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The Trouble with Facundo

In the 1950s, Ramón Sanchez was a Mexican-American student attending elementary school in southern California.

By the second grade, his name had been Anglicized to “Raymond.” Similarly, students named Maria and Juanita had become “Mary” and “Jane.”

Then a new student named Facundo [fah-COON-do] arrived.

When he came to school we noticed they called an emergency administrative meeting. You could kind of hear them talking through the door, you know, “What are we going to do with this guy, man? How are we going to change his name?”

Someone suggested that they shorten Facundo to “Fac,” but it was decided that “Fac” was too close to a dirty word.

You can’t be saying ‘Fac where’s your homework,’ ‘Where’s Fac at,’ you know what I mean?

And so, at Ramón’s elementary school, Facundo ended up being the only kid who never got his name changed.

The Spanish/Portuguese name Facundo comes from the Roman name Facundus. In Latin, facundus means “eloquent, fluent.”

Source: Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez – StoryCorps

Name Quotes #65: Charlie, Jessica, Mahathir

Time for another batch of name quotes!

From the 2000 movie Where the Heart Is, character Lexie (Ashley Judd) talking about her kids’ names:

“I call my kids after snack foods: Brownie, Praline, Cherry and Baby Ruth.”

From an article about “weird” Dominican personal names by Isabelia Herrera:

When my mother was pregnant with me, she and my father read La montaña es algo más que una inmensa estepa verde, Omar Cabezas’ personal account of his time living with Sandinista guerrilla revolutionaries in the Cordillera Isabelia, a mountain range in Nicaragua. Today I choose to do justice to the radical provenance of my name, after years of subjecting myself to mispronunciations, ultracorrections, and the bulldozing erasure that accompanies nicknames. […] Because I’m not Izzy or Isa, I’m Isabelia.

From an article about the Fultz sisters, Americas first identical African-American quadruplets (b. 1946):

“The doctor took it upon himself to name the girls — all of them Mary, followed by the names of the women in the Klenner family. There was Ann, for the doctor’s wife; Louise, his daughter; Alice, his aunt; and Catherine, his great-aunt.

To the delivery nurse, who is black, it didn’t seem strange.

“At that time, you know, it was before integration,” Margaret Ware, 79, recalled recently. “They did us how they wanted. And these were very poor people. He was a sharecropper, Pete [Mr. Fultz] was, and she [Mrs. Fultz] couldn’t read or write.

From an essay by a woman whose in-laws hated her baby’s name:

Charlie was our choice. Not the most “out there” name in the world, but also not too overused or common. I honestly did not see why it was so very controversial. But they hated it. With a passion.

And they weren’t afraid to tell us. At the dinner table. At the restaurant. And even the day before Charlie was born.

[…]

Maybe they didn’t realize how hurtful it might be? Maybe they thought the name was so atrocious that they had to say something or else our kid would live a life of ridicule and pain? I just don’t freaking know.

From an article about Utah setting trends for unique baby names:

While in recent years Utah has garnered attention for spelling names in more unique (or tortuous) ways, Utah has actually been the trendsetter within the United States in naming kids for a century

[…]

For many names, popularity hits Utah typically five or so years before elsewhere in the country. In some cases, like Evan, names are popular only in Utah for decades before they gain national traction.

From an article about tropical cyclone names:

For a tropical cyclone with wind speeds that could reach up to 150 kmph and has forced the evacuation of three lakh people in the Odisha coastline, Titli — meaning butterfly — is a surprisingly delicate name.

(“Titli” was Pakistan’s choice, btw.)

From an article about the Malaysian prime minister’s influence on baby names:

Malaysian Prime Minster Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad is now a source of inspiration for parents looking to name their babies.

The names ‘Tun’ and ‘Mahathir’ are extremely popular, with 4,726 people named Tun and 420 named Mahathir, according to the country’s National Registration Department (NRD).

From an article about having the name Jihad:

“Especially in the Midwest, when they heard my name was Jihad the first thing that appeared to their minds was the image of suicide bombers, and the jihadists that attack the army in Afghanistan or Iraq.”

[Jihad Abdo, one of Syria’s best-known actors], whose most popular TV show had an audience of 50 million, simply couldn’t catch a break in Los Angeles. He suffered through 100 failed auditions and scraped by delivering pizza for Domino’s.

He realised that to keep his career, he would have to lose his name.

[…]

He considered Jude, but settled on the name Jay – simple, innocuous – American.

Things changed overnight, “because Jay for them is a lovely guy – it brings to them Jay Leno or… lovely people – people they are comfortable with. It doesn’t create any ‘sensitivity’, let’s say.”

