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Popularity of the Baby Name Ilirida


Posts that Mention the Name Ilirida

Interesting One-Hit Wonder Baby Names

They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. If this content looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen it before! I’ve just put it in a new spot. :)

3 Albanian Baby Names: Liridona, Liridon, Ilirida

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The collapse of communism (and the economy) in Albania in 1991-1992 triggered a mass exodus.

Hundreds of thousands of Albanian refugees fled to other countries — primarily nearby countries like Italy and Greece. But some refugees ended up in entirely different parts of the world, such as the United States.

Evidence of this 1991-1992 wave of Albanian immigration can be see in the sudden appearance of several rather patriotic Albanian baby names to the U.S. baby name data:

YearLiridonaLiridonIlirida
1994unlisted5 baby boysunlisted
19939 baby girls
(5 in NY)
11 baby boys
(5 in NY)
unlisted
199221 baby girls
(12 in NY)
10 baby boys
(5 in NY)
5 baby girls [debut]
199129 baby girls [debut]
(18 in NY)
13 baby boys [debut]
(8 in NY)
unlisted
1990unlistedunlistedunlisted

(“Unlisted” means the name was used fewer than 5 times — the minimum for inclusion on the national list.)

The Albanian names Liridon, Liridona and Ilirida are all based on the Albanian word liri, which means “freedom, liberty.” The one-hit wonder name Ilirida refers specifically to the “Republic of Ilirida,” a theoretical secessionist state of Macedonia proposed/declared in early 1992 by Macedonian politician Nevzat Halili (who is an ethnic Albanian).

While I think it’s most likely that these names were bestowed by recent Albanian immigrants, it’s also possible that they were used within Albanian-American families. (New York City has the largest Albanian population in the country.)

And no doubt these names became even more popular in countries that absorbed larger numbers of Albanians. In Switzerland, for instance, both Liridon and Liridona and broke into the national top 100 (!) in 1991:

YearLiridona (Switz.)Liridon (Switz.)Ilirida (Switz.)
199516 baby girls21 baby boys6 baby girls
199432 baby girls19 baby boys2 baby girls
199360 baby girls50 baby boys4 baby girls
1992114 baby girls
(rank: 77th)
84 baby boys19 baby girls [debut]
1991181 baby girls
(rank: 47th)
125 baby boys
(rank: 79th)
0
199037 baby girls63 baby boys0
198911 baby girls29 baby boys0

The variants Liridone and Liridonë also show up in the Switzerland data — Liridone over 40 times in the ’80s and ’90s, Liridonë a handful of times in the ’90s.

Sources: Albanian Diaspora – Wikipedia, Swiss Statistics