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Baby Names Inspired by M&M’S

M&M'S baby names, candy baby names

What’s the best thing about Halloween? If you said the costumes, or the parties, or the history, or the carving of very elaborate jack-o’-lanterns…you’d be wrong. Because the correct answer is: the candy.

But, as funny as I think it would be to meet a kid named Twizzler, I don’t want people taking names from candy wrappers and putting them onto birth certificates. So let’s look at candy-inspired baby names in a slightly different way by focusing on a single brand with a simple name: M&M’S.

Did you know that M&M’S are the top-selling Halloween candy in California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.? They’re the second-best seller in eight other states, and the third-best seller in three more.

More important for our purposes, though, is the fact that the brand name is essentially the same letter twice. So let’s check out baby names that similarly have two M’s, but two separate M’s. Because, if the candies won’t melt in your hand, the M’s shouldn’t meld in a name.

So here are over 20 baby names with two audibly distinct M’s, just like M&M’S candies:

  • Amram (m) – “exalted nation” in Hebrew.
  • Chrysanthemum (f) – flower name, from the ancient Greek words for “gold” and “flower.”
  • Jemima (f) – “dove” in Hebrew.
  • Kimimila (f) – “butterfly” in Lakota.
  • Leimomi (f) – “pearl lei” or “pearl child” in Hawaiian.
  • Malcolm (m) – “disciple of Saint Columba” in Scottish.
  • Mamie (f) – pet form of Mary or Margaret.
  • Maram (f) – “wish, desire” in Arabic.
  • Maximus, Maxima, Maximilian, etc. (m/f)- “greatest” in Latin.
  • Megumi (f) – Japanese name with various possible meanings, including “love, affection.”
  • Memphis (m/f) – “his beauty” in Egyptian.
  • Menachem (m) – “comforter” in Hebrew.
  • Mimi (f) – pet form of M-names like Mary and Maria.
  • Miriam (f) – original Hebrew form of Mary.
  • Maryam (f) – Arabic form of Maria.
  • Momoka (f) – Japanese name with various possible meanings, including “peach” + “fragrance.”
  • Montgomery (m) – English surname, from Norman French, meaning “Gumarich’s mountain.”
  • Mortimer (m) – English surname, from Old French, meaning “still water.”
  • Muhammad (m) – “praiseworthy” in Arabic.
  • Tomomi (f) – Japanese name with various possible meanings, including “friend” + “beautiful.”

Which of the M+M names above do you like best?

And, are you curious to know what the M’s in “M&M’S” actually stand for? Mars and Murrie, the surnames of Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie, the businessmen who created M&M’S back in the early 1940s. Forrest was the sons of Frank C. Mars (founder of Mars, Incorporated) and Bruce was the son of William F. R. Murrie (president of Hershey’s).

Sources: Top Halloween Candy by State [Interactive Map] – CandyStore.com, Memphis – Online Etymology Dictionary, Behind the Name

The Hawaiian Name Haunani

from here to eternity, soundtrack, haunani, 1953

In 1953, the Hawaiian name Haunani saw high enough national usage* to appear for the first time in the SSA’s baby name data:

  • 1954: unlisted
  • 1953: 6 baby girls named Haunani [debut]
    • 5 born in Hawaii specifically
  • 1952: unlisted

The soundtrack to From Here to Eternity — one of the top-grossing movies of not just 1953, but the entire decade — featured a song called “Haunani.”

The song had been composed by hapa haole musician Randall Kimeona “Randy” Oness for his daughter Haunani (b. 1944). The lyrics were originally in Hawaiian, but English lyrics were added later by lyricist Jack Pitman. Here’s the English version of “Haunani,” as sung by Alfred Apaka:

Later the same year, Coral Records put out an album of the film’s Hawaiian songs, including “Haunani,” performed by Danny Stewart and His Islanders.

The Hawaiian name Haunani is composed of two elements: hau, meaning “ruler,” and nani, meaning “beauty” or “glory.” (“Hau” also happens to be a Hawaiian word for snow.)