From an article about a Maine-themed restaurant in Japan:

Yes, this Asian outpost of Maine food and culture is named after that Cabot Cove. The one where the fictitious mystery writer Jessica Fletcher (played by Angela Lansbury from 1984 to 1996 on CBS) solved so many crimes that in 2012 researchers declared if the town were real, it would have the world’s highest murder rate.

It turns out that re-runs of “Murder, She Wrote” – or “Jessica Obasan no Jikenbo,” which translates to “Auntie Jessica’s Case Files” – were also must-see TV in Japan. Kiyoto and Keiko Deguchi, the owners of Cabot Cove restaurant, are big fans.

For more, check out the name quotes category.

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter M (part 1)

maris wrixon, movie, name, 1940sHere’s the next installment of rare female names collected from old films (1910s-1940s).

The list of M-names was long, so I split it in two. The second half will be posted in a few weeks.

Maartje
Maartje Poole was a character played by actress Gladys Brockwell in the film So Big (1924).

Mab
Mab was a character played by actress Mignon Anderson in the short film Lost: A Union Suit (1914).

Mabella
Mabella was a character played by actress Eva Novak in the film The Man from Hell’s River (1922).

Mabs
Mabs was a character played by actress Doris Lloyd in the film The Careless Age (1929).

Macushla
Macushla Westmacott was a character played by actress Jean Adrienne in the film Father O’Flynn (1935).

Madelinette
Madelinette was a character played by actress Agnes Ayres in the film The Lane That Had No Turning (1922).

Madelon
Madelon was a character name in multiple films, including as Fanchon, the Cricket (1915) and The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931).

Madge
Madge Evans was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in New York in 1909. Her birth name was Margherita Evans. Madge Kennedy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1970s. She was born in Illinois in 1891. Madge was also a character name in multiple films, including The Tragedy of Ambition (short, 1914) and The Peace of Roaring River (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Madge.

Madlaine
Madlaine Traverse was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Ohio in 1875.

Mado
Mado was a character played by actress Lana Turner in the film Dramatic School (1938).

Mady
Mady Christians was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1940s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Austria) in 1892. Her birth name was Marguerite Maria Christians.

  • Usage of the baby name Mady.

Mafalda
Mafalda was a character played by actress Paulette Duval in the film No Other Woman (1928).

Magda
Magda Foy was a child actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in New York in 1905. Her birth name was Magdalena Patricia Foy. Madga was also a character played by actress Gertrude Michael in the film I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Magda.

Magdalen
Magdalen was a character played by actress Julia Swayne Gordon in the film The Battle Cry of Peace (1915).

Maggia
Maggia was a character played by actress Lydia Yeamans Titus in the film A Burglar for a Night (1918)

Mahaly
Mahaly was a character played by actress Florence Short in the film Kildare of Storm (1918).

Mahbubah
Mahbubah was a character name in multiple films, including Chu-Chin-Chow (1925) and Chu-Chin-Chow (1934).

Mahina
Mahina was a character played by actress Raquel Echeverría in the film Waikiki Wedding (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Mahina.

Mahlee
Mahlee was a character played by actress Alla Nazimova in the film The Red Lantern (1919).

Mahwissa
Mahwissa was a character played by actress Eulalie Jensen in the short film West Wind (1915).

Mahyna
Mahyna was a character played by actress Betty Compson in the film She Got What She Wanted (1930).

Mai
Mai Wells was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in California in 1862. Mai was also a character played by actress Myrna Loy in the film Don Juan (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Mai.

Maida
Maida was a character name in multiple films, including The Grey Sisterhood (short, 1916) and The Island of Intrigue (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Maida.

Maidel
Maidel Turner was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Texas in 1888.

Maimiti
Maimiti was a character played by actress Mamo Clark in the film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).

Mait
Mait Stanley was a character played by actress Leila Hyams in the film Sandra (1924).

Maizee
Maizee was a character played by actress Winnie Lightner in the film She Had to Say Yes (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Maizee.

Malbro
Malbro was a character played by actress Bette Davis in the film The Rich Are Always with Us (1932).

Maletta
Countess Maletta was a character played by actress Claire Trevor in the film The Desperadoes (1943).

Maleva
Maleva was a character played by actress Maria Ouspenskaya in the films The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).

Malissa
Malissa Milton was a character played by actress Marguerite Courtot in the short film Fate’s Midnight Hour (1914).

Malita
Malita was a character played by actress Rafaela Ottiano in the film The Devil-Doll (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Malita.

Malmama
Malmama was a character played by actress Ormi Hawley in the short film Women of the Desert (1913).

