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In June of 1982, the Toledo Blade ran a short article about two local brothers who “enjoy the distinction of having initials which spell their names.” One was Thomas Owen Matzinger (T.O.M.), the other was James Irvin Matzinger (J.I.M.). Their dad Mike said it was “just as well” that he didn’t have any more kids, because he couldn’t think of any other sets of names to fit the pattern.
My guess is that Mike was joking, because there are several other sets of initials that could work with an M-surname like Matzinger, one of which, T.I.M., is just a letter away from T.O.M.
In fact, there are at least a couple of combinations that would work with every type of surname.
So today, in honor of the Matzingers of Toledo, I’ve come up with a long list of name-spelling initials. They’re sorted by third initial (that is, the first letter of the last name) so you can scroll straight to the set that matches up with your own surname.
Initials that Spell Names & Nicknames
|Surname starts with:
||Potential full initials (& example combo):
||A.D.A. (Adelaide Diane A.)
A.N.A. (Anastasia Nadine A.)
A.S.A. (Asa Scott A.)
A.V.A. (Ava Virginia A.)
B.E.A. (Beatrix Elaine A.)
E.V.A. (Eva Veronica A.)
G.I.A. (Gia Idonea A.)
I.D.A. (Idabelle Daria A.)
I.N.A. (Ina Nigella A.)
I.R.A. (Ira Ralph A.)
I.S.A. (Isabel Simone A.)
K.I.A. (Kia Ianthe A.)
L.E.A. (Leah Elizabeth A.)
M.I.A. (Mia Imelda A.)
N.I.A. (Nia Ilona A.)
O.D.A. (Odalys Delfina A.)
O.R.A. (Ora Ruth A.)
U.M.A. (Uma Magnolia A.)
U.N.A. (Una Normina A.)
||D.E.B. (Deborah Ethel B.)
J.E.B. (Jeb Evan B.)
L.I.B. (Libbie Ione B.)
R.O.B. (Robert Orville B.)
S.E.B. (Sebastian Everly B.)
S.Y.B. (Sybil Yvette B.)
T.A.B. (Tabitha Araminta B.)
Z.E.B. (Zebulon Ezekiel B.)
||B.E.C. (Becky Eowyn C.)
M.A.C. (Mackenzie Anne C.)
N.I.C. (Nicole Isabelle C.)
V.I.C. (Victor Ivan C.)
Z.A.C. (Zackary Arlo C.)
||J.E.D. (Jedidiah Easton D.)
R.O.D. (Rodney Orrin D.)
T.E.D. (Theodora Eugenia D.)
Z.E.D. (Zedekiah Ezra D.)
||A.B.E. (Abraham Benjamin E.)
A.C.E. (Ace Corbin E.)
E.V.E. (Eve Violet E.)
F.A.E. (Fae Adina E.)
I.K.E. (Isaac Keith E.)
J.O.E. (Joseph Owen E.)
L.E.E. (Lee Ethan E.)
M.A.E. (Maebelle Alice E.)
M.O.E. (Morris Oscar E.)
R.A.E. (Raelene Alicia E.)
S.U.E. (Susan Ursula E.)
Z.O.E. (Zoe Ocean E.)
||A.L.F. (Alfred Leonard F.)
D.U.F. (Duffy Ultan F.)
J.E.F. (Jeffrey Elliott F.)
||M.E.G. (Megan Emiliana G.)
P.E.G. (Peggy Elise G.)
R.E.G. (Reggie Elmo G.)
R.O.G. (Roger Olav G.)
||A.S.H. (Ashton Samuel H.)
||A.B.I. (Abigail Bailey I.)
A.L.I. (Alison Layla I.)
A.M.I. (Ami May I.)
A.R.I. (Ariana Rafaela I.)
A.V.I. (Avi Vincent I.)
E.D.I. (Edith Daisy I.)
E.L.I. (Elijah Logan I.)
E.V.I. (Evie Venetia I.)
J.O.I. (Joi Olivia I.)
K.A.I. (Kai Alexander I.)
O.L.I. (Oliver Lennox I.)
||R.A.J. (Rajesh Ajay J.)
||M.A.K. (Makayla Ashley K.)
O.A.K. (Oakley Atlas K.)
||C.A.L. (Callum Audley L.)
D.E.L. (Delaney Estelle L.)
G.I.L. (Gilbert Ishmael L.)
H.A.L. (Harry Archibald L.)
