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Popularity of the Baby Name Nadezhda

Number of Babies Named Nadezhda

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Five-Name Friday: Girl Name with “Zh” Sound

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You’re standing on the sidewalk with a small crowd of people, waiting for the walk signal. Next to you is a friendly woman who happens to be pregnant. As the two of you chat, she mentions the type of baby name she’s searching for:

I am absolutely set on finding a name for my daughter that includes the zh/ž sound. I’m looking for something less obviously Slavic than Nadezhda or Anzhelika, and more “namey” than Beige or Treasure.

“Do you have any suggestions?”

You’re a name-lover, and you could potentially give her dozens of suggestions. But the light just changed, so you only have time to give her five baby name suggestions while you cross the street together. (After that, the two of you head off in different directions.)

But here’s the fun part: Instead of blurting out the first five names you come up with, you get to press a magical “pause” button, brainstorm for a bit, and then “unpause” the scenario to offer her the best five names you can think of.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you brainstorm:

  • Be independent. Decide on your five names before looking at anyone else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. Would you honestly suggest these particular baby names out loud to a stranger in public?
  • Five names only! All names beyond the first five in your comment will be either deleted or replaced with nonsense words.

Finally, here’s the request again:

I am absolutely set on finding a name for my daughter that includes the zh/ž sound. I’m looking for something less obviously Slavic than Nadezhda or Anzhelika, and more “namey” than Beige or Treasure.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[To send in your own 2-sentence baby name request, here are the directions, and here’s the contact form.]


The Baby Name Nadiya/Nadia

nadiya chocolate covered datesMy husband went to Dubai on business a few months ago. Being the thoughtful guy he is, he returned bearing gifts. One of his gifts was a box of chocolate-covered dates made by a company called Nadiya Dates.

(Our chocolates didn’t look like the chocolates in the photo, though. They were more like melty amorphous globs, thanks to summertime temperatures in the Middle East. But they were delicious nonetheless.)

Anyway…the name of the chocolate company inspired me to write a quick post about the baby name Nadiya and all related names — Nadia, Nadya, Nadiyya, Nadiyah, Nadiah, Nadyah, Nahdia, and so forth.

In the U.S., the most common spelling is Nadia. This version of the name was popularized in the 1970s by Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. Her name is a diminutive of the Russian name Nadezhda, which means “hope.”

But Nadia can come from Arabic as well. In this case, it’s based on a word meaning “moist with dew.” As the authors of A Dictionary of First Names note, “in a hot, dry climate, morning dew is highly valued.”

One name, two distinct derivations. Which origin/definition do you prefer, and why?

P.S. Speaking of chocolate, here’s a list of baby names for chocolate lovers.

Source: Hanks, Patrick, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of First Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Perfect-10 Baby Names: Nadia and Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci, cover of TIME, 1976On July 18, 1976, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the first Olympian to score a perfect 10 (on the uneven bars). She ended up winning 3 gold medals in Montreal that summer.

The name Comaneci popped up on the SSA’s baby name list for the first and only time in 1976:

  • 1977: not listed
  • 1976: 9 baby girls named Comaneci [debut]
  • 1975: not listed

The name Nadia also got quite a boost in 1976:

  • 1977: 790 baby girls named Nadia
  • 1976: 586 baby girls named Nadia
  • 1975: 85 baby girls named Nadia
  • 1975: 88 baby girls named Nadia

Her first name was inspired by a Russian movie character called Nadezhda. Nadia is a nickname for Nadezhda, which means “hope” in Russian.

Nadia Comaneci now lives in the U.S. and is married to fellow Olympic gymnast Bart Conner. They have a son, Dylan Paul, who is named for Bart’s favorite musician, Bob Dylan, and Bart’s former University of Oklahoma coach, Paul Ziert.

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