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Popularity of the Baby Name Jordin

Number of Babies Named Jordin

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Jordin

Jordan – Boy Name or Girl Name?

jordan, boy name or girl name?

While I was updating my unisex name page this year, I noticed a several variants of Jordan: Jordann, Jordin, Jourdan, Jourdin and Jourdyn.

Jordan itself wasn’t on the list because, in 2013, 85% of the babies named Jordan were boys and just 15% were girls. (It would have made the list from 1989 through 2007, though, as it was being given to baby girls at least 25% of the time during that period.)

The name is more male-leaning than many people assume, it seems, going by this quote from the 2006 edition of A Dictionary of First Names: “[Jordan] is more popular as a boy’s name in Britain and as a girl’s name in the United States.” Not quite — though they might have felt it was heading in that direction in 2006. Jordan’s best showing as a girl name in the U.S. was in 2002, when the split was 64% boys, 36% girls.

Interestingly, the baby name Jordan — which was popularized in the 1980s by basketball great Michael Jordan — began as dual-gender. During the Middle Ages, crusaders returning from the Middle East brought back water from the Jordan river. European babies baptized with this water were sometimes named Jordan, regardless of gender. (The river name comes from Hebrew and means “flow down” or “descend.”)

What are your thoughts on the baby name Jordan? Do you think it works better as a boy name or as a girl name?

Source: Hanks, Patrick, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of First Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Will the Baby Name Sparkle Make a Comeback?

The name Sparkle was bestowed infrequently before the release of the film Sparkle (1976), which starred Irene Cara as singer Sparkle Williams.

  • 1975: not listed
  • 1976: 44 baby girls named Sparkle
  • 1977: 89 baby girls named Sparkle
  • 1978: 71 baby girls named Sparkle
  • 1979: 125 baby girls named Sparkle
  • 1980: 110 baby girls named Sparkle

Lately, Sparkle’s numbers have been much less impressive:

  • 2009: 11 baby girls named Sparkle
  • 2010: 6 baby girls named Sparkle
  • 2011: 13 baby girls named Sparkle

But I think that’s about to change.

A remake of Sparkle starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks is set to be released on August 17.

Will the movie Sparkle spark a Sparkle comeback?

Tika is another Sparkle name we should watch for.

Sparkle’s sister Delores was played by Dwan Smith in the original, and will be played by Tika Sumpter in the remake.

Dwan got a boost in 1976:

  • 1975: 12 baby girls named Dwan
  • 1976: 47 baby girls named Dwan
  • 1977: 61 baby girls named Dwan
  • 1978: 39 baby girls named Dwan

I think Tika — which hasn’t been on the SSA’s list since 2001 — could get a similar boost in 2012.

(Tika Sumpter’s birth name was Euphemia, btw.)

Will Sparkle bring about the return of Tika?