How popular is the baby name Elisabetta in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Elisabetta.
Many of us probably don’t know anything about the 1950 movie Captain Carey, U.S.A.
But I bet most of us could hum a few bars of the film’s theme song, “
Mona Lisa” [vid].
The song, performed by Nat “King” Cole, was the #1 song in the nation for several weeks straight in the summer of 1950. It went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song in early 1951.
Not surprisingly, the song inspired dozens of expectant parents to
name their baby girls Monalisa in 1950:
1954: 6 baby girls named Monalisa
1953: 9 baby girls named Monalisa
1952: 7 baby girls named Monalisa
1951: 15 baby girls named Monalisa
1950: 35 baby girls named Monalisa [debut] 1949: unlisted
Monalisa became the
top baby name debut that year, and it’s been on the list ever since.
Even more impressive? The jump in the number of
babies named Mona that year:
1952: 950 baby girls named Mona
1951: 1,106 baby girls named Mona
1950: 1,087 baby girls named Mona 1949: 513 baby girls named Mona
1948: 455 baby girls named Mona
You can bet many of those babies were given the middle name Lisa. :)
The song refers to Leonardo da Vinci’s painting
Mona Lisa, a 16th-century portrait of Lisa Gherardini. Mona is a contraction of Madonna, or ma donna, Italian for “my lady,” and Lisa is a short form of Elisabetta, the Italian form of Elizabeth.
A reader named Claudia is expecting her first baby (gender unknown). She’s looking for a Latin or Italian baby name.
She mentions that her middle name is Elisabetta, the baby’s father is named Simon Edmond, and the baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable D-name similar to Downie.
Here are some names that I think might work:
Which of the above do you like best?
What other Latin and Italian names would you suggest to Claudia?
A reader named Tina is looking for an Italian name for her third baby girl. Her first two daughters are named Francesca and Caterina.
Here are some of the ideas I had for baby #3:
I focused on names with 3 or more syllables that don’t end with -ina. (Both Caterina and Tina have that element in their names, so I thought it would be nice to explore other options.)
Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest?
Update: The baby has arrived! Scroll down to find out what name Tina chose…