Malva
Malva was a character played by actress Lya De Putti in the film Malva (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Malva.

Malvina
Malvina Longfellow was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1889. Malvina Polo was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. She was born in California in 1903. Malvina was also a character name in multiple films, including Ann Vickers (1933) and Let’s Make Music (1941).

Malvolia
Malvolia Brown was a character played by actress Juanita Quigley in the film National Velvet (1944).

Mamie
Mamie was a character name in multiple films, including Public Enemy (1931) and You Live and Learn (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Mamie.

Mamo
Mamo Clark, often credited simply as Mamo, was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in Hawaii in 1914.

Manette
Manette was a character name in multiple films, including Monsieur Nikola Dupree (short, 1915) and An Obvious Situation (1930).

Manon
Manon was a character name in multiple films, including When a Man Loves (1927) and Lady of the Tropics (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Manon.

Manora
Manora Thew was an English actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in India in 1891.

Manya
Manya was a character name in multiple films, including The Wedding Night (1935) and Paris Honeymoon (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Manya.

Marah
Marah was a character played by actress Lila Leslie in the short film Marah, the Pythoness (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Marah.

Marama
Marama was a character name in multiple films, including The Adorable Savage (1920) and The Hurricane (1937).

Marcel
Marcel was a character name in multiple films, including Silent Years (1921) and Crossed Wires (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Marcel.

Marcelle
Marcelle Corday was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Belgium in 1890. Marcelle Hontabat was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1916. She was born in New York in 1897. Marcelle was also a character name in multiple films, including The Way Out (1918) and 50 Million Frenchmen (1931).

Marcene
Marcene Elliot was a character played by actress Pauline Starke in the film The Broken Butterfly (1919).

Marcolina
Marcolina was a character played by actress Paulette Duval in the film Blarney (1926).

Marda
Marda was a character name in multiple films, including Ramona (1928) and Blame the Woman (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Marda.

Marea
Marea was a character played by actress Florence Turner in the film As Ye Repent (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Marea.

Marga-Jane
Marga-Jane Hastings was a character played by actress Adele Mara in the film I, Jane Doe (1948).

Marge
Marge was a character name in multiple films, including Merry-Go-Round (1932) and Charter Pilot (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Marge.

Marget
Marget MacTavish was a character played by actress Mary Pickford in the film The Pride of the Clan (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Marget.

Margia
Margia Dean was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was born in Illinois in 1922. Her birth name was Marguerite Louise Skliris.

  • Usage of the baby name Margia.

Margit
Margit was a character name in multiple films, including Double Wedding (1937) and Moonlight Sonata (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Margit.

Margolotte
Margolotte was a character played by actress Leontine Dranet in the film The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914).

Margy
Margy was a character played by actress Marie Prevost in the film The Runaround (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Margy.

Marianela
Marianela was a character played by actress Marquita Madero in the film Two Latins from Manhattan (1941).

Mariata
Mariata was a character played by actress Eugenie Forde in the short film Jim’s Atonement (1913).

Maribelle
Maribelle was a character played by actress Adele Mara in the film Grissly’s Millions (1945).

Marienka
Marienka was a character played by actress Lillian Leighton in the film The Hostage (1917).

Marietta
Marietta was a character name in multiple films, including The Van Warden Rubies (short, 1913) and Naughty Marietta (1935).

Mariette
Mariette was a character name in multiple films, including Rouged Lips (1923) and The Doctor and the Girl (1949).

Marija
Marija was a character played by actress Alice Marc in the film The Jungle (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Marija.

Marilla
Marilla was a character name in multiple films, including Anne of Green Gables (1919) and Anne of Green Gables (1934).

Mariposa
Mariposa Ginsbotham was a character played by actress Barbara Jo Allen in the film Priorities on Parade (1942).

Maris
Maris Wrixon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Washington in 1916. Her birth name was Mary Alice Wrixon.

  • Usage of the baby name Maris.

Marise
Marise La Noue was a character played by actress Enid Bennett in the film The Red Lily (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Marise.

Mariska
Mariska was a character played by actress Betty Blythe in the film The Undercurrent (1919).

Marita
Marita was a character played by actress Ann Blyth in the film Top o’ the Morning (1949).

  • Usage of the baby name Marita.

Maritana
Maritana was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the film Don Caesar de Bazan (1915).

Mariusha
Mariusha was a character played by actress Julia Faye in the film The Volga Boatman (1926).

Marja
Marja was a character played by actress Rosemary Theby in the short film Playing with Fire (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Marja.

Marjanah
Marjanah was a character played by actress Pearl Argyle in the film Chu-Chin-Chow (1934).

