Before reading the rest of this post, check out the names in the image below. What do you think these names have in common?
Ok, ready for the answer?
They are the 15 synchronized dual-gender one-hit-wonder baby names on the U.S. baby name charts.
Did anyone guess that? :)
Of the fewer than 200 baby names that are dual-gender one-hit wonders, these are the only ones that made their single appearance on the girls’ list and on the boys’ list in the same year:
Clinnie, given to 6 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 1920.
Chaffee, given to 5 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 1975.
Datril, given to 5 baby girls and 6 baby boys in 1975.
Chamel, given to 5 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 1979.
Chezarae, given to 6 baby girls and 9 baby boys in 1982.
Jakkia, given to 16 baby girls and 8 baby boys in 1990.
Daebreon, given to 13 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2000.
Rikishi, given to 6 baby girls and 10 baby boys in 2000.
Xing, given to 7 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2000.
Jaalyn, given to 5 baby girls and 6 baby boys in 2002.
Ryly, given to 6 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2008.
Elyah, given to 5 baby girls and 5 baby boys in 2009.
Koli, given to 8 baby girls and 13 baby boys in 2010.
Music, given to 6 baby girls and 6 baby boys in 2012.
Zikora, given to 6 baby girls and 10 baby boys in 2012.
(Three more names — Chikamso, Harbour and Khymani — had dual-gender debuts in 2013, but we won’t know about their one-hit status until we see the 2014 data.)
Chaffee I’ve already written about, Ryly appeared when Riley was at its trendiest, and a couple of the other names (Rikishi, Chezarae) I’ll be writing about soon. The rest I can’t yet explain, but I’m working on it!
The Social Security Administration’s annual baby name list only includes names given to 5 or more U.S. baby girls (or baby boys) per year.
Most rare names never make the list, but a select group have appeared a single time. I like to call these the one-hit wonder baby names.
One-hit wonders tend to pop up with a relatively low number of babies — 5 or 6 — but a handful are given to dozens of babies…only to disappear again the next year! Intriguing, no?
Below are the highest-charting one-hit wonder names for every year on record before 2013. (We won’t know which 2013 names are one-hit wonders until later lists come out.) The format is: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.”