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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Gussie

Number of Babies Named Gussie

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Gussie

The Baby Name Tyechia

Gussie and Tyechia
Gussie and Tyechia
In mid-1982, a little girl named Tyechia Reid was making headlines.

She was two-and-a-half years old, and her 63-year-old foster mother, Gussie Alexis, was fighting to adopt her.

Gussie, who had raised Tyechia since infancy and had weaned her from a heroin addiction, was ordered in June to surrender Tyechia. The adoption agency told her she was too old to adopt.

Gussie refused. Instead, she fought the adoption agency all summer. Finally, in September, she won custody of the little girl.

Thanks to this ongoing (and heart-warming) news story, the baby name Tyechia became the top debut name of 1982 with 71 baby girls:

  • 1988: not listed
  • 1987: 5 baby girls named Tyechia
  • 1986: 6 baby girls named Tyechia
  • 1985: 11 baby girls named Tyechia
  • 1984: 10 baby girls named Tyechia
  • 1983: 53 baby girls named Tyechia (and 6 more named Tyecha)
  • 1982: 71 baby girls named Tyechia [debut]
  • 1981: not listed

It stayed on the SSA’s baby name list until the late 1980s, but hasn’t been back since. Spelling variant Tyecha was a one-hit wonder.

Source: “63-year-old woman wins battle to adopt girl.” Lakeland Ledger 10 Sept. 1982: 4A.
Image: Jet 5 Jul. 1982: 39.


Road Trip Roundup: Augusta & Adeline

I discovered this pair of names in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum:

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren — descendents of former president Martin Van Buren — were the first women to ride across the continent on two solo motorcycles.

Gussie (b. 1884) and Addie (b. 1889) set off from Brooklyn on July 4, 1916. They reached Los Angeles on September 8.

Why did they go? Two reasons:

  1. The U.S. was preparing to enter World War I, and they wanted to prove “that women could help in a direct manner by becoming dispatch riders, freeing up men to provide combat support.”
  2. Having female dispatch riders “would remove one of the primary arguments for denying women the right to vote – women were historically non-participants in war efforts.”

Unfortunately, their successful journey didn’t convince the U.S. military to start using female dispatch riders at that time.

Adeline went on to earn a law degree, and Augusta became a pilot with the Ninety-Nines.

[What’s this road trip all about?]