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Baby Name Prediction – Lacey

Lacey Holsworth and Adreian Payne
Lacey Holsworth & Adreian Payne

A little more than a week ago, 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth — known for her friendship with Michigan State University basketball player Adreian Payne — succumbed to the cancer she’d been battling for several years.

I don’t know much about Lacey, but I’ve seen/heard her name in the news a lot lately. This makes me wonder: Will this sad event increase the popularity of the baby name Lacey in 2014?

We’ve seen this sort of thing happen before with names like Caylee, Etan, Kyron, Natalee, Rainelle and most recently Trayvon.

Etan is an interesting case because much of the increase can be traced back to New York state specifically. If there’s an uptick in the number of Laceys born in 2014, do you think most of those Laceys will be from Michigan?

The name Lacey was most popular during the early 1980s, thanks to the popular TV series Cagney & Lacey. (Cagney debuted on the charts in 1982.)

What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Lacey Holsworth Dies at 8: Close Friend of MSU’s Adreian Payne Loses Battle to Cancer

The Baby Name Etan

Etan Patz
Etan Patz

Etan Patz has been in the news lately. He’s the 6-year-old New York City boy who went missing in on May 25, 1979, while walking to the bus stop. The nation — especially New York — was shocked by his disappearance.

Even before cases of missing children routinely garnered national media attention, Etan’s case quickly received a lot of coverage. His father, a professional photographer, disseminated black-and-white photographs of Etan in an effort to find him. The massive search and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25 National Missing Children’s Day.

In the years following the incident, usage of the name Etan (a form of Ethan) increased slightly, both nationally and in New York specifically:

YearU.S. numberNew York number
19785[under 5]
19797[under 5]
19806[under 5]
198319 (peak usage)6
19847[under 5]
19867[under 5]

The name only appeared on the New York list those four years (1981-1983, 1985). It has never shown up on any other state list.

Source: Hancock, Crystal D. “National Observance Calls Attention to Plight of Missing Children.” Nevada Daily Mail 27 May 2007: 1.

Baby Name Prediction – Trayvon

In 1949, more babies than expected were named Rainelle. Same goes for Natalee in 2005. And Caylee in 2008. And Kyron in 2010.

What ties them all together?

Sad events involving young people. Popularity via tragedy, you could say.

This pattern makes me think we’re about to see quite a spike in the number of babies named Trayvon.

Trayvon Martin, a black teenager from Florida, was shot and killed late last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer. The shooter, who claims he was acting in self-defense, has yet to be arrested.

On March 21, a “Million Hoodie March” was held in New York. (Trayvon was wearing a hoodie the day he was killed.) Over the weekend, more protest rallies were held in other U.S. cities. Still more are being planned for this week.

How will these events affect the baby name Trayvon?

Trayvon has been on the charts since the ’70s. Usage peaked in the mid-’90s. Here’s the most recent data:

  • 2010: 68 baby boys named Trayvon
  • 2009: 73 baby boys named Trayvon
  • 2008: 92 baby boys named Trayvon
  • 2007: 94 baby boys named Trayvon
  • 2006: 101 baby boys named Trayvon

I predict that there will be sizable uptick in the number of Trayvons in 2012.

How sizable?

The number of babies named Natalee, Caylee and Kyron more than doubled the years those respective tragedies took place.

I don’t yet know how many Trayvons were born in 2011 — that data won’t be released until May — but if the number is on par with other recent numbers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see well over 200 baby boys named Trayvon in 2012.

Do you agree? Disagree? Think it’s too early to tell?

Source: Rallies held around country for Trayvon Martin

Rainelle: Baby Name Inspired by Tragedy

We know that baby names have been inspired by missing children (e.g., Caylee Anthony, Kyron Horman, Natalee Holloway). Sadly, they’ve also been inspired by murdered children.


One example is Rainelle. The baby name Rainelle was given to 46 baby girls all of a sudden in 1949, making it a top debut name that year. Other baby girls were named Rainell (24), Ranell (8) and Raenelle (5).

So who was the victim?

Rainell Karel Downing, a 2-year-old from Michigan who was murdered in February of 1949. She and her mother Deliphene were victims of the Lonely Hearts Killers Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck.

Mrs. Beck admitted drowning the child, Rainelle [sic] Downing, in a tub of water after Fernandez had killed her mother, Mrs. Delphine [sic] Downing.

(Many newspapers misspelled their names “Rainelle” and “Delphine” repeatedly.)

After a highly sensationalized trial, Fernandez and Beck were found guilty of first-degree murder in August. Both were executed by electric chair about a year and a half later.

Poor Rainell didn’t live long, but it’s nice to think that her name lives on.

Source: “Jury Convicts ‘Hearts’ Pair of Murder.” Reading Eagle 18 Aug. 1949: 1+.

Baby Names Inspired by Kyron Horman

Kyron was one of the many baby names that entered the top 1,000 for the first time in 2010:

  • 2012: 170 baby boys named Kyron
  • 2011: 234 baby boys named Kyron [rank: 887th]
  • 2010: 261 baby boys named Kyron [rank: 821st]
  • 2009: 99 baby boys named Kyron
  • 2008: 96 baby boys named Kyron

What gave it a boost that year?

A little boy from Oregon named Kyron Horman. Not long after being dropped off at school on June 4, 2010, he went missing.

The ensuing search for Kyron became one of the largest ever in Oregon’s history, “with more than 1,300 people from Oregon, Washington and Northern California looking for the boy.” His mysterious disappearance and the massive search effort kept Kyron’s name in the national news for several months straight in mid-2010.

Sadly, he still has not been found.

Source: Kyron Horman, missing 10 years: A timeline