The Spanish name Joselito first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1961:
1967: 23 baby boys named Joselito (8 in NY)
1966: 15 baby boys named Joselito
1965: 14 baby boys named Joselito
1964: 14 baby boys named Joselito (6 in NY)
1963: 15 baby boys named Joselito (7 in NY)
1962: 16 baby boys named Joselito (9 in NY)
1961: 12 baby boys named Joselito [debut]
Where did it come from?
A little boy with a lovely voice.
Spanish child star Joselito, known as “the little nightingale,” was born José Jiménez Fernández in Spain in 1943 (though the public was told that he was born years later than this). He starred in his first film in 1957, and followed that up with a string of successful movies and albums.
A few years into this career, he began crossing the Atlantic* — mainly to make movies in Mexico, but also to make several promotional appearances on U.S. television. Specifically, he performed on the The Ed Sullivan Show three times: in October of 1960, December of 1960, and January of 1961.
These TV appearances introduced American audiences to Joselito — and to his name — and no doubt brought about the debut of “Joselito” in the data.
Becca of the blog The Life of a Young Expat wrote to me a few weeks ago. She’d like some help brainstorming for a boy name. She says:
We are a mixed family (North American/Ecuadorian). We live in Ecuador and have a 2.5yo daughter named Kesha Lee who has a traditional Ecuadorian combined last name (Garate Adams, the first part of our last name is pronounced Gah-ra-teh).
I am currently 25 weeks pregnant with a boy and we can’t come up with names that both my husband and I agree upon. We both have very typical names (I am Rebecca Lee, he is Christian Arturo but goes by Arturo), but we would like something original, yet not totally weird for our son. Something like Kesha. You can pronounce it in both English and Spanish. It’s not too long, and it’s not one of those names that teachers will have a pre-existing bias about her when she steps foot in the classroom! (Basically, she can create her own personality!)
The only name my husband and I can agree on is London, but I’m not convinced and don’t think that naming a boy London, considering the current feminine trend for this name, is a good choice.
We own an international immersion program company here in Ecuador (www.elnomad.com) and are avid travelers. So something related to that would ring true with our family. We don’t have family names that we like (I like my dad’s middle name for a middle name, Holmes, but my husband says it sounds like a real estate agency haha).
Lots to consider here! This will be fun.
I’d like to start with the topic of travel first. I think it would be extremely cool to work that into the baby’s name somehow. Here are a few ideas:
Damon, which originally comes from Greek myth and means “to tame, subdue.” It also happens to be nomad spelled backwards.
Miles, of uncertain derivation, but because it’s a homonym of the English word miles there are strong associations with distance/movement.
Nando, inspired by Fernando/Hernando. The entire name-family is connected to travel in two ways: famous explorers (Ferdinand Magellan, Hernando de Soto, Hernan Cortes) and etymology (the first element is said to come from the Germanic word farð, meaning “journey”).
Doran, from the Irish surname Doran, anglicized from Ó Deoradháin, “descendent of Deoradhán.” Deoradhán is a diminutive of deòradh, one of the meanings of which is “pilgrim.” Other meanings are “stranger” and “outlaw.”
Hudson, from the English surname meaning “son of Hudde.” It was the surname of English explorer Henry Hudson. It’s also fairly similar to London.
Palmer, from the English surname that originally signified a pilgrim, i.e., someone coming back from the Holy Land with a palm frond.
I did find some other travel-related names (e.g., Peregrine/Perry, Nestor) but they seemed too old-fashioned to pair with Kesha.
And here are some random ideas based on style alone:
I’m not entirely sure how well all of the above names would work in Ecuador, so I apologize in advance if I’ve included any not-so-great suggestions.
I wasn’t too surprised that Lyndon and Ulysses claimed the top two spots. Lyndon, as Cathy points out, fits well with “today’s naming trends.” And Ulysses, as Camilla notes, might be appealing because it “isn’t a surname-as-first-name” like the other names on the list.
Next poll, coming up!
UPDATE, 11/2013: The first Presidential Name poll closed a long time ago, but I’ve just opened up a second one in the original post – go vote!