L.I.L. (Lillian Iva L.)
M.A.L. (Malcolm Angus L.)
M.E.L. (Melanie Eloisa L.)
M.O.L. (Molly Odette L.)
S.A.L. (Sally Angelica L.)
S.O.L. (Solomon Osborn L.)
V.A.L. (Valerie Annette L.)
W.I.L. (Willy Ingo L.)
Z.E.L. (Zelda Erin L.)
||C.A.M. (Cameron Aidan M.)
D.O.M. (Dominic Orson M.)
J.E.M. (Jemima Eleanor M.)
J.I.M. (James Irvin M.)
K.I.M. (Kimberly Imogene M.)
L.E.M. (Lemuel Emerson M.)
P.A.M. (Pamela Alys M.)
R.A.M. (Ramsey Archer M.)
S.A.M. (Samuel Aaron M.)
S.I.M. (Simon Isidore M.)
T.A.M. (Tammy Anita M.)
T.I.M. (Timothy Isaac M.)
T.O.M. (Thomas Owen M.)
||A.N.N. (Annie Nuala N.)
B.E.N. (Benjamin Ellis N.)
C.Y.N. (Cynthia Yelena N.)
D.A.N. (Daniel Avery N.)
D.O.N. (Donovan Oliver N.)
F.I.N. (Finley Ivor N.)
J.A.N. (Janice Andrina N.)
J.O.N. (Jonathan Octavian N.)
K.E.N. (Kenneth Eric N.)
L.E.N. (Leonard Earl N.)
L.Y.N. (Lynnette Yasmin N.)
N.A.N. (Nancy Azalea N.)
R.E.N. (Renato Elian N.)
R.O.N. (Ronald Ormond N.)
V.A.N. (Vanessa Athena N.)
W.I.N. (Winifred Inez N.)
Z.E.N. (Zenobia Evelyn N.)
||F.L.O. (Florence Lily O.)
L.E.O. (Leo Elton O.)
||C.A.P. (Caprice Amity P.)
K.I.P. (Kip Indigo P.)
||J.A.Q. (Jaquan Anthony Q.)
R.A.Q. (Raquel Alaiah Q.)
||G.A.R. (Gareth Alfie R.)
||C.A.S. (Caspian Atticus S.)
G.U.S. (Gustavo Ulises S.)
J.E.S. (Jessica Esther S.)
L.E.S. (Lester Edward S.)
R.U.S. (Russell Upton S.)
W.E.S. (Wesley Elwood S.)
||A.R.T. (Arthur Roland T.)
C.A.T. (Catherine Aveline T.)
D.O.T. (Dorothy Olive T.)
M.A.T. (Matthew Alastair T.)
N.A.T. (Nathan Arnold T.)
P.A.T. (Patricia Ainsley T.)
||L.O.U. (Louisa Ophelia U.)
P.R.U. (Prudence Rhoda U.)
S.T.U. (Stuart Tucker U.)
T.R.U. (Trudie Rose U.)
||B.E.V. (Beverly Evangeline V.)
L.I.V. (Livia Indiana V.)
N.E.V. (Neville Eldon V.)
V.I.V. (Vivian Ingrid V.)
||L.A.W. (Lawson Amos W.)
L.E.W. (Lewis Edgar W.)
||B.A.X. (Baxter Andrew X.)
D.A.X. (Dax Alec X.)
D.E.X. (Dexter Edison X.)
J.A.X. (Jaxon Antony X.)
L.E.X. (Lexie Eliza X.)
M.A.X. (Maximus Alvin X.)
P.A.X. (Pax Amelia X.)
R.E.X. (Rex Elias X.)
R.O.X. (Roxanna Opal X.)
T.E.X. (Tex Emmanuel X.)
||A.M.Y. (Amy Michelle Y.)
G.U.Y. (Guy Urban Y.)
I.V.Y. (Ivy Verity Y.)
J.A.Y. (Jay Adam Y.)
J.O.Y. (Joyce Ondina Y.)
K.A.Y. (Katherine Addison Y.)
M.A.Y. (May Augusta Y.)
R.A.Y. (Raymond Adrian Y.)
R.O.Y. (Royce Oberon Y.)
S.K.Y. (Skylar Kerry Y.)
||H.E.Z. (Hezekiah Ellery Z.)
J.E.Z. (Jezebel Eulalia Z.)
L.I.Z. (Lizzie Iris Z.)
