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Popularity of the Baby Name Ion

Number of Babies Named Ion

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Ion

Popular Baby Names in Moldova, 2014

According to data from the Civil Status Service, the most popular baby names in Moldova in 2014 were Sofia and Maxim.

Here are Moldova’s top 4 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2014:

Top Girl Names Top Boy Names
1. Sofia, 846 baby girls
2. Anastasia, 787
3. Daria, 700
4. Maria, 676
1. Maxim, 904 baby boys
2. David, 884
3. Alexandru, 731
4. Artiom, 700
5. Ion, 683

My source article also listed some examples of uncommon names bestowed in 2014:

Unusual Girl Names Unusual Boy Names
Alesta
Elisa-Medeca
Hadasa
Jestina
Nica-Maline
Petronela
Rut
Teya-Sofia
Damaris
Ertas
Jimmi Singh
Kirika
Ramazan
Ratmir
Timur Han
Yagmur

These rankings are a bit out of date, but I’ve never posted rankings for Moldova before, so I figure something is better than nothing.

Source: Most popular names given to Moldovan children in 2014


Nicolae Ceausescu & His Brother, Nicolae Ceausescu

Notorious Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaușescu (1918-1989) was one of nine surviving siblings:

  1. Niculina Ceaușescu
  2. Marin Ceaușescu
  3. Nicolae Ceaușescu
  4. Florea Ceaușescu
  5. Nicolae Ceaușescu
  6. Ilie Ceaușescu
  7. Maria Ceaușescu
  8. Elena Ceaușescu
  9. Ion Ceaușescu

Did you catch it? Nicolae is listed twice. The first one is the dictator, the second one is his younger brother, born when the first Nicolae was about 6.

Ceaușescu biographer John Sweeney writes off the repetition: “His parents had more children than they knew names.”

But here’s how Alice Miller, psychologist and child abuse expert, explains it:

To my question as to how a brother could also be christened Nicolae, I repeatedly received the reply that the father was drunk “as usual” at the time the child was named. By all accounts, he had simply forgotten that he already had a son named Nicolae–though no one could explain to me how Ceausescu’s mother could also forget that fact. This information seemed to arouse little surprise in Bucharest.

She also says the situation “throws light on the dictator’s obsessive desire for revenge,” which must have come from his “insatiable determination to gain at last the recognition completely denied him as a child.”

I haven’t found anything to verify Alice’s version of the story but, if true, it’s rather depressing. Naming and drinking do not mix. (Robert could have told you that.)

Sources:

  • Miller, Alice. Breaking Down the Wall of Silence: The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth. New York: Dutton, 1991.
  • Sweeney, John. The Life and Evil Times of Nicolae Ceausescu. London: Hutchinson, 1991.

Baby Name Hoaxes – Barack, Yahoo, Yasir

Barack ObamaMonday’s post mentioned fake requests for baby names, so today let’s continue the theme and talk about fake baby names.

I know of three:

1. Carter Barack Obama Sealy

In November, 2008, Colorado father Roger Sealy told the Boulder Daily Camera that his newborn son was named Carter Barack Obama Sealy. He added that his older children were named Brooke Trout Sealy and Cooper John Elway Sealy. The children’s grandmother ratted him out — the kids were actually Brooke Emma, Cooper Jacob and Carter Thomas. Roger’s wife told the paper: “My husband’s an idiot.” (Source: Museum of Hoaxes, Denver News)

2. Lucian Yahoo Dragoman

In January, 2005, reporter Ion Garnod of the Romanian tabloid Libertatea fabricated a story about a Romanian baby that had been given the middle name Yahoo because his parents had met one another online. The story was picked up by Reuters and broadcast internationally. The reporter was later fired. (Sources: Snopes, The Register)

3. Yasir Arafat Colbert

In February, 1975, Philadelphia father Robert Colbert admitted that his baby boy was not named Yasir Arafat Colbert. In fact, he didn’t even have a baby boy. The baby picture he had sent to the Palestinian guerrilla leader — part of a ploy to get Arafat’s autograph — was an old photo of Colbert’s 12-year-old son. U.S. newspapers picked up the story after Lebanese newspapers printed both the letter and the photo, along with Arafat’s response. (Source: “Naming of Philly Boy for Arafat a Ruse.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11 Feb. 1975: 5)

Know of any others?

