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Popularity of the Baby Name Hollis

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Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Hollis

Babies Named for Tenley Albright

Tenley Albright, 1956, ItalyThe baby name Tenley first popped up in the SSA’s baby name data in 1953:

  • 1957: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1956: 25 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1955: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1954: 6 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1953: 12 baby girls named Tenley [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted

The inspiration? Tenley Emma Albright (b. 1935), who overcame childhood polio to become a world-class figure skater.

She won a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics, became the first “triple crown” winner (U.S., North American, and World titles) in figure skating in 1953, and won a gold medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics (the first to be televised).

After retiring from figure skating in 1956, she became a surgeon.

Where did she get her name?

“I don’t know exactly where my mother found the name Tenley. When I asked her, she said, “I just liked the sound.”

Her family is full of interesting names: father Hollis, mother Elin, and brother Nile (whose name is “Elin” spelled backwards). Her first husband was named Tudor, and her three daughters are Lilla Rhys, Elin, and Elee.

In 1965, Tenley explained her eldest daughter’s name to Sports Illustrated. She said that Lilla came from the Swedish expression Lilla Vän (“little friend”) — her mother’s childhood nickname — and that Rhys was a family name.

In July of 2014, for her 79th birthday, Tenley hosted a party for her many namesakes at the Boston Skating Club. She promoted the party via the website My Name Is Tenley. Over 60 Tenleys showed up, some coming from as far away as London and Holland. The party even featured a performance by an 11-year-old skater named (what else?) Tenley.

(And what pushed the name Tenley in the top 1,000 for the first time in 2010? A contestant named Tenley on the 14th season of The Bachelor.)

Sources:

  • Albright, Tenley – National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • La Fontaine, Barbara. “There is a doctor on the ice.” Sports Illustrated 8 Feb. 1965.
  • Sharing the Name Tenley
  • Tenley Albright throws a bash for other Tenleys
  • Tenley Albright – Wikipedia
  • Image: © UPI, 1956


    35 Most Unisex Baby Names in the U.S.

    Last month, FlowingData crunched some numbers to come up with the 35 most unisex baby names in the U.S. since 1930. Here’s their list:

    1. Jessie
    2. Marion
    3. Jackie
    4. Alva
    5. Ollie
    6. Jody
    7. Cleo
    8. Kerry
    9. Frankie
    10. Guadalupe
    11. Carey
    12. Tommie
    13. Angel
    14. Hollis
    15. Sammie
    16. Jamie
    17. Kris
    18. Robbie
    19. Tracy
    20. Merrill
    21. Noel
    22. Rene
    23. Johnnie
    24. Ariel
    25. Jan
    26. Devon
    27. Cruz
    28. Michel
    29. Gale
    30. Robin
    31. Dorian
    32. Casey
    33. Dana
    34. Kim**
    35. Shannon

    I’m not sure exactly what criteria were used to create the rankings, but it looks like the top unisex names on this list were the top-1,000 names that “stuck around that 50-50 split” the longest from 1930 to 2012.

    (In contrast, my unisex baby names page lists any name on the full list to fall within the 25-75 to 75-25 range, but only in the most recent year on record.)

    The FlowingData post also mentions that, though the data is pretty noisy, there might be “a mild upward trend” over the years in the number of babies with a unisex name.

    **In 1957, Johnny Carson’s 5-year-old son Kim had his name changed to Richard because he’d been having “a little trouble over his name being mistaken for a girl’s.”

    Source: The most unisex names in US history

    [Update: Changed Michael to Michel, 11/7]