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“Jeopardy!” Baby Names: Alancia and Brannon

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Last week, Becca commented with some interesting Jeopardy! contestant names (e.g., Hobie, Dorcas) and mentioned J! Archive, which lists tens of thousands of Jeopardy! contestants going back to 1984, when the show premiered.

I skimmed through all the contestants from 1984 to 2015 (as we don’t have baby name data for 2016 yet) and spotted hundreds of unusual names. And it looks like at least two of them got a boost thanks to the show:

Alancia

The name Alancia was a one-hit wonder that popped up in 2000:

  • 2001: unlisted
  • 2000: 9 baby girls named Alancia [debut]
  • 1999: unlisted

One-time player Alancia Wynn, a family practice physician from Virginia, was on Jeopardy! in October of 1999.

Brannon

The name Brannon saw an increase in usage in 1998:

  • 1999: 118 baby boys named Brannon
  • 1998: 158 baby boys named Brannon
  • 1997: 113 baby boys named Brannon

One-time player Brannon Denning, a graduate student from Connecticut, was on Jeopardy! in September of 1998. (Looks like Brannon Denning is now a law professor at Samford University.)

Alaric & Ezgi …?

These two names may have gotten a slight boost as well, though it’s hard to tell.

  • Alaric, in 2005. One-time player Alaric Smith was on the show in October of 2005.
  • Ezgi, in 2015. One-time player Ezgi Ustundag was on the show in October of 2015.

Ezgi is a female name that means “melody” in Turkish.

Anjali (false positive)

“Kids Week” contestant Anjali Tripathi was on the show in September of 1999. The same year, the baby name Anjali more than doubled in usage:

  • 2001: 222 baby girls named Anjali
  • 2000: 230 baby girls named Anjali
  • 1999: 202 baby girls named Anjali
  • 1998: 93 baby girls named Anjali
  • 1997: 80 baby girls named Anjali

But this was a suspiciously steep rise. And it was accompanied by the debut of an alternate spelling (Anjalie). And usage didn’t drop back to normal levels the next year, as one would expect. These facts pointed me to something more high-profile than a Jeopardy! contestant.

Turns out the very successful Hindi coming-of-age romantic comedy Kuch Kuch Hota Hai had been released in 1998. The movie featured not one but two main characters named Anjali.

More names!

Here are the rest of the names that caught my eye, sorted by year:

  • 2015: Chandreyi, Dava-Leigh, Desta, Ezgi, Kynan, Mags, Praggya, Rook, Tiombi
  • 2014: Ben-Hur, Dinu, FeiFei, Gudrun, Ilissa, Kenesha, LaWanda, Leszek, Mariusz, Myfanwy, Osei, Shloka, Sirena
  • 2013: Arne, Berek, Diva, Kelton, Kinu, Nilai, Nishanth, Ramsin, Rhea, Salvo, Shuli, Sonrisa, Tahne, Twyla, Waymond, Xan, Yellowlees
  • 2012: Anshika, Benton, Bing, Deniz, Injee, Jessamine, Jia-Rui, Mithun, Pian, Shaanti,
    Vamsi, Vinayak
  • 2011: Bhibha, Boomie, Cosi, Gabor, Gitta, Idrees, Karawan, LuEllen, Milind, Raphie
  • 2010: Huat, Kemi, Marianthe, Raghuveer, Shaama, Surabhi
  • 2009: Ariella, Claxton, Cyn, Daphna, Drusha, Hayes, Henok, Jove, Lysette, Nirav, Ranjan, Seyi, Shyra, Tui (TOO-ee), Wright
  • 2008: Anurag, Babatope, Delano, Elza, Gilah, Kew, Murtaza, Naren, Srinivas, Vibin, Zia
  • 2007: Arlynda, Bethlehem, Clé, Haritha, Khoa, Kai-Ning, Kizzle, Lateefah, Lenzy, Marvene, Mehrun, Ssezi, Tigger, Toho, Tope
  • 2006: Dianisbeth, Iddoshe, Karmie, Lizard, Nemanja, Nissan, Oz, Ozgun, Papa, Pinki, Raena, Reda, Sioux, Tawney
  • 2005: Alaric, Corinth, Jayanth, Kem, Kingslea, LeeAundra, Ruchi, Ruvani, Vanamali
  • 2004: Denele, Kermin, M’Liss, Nithya
  • 2003: Alicen, Amasa, Eok, Freya, Nulty, Snowden, Vane
  • 2002: Anagha, Dileep, Gadi, Hikma, Jara, Kirik, Kunle, Manoj, Muzy (MYOO-zee), Omid, Quyen, Rafi, Seveen, Shasa, Tana, Umiko
  • 2001: Aki, Babu, Gosia, Marek, Mittie, Neha, Ulhas, Vinita
  • 2000: Akshai, Arrington, Celiane, Cinnamon, Iyesatu, Jeeks, Manx, Meri-Jane, Mitali, Sabin, Tarun
  • 1999: Ajuan, Alancia, Anjali, Chacko, Davine, Happy, Mihee, Seale, Wellington, Yancy, Yoni
  • 1998: Ardys, Brannon, Creswell, Kemp, Melizza, Sinan
  • 1998: Boze, Jolyn, Rokshana
  • 1997: Akiva, Atish, Breck, Brick, Davia, Girish, Mita, Murat, Pooja, Sahir, Tanis, Vartan, Zinie
  • 1996: Myretta, Rima, Ulf, Vandana
  • 1995: Albina
  • 1994: Graydon
  • 1993: Bronwyn, Ferris, Leif
  • 1991: India, Kareem
  • 1990: Ardwight, Avrom, Murdock, Peji
  • 1989: Darbi, Ouida
  • 1988: Blaze, Cigus, Doak, Scooter
  • 1987: JoFrannye
  • 1986: Chub, Zanete

