How popular is the baby name Evelyn in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Evelyn and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Evelyn.
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In March of 1950, Clifford and Annie Holden welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Chaneta, at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.
Chaneta was born premature — she weighed just 2 pounds, 9 ounces — so she would have to be kept in a hospital incubator in order to survive.
But that didn’t quite happen. Why not? Because the poor thing was kidnapped.
She was abducted from the hospital on March 30th, when she was just nine days old. Doctors at the time warned that, outside of the incubator, she would have little chance of survival.
Hundreds of New York City police officers searched for Chaneta, but the search was called off after several days. At that point she was presumed dead.
But weeks later, on April 24th, Chaneta was discovered — still alive, miraculously.
She was found in a small storeroom at the Coburg Hotel, inside a homemade incubator constructed by her kidnapper, 18-year-old hotel maid Evelyn Jordan. (Evelyn had lost her own premature twins a few months earlier, sadly.) Here’s how the scene was described:
Besides a piggy bank, a toy cat and a rosary on the carriage she stocked the room with correctly prepared baby formulas, rubber gloves, child care books, diapers, blankets, thermometers, an electric heater to help provide the prescribed incubator temperature of 96° and a pan of bubbling hot water to keep up the required humidity.
Chaneta had gained 6 ounces and was in “perfect health.”
Annie, who sympathized with Evelyn, had this to say: “I feel sorry for her. She took such good care of the baby.”
The discovery made national headlines on April 25th, and the story stayed in the news for months to come.
Baby Chaneta was immediately returned to Lincoln Hospital. In mid-May she was declared healthy enough to go home with her parents.
Evelyn Jordan was sent to a mental institution. She was released six years later.
And in 1950, nearly two dozen baby girls suddenly got the rather unusual name Chaneta, according to SSA data:
1950: 23 baby girls named Chaneta [debut]
In a follow-up story from 1956, Annie Holden mentioned that Chaneta had been named after her favorite childhood schoolteacher.
Do you like the name Chaneta?
“Baby Chaneta Coming Home.” New York Age 13 May 1950: 3.
“Crude Incubator Keeps Baby Alive.” Life 8 May 1950: 50.
“Ex-Mental Patient Beats 1950 Kidnap Rap.” New York Age 8 Dec. 1956: 4.
“Kidnapped Incubator Infant Found Safe.” Los Angeles Times 26 Apr. 1950: 20.
“Kidnapped Negro Incubator Baby Is Found Alive.” Ogdensburg Journal 25 Apr. 1950: 1.
Valeska Suratt was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Indiana in 1882. Valeska was also a character name in multiple films, including For a Woman’s Honor (1919) and Broadway Scandals (1929).
Valli Valli was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Germany in 1882. Her birth name was Valli Knust. Alida Valli, often credited simply as Valli, was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 2000s. She was born in Italy (now Croatia) in 1921. Valli was also a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film What a Widow! (1930).
Vedah Bertram was an actress who appeared in films in the early 1910s. She was born in Massachusetts in 1891. Her birth name was Adele Buck.
Vedah, who died of appendicitis at the age of 20 in 1912, “became the first noted film player to be mourned by the movie-going public.” According to the San Francisco Call, her East Coast family had not been aware of her film career. “Hoping to keep her actions from her friends and relatives, she assumed the name under which she has been acting.”
Vee Newell was a character played by actress Olive Borden in the film Hello Sister (1930).
Velma Whitman was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Ohio in 1885. Velma was also a character name in multiple films, including The Greatest Menace (1923) and The Lone Wolf’s Daughter (1929).
Vermuda was a character played by actress Martha Sleeper in the short film Sure-Mike! (1925).
Verna Mersereau was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in 1894. Verna was also a character name in multiple films, including His Temporary Wife (1920) and Here Comes Carter (1936).
Vesta Tilley was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1910s. She was born in England in 1864. Her birth name was Matilda Alice Powles. Vesta was also a character name in multiple films, including The House in Suburbia (short, 1913) and The Duke of Chimney Butte (1921).
Vilma Banky was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) in 1898. Vilma was also a character name in multiple films, including Federal Agent (1936) and Meet the Boy Friend (1937).
According to data released in late May by the Wyoming Department of Health, the most popular baby names in 2016 were Emma and Wyatt.
Here are the state’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2016:
5. Daniel/Jackson/James (3-way tie)
In the girls’ top 5, Ava and Elizabeth replace Amelia and Evelyn (which were the two newbies in 2015).
In the boys’ top 5, William, Lincoln, and Daniel/Jackson/James replace Mason (the former #1 name), Logan, and Benjamin. The press released noted that “Jackson remains a popular name but has several spelling variants so doesn’t always end up in the top five.”
Most importantly, though, Wyatt is back on top. I love it when Wyatt does particularly well in Wyoming, because it makes me think of the name-letter effect in reverse — that is, Wyoming residents being slightly more likely to opt for a baby name that resembles the name of their state. (Whether or not this is true, I don’t know. But I like to think it is…)