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Babies Named for Tenley Albright

Tenley Albright, 1956, ItalyThe baby name Tenley first popped up in the SSA’s baby name data in 1953:

  • 1957: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1956: 25 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1955: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1954: 6 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1953: 12 baby girls named Tenley [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted

The inspiration? Tenley Emma Albright (b. 1935), who overcame childhood polio to become a world-class figure skater.

She won a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics, became the first “triple crown” winner (U.S., North American, and World titles) in figure skating in 1953, and won a gold medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics (the first to be televised).

After retiring from figure skating in 1956, she became a surgeon.

Where did she get her name?

“I don’t know exactly where my mother found the name Tenley. When I asked her, she said, “I just liked the sound.”

Her family is full of interesting names: father Hollis, mother Elin, and brother Nile (whose name is “Elin” spelled backwards). Her first husband was named Tudor, and her three daughters are Lilla Rhys, Elin, and Elee.

In 1965, Tenley explained her eldest daughter’s name to Sports Illustrated. She said that Lilla came from the Swedish expression Lilla Vän (“little friend”) — her mother’s childhood nickname — and that Rhys was a family name.

In July of 2014, for her 79th birthday, Tenley hosted a party for her many namesakes at the Boston Skating Club. She promoted the party via the website My Name Is Tenley. Over 60 Tenleys showed up, some coming from as far away as London and Holland. The party even featured a performance by an 11-year-old skater named (what else?) Tenley.

(And what pushed the name Tenley in the top 1,000 for the first time in 2010? A contestant named Tenley on the 14th season of The Bachelor.)

Sources:

  • Albright, Tenley – National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • La Fontaine, Barbara. “There is a doctor on the ice.” Sports Illustrated 8 Feb. 1965.
  • Sharing the Name Tenley
  • Tenley Albright throws a bash for other Tenleys
  • Tenley Albright – Wikipedia
  • Image: © UPI, 1956


    Female Names in Texas, 1860

    Vicki Betts, a librarian at the University of Texas, put together a neat list of female names using the 1860 census records for Smith County, Texas.

    Here’s some background information, per Vicki:

    Ninety per cent of the people had emigrated to the county within the preceding ten years, 95.8% born in the states of the future Confederacy, 1.8% in the border states, 1.6% in northern states, and 0.8% in foreign countries. Therefore, these name should be fairly representative of Southern female names in general, with the exception of Alamo, Texas, Texana, etc.

    And now the names! Here are the names that appeared most frequently on the 1860 Smith County census:

    Mary, 501
    Sarah, 271
    Martha, 247
    Elizabeth, 218
    Jane, 199
    Ann, 198
    Nancy, 176
    Margaret, 98
    Susan, 95
    Frances, 94
    Eliza, 74
    Amanda, 65
    Louisa, 61
    Laura, 52
    Lucinda, 50
    Rebecca, 50
    Emily, 49
    Catherine, 48
    Caroline, 41
    Julia, 39
    Anna, 31
    Isabella, 28
    Ellen, 26
    Josephine, 25
    Harriet, 24
    Emmer, 22
    Lucy, 22
    Rachel, 22
    Melissa, 18
    Adeline, 17
    Malinda, 17
    Matilda, 16
    Allice, 15
    Mariah, 15
    Virginia, 15
    Minerva, 14
    Ella, 13
    Eveline, 13
    Charlotte, 12
    Cynthia, 10
    Evaline, 10
    Victoria, 10
    Emeline, 9
    Hannah, 9
    Hellen, 9
    Theodosia, 9
    Angeline, 8
    Eudora, 8
    Eugenia, 8
    Mahala, 8
    Ophelia, 8
    Permelia, 8
    Dorotha, 7
    Fannie, 7
    Missouri, 7
    Olive, 7
    Samantha, 7
    Tabitha, 7
    Ada, 6
    Charity, 6
    Delilah, 6
    Flora, 6
    Georgia, 6
    Tennessee, 6

    Names in the 2-to-5 range:

    • 5: Clementine, Cyntha, Florence, Ida, Joannah, Narcissa, Priscilla, Serena, Texana, Texas
    • 4: Almeda, Amelia, Augusta, Celia, Clara, Cornelia, Dicy, Dora, Henrietta, Janetta, Louisiana, Louvenia, Lulah, Mollie, Parmelia, Penelope, Ruth, Susannah
    • 3: Alma, Amarillo, Angelina, Antonette, Carrie, Casandra, Christiana, Clarissa, Cora, Cordelia, Edna, Emma, Ester, Fanny, Irena, Jemima, Kesiah, Leona, Leonora, Lucretia, Lyddia, Manerva, Maranda, Morando, Mildred, Milly, Narcissus, Olevia, Piety, Rhoda, Sallie, Sefrona, Sophrona, Telulah, Zelida
    • 2: Abigal, Adaline, Adelia, Agnes, Alabama, Alcasarah, America, Amy, Annetta, Araminta, Armelia, Arrenia, Candis, Caledonia, Celina, Easter, Eller, Elvira, Epsey, Exer, Henryetta, Jaly, Judy, Leah, Luella, Madora, Malissa, Marsileet, Medorah, Melinda, Mattie, Minnie, Moranda, Nelly, Olivia, Priscella, Rhody, Roxana, Salena, Sirena, Sophia, Temperance, Viola, Willie

    Finally, names that appeared only once:

