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Popularity of the Baby Name Enos

Number of Babies Named Enos

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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…

“ENOS”

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

Yikes.

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?