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Babies Named for Tenley Albright

Tenley Albright, 1956, ItalyThe baby name Tenley first popped up in the SSA’s baby name data in 1953:

  • 1957: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1956: 25 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1955: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1954: 6 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1953: 12 baby girls named Tenley [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted

The inspiration? Tenley Emma Albright (b. 1935), who overcame childhood polio to become a world-class figure skater.

She won a silver medal at the 1952 Winter Olympics, became the first “triple crown” winner (U.S., North American, and World titles) in figure skating in 1953, and won a gold medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics (the first to be televised).

After retiring from figure skating in 1956, she became a surgeon.

Where did she get her name?

“I don’t know exactly where my mother found the name Tenley. When I asked her, she said, “I just liked the sound.”

Her family is full of interesting names: father Hollis, mother Elin, and brother Nile (whose name is “Elin” spelled backwards). Her first husband was named Tudor, and her three daughters are Lilla Rhys, Elin, and Elee.

In 1965, Tenley explained her eldest daughter’s name to Sports Illustrated. She said that Lilla came from the Swedish expression Lilla Vän (“little friend”) — her mother’s childhood nickname — and that Rhys was a family name.

In July of 2014, for her 79th birthday, Tenley hosted a party for her many namesakes at the Boston Skating Club. She promoted the party via the website My Name Is Tenley. Over 60 Tenleys showed up, some coming from as far away as London and Holland. The party even featured a performance by an 11-year-old skater named (what else?) Tenley.

(And what pushed the name Tenley in the top 1,000 for the first time in 2010? A contestant named Tenley on the 14th season of The Bachelor.)

Sources:

  • Albright, Tenley – National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • La Fontaine, Barbara. “There is a doctor on the ice.” Sports Illustrated 8 Feb. 1965.
  • Sharing the Name Tenley
  • Tenley Albright throws a bash for other Tenleys
  • Tenley Albright – Wikipedia
  • Image: © UPI, 1956


    Two-Hit Wonder Baby Names

    The following names ranked among the top 1,000 U.S. baby names only twice from 1880 through 2006:

