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Popularity of the Baby Name Enos

Number of Babies Named Enos

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Enos

Wanna Talk Names? Give Me a Call!

I’ve created a couple of videos recently (on YouTube) and I’m looking forward to creating similar audio/video content in the future.

But here’s the thing: It’s no fun if it’s just me! I’d love to feature audio from you — your stories, opinions, questions, requests, and so on.

So I’ve set up this phone number (should go straight to voicemail) for collecting anything you’d like to tell me about names: 305-204-NAME (6263).

Just call in and leave me a message!

What should you say? Here are some ideas:

Tell a story about your name.

This is the type of audio I’m most excited about. Lots of people have great name stories, and would be willing to share them…but don’t feel compelled to write those stories down and send them to some random baby name blogger. But what if they could call a number, speak their stories over the phone, and have those stories magically turned into YouTube videos (with no other effort on their part)? That sounds way more fun, right?

A few prompts:

  • What’s the story behind your name?
  • Have you had any unique experiences because of your name?
  • Has your name opened/closed any doors for you?

I’m particularly interested in name origin stories — I’ve been collecting/posting them in the name stories category for years — but I’d be happy to hear any story you want to tell me about your name and your experience of living with it.

Pronounce a name or two (or ten, or twenty).

This is the type of audio I’m next most excited about. Remember that Maryland mom who named her baby Ottilie with the British pronunciation in mind? She was so disappointed by the way Americans pronounced it that she ended up changing the name to Margot. This story makes me eager to gather recordings of names being spoken by all sorts of different people — particularly in various English accents — so that we can easily hear the differences.

Some ideas:

  • If you’re an English speaker, what’s your take on “Ottilie”? How about “Ione”?
  • If you’re from Ireland, how would you say “Aoife”? “Pádraig”?
  • If you’re Hawaiian, how do you say “Ikaika”? “Nāinoa“?
  • If you’re a native Spanish speaker, how would you say “Xiomara”? “Jacinto”?
  • If you’re a native French speaker, how would you say “Maëlle”? “Loïc”?
  • If you’re a native Italian speaker, how would you say “Letizia”? “Enos“?

I think it would be most efficient to work from a pronunciation “wish list” so that the trickiest names get priority. To nominate a name for the list, leave a comment below.

If you call in with pronunciations, please remember to mention your accent and/or location as well. (“I’ve got a Southern Irish accent.” “I was born and raised in Omaha.” “I grew up in Jamaica.”) Same for people pronouncing non-English names. (If you speak Spanish, did you grow up in Buenos Aires? Barcelona? Bogotá?) With this context, the recordings are more useful.

Submit a baby name request.

The videos I’ve made so far are based on written Five-Name Friday requests, but it would be just as easy for me to splice in a spoken request. Be sure the request is still just two sentences long, though. (Check out the Need a Name? page for more information.)

Talk about anything else related to names.

Opinions, questions, observations, rants…anything! I’m happy to listen, and I appreciate anything you’re willing to give me.

And on that note, a few general comments about the recordings:

  • Call as many times as you want, but each voicemail can only be up to three minutes long.
  • Speak clearly, particularly if you’re demonstrating how to pronounce a name.
  • Identify yourself…or not. It’s up to you. But if you’re telling a story about your name, we do need to know what your name is. :) Likewise, for pronunciation recordings we need information about your accent/language.
  • I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to use every single recording in a future video/audio, unfortunately.
  • By calling and leaving a message, you grant me (Nancy) perpetual license to use your message, in whole or in part, in any future piece(s) of media. (Here’s the policy page, btw.)

The number again is 305-204-6263. Those last four digits spell the word “name” on the telephone keypad, which is pretty cool. They also spell “oboe,” incidentally. :)

Hope to hear from you soon!

What “Enos” Sounds Like In Italian…

“M” of the blog Married to Italy posted a funny baby name story a while back.

M, an American, was living in Italy with her then-boyfriend (how husband). Over a family dinner, her boyfriend’s sister-in-law announced she was pregnant. Talk then turned to baby names.

After weeks of discussion they had finally settled on one name that had traditional Emiliana roots, but sounded perhaps a tad more modern than the other suggestions.

My boyfriend’s brother, as he was standing over the table serving out some pasta into everyone’s dishes, announced that they really liked the name “Enos”.

Let me repeat that with an Italian accent…


Phonetically we’re looking at something more or less like “Anus”.


As soon as the name was said, I literally inhaled a noodle. Then followed a somewhat embarrassing choking and coughing spurt. As if that weren’t bad enough, amidst my recovery, I asked “You’re joking, right?” (A little part of me really thought he was joking).

M then had to tell the family why she was so shocked by the name. She calls her attempt at an explanation a “disaster,” but it’s actually hilarious (for the reader, anyway).

She ultimately saved her nephew from having the name Enos/Anus, so it was all worth it.

M ends the post with some excellent baby name advice:

If a lesson can be learned from this experience, it is that you should screen all baby names with any major language you come into contact with on a frequent basis. And, really, all Europeans at the very least should be screening for English.

P.S. Wondering about the name Enos? Enos/Enosh is an Old Testament name that means “mortal man” or “mankind” in Hebrew. The first chimp to go into orbit (a few months after Yuri Gagarin went on the first manned space flight) happened to be named Enos.

Yuri, the Space Age Baby Name

Yuri GagarinToday marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight.

The person who took that first flight was 27-year-old Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin [pronounced guh-GAH-rin]. He completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. may have been in the middle of a Cold War/Space Race at the time, but that didn’t prevent Yuri’s flight — and instant, international fame — from having a slight impact on U.S. baby names. Yuri, which is a Russian (Ukrainian?) form of George, debuted on the SSA’s baby name list as a boy name in 1961:

  • 1966: 10 baby boys named Yuri
  • 1965: unlisted
  • 1964: 6 baby boys named Yuri
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: 9 baby boys named Yuri
  • 1961: 8 baby boys named Yuri [debut]
  • 1960: unlisted

(Yuri also happens to be a Japanese name meaning “lily.” It appeared on the list as a girl name during the 1920s.)

Usage of the name increased around 1968, the year Gagarin was killed in a jet crash.

  • 1972: 26 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1971: 28 baby boys and 10 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1970: 33 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1969: 24 baby boys and 10 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1968: 31 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Yuri
  • 1967: 15 baby boys and 5 baby girls named Yuri

And the name has been in use ever since. A total of 59 baby boys were named either Yuri or Yuriy in 2009.

P.S. Did you know that the first chimp to go into orbit was named Enos?