.)

    And what about Welsh names?

    Welsh Girl Names Welsh Boy Names
    • Seren (“star”) ranks 17th in Wales
    • Ffion (“foxglove”), 20th
    • Megan, 27th
      • & 76th overall
    • Mali, 45th
    • Alys, 66th
    • Carys (“love”), 72nd
    • Efa, 73rd
    • Cadi, 82nd
    • Lili, 85th
    • Lowri, 88th
    • Eira (“snow”), 92nd
    • Ela, 97th
    • Elin, 97th
    • Dylan ranks 13th in Wales
      • & 38th overall
    • Osian, 25th
    • Harri, 27th
    • Jac, 33rd
    • Rhys, 34th
    • Evan, 37th
    • Tomos, 47th
    • Cai, 51st
    • Ioan, 56th
    • Morgan, 67th
    • Elis, 66th
    • Hari, 82nd
    • Gethin (“swarthy”), 88th
    • Iestyn, 88th
    • Macsen, 92nd
    • Owain, 92nd
    • Ifan, 96th

    Finally, if you’d like to go back another year, here are the England and Wales rankings for 2014.

    Source: Baby names in England and Wales: 2015

    Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2013

    Finland’s top baby names of 2013 were released last week.

    According to the country’s Population Register Centre, the most popular baby names last year were Emma and Onni.

    Here are Finland’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2013:

    Girl Names Boy Names
    1. Emma (445 baby girls)
    2. Aino
    3. Aada
    4. Venla
    5. Sofia
    1. Onni (431 baby boys)
    2. Elias
    3. Leo
    4. Oliver
    5. Eetu

    Of the 60,000+ babies were born in Finland last year, over 51,000 were born to Finnish-speaking families and over 3,500 were born to Swedish-speaking families. Here are the top 5 girl names and boy names among Swedish-speaking Finns:

    Girl Names Boy Names
    1. Ellen (32 baby girls)
    2. Emma
    3. Ida
    4. Elin
    5. Minea
    1. Emil (57 baby boys)
    2. Elias
    3. Benjamin
    4. Anton
    5. Liam

    I wish they’d included a third list — one of popular Sami names! That would’ve been cool to see.

    Source: Emma and Onni most popular baby names in 2013

    Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

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    Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

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    If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”

    (Here are some palindromic names from last month.)