How popular is the baby name Gaylene in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Gaylene and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Gaylene.

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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:

  • Debera – #998 in 1952
  • Debroah – #898 in 1955
  • Denese – #983 in 1954
  • Doretta – #899 in 1953 – influence: Doretta Morrow
  • Ellyn – #993 in 1952
  • Gaylene – #930 in 1956
  • Jacqulyn – #970 in 1952
  • Jeryl – #770 in 1955
  • Kathey – #890 in 1956
  • Lanita – #968 in 1958
  • Melodee – #994 in 1955
  • Nilda – #959 in 1957
  • Pandora – #785 in 1952
  • Perri – #949 in 1958 – influence: the movie Perri
  • Rhona – #992 in 1951
  • Sharleen – #767 in 1951
  • Sheilah – #665 in 1955 – influence: Sheilah Graham
  • Sheryll – #997 in 1955
  • Tambra – #916 in 1958
  • Tari – #972 in 1959
  • Valinda – #809 in 1954

Boy Names:

  • Danniel – #978 in 1950
  • Deryl – #993 in 1950
  • Erasmo – #926 in 1951
  • Kem – #922 in 1956
  • Kennard – #999 in 1954
  • Mikeal – #909 in 1952
  • Rahn – #913 in 1954 – influence: Helmut Rahn
  • Ricci – #742 in 1954

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.