    Girls Boys
    • Adriene (1962, 1967)
    • Agusta (1882, 1884)
    • Aili (1909, 1910)
    • Alcie (1880, 1886)
    • Alethea (1973, 1974)
    • Alexina (1881, 1882)
    • Almedia (1881, 1885)
    • Aloma (1942, 1943)
    • Alwina (1882, 1886)
    • Alys (1880, 1910)
    • Ama (1881, 1885)
    • Amalie (1881, 1883)
    • Amma (1881, 1887)
    • Anastacia (1880, 1896)
    • Angeles (2003, 2004)
    • Anie (1881, 1882)
    • Anona (1904, 1905)
    • Antonetta (1910, 1915)
    • Araminta (1880, 1884)
    • Ardath (1905, 1923)
    • Arkie (1883, 1889)
    • Arta (1881, 1884)
    • Ayesha (1979, 1982)
    • Abbott (1880, 1888)
    • Adron (1901, 1904)
    • Albertus (1880, 1883)
    • Alferd (1891, 1899)
    • Alfie (1967, 1968)
    • Amado (1883, 1932)
    • Ananias (1883, 1889)
    • Arnett (1893, 1897)
    • Atlas (1883, 1890)
    • Aurthur (1880, 1891)
    • Bebe (1923, 1932)
    • Bertina (1882, 1893)
    • Bethann (1965, 1967)
    • Brigid (1965, 1966)
    • Brinda (1951, 1952)
    • Britny (1989, 1990)
    • Bryn (1999, 2004)
    • Bayard (1882, 1884)
    • Bilal (1991, 2002)
    • Bjorn (1977, 1980)
    • Blas (1880, 1911)
    • Bryton (1994, 1995)
    • Burgess (1884, 1890)
    • Burrel (1884, 1889)
    • Carlota (1887, 1892)
    • Celie (1880, 1887)
    • Cena (1881, 1883)
    • Chaney (1880, 1888)
    • Channie (1884, 1885)
    • Chante (1977, 1993)
    • Charlotta (1880, 1884)
    • Chelsy (1991, 1992)
    • Cherelle (1986, 1989)
    • Cherilyn (1972, 1975)
    • Chimere (1980, 1981)
    • Ciarra (1995, 1997)
    • Cicely (1973, 1974)
    • Cielo (2000, 2001)
    • Ciji (1983, 1984)
    • Cinthia (1991, 1996)
    • Cleva (1884, 1885)
    • Clevie (1884, 1885)
    • Columbia (1882, 1893)
    • Consuela (1971, 1972)
    • Contina (1972, 1973)
    • Coralie (1880, 1929)
    • Cornie (1885, 1887)
    • Cressie (1889, 1899)
    • Crete (1881, 1882)
    • Cuba (1898, 1899)
    • Cyntha (1881, 1884)
    • Captain (1883, 1887)
    • Cato (1880, 1891)
    • Ceasar (1883, 1900)
    • Chancey (1883, 1885)
    • Charls (1886, 1892)
    • Chauncy (1883, 1890)
    • Claudius (1890, 1893)
    • Clemon (1894, 1899)
    • Clide (1883, 1901)
    • Colie (1911, 1912)
    • Collis (1899, 1900)
    • Colon (1885, 1886)
    • Coolidge (1924, 1925)
    • Crockett (1880, 1883)
    • Daja (1995, 1996)
    • Danyel (1974, 1976)
    • Danyell (1973, 1974)
    • Davante (1992, 1993)
    • Dawne (1962, 1965)
    • Deliah (1880, 1883)
    • Delinda (1964, 1965)
    • Dellia (1881, 1888)
    • Dellia (1881, 1888)
    • Dorthey (1932, 1934)
    • Dossie (1881, 1885)
    • Darryn (1965, 1968)
    • Daulton (1994, 1997)
    • Dejon (1991, 1992)
    • Demian (1971, 1974)
    • Demonte (1993, 1994)
    • Desean (1991, 1994)
    • Desi (1956, 1970)
    • Dink (1883, 1892)
    • Dionicio (1882, 1887)
    • Dozier (1884, 1892)
    • Duff (1880, 1882)
    • Durell (1985, 1986)
    • Durrell (1985, 1986)
    • Dustan (1980, 1984)
    • Echo (1983, 1984)
    • Edla (1882, 1889)
    • Ednah (1880, 1887)
    • Edra (1905, 1908)
    • Elana (1960, 1966)
    • Eleonore (1882, 1887)
    • Elfie (1883, 1888)
    • Elwanda (1921, 1922)
    • Epsie (1881, 1888)
    • Eris (1923, 1924)
    • Erykah (1997, 1998)
    • Estefany (1996, 2002)
    • Evelena (1885, 1910)
    • Ever (1893, 1901)
    • Ebbie (1881, 1882)
    • Elick (1880, 1890)
    • Encarnacion (1892, 1895)
    • Ephram (1881, 1887)
    • Epifanio (1885, 1888)
    • Eustace (1882, 1885)
    • Everet (1897, 1905)
    • Ewin (1882, 1883)
    • Farah (1976, 1977)
    • Flavia (1881, 1884)
    • Floretta (1908, 1916)
    • Franc (1882, 1883)
    • Francisqui (1883, 1892)
    • Ferman (1886, 1893)
    • Fitzgerald (1964, 1965)
    • Flint (1959, 1960)
    • Florencio (1882, 1889)
    • Fredy (1993, 2005)
    • Fremont (1882, 1899)