Phone Book Fishing in Mississippi, Part 6 – Clevester, Farold, Hix, Wilvie

Did you know that Kilgore Trout lives in Mississippi?

Kilgore Trout

It could be a joke, or it could be a real name. I have no idea. All I know is that I didn’t think anyone would believe me unless I posted a photo. :)

Other interesting names I found in the Hattiesburg section of the Mississippi phone book are below. (As usual, my favorites are in bold.)

Abbass
Adillia
Algarine
Alkeenia
Alpheaus
Altonyala
Amelai
Andronneka
Anise
Antelmo
Anzetta
Aonji
Aouida
Atheer
Athlene
Auxi
Averia
Ayeshalia
Belma
Berek
Bevonia
Bolynn
Bootsy
Breanuce
Burghard
Burlian
Caberzine
Captoria
Carestine
Cassenoe
Cavida
Chaquita
Charkarr
Cherish
Chesarea
Chezra
Chimbre
Chinica
Chinika
Cleven
Clevester
Cliffodean
Clotilee
Clydell
Comisha
Corsetta
Cotton
Coulis
Creshenda
Crimson
Curtresha
Dakala
Dardanchala
Daucenia
Dearyck
Decoffea
Deffrie
Dehoudra
Dekoshia
Delaina
Demarla
Detrick
Dondrick
Dontrez
Dorothera
Dorsetta
Eddena
Elatsky
Electa
Elixenia
Ellawese
Epitacio
Excell
Eudene
Fabulous
Famica
Fanisha
Farold
Feleafia
Festus
Florestine
Fransheka
Garlinda
Gathel
Gikita
Gladola
Glenisha
Glenneth
Glovenia
Hannelore
Heino
Herlene
Hix
Ilous
Imesia
Ion
Itaska
Janopy
Jaquely
Jeruthia
Jessiema
Jireh
J’Lyn
Johneen
Johniece
Kable
Kadandra
Karay
Kebryan
Keener
Keywanta
Kimual
Kimyanta
Kioushea
Krishond
Kylan
Lahrue
LaNae
LaNissa
Lavester
Legacy
Leketha
Leobardo
Lissa
Louester
Luartis
Lybia
Lyzle
Magnolia
Marquelene
Martrici
Maudel
Mazharul
McKenlie
Mecklin
Melaysja
Mheja
Micage
Micasio
Murtha
Nagen
Nakedia
Nakikia
Nanga
Natarsha
Nauwausa
Necoia
Needham
Nekerda
Nelcenia
Neretha
Neshanta
Nikrumah
Niyolkie
Noilette
Ognyan
Omeshia
Oneida
Onix
Orjan
Ovada
Patrict
Peanut
Pequitta
Phylistine
Picasso
Pippa
Plez
Quentice
Quill
Quitman
Randolyn
Rankin
Ranzeel
Raslyn
Raylawni
Remus
Renec
Renodda
Roddis
Rorilynn
Roweena
Rozellar
Seclester
Sedgey
Sedgie
Shaneka
Shannadoah
Shanthina
Shemshat
Shermonica
Shileria
Shiritia
Shtoria
Slay
Sondrell
Sparkman
Spellmon
Spooky
Stoy
Subrina
Sukhendra
Synarus
Synettra
Talantia
Tanangela
Tanjala
T’anna
Tannus
Tanzanzi
Tavares
Tavarius
Tawaski
Teayra
Tessecca
Texas
Theaola
Torjia
Torsky
Toxie
Treless
Trenidy
Trest
Troymane
Truett
Twannela
Twinette
Uerica
Undeva
Utahna
Vallorine
Viccki
Vonceil
Voncile
Voncille
Vyshawn
Wardelle
Wauteen
Weatta
Whakinda
Willie Glenn
Willoughby
Wilvie
Winsdale
Wirt
Wyomia
Yamilet
Yeghia
Zeakethia
Zedric
Zorana
Zykia

And that concludes this (rather extensive) round of phone book fishing. In case you missed them, here are the five earlier posts in the series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

P.S. Want to see some literature-inspired names (like Kilgore Trout)? Check out Unique Baby Names from Literature.