    Abbigal
    Abi
    Absaly
    Adah
    Adalade
    Adaline
    Addia
    Adelade
    Adella
    Ader
    Aimenetta
    Alamanzer
    Alamo
    Alcisty
    Alis
    Allethia
    Almanda
    Alphine
    Alsey
    Althie
    Alvarado
    Alvira
    Amarantha
    Amarylles
    Amazor
    Ameda
    Americus
    Amira
    Ansebell
    Appy
    Arabella
    Arainetta
    Aramintha
    Aranda
    Arcadia
    Ardalla
    Armedilla
    Armel
    Armelda
    Arminda
    Artele
    Arvezene
    Arvilla
    Atha
    Audella
    Aurire
    Azeline
    Barbary
    Belzora
    Bendett
    Bernessa
    Bethania
    Bethany
    California
    Callie
    Camella
    Camilla
    Candas
    Candice
    Cansandra
    Carrentha
    Casandre
    Castero
    Cecily
    Celistia
    CerroGordo
    Christana
    Cicily
    Claranda
    Claricinda
    Conzada
    Darcus
    Deannah
    Debra
    Delila
    Delitha
    Della
    Delmar
    Derinda
    Deziah
    Dicey
    Dilla
    Dilly
    Disha
    Dlia
    Dola
    Domaris
    Dorothea
    Dovy
    Drucilla
    Dulcena
    Dyca
    Eddie
    Edith
    Editha
    Elander
    Eleanor
    Elisa
    Ellenor
    Elmina
    Elsy
    Elvy
    Elwina
    Elzina
    Elzona
    Emaline
    English
    Eunis
    Euphema
    Euphemia
    Euratasa
    Evy
    Falby
    Fenette
    Fillmore
    Flore
    Florida
    Fransina
    Georgana
    George Eller
    Georgiana
    Harmoner
    Hazeltine
    Heepsebeth
    Heland
    Hester
    Hetty
    Hilery
    Hutoka
    Idella
    Imogenia
    Indiana
    Inez
    Irine
    Isabelle
    Isadora
    Jeannah
    Jerusha
    Jessie
    Joana
    Joicy
    Joly
    Judah
    Judith
    Juliett
    June
    Kasandre
    Kasana
    Keburah
    Keturah
    Lailah
    Larresa
    Larrissa
    Laurena
    Lavacca
    Lela
    Leora
    Leuella
    Levega
    Levina
    Lewella
    Lilla
    Lillian
    Lilly
    Lina
    Livana
    Livona
    Lizza
    Loreey
    Loreta
    Lourana
    Lourena
    Lourenia
    Louretta
    Louvena
    Louvina
    Lova
    Lovena
    Lucretice
    Lurana
    Lurena
    Lutitia
    Luvena
    Lydda
    Madella
    Madosa
    Malabry
    Mariella
    Marietta
    Marinda
    Marion
    Marbre
    Marcella
    Marcena
    Marg
    Matta
    McReudry
    Medarah
    Melbry
    Melvina
    Mercena
    Milley
    Millison
    Minor
    Missoura
    Mitty
    Molly
    Morinua
    Mouring
    Mourmen
    Mourning
    Nannett
    Narcisa
    Nebraska
    Neome
    Neomia
    Nicy
    Nina
    Nisse
    Occo
    Octavia
    Oja
    Oliva
    Omino
    Orpha
    Oudelia
    Paralee
    Paralie
    Parilee
    Parolee
    Parthena
    Pauline
    Pemelia
    Pernetta
    Pernisia
    Petrona
    Phebe
    Pheby
    Phereby
    Philliss
    Pleasant
    Pope
    Prascovia
    Pricilla
    Prudence
    Recella
    Resalla
    Reozia
    Resiah
    Rhina
    Rosana
    Rosanna
    Rosena
    Sabra
    Sabrina
    Salina
    Samaria
    Saphona
    Saphrona
    Sareta
    Sebrina
    Sefrone
    Seleta
    Selethia
    Selina
    Shaby
    Sharlotti
    Silena
    Sina
    Sirena
    Sobrina
    Sofrona
    Solona
    Sonora
    Sophier
    Stacy
    Surana
    Tabetha
    Taletha
    Talitha
    Telpha
    Teressa
    Texanah
    Texanna
    Theodora
    Theressa
    Tranquilla
    Trephemia
    Ululie
    Vanburena
    Vandalia
    Varlinda
    Vashti
    Vasti
    Verlinda
    Vertula
    Victora
    Victorier
    Vina
    Vinolia
    Violet
    Vunavista
    Wennyford
    Wilford
    Wilmouth
    Wineford
    Winerfred
    Winnaford
    Winnfred
    Zarilla
    Zeban
    Zeleame
    Zira
    Zouley

    See any names you like? Any that make you curious?

    Here are some thoughts I had:

    • Location names were more common than I thought they’d be. Seven females named Missouri? Six named Tennessee? Huh.
    • I love that Emmer appeared 22 times, while Emma appeared a mere 3 times.
    • The Battle of Cerro Gordo (1847) inspired a handful of namesakes. Cerro gordo is Spanish for “fat hill.”
    • Hutoka: Or, The Maid of the Forest: a Tale of the Indian Wars (1846) by Osgood Bradbury inspired several hundred namesakes nationwide. The book claimed that the fictitious Native American name Hutoka meant “springing fawn.”
    • Martin Van Buren — no doubt the inspiration behind Vanburena — was president of the U.S. from 1837 to 1841.
    • I’m thinking Vunavista was based on buena vista, Spanish for “good view.”

    Source: Female First Names in the 1860 Smith County, Texas, Census, via Vicki Betts