How popular is the baby name Greta in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Greta and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Greta.
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A few weeks ago, Italy finally released baby name rankings for 2015. According to the data from Istat (Istituto nazionale di statistica), the most popular baby names in the country last year were Sofia and Francesco.
Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2015:
Here’s an unusual name I recently discovered on the SSA’s baby name list:
1933: 9 baby girls named Gwili
1932: 10 baby girls named Gwili [debut]
Gwili was only listed for 2 years before disappearing again.
The influence? Danish actress Gwili Andre (1908-1959), born Gurli Andresen.
Hollywood was on the lookout for the next Greta Garbo, and many thought Gwili fit the bill. Newspaper articles introducing her to readers in the early ’30s noted that Gwili was pronounced jee-lee.
Unfortunately, Gwili Andre’s career never really took off. She appeared in a string of B movies until the early ’40s, then apparently stopped acting altogether. (One of her movies, Meet the Boyfriend, is available online if you want to check it out.)
P.S. Jinx, Sivi and Donivee are three more forgotten Hollywood actresses who left their mark on the U.S. baby name charts.
A reader named Kelly is expecting her second daughter in May, and she’d appreciate a few name suggestions. She writes:
Our first daughter, Maeve, was named really easily, and we grow to love the name more and more. However, we are having an exceptionally difficult time finding a second girl’s name that we like as much. I especially like Gaelic/Celtic names, but am willing to consider other options as well.
Here are some names that I think could work with Maeve:
A reader named Lynn has three children named Aidan Michael, Sophie Alice and August Gabriel. She’s expecting her fourth baby in late September. She’s already picked out a boy name (Jude), but would like some help coming up with a girl name.
What is she looking for? “We love old names. We love names that aren’t duplicated in every classroom.” Right now, the top contenders are Lucy, Daisy and Celia.
She also notes that, when she chose Aidan for her eldest, the name wasn’t yet trendy. “It was an old-fashioned Irish saint! Now you seriously can’t swing a cat in our town without hitting a (non-Irish) Aidan.”
Here are a few girl names I think Lynn might like:
Some of the names in yesterday’s post on girl names that go with Edie might also work for Lynn’s family. (In fact, I used several again in this post.)
Which of the above do you like best with Aidan, Sophie and August? What other names would you suggest to Lynn?