    • Georgeanna (1883, 1884)
    • Gidget (1966, 1967)
    • Glennis (1936, 1939)
    • Gracia (1880, 1887)
    • Gwyn (1961, 1962)
    • Gaines (1882, 1885)
    • Gasper (1911, 1917)
    • Gennaro (1911, 1913)
    • Geoff (1962, 1969)
    • Gibson (1882, 1897)
    • Gorge (1880, 1900)
    • Grayling (1957, 1959)
    • Hasel (1895, 1901)
    • Hennie (1882, 1883)
    • Hortensia (1927, 1928)
    • Halbert (1881, 1907)
    • Hansel (1905, 1917)
    • Harl (1880, 1897)
    • Harrie (1880, 1890)
    • Hartley (1895, 1909)
    • Hartwell (1881, 1883)
    • Holmes (1880, 1903)
    • Horton (1888, 1895)
    • Hoy (1880, 1910)
    • Hurbert (1891, 1903)
    • Ilo (1898, 1899)
    • Ingeborg (1901, 1905)
    • Ivonne (1992, 1993)
    • Illya (1966, 1967)
    • Imanol (2001, 2006)
    • Ingram (1883, 1890)
    • Jacquelynn (1943, 1947)
    • Jenniffer (1972, 1973)
    • Jerilynn (1941, 1942)
    • Jesenia (1987, 1990)
    • Jinnie (1881, 1882)
    • Joell (1966, 1967)
    • Judyth (1941, 1944)
    • Jarett (1997, 1998)
    • Jeb (1978, 1981)
    • Jerrad (1984, 1985)
    • Jerrel (1934, 1940)
    • Jessee (1880, 1887)
    • Jethro (1899, 1913)
    • Jobe (1882, 1887)
    • Jordi (1998, 1999)
    • Joshuah (1985, 1989)
    • Kadijah (1993, 1994)
    • Kaleena (1982, 1983)
    • Kanisha (1990, 1991)
    • Kiarra (1999, 2000)
    • Kylene (1979, 1980)
    • Kanye (2004, 2005)
    • Kavon (2000, 2001)
    • Keenen (1990, 1991)
    • Kenji (1978, 1979)
    • Keshaun (2000, 2001)
    • Kiefer (1990, 1991)
    • Knox (1881, 1888)
    • Lakendra (1987, 1988)
    • Lalla (1885, 1888)
    • Lashunda (1977, 1980)
    • Lasonya (1971, 1972)
    • Latifah (1990, 1992)
    • Lavonda (1965, 1968)
    • Lavonia (1880, 1898)
    • Leafy (1893, 1894)
    • Leitha (1880, 1906)
    • Lempi (1899, 1904)
    • Leoma (1901, 1908)
    • Lesta (1883, 1892)
    • Lethia (1886, 1893)
    • Leyla (2005, 2006)
    • Liane (1959, 1969)
    • Lilianna (2005, 2006)
    • Liller (1880, 1885)
    • Lisbeth (2002, 2003)
    • Litha (1883, 1885)
    • Livia (2004, 2005)
    • Lorayne (1920, 1922)
    • Lorean (1901, 1920)
    • Loria (1961, 1962)
    • Loris (1935, 1936)
    • Louanna (1881, 1891)
    • Leandro (2005, 2006)
    • Lemmie (1900, 1903)
    • Levern (1954, 1955)
    • Lillard (1885, 1890)
    • Lindbergh (1927, 1928)
    • Linden (1943, 1947)
    • Linn (1882, 1891)
    • Lish (1889, 1893)
    • Littleton (1882, 1896)
    • Lydell (1977, 1978)
    • Madora (1880, 1883)
    • Mahalia (1880, 1881)
    • Mallorie (1986, 1987)
    • Malorie (1986, 1987)
    • Manila (1898, 1899)
    • Maralyn (1936, 1938)
    • Margene (1929, 1935)
    • Margeret (1880, 1882)
    • Marget (1882, 1883)
    • Margrett (1885, 1888)
    • Margy (1929, 1930)
    • Markita (1984, 1985)
    • Marlana (1978, 1979)
    • Marlen (2000, 2003)
    • Marnita (1961, 1962)
    • Martika (1989, 1990)
    • Marylouise (1922, 1923)
    • Melony (1963, 1966)
    • Mena (1880, 1887)
    • Merrilee (1942, 1943)
    • Mila (1881, 2006)*
    • Milda (1896, 1897)
    • Moesha (1996, 1997)
    • Mora (1881, 1887)
    • Myla (2005, 2006)
    • Macarthur (1942, 1943)
    • Mace (1883, 1902)
    • Makai (2005, 2006)
    • Mal (1880, 1883)
    • Mansfield (1890, 1909)
    • Manson (1886, 1892)
    • Messia (2005, 2006)
    • Michial (1950, 1954)
    • Mikhail (1988, 1990)
    • Minoru (1920, 1926)
    • Mustafa (2001, 2002)
    • Naima (2005, 2006)
    • Nakita (1986, 1987)
    • Norita (1935, 1937)
    • Nyree (1973, 1975)
    • Nobie (1890, 1908)
    • Namon (1884, 1899)
    • Needham (1890, 1893)
    • Nile (1896, 1905)
    • Odette (1899, 1905)
    • Olinda (1893, 1895)
    • Oliva (1889, 1894)
    • Oneida (1919, 1922)
    • Opha (1887, 1897)
    • Orlena (1881, 1891)
    • Ota (1881, 1882)
    • Octavius (1987, 1991)
    • Olof (1883, 1891)
