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Popularity of the Baby Name Lucy


Posts that Mention the Name Lucy

Name Quotes 91: Wendy, Elliot, Thorlogh

From the 2010 book Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision by Louis P. Masur:

Peter Knobler, a writer for Crawdaddy, got an early listen [to “Born to Run”] in Springsteen’s Long Branch house. The place was cluttered with motorcycle magazines and old 45s. Over Bruce’s bed, according to Knobler, was a poster of Peter Pan leading Wendy out the window. The detail is suggestive: “Wendy let me in, I wanna be your friend/I want to guard your dreams and visions.”

From an article called “Khmer Legends” in The Cambodia Daily:

[T]he municipality has recently erected a statue of the fabled Yeay Penh, the woman who is credited with giving Phnom Penh its landmark hill.

As the story goes, in the 1370s, Yeay Penh asked her neighbors to raise the mound in front of her home so as to build on top of it a sanctuary to house the four statues of Buddha she had found inside a floating tree trunk. That mound, or phnom, is credited with giving Phnom Penh its name.

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“The problem is we have no proof,” said Ros Chantrabot, a Cambodian historian and vice president of the Royal Academy of Cambodia.

“In all likelihood she did exist or, at the very least, the tale is based on an actual person, since Penh’s hill, or Phnom Penh, is there for all to see,” he said.

[“Yeah Penh” is the equivalent of “Grandmother Penh.” The word yeay in Cambodian is a title used to refer to and/or address an older female.]

From a recent Instagram post by actor Elliot Page (formerly called Ellen Page):

Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.

From the essay “On Naming Women and Mountains” by Lucy Bryan Green:

My own name scratches and constricts like an ill-fitting sweater. It comforts me to be [at Yosemite National Park] with wild things that do not speak it. As I walk among Steller’s jays and Brewer’s lupine and Douglas firs, I think, you, too, wear someone else’s name. This is also true of mountains, valleys, rivers, and lakes—names within names. I wonder about the people and the motivations behind these names, which I feel hesitant to say aloud.

From a post about Protestant and Puritan names in Ireland vs. England at the DMNES blog:

Tait says one might expect the saint names, pushed by the Catholic church during the Reformation, and English names, handed down to descendants of settlers, to overtake and eradicate the use of Gaelic names as it did in England (315). She found this was not the case. Irish natives and settlers each retained their own naming systems, preserving them both. In the 1660s, she finds the top 6 names used by native Irish families remained largely Gaelic– Patrick, Bryan, Hugh, Owen, Thorlogh, and Shane, while the top names used by the descendants of settlers remained largely English– John, Thomas, William, Robert, James, and Richard (316).

From the 2015 essay “The Name on My Coffee Cup” by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh:

As a frequent consumer of Starbucks…the most contentious aspect for me when ordering coffee—until now, anyway—has been the perpetual misspelling of my name on the side of the cup. The mutations have been many, and they have often been egregious—“Zal,” “Sowl,” “Sagi,” “Shi”—and then once, incredibly, three years ago, at a branch in the financial district, “Saïd,” diaeresis added, prompting me to seek out the barista, whose hand I grasped with deep feeling but who, frankly, seemed perplexed that anyone would have difficulty spelling my name. He was Latino, I think, and he told me that he had a best friend named Saïd, spelled identically, which would explain his astuteness. Never mind the backstory, I was delighted by the outcome. I photographed the cup for posterity, and then, for good measure, tweeted it for the world to see.

Other tweeted misspellings include Saíd, Syeed, Sai, Saii, Sahi, Sie, Säd, Sia, and Sam.

Baby Names Trendy in Particular U.S. States

Here are some baby names that are relatively popular in the U.S., but especially popular (i.e., top 5) in just one or two states:

NameU.S. RankingState Ranking(s)
Easton (m)74th4th in West Virginia
Ezekiel (m)71st5th New Mexico | 5th in Hawaii
Colton (m)59th5th in Delaware
Lucy (f)48th4th in Utah
Willow (f)46th5th in Wyoming
Asher (m)43rd4th in South Dakota | 4th in Wyoming
Lincoln (m)41st5th in Iowa | 5th in South Dakota
Carter (m)30th2nd in West Virginia

Any guesses as to why these names are so trendy in specific spots?