Marna
Marna was a character name in multiple films, including The Quality of Faith (1916) and Rough Romance (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Marna.

Marny
Marny was a character played by actress Barbara Bedford in the film Old Loves and New (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Marny.

Maroussia
Maroussia Dimitrevitch was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1950s.

Marquitta
Marquitta was a character played by actress Marie-Louise Iribe in the film Marquitta (1927).

Marsa
Marsa was a character played by actress Pauline Frederick in the film Her Final Reckoning (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Marsa.

Marsari
Princess Marsari was a character played by actress Marguerite Snow in the short film The Heart of the Princess Marsari (1915).

Masha
Masha was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film Redemption (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Masha.

Marsinah
Marsinah was a character name in multiple films, including Kismet (1920) and Kismet (1930).

Marthe
Marthe was a character played by actress Dorothy Mackaill in the film One Year to Live (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Marthe.

Marthy
Marthy was a character name in multiple films, including Anna Christie (1923) and Anna Christie (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Marthy.

Martie
Martie Beemish was a character played by actress Sarah Edwards in the film People Will Talk (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Martie.

Martita
Martita Hunt was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Argentina in 1899.

Marty
Marty McKenzie was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film You Never Saw Such a Girl (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Marty.

Marua
Marua was a character played by actress Dorothy Sebastian in the film The Isle of Forgotten Women (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Marua.

Maruja
Maruja de Costa was a character played by actress Rosita Marstini in the film The Moral Law (1918).

Marvel
Marvel Rea was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Nebraska in 1901.

  • Usage of the baby name Marvel.

Marya
Marya was a character name in multiple films, including The Yellow Ticket (1931) and Dracula’s Daughter (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Marya.

Maryan
Maryan Garner was a character played by actress Helen Twelvetrees in the film Swing High (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Maryan.

Maryana
Maryana was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film The Cossacks (1928).

Marybelle
Marybelle was a character name in multiple films, including The Mask (1918) and Laughter in Hell (1933).

Maryeruth
Maryeruth Boone was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1932.

Mary-‘Gusta
Mary-‘Gusta was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film A Petticoat Pilot (1918).

Maryla
Maryla Sokalska was a character played by actress Ketty Galanta in the film Empty Pockets (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Maryla.

Maryland
Maryland was a character name in multiple films, including The Heart of Maryland (1915) and The Heart of Maryland (1927).

Marylee
Marylee Depue was a character played by actress Gloria Joy in the film The Midnight Burglar (1918).

Mary-Will
Mary-Will Tellfair was a character played by actress Marjorie Daw in the film Fifty Candles (1921).

Mata
Mata was a character played by actress Mary Treen in the film Tahiti Nights (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Mata.

Matafay
Matafay was a character played by actress Lou-Scha-Enya in the film Whoopee! (1930).

Mataoka
Mataoka was a character played by actress Cleo Madison in the film Unseen Hands (1924).

Mathilde
Mathilde was a character played by actress Lois Meredith in the film The Seats of the Mighty (1914).

Matrona
Matrona Pavlovna was a character played by actress Jessie Ralph in the film We Live Again (1934).

Maud
Maud Allan was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1915. She was born in Canada in 1873. Her birth name was Beulah Maude Durrant. Maud was also a character played by actress Miriam Cooper in the film Daughters of the Rich (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Maud.

Maude
Maude was a character name in multiple films, including Prisoners of Conscience (1916) and We’re Rich Again (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Maude.

Maudie
Maudie Dunham was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in England in 1902. Maudie was also a character name in multiple films, including Tell Your Children (1922) and Night After Night (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Maudie.

Maui
Maui was a character played by actress Gale Storm in the film Lure of the Islands (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Maui.

Mauna
Mauna was a character played by actress Valerie Hobson in the film Strange Wives (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Mauna.

Mauree
Mauree was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film West of the Pecos (1934).

Maurine
Maurine was a character name in multiple films, including Mother and Son (1931) and Rhythm of the Saddle (1938).

Maurya
Maurya was a character played by actress Sara Allgood in the short film Riders to the Sea (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Maurya.

Mavity
Mavity Bence was a character played by actress Inez Ranous in the film The Power and the Glory (1918).

Maxene
Maxene Andrews, one of the Andrews Sisters, was a singer and actress who appeared in films from the 1940s. She was born in Minnesota in 1916.

  • Usage of the baby name Maxene.

Maxie
Maxie Carewe was a character played by actress Vivienne Osborne in the film So You Won’t Talk (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Maxie.

Maybelle
Maybelle was a character name in multiple films, including The Wedding Gown (short, 1913) and Rings on Her Fingers (1942).

