How popular is the baby name Jetta in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Jetta.
Last month, Joy Lowther of Norfolk, England, went into labor while shopping in a local supermarket. Ten minutes later, she gave birth to a baby girl.
She and her boyfriend decided to name the baby Porsche, as one of their older children is called Mercedes. The other two are Frank* and Alfie — who’s now called Alfa, says Joy, “because the girls are named after cars.”
Joy plans to have one more baby. If it’s a boy, he’ll be called
Bentley (a name that’s very trendy in the U.S. right now thanks to reality TV).
Joy didn’t mention what she’d name another baby girl, but I know of
a Porsche in Texas who has sisters named Audi and Lexus, so there are two ideas. Another possibility is Cressida, which might be picking up steam soon. Other car names that have been used as girl names include Camry, Jetta, Miata and Kia.
*Poor Frank. He’s the only sibling without a car name.
On that note, here’s a question for you: If you had a bunch of siblings (4+) and all but one of you had a name that fit a pattern, would you want one of the “in” names, or would you rather be the odd one out?
Alfa, Mercedes and now Porsche! (via Abby)
Love cars? Here are some car-related names that have been used as baby names:
Allante, from Cadillac Allante.
Aston, from Aston Martin. Inspired by Aston Hill in England.
Audi, German manufacturer. The name is a Latin translation of Horch, surname of founder August Horch.
Avanti, from Studebaker Avanti. The word avanti means “forward” in Italian.
Bentley, British manufacturer. Named after founder W. O. Bentley.
Camry, from Toyota Camry. The name is based on kanmuri, which means “crown” in Japanese.
Capri, from Lincoln Capri.
Caprice, from Chevrolet Caprice. Named after a New York City restaurant.
Catera, from Cadillac Catera.
Celica, from Toyota Celica. The name is based on caelica, which means “celestial” in Latin.
Chevelle, from Chevrolet Chevelle.
Chevy, nickname for Chevrolet.
Civic, from Honda Civic.
Cooper, from MINI Cooper. Named after auto racer John Cooper.
Cressida, from Toyota Cressida.
DeLorean, from DeLorean DMC-12.
Diamante, from Mitsubishi Diamante.
Dino, from Fiat Dino or Ferrari Dino. Both named after V6 engine designer Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.
Dodge, a division of Chrysler. (I know of two babies named after Dodge Pickup Trucks specifically.)
Elantra, from Hyundai Elantra.
Elise, from Lotus Elise. Named after Elisa Artioli, granddaughter of Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli.
Elva, British manufacturer. The name is based on elle va, which means “she goes” in French.
Florian, from Isuzu Florian. Named after the fictional horse in Florian, the Emperor’s Stallion by Felix Salten.
Ford, American manufacturer. Named after founder Henry Ford.
Hudson, American manufacturer.
Jazz, from Honda Jazz.
Jeep, a division of Chrysler.
Jetta, from Volkswagen Jetta. The name is based on the phrase “jet stream.”
Jimmy, from GMC Jimmy.
Kia, South Korean manufacturer.
Lexus, a division of Toyota. The name has no specific meaning, according to the company.
Lincoln, a division of Ford. Named after former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
Martin, from Aston Martin. Named after founder Lionel Martin.
Mercedes, from Mercedes-Benz, a division of Daimler AG. Named after Mercedes Jellinek, daughter of Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek.
Miata, from Mazda Miata. Possibly means “ reward” in Old High German.
Millenia, from Mazda Millenia.
Mondeo, from Ford Mondeo. The name is based on mundus, which means “world” in Latin.
Morgan, British manufacturer.
Porsche, German manufacturer. Named after founder Ferdinand Porsche.
Renault, French manufacturer.
Royce, from Rolls-Royce. Named after founder Henry Royce.
Scion, a Toyota marque.
Shelby, from Shelby American. Named for founder Carroll Hall Shelby.
Tiburon, from Hyundai Tiburon. The word tiburón means “shark” in Spanish.
Toyota, Japanese manufacturer. Named for founder Kiichiro Toyoda.
VW, short for Volkswagen.
Blog readers have also told me about babies named Riviera (after the Buick Riviera) and Axel (because of its similarity to the word axle).
Update, 2016 – Here’s a baby whose middle name, Megan, was inspired by a Renault Megane.
Know any babies that were named for automobiles?
Psst! Were you looking for a post about giving a name to your car?]
A reader named Sam is having twins (a boy and a girl) in several weeks, but hasn’t yet found names for them. Sam writes:
My partner and I already have a 3 year old boy called Ryker after Will Riker on Star Trek Next Generation, as we both like Sci Fi.
The first thing that popped into my head is Robert Schnakenberg’s book
Sci-Fi Baby Names. Google Books offers a nice preview.
The book seems to focus on names from TV and movies, so let’s balance that out with some ideas from literature:
Arthur, for Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote
2001: A Space Odyssey. Douglas, for Douglas Adams, who wrote
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Isaac, for
Isaac Asimov. Julia or Julian, for
Jules Verne. Philip or Philippa, for
Philip K. Dick. Richard, for Richard Matheson, who wrote
I Am Legend. Ursula, for
Ursula Le Guin.
Names that are more like Ryker in terms of style include:
What other sci-fi names can you come up with for Sam’s twins? And what other names do you think sound good with Ryker?
Each of the names below (including misspellings like Aloys and Willaim) only managed to rank among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names a single time — all during the 1890s.
1890 – Ethie, Fleeta, Jessye, Jetta, Sibbie
1891 – Idabelle, Lulla, Olar, Sylva
1892 – Versa
1893 – Allena, Cannie, Cliffie, Clotilda, Elmyra, Josefita, Lurena
1894 – Elfreda
1895 – Adel, Alleen, Trilby (influence: the book
Trilby) 1897 – Zela, Zeta
1898 – Manilla (influence:
Spanish-American War), Vara 1899 – Irva
1890 – Almus, Conard, Guilford, Neely, Polk, Rance, Red
1891 – Algot, Alphons, Barnard, Burk, Berkley, Iverson, Job, Powell, Vick
1892 – Burleigh, Con, Ebert, Murdock, Nolen, Willaim
1893 – Aubra, Avon, Bolden, Link, Thorwald
1894 – Alston, Audy, Donat, Emmons, Erby, Esley, Hebert, Hezzie, Hughey, Oddie, Vinton, Zed
1895 – Alwin, Evander, Gaither, Grafton, Guthrie, Ovila
1896 – Acy, Aloys, Arthor, Boysie, Cam, Hale, Lisle, Offie, Silver, Virgel, Willy
1897 – Dabney
1898 – Adams, Arba, Collier, Ewart, Gladstone, Schley, Shafter (influence:
Spanish-American War) 1899 – Baker, Bynum, Colvin, Elizah, Griffith
Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…
All the top-1,000 one-hit wonder baby names, decade by decade:
1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2005. Some interesting
full-list one-hit wonder baby names, from all decades (this list is always growing): One Hit Wonder Baby Names.