How popular is the baby name Nile 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 Nile.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Nile


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Babies Named for Sailing Ships (N)

The people below were born aboard — and named after! — ships with N-names…

  • Nackato:
    • Frederick Nackato Dickens, born in 1875
    • Ruth Nackato Bowick, born in 1875
  • Neckar:
    • Petrine Jeanette Hugo Neckar Walls, born in 1887
  • Nemesis:
    • Nemesis Louise Catherine Dupont, born in 1877
  • Nestor:
    • Nestorina Misonsnile, born in 1889
  • Nestorian:
    • Mary Nestorian Cowan, born in 1890
  • Neva:
    • Alice Neva Landham, born in 1886
  • Nevada:
    • Elizabeth Nevada West, born in 1872
    • William Nevada Webster, born in 1873
    • Nevada Atlantic Larsen, born in 1878
    • Mary Nevada Berry, born in 1881
    • Victoria Nevada Johnson, born in 1881
    • Marie Nevada McPhie, born in 1884
    • Nevada Christensen, born in 1887
  • Neville:
    • Gerald Neville Hemsworth, born in 1869
  • Niagara:
    • Fanny Elizabeth Niagara Pickard, 1875
  • Nile:
    • Nilena Thompson, born in 1866
    • Michelina Nilina Derosty, born in 1877
  • Nineveh:
    • Amelia Tabitha Nineveh Johns Adams, born in 1877
    • Nineveh Sydney, born in 1879
  • Norfolk:
    • Lilian Norfolk Beeching, born in 1880
  • Noronha:
    • Alice Noronha Yealland, born in 1878
  • Norseman:
    • Emily Norseman Stepp, born in 1866
  • North:
    • Adelaide North Hossack, born in 1875
  • Northam:
    • John Northam Davies, born in 1876
  • Northampton:
    • James Northampton Maughan, born in 1880
    • Ethel Northampton Jeffrey, born in 1882
    • William Northampton Irvine, born in 1882
  • Northumberland:
    • James Northumberland Byrne, born in 1873
  • Nourmahal:
    • Ellen Nourmahal Morrison, born in 1874
  • Nova Scotian:
    • Charles Nova Scotian Kuseley, born in 1860
    • Sarah Nova Scotia Keating, born in 1858
  • Nubian:
    • Edith Nubian Benwell Wootten, born in 1882
    • Nubian Jane Fisher, born in 1882
  • Nugget:
    • William Nugget Morant, born in 1860
    • Frederick Nugget Hurricks, born in 1860
  • Nyanza:
    • James Fisher Nyanza Allt, born in 1873

Do you think any of the ship names above work particularly well as human names?

Source: FamilySearch.org

Where did the baby name Tenley come from?

Tenley Albright, 1956, Italy

The baby name Tenley first popped up in the SSA’s baby name data in 1953:

  • 1955: 11 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1954: 6 baby girls named Tenley
  • 1953: 12 baby girls named Tenley [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted
  • 1951: 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 Molzahn on the 14th season of The Bachelor.)

Sources:

Image: © 1956 UPI

One-Syllable Boy Names: Colt, Wynn, Dax, Zane

Looking for a boy name that’s short and to-the-point? Something that might work particularly well as a middle name?

Check out this list of several hundred one-syllable boy names. (And click on any name to see its popularity graph!)

Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names (such as Charles, Miles, and Noel) will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions.

Many of these names also happen to be unisex, so they appear on the One-Syllable Girl Names list as well.

What’s your favorite one-syllable boy name?

[Latest Update: June 2021]

Two-hit wonder baby names (in the top 1,000)

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

Girl NamesBoy Names
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)
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)

Which of the above do you like most? How about least?

P.S. Here’s a list of the top 1,000’s one-hit wonder names.