K.I.Z. (Kizzy Isla Z.)
R.O.Z. (Rosalind Olga Z.)
Can you come up with other good ones? If so, please leave a comment!
Source: “So Named.” Toledo Blade 29 Jun. 1982: P-1.
I’m a baby name blogger, but sometimes I feel more like a baby name detective. Because so much of my blogging time is spent doing detective work: trying to figure out where a particular baby name comes from, or why a name saw a sudden jump (or drop) in usage during a particular year.
If a name itself doesn’t make the answer obvious (e.g., Lindbergh) and a simple Google search hasn’t helped, my first bit of detective work involves scanning the baby name charts. I’ve learned that many search-resistant baby names (like Deatra) are merely alternative spellings of more common names (Deirdre).
If that doesn’t do it, I go back to Google for some advanced-level ninja searching, to help me zero in on specific types of historical or pop culture events. This is how I traced Irmalee back to a character in a short story in a very old issue of the once-popular McCall’s Magazine.
But if I haven’t gotten anywhere after a few rounds of ninja searching, I officially give up and turn the mystery baby name over to you guys. Together we’ve cracked a couple of cases (yay!) but, unfortunately, most of the mystery baby names I’ve blogged about are still big fat mysteries.
Here’s the current list of open cases:
- Wanza, girl name, debuted in 1915.
- Nerine, girl name, debuted in 1917.
- Laquita, girl name, debuted in 1930.
- Norita, girl name, spiked (for the 2nd time) in 1937.
Delphine, girl name, spiked in 1958.
Leshia, girl name, debuted in 1960.
- Lavoris, girl name, debuted in 1961.
Djuna, girl name, debuted in 1964.
- Latrenda, girl name, debuted in 1965.
- Ondina, girl name, debuted in 1968.
- Khari, boy name, debuted in 1971.
- Jelani, boy name, debuted in 1973.
- Toshiba, girl name, debuted in 1974.
- Brieanna, girl name, debuted in 1979.
- Sumiko, girl name, spiked in 1980.
Tou, boy name, debuted in 1980.
- Marquita, girl name, spiked in 1983.
- Caelan, boy name, debuted in 1992.
- Deyonta, boy name, debuted in 1993.
- Trayvond, boy name, debuted in 1994.
- Zeandre, boy name, debuted in 1997.
- Yatzari, girl name, debuted in 2000.
- Itzae, boy name, debuted in 2011.
If you enjoy sleuthing, please give some of the above a shot! I’d love to knock one or two off the list before I start adding more mystery names in the coming weeks…
Update, 7/13/16: More still-open cases from the Mystery Monday series last summer: Theta, Memory, Treasure, Clione, Trenace, Bisceglia, Genghis and Temujin.
The Social Security Administration’s annual baby name list only includes names given to 5 or more U.S. baby girls (or baby boys) per year.
Most rare names never make the list, but a select group have appeared a single time. I like to call these the one-hit wonder baby names.
One-hit wonders tend to pop up with a relatively low number of babies — 5 or 6 — but a handful are given to dozens of babies…only to disappear again the next year! Intriguing, no?
Below are the highest-charting one-hit wonder names for every year on record before 2013. (We won’t know which 2013 names are one-hit wonders until later lists come out.) The format is: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.”