Do you like the name Haunani? Do you like it more or less than Leimomi?

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*The minimum threshold for inclusion in the publicly available dataset is five U.S. babies per gender, per year.

The Baby Name Leimomi

the surfers - on the rocks

Leimomi, a Hawaiian name that means “pearl lei” or “pearl necklace,” debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1959:

  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: 6 baby girls named Leimomi
  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: 8 baby girls named Leimomi [debut]
    • 5 born in Hawaii specifically
  • 1958: unlisted
  • 1957: unlisted

The debut was likely inspired by the song “Leimomi,” written by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs and recorded by Hawaiian foursome The Surfers (Alan Naluai, Clayton Naluai, Patrick Kalani Sylva and Bernie Ching) for their debut album On the Rocks (1958).

The Surfers — like [Don] Ho, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman — were in the first wave of musicians to bring the Islands’ music to the post-statehood Mainland audience.

Their debut album “was a whopping hit” successful enough to allow the boys to quit college and devote “all their time to making more records and appearing in clubs” and other places, including Disneyland and the Stardust in Las Vegas.

The name Leimomi has been on and off the SSA’s list since then, last appearing in 1990. What do you think of it?

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Phone Book Fishing on Molokai – Bootie, Grandharva, Iqbal, Wren

Here are some interesting names I found in the Molokai phone book, which consists of a mere 12 pages:

Ador
Ameron
Arizona
Arleone
Arvo
Aulii
Balbino
Bettygene
Bibiana
Bootie
Burrelle
Burridge
Carnation
Castle
Cheiko
Chiemi
Chikara
Constantino
Cookie
Dartagnon
Davidette
Dedric
Democrito
Dionisio
Eddiemar
Egmedio
Eladio
Estanislao
Ewart
Felicidad
Fiette
Filiga
Filumena
Flordeliza
Geneva
Grandharva
Hajime
Halia
Herminio
Hiroshi
HollyCleo
Honda
Honorato
Hoomalu
Ikaika
Ilika
Ililani
Iolani
Iqbal
Irenio
Irmalynn
Jeness
Jersula
Jimelo
Justiniano
Kachan
Kaelin
Kaeo
Kahala
Kahikina
Kaipo
Kakai
Kamakana
Kanaiaupuni
Kanani
Kapua
Kapuaola
Kauila
Kaulananapua****
Kazumi
Kealoha
Kelson
Kinisimere
Kiva
Kraig
Kui
Kulani
Lahela
Lavarius
Lega
Leimomi
Mahiki
Maka
Makaahoa
Makia
Maleka
Malu
Manuai
Manono
Maunaloa
Mauntrese
Mapuana
Maunalani
Meilin
Mele
Melecio
Melorine
Mercury
Mihana
Mihpel
Minka
Moana
Monteflor
Mosese
Myrnamae
Nahiwa
Nalani
Napua
Nelita
Noa
Nobby
Noelani
Ochie
Olisaemeka
Paciencie
Paiea
Pecoraro
Pierluigi
Pelin
Perfecto
Perpetua
Policarpio
Princess
Prosper
Pualani
Puanani
Punahele
Remedios
Renalynn
Reveena
Rhinehardt
Roshani
Satoru
Segunda
Siosifa
Takaji
Tante
Theisman
Theopista
Tiborcio
Torao
Uilani
Uldarico
Ululani
Vandale
Vashti
Vilani
Volsha
Wallumore
Wiliama
Wren
Yukitaka
Ziana

****Kaulananapua must have come from the Hawaiian patriotic song “Kaulana Na Pua.” The title translates to “famous are the flowers.”

These 150+ names actually represent a sizeable chunk of the population (estimated at somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 residents).

P.S. One other name I noticed while searching was Deepak Chopra. My first thought was, “Wow, someone has the same name as Deepak Chopra?” Then I did some digging, and it seems that the real Dr. Chopra does indeed have ties to the island. So…if you want to call Deepak Chopra directly, try the Molokai white pages.

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