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Popularity of the Baby Name Gaylene

Number of Babies Named Gaylene

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Gaylene

The Baby Name Anzac

ANZAC posterI didn’t know that Anzac Day existed until a few days ago, when I read about people named Anzac at the blog Waltzing More Than Matilda.

Anzac Day is celebrated in both Australia and New Zealand every April 25.

ANZAC stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps” — the group of soldiers Australia and New Zealand sent to fight in WWI’s Gallipoli Campaign, which began on April 25, 1915.

The campaign failed, but the efforts of these soldiers gave the two fledgling nations a much-needed sense of identity, and pride.

As a baby name, “Anzac” has been used more often as a middle name than as a first name, and it’s given more often to boys than to girls.

Some WWI-era examples of the baby name Anzac include Anzac Gallipoli Claude (boy), Verdun Anzac Jane (girl), Dardandella Anzac (girl), Anzac Cavel Vardon (girl), Winston Anzac (boy), Maple Anzac (girl), William Anzac France (boy) and Clover Anzac (girl).

Not all people feel that Anzac is an appropriate baby name, though.

In 2004, Melbourne couple Reimana Pirika and Gaylene George (of New Zealand and Australia, respectively) decided to name their newborn son Anzac. This angered veterans, who saw it as improper use of the acronym.

Australian politician Danna Vale’s opinion was pretty interesting:

She said that after World War I some children were named Anzac in the “spirit of the times”.

“Over the passage of time views have changed, and I, too, encourage the family to consider the concerns of the ex-service community on the use of Anzac as a child’s name.”

Ms. Vale said she would speak to the RSL about action that could be taken to stop Anzac being used as a name.

Are certain baby names only appropriate in the “spirit of the times”? Do they become inappropriate after too many years/generations have elapsed? What do you think?

Source: “Veterans angry over baby named Anzac.” New Zealand Herald 7 Feb. 2004.
Image via the State Library of Queensland, Australia.


One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1950s

Not pop songs, but baby names! Many baby names have only managed to rank among the most popular in the U.S. a single time. The following names are one-hit wonders from the 1950s.

Girl Names

Boy Names

  • Danniel – ranked 978th in 1950
  • Deryl – ranked 993rd in 1950
  • Erasmo – ranked 926th in 1951
  • Kem – ranked 922nd in 1956
  • Kennard – ranked 999th in 1954
  • Mikeal – ranked 909th in 1952
  • Rahn – ranked 913th in 1954 (influence: Helmut Rahn)
  • Ricci – ranked 742nd in 1954

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