Source: Top 5 Baby Names by State for Births in 2019

The Start of Sondi

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Sondi on “Adventures In Paradise” in 1960

The Sandy-like name Sondi debuted in the U.S. data in 1959 and saw the most usage during the early 1960s:

  • 1962: 7 baby girls named Sondi
  • 1961: 26 baby girls named Sondi
  • 1960: 10 baby girls named Sondi
  • 1959: 5 baby girls named Sondi [debut]
  • 1958: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A beauty queen from Thailand who trying her hand at acting in America.

There was no Miss Thailand contest held in 1959, so Sodsai Vanijvadhana was hand-picked to represent her country at the 1959 Miss Universe contest in Long Beach, California. She competed as “Sondi Sodsai,” and though she didn’t place, she was voted Miss Friendship (aka Miss Congeniality) by her fellow contestants.

The same year, she started making appearances (still as Sondi Sodsai) on U.S. TV shows like Mike Hammer, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, and Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life. She also released an album of exotica music on Liberty Records called Sondi.

Her most notable TV role was on the series Adventures in Paradise (1959-1962) as the recurring character “Sondi,” who appeared primarily in 1960.

She eventually returned to Thailand and became a renowned drama teacher (as Sodsai Pantoomkomol, which is her married name). The drama school at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok is now named the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts. In 2011, Sodsai was named a National Artist of Thailand.

So which Thai beauty queen baby name do you like better: Sondi or Apasra?

Sources: Sodsai Pantoomkomol – Wikipedia, Miss Thailand 1959 Sodsai Vanijvadhana: Bangkok

Popular Baby Names in Western Australia, 2019

According to Western Australia’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2019 were Olivia and Jack.

Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 190 baby girls
  2. Isla, 186
  3. Charlotte, 175
  4. Ava, 171
  5. Amelia, 160
  6. Grace, 146
  7. Mia, 143
  8. Harper, 137
  9. Ella, 124
  10. Lucy, 118

Boy Names

  1. Jack, 228 baby boys
  2. Noah, 218
  3. Oliver, 209
  4. Lucas, 181
  5. Leo, 160
  6. James, 156
  7. William, 149
  8. Thomas, 148
  9. Mason, 143
  10. Charlie, 137

In the girls’ top 10, Ella and Lucy replace Chloe, Willow and Zoe. (Lucy rose to 10th all the way from 21st.) In the boys’ top 10, Mason replaces Ethan and Logan.

The girls’ top 50 includes Poppy, Bonnie, and Eloise; the boys’ top 50 includes Harvey, Kai, and Jasper.

Finally, in 2018, the top names were Ava/Charlotte and Oliver.

Sources: Olivia and Jack top the list as WA’s most popular baby names revealed, Popular Baby Names – DOJ – Govt of Western Australia

Top Dog and Cat Names in Winnipeg, 2019

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According to the government of Winnipeg, the most popular dog and cat names in the city in 2019 were Bella and Luna.

Here are the top 10 dog names:

  1. Bella
  2. Charlie
  3. Molly
  4. Bailey
  5. Max
  6. Daisy
  7. Buddy
  8. Lucy
  9. Maggie
  10. Sadie

And here are the top 10 cat names:

  1. Luna
  2. Charlie
  3. Shadow
  4. Smokey
  5. Max
  6. Bella
  7. Molly
  8. Lucy
  9. Kitty
  10. Buddy

I’ve also posted the top pet names for places like San Diego (2016), Toronto (2015), and Lancaster County (2014), if you want to see more popular dog and cat names.

Source: The most popular cat and dog names in Winnipeg in 2019