Mayda
Mayda St. Maurice was a character played by actress Eugenie Forde in the film The Courtesan (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Mayda.

Mayflower
Mayflower was a character played by actress Gladys Hulette in the film Secrets of Paris (1922).

Mayme
Mayme Kelso was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Ohio in 1867. Mayme was also a character name in multiple films, including One Hundred Percent American (short, 1918) and The Mighty (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Mayme.

Mayo
Mayo Methot was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in Oregon in 1904.

  • Usage of the baby name Mayo.

Mayre
Mayre Hall was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Ohio in 1895.

  • Usage of the baby name Mayre.

Maysie
Maysie was a character played by actress Adda Gleason in the film Peggy, of Primrose Lane (short, 1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Maysie.

Mazie-Rosie
Mazie-Rosie Carden was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film Little Miss Optimist (1917).

Which of the above do you like best?

Classics on the Decline: Rebecca, Carol, Susan

girl names falling out of fashion

In last week’s “lowest ever” boy names post, I mentioned that reader Caitlin had shared her research on downward-trending baby names with me recently. While many girl names hit relative lows in 2017, for instance…

  • Sarah, now ranked 62nd — lowest ranking since 1970.
  • Rachel, now ranked 195th — lowest ranking since 1960.
  • Melissa, now ranked 273rd — lowest ranking since 1949.

…a couple of the names on her list, Rebecca and Catherine, hit their “lowest ever” rankings last year. (Plus there was Katherine, a borderline case of a lowest-ever tie.)

So I set out to find other “lowest ever” girl names.

Many of the names I checked (like Clare, Lea, and Bridget) hit a low in 2017, but it wasn’t their all-time low. Many others (like Pauline, Sara, and Mary) hit a low recently, but not as recently as 2017. Still others (like Yvonne) had to be disqualified because, even though they hit their lowest ranking on record in 2017, they didn’t appear in the data for all 138 years (1880-2017)…an issue I didn’t encounter with any of the boy names.

In the end, I was able to add a dozen thirteen names to the list:

  • Ann. Ranked 1,023rd in 2017; peak was 28th in the 1930s.
  • Barbara. Ranked 908th in 2017; peak was 2nd in the 1930s/1940s.
  • Carol. Ranked 1,814th in 2017; peak was 4th in the 1940s.
  • Catherine. Ranked 198th in 2017; peak was 18th in the 1910s.
  • Celia. Ranked 857th in 2017; peak was 141st in the 1880s.
  • Cynthia. Ranked 637th in 2017; peak was 7th in the 1950s.
  • Elisabeth. Ranked 775th in 2017; peak was 286th in the 2000s.
  • Katherine. Ranked 105th in 2017 + 1938; peak 25th in the 1990s.
  • Kathleen. Ranked 871st in 2017; peak was 9th in the 1940s. (Late addition–thanks Kelly!)
  • Linda. Ranked 708th in 2017; peak was 1st in 1940s/1950s.
  • Priscilla. Ranked 527th in 2017; peak was 127th in the 1940s.
  • Rebecca. Ranked 216th in 2017; peak was 10th in the 1970s.
  • Rosa. Ranked 672nd in 2017; peak was 52nd in the 1880s.
  • Susan. Ranked 963rd in 2017; peak was 2nd in the 1950s/1960s.
  • Teresa. Ranked 720th in 2017; peak was 18th in the 1960s.
  • Tressa. Ranked 9242nd in 2017; peak was 761st in the 1960s.

That makes 15 (or 16, if you count Katherine). I certainly could have missed a few, though, so if you can think of a good candidate, please let me know in the comments and I’ll take a look.

The One-Hit Wonder Teenamarie

teena marie, album, starchildSpeaking of Tinamarie…the very similar name Teenamarie first appeared in the U.S. baby name data exactly three decades later, in 1985:

  • 1986: unlisted
  • 1985: 7 baby girls named Tennamarie [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted

That was the year the song “Lovergirl” [vid] by R&B singer Teena Marie (born Mary Christine Brockert) peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

While the name Teenamarie was a one-hit wonder on the baby name charts, Teena Marie herself was not a one-hit wonder on the music charts; she released dozens of successful singles over the course of her career.

The name Teena also saw a spike in usage in 1985.

(Teena saw its highest usage in the mid-1950s, perhaps thanks to both the comic strip Teena and the fashion label Teena Paige. In both of those cases, the name Teena was based on the relatively new term “teenager.” The usage was also no doubt influenced by the rise of Tina.)

Which spelling do you like better, Tinamarie or Teenamarie?