    • Orren (1880, 1886)
    • Ott (1882, 1891)
    • Ovid (1894, 1907)
    • Owens (1890, 1896)
    • Pamelia (1949, 1954)
    • Pearly (1884, 1904)
    • Pheobe (1885, 1889)
    • Porsche (1987, 1988)
    • Posey (1889, 1896)
    • Prentiss (1907, 1943)
    • Purl (1884, 1885)
    • Quint (1964, 1965)
    • Rafaela (1903, 1909)
    • Rennie (1880, 1885)
    • Rinda (1882, 1885)
    • Roena (1880, 1884)
    • Ruie (1884, 1886)
    • Randolf (1953, 1955)
    • Ras (1890, 1891)
    • Rayfield (1904, 1906)
    • Reubin (1892, 1898)
    • Reynolds (1895, 1901)
    • Ridge (1988, 1989)
    • Rishi (2004, 2005)
    • Romello (1995, 1996)
    • Ruffus (1881, 1884)
    • Rustin (1979, 1980)
    • Salena (1977, 1995)
    • Sanjuana (1949, 1950)
    • Sebrina (1967, 1970)
    • Selah (2005, 2006)
    • Serina (1970, 1998)
    • Shanelle (1989, 1992)
    • Shanequa (1991, 1992)
    • Shaquita (1985, 1986)
    • Sharman (1949, 1950)
    • Shaunna (1978, 1979)
    • Shelvia (1937, 1938)
    • Sheyla (2001, 2006)
    • Shirl (1963, 1964)
    • Shirlie (1926, 1935)
    • Shona (1969, 1970)
    • Shyla (1999, 2006)
    • Siena (2005, 2006)
    • Signa (1890, 1892)
    • Soledad (1919, 1929)
    • Stephani (1987, 1989)
    • Saint (1896, 1897)
    • Severt (1882, 1896)
    • Shan (1968, 1969)
    • Sie (1888, 1890)
    • Sing (1890, 1905)
    • Tamya (2003, 2004)
    • Tayla (1998, 2006)
    • Tea (1997, 1998)
    • Thresa (1883, 1888)
    • Tinie (1881, 1885)
    • Tobi (1974, 1975)
    • Torrie (1976, 1977)
    • Toshiko (1919, 1923)
    • Tahj (1998, 1999)
    • Taj (1976, 1998)
    • Talan (2005, 2006)
    • Tandy (1883, 1899)
    • Tavion (1999, 2002)
    • Tayshaun (2004, 2005)
    • Terell (1985, 1986)
    • Theodis (1952, 1955)
    • Tilman (1881, 1884)
    • Toshio (1921, 1925)
    • Treyton (2002, 2003)
    • Tuan (1982, 1983)
    • Tyriq (1998, 1999)
    • Tyrus (1912, 1916)
    • Valery (2005, 2006)
    • Velia (1929, 1930)
    • Vonetta (1973, 1974)
    • Vander (1884, 1887)
    • Vashon (1973, 1974)
    • Vidal (1972, 1973)
    • Vinie (1885, 1895)
    • Wanita (1924, 1931)
    • Winter (1978, 1979)
    • Waino (1904, 1909)
    • Wells (1881, 1886)
    • Wess (1883, 1890)
    • Wirt (1881, 1886)
    • Wood (1881, 1882)
    • Xena (1996, 1997)
    • Yahaira (2003, 2005)
    • Yuridia (2005, 2006)
    • Yaakov (1986, 1987)
    • Yehuda (2001, 2005)
    • Zana (1888, 1994)
    • Zara (2005, 2006)
    • Zhane (1994, 1995)
    • Zaid (2003, 2004)

    And here are explanations for a few of the above:

    • Bjorn was given a boost by tennis great Bjorn Borg, who was ranked #1 in the world several times in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
    • The surge of Ciji can be attributed to Knot’s Landing character Ciji Dunne.
    • Gidget grew in popularity thanks to mid-1960s TV series Gidget, starring Sally Field. The series was based on the 1957 book Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas by Frederick Kohner. Kohner’s daughter Kathy had been nicknamed Gidget — a blend of the words “girl” and “midget” — by surfers in Malibu.
    • Illya, a Slavic form of Elijah, was popularized by 1960s TV show The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968), which featured main characters named Illya Nickovetch Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo. During the two years that Illya ranked, Napoleon also became slightly more popular.
    • Lindbergh was given a lift by famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.
    • The rise of Ridge was influenced by The Bold and the Beautiful character Ridge Forrester. (Alas, Ridge’s brother Thorne did not manage to inspire a similar baby name following.) I’ve interviewed a Ridge, if you’re interested.
    • Finally, Jenniffer ranked 972nd in 1972, and then 973rd in 1973. How crazy is that?