How popular is the baby name Nevaehtnes in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Nevaehtnes.
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The most curious Christian name I ever came across was Adnil, given to a girl born in Aberdeen. Her mother’s name was Linda. At the time of her birth the child’s parents were not on very good terms, and the father, in a moment of freakishness, inverted the mother’s name with the above result. The child died in early childhood.
I’m going to try to use “moment of freakishness” in a sentence today. We’ll see how it goes.
Adnil is clunky, but it’s far better than Nevaehtnes.
Adnil has never been on an SSA list, but I’ve found a few doing records searches. Adnil Lorraine Bailey, for instance, was born in California circa 1907 to Charles and Linda Bailey. And Mary Adnil Killebrew was born in North Carolina in 1906 to W. H. and Linda B. Killebrew.
I even spotted an Adnileb — Belinda backwards — born in California in 1991.
What do you think of Adnil?
Source: “Curious Christian Names.” Notes and Queries 27 Feb. 1904: 171.
Sociology professor Philip Cohen wrote about the decline of the baby name Mary recently in The Atlantic. Here’s how the article begins:
Each year I mark the continued calamitous decline of Mary as a girls’ name in the United States. Not to be over-dramatic, but in the recorded history of names, nothing this catastrophic has ever happened before.
He’s right, though. Usage of Mary — the dominant girl in the nation from the 1880s to the 1950s — plummeted during the 1960s:
At one time, Mary was regularly given to more than 70,000 baby girls per year. It’s now given to fewer than 3,000. (And the population is much higher today that it was back then, so that difference is even more extreme than it seems.)
We’re well aware that Mary is on its way out, so let’s get right to Cohen’s two-part explanation of what the “Mary trend” means:
First, it’s the growing cultural value of individuality, which leads to increasing diversity. People value names that are uncommon. When Mary last held the number-one spot, in 1961, there were 47,655 girls given that name. Now, out of about the same number of total births, the number-one name (Sophia) was given only 21,695 times. Conformity to tradition has been replaced by conformity to individuality. Being number one for so long ruined Mary for this era.
The decreasing dominance of the top names is something we’ve discussed before.
Second, America’s Christian family standard-bearers are not standing up for Mary anymore. It’s not just that there may be fewer devout Christians, it’s that even they don’t want to sacrifice individuality for a (sorry, it’s not my opinion) boring name like Mary. In 2011 there were more than twice as many Nevaehs (“Heaven” spelled backwards) born as there were Marys. (If there is anything more specific going on within Christianity, please fill me in.)
Everyone has an opinion on the Heaven-spelled-backwards baby name Nevaeh. So here’s a new one for you to either love or hate.
In 2010, five baby girls in the U.S. were named Nevaehtnes.
Nevaehtnes is “Heaven-sent” spelled backwards, except…not really. Because “Heaven-sent” spelled backwards is an unpronounceable Tnes-nevaeh. If you omit the hyphen, you get Tnesnevaeh — even worse. So the clever person who coined this one took the adjective apart, spelled Heaven backwards, spelled sent backwards, then put the words back together sans hyphen.
How do you say it? I have no idea. Nevaeh is ne-VAY-uh, so perhaps Nevaehtnes is ne-VAY-uht-nes, or ne-vay-UHT-nes. Or maybe ne-VAYT-nes…