- 1880: none; Merida, 5
- 1881: Zilpah, 9; Roll, 5
- 1882: none; none
- 1883: none; none
- 1884: none; none
- 1885: Lelie, 5; Ng & Sip, 5
- 1886: Ottillie, 5; none
- 1887: none; Pembroke, 5
- 1888: Etelka & Pantha, 5; Bengiman, 5
- 1889: Litta & Roxa, 5; Edw & Profit, 5
- 1890: Modeste, 8; none
- 1891: Dorilla & Euphemie, 5; Navajo, 5
- 1892: none; Whitelaw & Wint, 5
- 1893: Hedwige, 7; Pomp, 5
- 1894: Onezia, 5; Bess, 5
- 1895: Isal, 7; none
- 1896: Phenie, 5; none
- 1897: Phronie, 5; Rhoda, 7
- 1898: Maine, 9; Schley, 10
- 1899: Pellie, 5; none
- 1900: Henrettia & Ursule, 6; Bruster, 5
- 1901: Kinnie, 5; none
- 1902: Azema & Lelea, 5; none
- 1903: Pheobie, 7; none
- 1904: Berthal, 6; none
- 1905: Mintha, 5; Pioet, 5
- 1906: Nellda, Ocey & Clevia, 5; none
- 1907: Leecy, Odra & Oklahoma, 5; Lanham, 6
- 1908: Artena, Essye, Malvie & Oshie, 5; none
- 1909: Argatha, 5; none
- 1910: Leneve, 7; Capus, 5
- 1911: Gaither, 6; Caro & Lavette, 5
- 1912: Gustina, Iras, Leavy & Senona, 6; Edlow, 7
- 1913: Nixola & Oleane, 6; Gaillard & Rumsey, 6
- 1914: Vica, 8; Secondo, 9
- 1915: Desda & Vonie, 8; Zygmond, 10
- 1916: Alvene, Bleeker, Cloteen, Deelda, Duffie, Iota, Maggielean, Matrona, Mealie, Mishie, Ortrude, Sirkka, Truma, Valasta, Valesta, Valrea & Ysobel, 6; Hafford, 9
- 1917: Florenz & Lutrelle, 9; Annis, Clermont, Loddie, Onslow, Rosswell & Runar, 7
- 1918: Theophila, 10; Hobby, 9
- 1919: Johnniemae, 9; Lorrain, 10
- 1920: Dardenella, 9; Mosby, 9
- 1921: Garnelle, 11; Ive, 9
- 1922: Donaldine, 12; Crafton, 9
- 1923: Giovina & Varena, 8; Arbon, Birchel & Wolcott, 7
- 1924: Klyda, 10; Modell, 9
- 1925: Ivaline & Valoyce, 8; Evell & Walford, 8
- 1926: Narice, 13; Lafon & Nola, 9
- 1927: Genena, Milarain & Seroba, 8; Dalhart, Junor, Maclyn & Mutsuo, 8
- 1928: Boneva, Geane, Lenard, Loeda & Louvene, 7; Dormon, Hearman, Hover & Shoso, 7
- 1929: Miladeen, 9; Edsol, 8
- 1930: Earnease, Lunelle, Magnola & Rhoena, 6; Elice, 7
- 1931: Dixianna & Vergean, 7; Leroyce, 7
- 1932: Dolorese, 9; Mannon, 7
- 1933: Garnieta, 8; Vondal, 7
- 1934: Delaris, Derene, Ervene, Myrline & Rheata, 6; Cardis, Carloss, Cleophes, Dockie, Exie, Pettus & Shelvie, 6
- 1935: Nerita, 14; Deuel, 8
- 1936: Arolyn & Verilea, 7; Rolyn, 8
- 1937: Noreda, 17; Seavy, 6
- 1938: Clione, 16; Dall & Vallee, 6
- 1939: Melsa, 9; Karrol, 7
- 1940: Lindola, 13; Willkie, 13
- 1941: Shirey, 7; Saford, 11
- 1942: Arvina, Floranne, Kaaran & Roine, 6; Macarther, 10
- 1943: Jerdine, 7; Deming, Dilworth, Eugne, Keener, Rhodell, Rothwell & Sammul, 5
- 1944: Carolsue, 11; Condy, Hennry, Lemmon & Persell, 5
- 1945: Diedri, 10; Kermon, 6
- 1946: Darlia, 13; Cotis, Dowl, Lohn, Rouldph, Royace, Sherryl, Speedy & Trudy, 5
- 1947: Junellen, 12; Brookie; 7
- 1948: Gwyned, 9; Beasley, 6
- 1949: Jerrilyne, 9; Bradbury, Bradfield, Buckey, Hubie, Jubentino, Kurth, Nickola, Varnum & Waynne, 5
- 1950: Gladystine, 9; Cresenciano, Frosty & Thurnell, 6
- 1951: Glenalee & Lynnis, 9; Bronnie & Marvine, 8
- 1952: Charliss, 7; Gevan, 12
- 1953: Judalon, 11; Credell, Larrey & Uldis, 7
- 1954: Lilette & Ufemia, 7; Corneall, Danail, Derf, Luann & Michie, 6
- 1955: Dainette, 14; Christophel, 9
- 1956: Tirrell, 13; Auddie & Naymon, 7
- 1957: Theonita, 17; Melivn, 7