Which of the above names do you like best?

P.S. Thanks again, Becca!


China’s “Middle Dot” Dilemma

Ethnic groups in China such as the Uygurs, Kazaks, Kyrgyzs, and Tibetans use a “middle dot” to separate their given names from their Mandarin surnames.

But middle dots are being used inconsistently, thanks largely to technology. This is causing a lot of headaches.

When issuing ID cards and opening accounts, China’s government and banks sometimes use the middle dot, sometimes omit it, and sometimes use other forms of punctuation. And different versions of the middle dot exist, depending on who’s doing the writing:

Nefesa Nihemet, a Uygur lawyer in Shanghai, said she daren’t link her graduate and postgraduate degrees with her ID, fearing they will be judged as “fake” as the dots are different.

Many people in regions inhabited by ethnic groups still hold old IDs that have the dots in the lower middle position, while newer IDs put the dot in the middle, she said.

Many e-commerce sites don’t allow users to input a middle dot, especially if users are shopping via smartphone. This makes it hard for China’s ethnic minorities to shop online.

A 29-year-old Uygur man named Murat Mamut was quoted as saying, “I feel as if I have wasted half of my life dealing with this dot.”

Efforts have been made to standardize the dot, but some would prefer to stop using it altogether. (Many Chinese airlines have dropped the dot, for instance.)

Sources: Millions of ethnic people bedeviled by a dot in names, Dotty dilemma for people with ethnic names

Other posts about punctuation in names: Fighting for Aboriginal Baby Names in N.W.T., California “Parental Naming Rights” Bill Stalls Out

Phone Book Fishing in Wyoming – Brownie, Mrityunjal, Scholastique, Ubaldo

I just went through a fairly recent copy of the Laramie, Wyoming phone book. (Yes, I went through the whole thing — it’s only about 60 pages long.) Here are some of the names I came across.

A: Altamae, Amarante, Anet, Ania, Azize
B: Borgia, Bowdoin, Braeton, Brownie, Brunza, Bunny, Burkett
C: Cambria, Capri, Carlinda, Celestin, Changyul, Chavawn, Chimpalthradi, Clynn, Crecencio
D: Desharia, Dolphus, Dorea, Dubie
E: Eino, Eloy, Enja, Erambo Ayokosok, Erasmo, Eustorgio
F: Farkas, Floraida, Florian, Foncey
G: Gamal, Gavino, Guoying
H: Hakima, Halcyon, Hartzell, Heikki, Hyoen
I: Ineta
J: Jayaramreddy, Jeniel, Jenise, Jonlee
K: Kaijsa, Koren, Kurk, Kusum
L: Latazia, Lay-Nah, Linse
M: Maciej, Maimo, Manmohan, Mannory, Marinus, Maryalice, Masahiro, Mikkelina, Mima, Minden, Mrityunjal, Murat, Mustapha, Mylon, Myrcena
N: N’Kole, Navamoney, Neulette, Ninnie
O: Octaviano, Odean, Oundalyn
P: Petter, Pinky
Q: Quee-Young, Quita
R: Rabinder, Reinette, Ridge, Rogene, Royal
S: Sadrul, Scholastique, Servando, Shealeen, Sneh, Snehalata, Star, Storm, Sukky, Suresh
T: Terena, Tibereu, Towana, Trice, Tylin
U: Ubaldo, Ushakant, Uvalda
V: Vidal, Vinita, Vipul, Vladimir
W: Wangtii, Warrie, West, Windy
Y: Yujie, Yujung
Z: Zoltan, Zondra

I’ve also found other cool names in phone books from Indiana, Illinois, and Indiana again.