How popular is the baby name Franz in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Franz and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Franz.
American journalist Franz Lidz gave his two daughters the unusual names Gogo and Daisy Daisy, nickname “Didi.”
The names were inspired by the two male protagonists in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot: “Didi,” or Vladimir, and “Gogo,” or Estragon. (Estragon is the French word for the herb tarragon.)
Today, Gogo Lidz is a writer like her father, and Didi’s full name is Daisy Daisy Lidz-Ritz.
[Similar names from the archives: Gogi, Dodo.]
Source: Papanek, John. “From the Editor.” Sports Illustrated 8 Apr. 1991.
Wondering which baby names were the most popular in Austria, say, 116 years ago? Of course you are! Luckily, the New York Times has the answer. In 1895, the paper reported that the most popular baby names in Austria “according to the last census” were these:
Franz (1,834,000 baby boys)
Anna (1,780,000 baby girls)
From 1867 to 1918, Austria was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a dual monarchy ruled by Franz Josef I.
Source: “Austria’s Most Popular First Names.” New York Times 28 Aug. 1895: 4.
If you’re a huge Oz fan — or just a fan of old-fashioned names generally — here’s a list of (most of) the people who played Munchkins in the legendary 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”:
While the majority of the 132 Munchkins in the film were played by little people, a handful of the female Munchkins were actually played by child actresses.
Source: The Wizardry of Oz by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman, via Kansas Wizard of Oz ‘N More.