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Popularity of the Baby Name Haunani

Number of Babies Named Haunani

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Haunani

The Hawaiian Name Haunani

from here to eternity, soundtrack, haunani, 1953

In 1953, the Hawaiian name Haunani saw high enough national usage* that it appeared for the first time in the SSA’s baby name data:

  • 1954: unlisted
  • 1953: 6 baby girls named Haunani [debut]
    • 5 born in Hawaii specifically
  • 1952: unlisted

The soundtrack to From Here to Eternity — one of the top-grossing movies of not just 1953, but the entire decade — featured a song called “Haunani.” The song was composed by Hawaiian hapa-haole musician Randall Kimeona “Randy” Oness and performed by Danny Stewart and His Islanders.

Randy Oness had a daughter named Haunani (b. 1944) and, according to Honolulu Star-Bulletin entertainment columnist John Berger, the song “Haunani” was written specifically for her. The lyrics were originally in Hawaiian, but here’s an English version of “Haunani” sung by Alfred Apaka:

The Hawaiian name Haunani is composed of two elements: hau, meaning “ruler,” and nani, meaning “beauty” or “glory.” (“Hau” also happens to be a Hawaiian word for snow.)

Do you like the name Haunani? Do you like it more or less than Leimomi?

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*The minimum threshold for inclusion in the publicly available dataset is five U.S. babies per gender, per year.


19 Babies Named After Ol’ Blue Eyes

frank sinatraA few years back, I came across a baby boy with the name “Sinatra James.” (He’s mentioned in one of my old newborns with unique names posts.)

So have any other babies ever been named Sinatra?

Yes — in fact, Sinatra-the-first-name has seen two tiny popularity spikes:

  • 1967: unlisted
  • 1966: 7 baby boys named Sinatra
  • 1960…1965: unlisted
  • 1959: 5 baby boys named Sinatra
  • 1958: 6 baby boys named Sinatra [debut]
  • 1957: unlisted

It’s hard for me to tie these in with specific moments in Frank Sinatra’s career, as Sinatra released multiple albums per year, acted in movies, appeared on television, got married four times (and divorced thrice). As we all know, any of these sorts of things can inspire expectant parents.

This first spike may have had something to do with the release of Sinatra’s album Only the Lonely (1958), or his second attempt at The Frank Sinatra Show (1957-1958).

The second could simply correlate to the mid-1960s surge in popularity Sinatra experienced on the heels of September of My Years (1965), A Man and His Music (1965), and Strangers in the Night (1966).

If you know more about Sinatra than I do, please chime in and let me know why you think more boys were named Sinatra in these particular years.

In the meanwhile, I can offer you the etymology: The Italian surname Sinatra can be traced back to the Latin word senator, which originally referred to a member of the Roman Senate.

Source: Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

P.S. The movie that kicked off Sinatra’s 1950s comeback, From Here to Eternity (1953), also kicked off the Hawaiian name Haunani.

Phone Book Fishing on Kauai – Flordeliz, Kuuipo, Scottland, Zenichi

I’ve been on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for the past few days, and — in between checking out various canyons, waterfalls, and lava-rock pools — I scanned the Kauai phone book for cool first names.

Here are the most interesting I found:

Alouette
Ariston
Asipeli
Benhur
Bienvenido
Bonifacio
Buenaventura
Buenoflora
Butac
Castro
Charming
Clisson
Cobina
Corazon
Danalan
Danvic
Delpidio
Dominador
Edelwisa
Ederline
Eleuterio
Emiteria
Ercelly
Estanislao
Eufracio
Eugemar
Expedita
Fakhry
Filsann
Flavra
Florafina
Flordeliz
Framil
Franchot
Fredinita
Fredlynn
Fualupe
Germilin
Geronimo
Gingerlynn
Granatanne
Guadencio
Haunani
Hedelisa
Heifara
Hermogenes
Huilani
Hulukape
Ilaise
Irvharc
Iwalani
Jhoane
Judhvir
Kai-nani
Kalani
Kananaikahaku
Katalika
Keikilane
Keohokui
Kilaina
Kuuipo*
Kuulei
Laninbwij
Laukona
Leialoha
Leimomi
Leilani
Leodigario
Lichelle
Linekona
Lockwood
Lodring
Loisi
Mariamagdalena
Masanori
Mavourneen
Memory
Michael-Michael
Milimili
Mimsy
Mitsuji
Monalisa
Myloyce
Nandanie
Naokichi
Nargis
Nathrene
Necoal
Nolemana
Norvin
Olegario
Oric
Otusia
Petroline
Porfiria
Primrose
Puanani
Rikito
Rizal
Rudra
Rustico
Sadhunathan
Sailor
Saturnina
Scottland
Shigenori
Shyronjon
Sioux
Sojourner-Truth
Surachat
Texas
Thanawat
Tirunathan
Tootsie
Trinidad
Trink
Utahua
Villamor
Vitaliama
Vrushali
Waihang
Waldemar
Wannapha
Warlito
Watoru
Welerico
Wiphada
Woonteng
Zenichi

The names in boldface are my favorites.

*Kuuipo is based on a Hawaiian word meaning “my sweetheart.” I’ve been seeing a lot of it in jewelry stores, engraved on rings, bracelets and pendants.

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