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Popularity of the Baby Name Noreen

Number of Babies Named Noreen

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Noreen

The Mysterious Nerine

While we’re mulling over the case of Laquita, I’ll throw out another mystery baby name: Nerine.

Nerine was on the SSA’s baby name list for four sequential years:

  • 1921: unlisted
  • 1920: 6 baby girls named Nerine
  • 1919: 13 baby girls named Nerine
  • 1918: 17 baby girls named Nerine
  • 1917: 43 baby girls named Nerine (the #1 debut name for girls)
  • 1916: unlisted

A variant, Nerene, popped up on the SSA’s list in 1917 and 1918 as well:

  • 1919: unlisted
  • 1918: 7 baby girls named Nerene
  • 1917: 11 baby girls named Nerene [debut]
  • 1916: unlisted

What else can I tell you about Nerine? Well, it’s a flower name based on the word Nereid, a form of Nereus. It’s also the name of a consort of Mars, Nerine/Nerio (different etymology).

But I have no idea what made it fashionable in 1917. I can’t find a pop culture explanation, and usage of Norene/Noreen/Norine didn’t spike that year, so there wasn’t any piggybacking involved.

Thoughts?