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Popularity of the Baby Name Gentry


Posts that Mention the Name Gentry

The (Emotional) Debut of Jentree

The names Jentree and Gentree both debuted in the U.S. baby name data last year. Jentree was given to 14 baby girls, and Gentree to 6 more.

Though the original form of the name, Gentry, has been on the rise recently — and has given rise to spelling variants* — these two particular variants didn’t pop up until a video featuring towheaded 2-year-old Jentree Joles went viral.

A one-minute clip of Jentree getting emotional while watching the movie The Good Dinosaur (2015) — specifically, the part where a young dinosaur became separated from his family — was posted to social media by her aunt in September of 2017.

The video racked up nearly a million views overnight. By the time Jentree and her family were featured on the local news several weeks later (Oct. 6), the video had been viewed 75 million times across several different platforms.

Gentry — both the surname and the vocabulary word — mean the same thing: “nobility of birth or character.” The word can be traced back (via Anglo-Norman French genterie and Old French gentil) to the ancient Roman word gens, which referred to one’s clan or tribe.

The baby name Gentry is particularly popular in a handful of central-ish U.S. states: Oklahoma (where Joles is from), Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Utah. It’s strongly associated with country music via duo Montgomery Gentry and singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry (whose fame in the late ’60s inspired parents to use “Gentry” as a girl name more often).

What are your thoughts on the baby name Gentry? What spelling do you prefer?

*Gentrie, Gentri, Jentry, Jentri, Jentrie.

Sources: This 2-year-old girl’s reaction to a movie is making the internet emotional, Video Of BA Toddler’s Emotional Reaction To Movie Seen Nearly 75M Times, Gentry – Online Etymology Dictionary

Distinctive Baby Names, State by State

Which baby names are the most disproportionately popular in each U.S. state?

Name blog Republic of Names has your answer — a bunch of cool lists of the most distinctive baby names by state. Here are some highlights for about half of the states.

In Alabama:

  • Crimson – Crimson Tide is the University of Alabama football team.
  • Krimson

In Alaska:

  • Aurora
  • Denali – Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is North America’s highest peak.
  • McKinley

In Arizona:

  • Ariza
  • Helios
  • Nizhoni – Nizhóní is a Navajo word meaning “it/he/she is pretty/beautiful.”
  • Sedona – Sedona is a city in Arizona.

In California:

  • Eztli – Eztli is a Nahuatl (Aztec) word meaning “blood.”
  • Sissi

In Colorado:

  • Matix
  • Story
  • Trindon – Trindon Holliday played pro football in Colorado.
  • Zeppelin

In Florida:

  • Kervens
  • Woodley

In Idaho:

  • Ammon
  • Brigham
  • Hyrum

In Indiana:

  • Jolisa

In Iowa:

  • Kinnick – Kinnick Stadium is where the Iowa Hawkeyes football team plays.

In Kansas:

  • Creighton
  • Ignatius

In Louisiana:

  • Beaux
  • Jacques
  • Marigny – Foubourg Marigny is a New Orleans neighborhood.
  • Montreal

In Maine:

  • Baxter – Baxter is a state park in Maine.
  • Libby

In Mississippi:

  • Swayze

In Missouri:

  • Chancellor
  • Messiah

In Montana:

  • Tuff

In Nevada:

  • Berenice
  • Halo
  • Love

In North Carolina:

  • Chatham

In North Dakota:

  • Briggs
  • McCoy

In Oklahoma:

  • Gentry
  • Jentri
  • Jentry
  • Kutter
  • Tuck
  • Tuff

In Oregon:

  • Alder
  • Autzen – Autzen Stadium is where the Oregon Ducks football team plays.
  • Avenir – Avenir is a French word meaning “future.” It’s also on the Washington state list below. In fact, nearly two-thirds of last year’s Avenirs were born on the west coast: 10 in Washington, 7 in California, 5 in Oregon. Anyone know why?
  • Cedar
  • Forest
  • Maple
  • Opal
  • Pepper
  • Sequoia
  • Sol

In Tennessee:

In Texas:

  • Brazos – Brazos is a Spanish word meaning “arms.” The Brazos River in Texas was originally called Rio de los Brazos de Dios, or “River of the Arms of God.”

In Utah:

  • Korver – Kyle Korver played pro basketball in Utah.
  • Lesieli
  • Navy
  • Parley
  • Viliami

In Vermont:

  • Arlo
  • Juniper

In Washington, D.C.:

  • Egypt
  • Harlem

In Washington (state):

  • Avenir – see Oregon
  • Rio
  • Valkyrie
  • Zephyr

In West Virginia:

  • Remington

In Wisconsin:

  • Charisma
  • Croix
  • Ruthann

In Wyoming:

  • Temperance

See the original post for the rest. You might also be interested in checking out the “most regional” baby names in the US.

Update, 5/31/2018: Figured out Avenir!

Miss Teen USA Names – Degen, Gentry, Tatewin, Yuranda

I had fun going through Miss Universe names the other day, so I decided to look at names from other pageants…starting with Miss Teen USA (est. 1983).

Some of the most interesting Miss Teen USA names were these:

  • Anastagia Pierre (Miss Florida 2004)
  • Bishara Dorre (Miss Wisconsin 2006)
  • Cameo DeCosta (Miss Hawaii 1992)
  • Canden Jackson (Miss Alabama 2007) [According to Pageant Update, her middle name is Bliss.]
  • Chartese Day (Miss Washington D.C. 1998)
  • Degen Kasper (Miss Alaska 2006)
  • Dondi Bowman (Miss Wyoming 1992)
  • Garianne Phillips (Miss South Carolina 1995)
  • Gentry Miller (Miss Kansas 2006)
  • Ginneene Barone (Miss West Virginia 2000)
  • Glovindria Burgess (Miss Washington D.C. 2002)
  • Jillayne Fossum (Miss South Dakota 1988)
  • Kjersti Parker (Miss Alaska 1999)
  • Khosi Roy (Miss Maryland 1999)
  • Kiki Morricall (Miss Colorado 1991)
  • Krystal Spurr (Miss Colorado 2001)
  • Lauriette Logan (Miss Nebraska 1993)
  • Lavinia Magruder (Miss Vermont 1996)
  • Magen Ellis (Miss Texas 2004)
  • Mai-Lis Kunholm (Miss Florida 1984)
  • Midori Thompson (Miss Georgia 1998)
  • Niambi Powell (Miss Maryland 2000)
  • Shalon Pecosky (Miss Colorado 1990)
  • Tatewin Means (Miss South Dakota 1996) [According to Pageant News Bureau, her name is pronounced ta-TAY-wee and means “wind woman” in Lakota. According to Indian Country Today, her full name is Tatuye Topa Najin Win Means.]
  • Tavia Shackles (Miss Missouri 1990)
  • Tye Felan (Miss Texas 2003)
  • Vail Cavalier (Miss Louisiana 1983)
  • Yuranda Harris (Miss Virginia 1990)

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