- 1958: Deedy & Lanor, 8; Brete, 7
- 1959: Rapunzel, 9; Tomm, 8
- 1960: Devy, 27; Andamo, 15
- 1961: Shurla, 17; Jefre, 21
- 1962: Perette, 16; Daphne & Schell, 7
- 1963: Chrysanne, 12; Darrayl & Daryell, 8
- 1964: Deeneen, 12; Deneen & Kenndy, 7
- 1965: Timolyn, 9; Alfonson & Marichal, 8
- 1966: Agena, 15; Alfy, 15
- 1967: Malette, 20; Antal, 8
- 1968: Ondina, 15; Berto, Christoopher, Deith, Mardi, Redginald & Yoram, 6
- 1969: Dameron, 15; Shoan, 9
- 1970: Dardi, 14; Cosmos, 9
- 1971: Anjanet, 9; Demea, 12
- 1972: Tyhessia, 17; Christerphor, 8
- 1973: Desheila, 18; Chandar, 13
- 1974: Charnissa, 32; Sirica, 8
- 1975: Russchelle, 24; Darweshi, Tchalla & Unborn, 8
- 1976: Norlisha, 16; Lebrone, 8
- 1977: Kashka, 16; Ebay, 12
- 1978: Kushana, 23; Quarterrio & Travolta, 11
- 1979: Kitzie, 27; Dilanjan & Terdell, 13
- 1980: Nykeba, 26; Kimario, 13
- 1981: Tijwana, 18; Cetric & Dharmesh, 8
- 1982: Ebelina, 11; Chachi & Chezarae, 9
- 1983: Shadava, 25; Tio, 12
- 1984: Meghaan, 36; Quisto & Ragene, 9
- 1985: Miceala, 16; Sophan, 8
- 1986: Shaquenta, 13; Sarith, 11
- 1987: Condola & Shayeeda, 12; Calbe, 9
- 1988: Armisha, 16; Nattiel, 10
- Alexandr, 301; Christop, 1082 (glitch names)
- Cesilie, 10; Madeleine, 10 (non-glitch names)
- 1990: Jakkia & Shawnic, 16; Pajtim, 13
- 1991: Deangelis & Jeniqua, 13; Quaysean, 11
- 1992: Caleesha, 17; Kendrae, 11
- 1993: Solmaira, 15; Shanquille, 9
- 1994: Mccaela, 20; Dontonio, 11
- 1995: Shieda, 14; Jamiroquan, 13
- 1996: Sidea, 13; Jervontae, 12
- 1997: Dessiah & Jachai, 10; Versace, 10
- 1998: Rosisela, 14; Tamija, 14
- 1999: Ukari, 16; Tyreace, 9
- 2000: Daebreon & Jadakiss, 13; Zaykeese, 13
- 2001: Joharis, 12; Kya, 13
- 2002: Eshanti, 27; Albieri, 12
- 2003: Saribel, 22; Amareion, 12
- 2004: Janayra, 12; Mikayla & Quanye, 11
- 2005: Milenka, 13; Johnbenedict, 14
- 2006: Sarela, 26; Sunel, 14
- 2007: Aidsa & Madelis, 30; Joset, 11
- 2008: Yaindhi, 29; Jometh, 23
- 2009: Shastelyn, 34; Tyten, 11
- 2010: Rossibell, 17; Coopar, 14
- 2011: Jocell, 31; Maurkice, 13
- 2012: Jeiza, 12; Chander, Drexton, Dristan, Elimelec, Hadeed, Khodee & Vardhan, 8
- 2013: Jennicka, 15; Jaiceion, 11
- 2014: Hannaley, 21; Zacardi, 11
- 2015: Nadyalee, 17; Jersen, 21
See anything interesting?
Some of the above — Narice (1926), Saford (1941), Gevan (1952) and Jefre (1961) — are also on the top debuts list.
Lists of the most popular one-hit girl names and one-hit boy names of all time are coming tomorrow and Wednesday…
Update, 5/24/16 – Just revised the 2012 names and added the 2013 and 2014 names.
Update, 5/24/17 – Made some revisions and added the 2015 names.
The name Ondina appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for one year only:
- 1969: unlisted
- 1968: 15 baby girls named Ondina [debut]
- 1967: unlisted
Why? I have no clue.
Conspicuously high one-time hits like this are sometimes attributable to magazine covers (Theonita is an example of this) but I haven’t found an Ondina on the cover of anything from 1968.
A different version of the name, Ondine, did pop up a few times during my search. Ondine had been the title of a Broadway play in the 1950s and the name of both a Warhol “superstar” and a race-winning yacht, Ondine III, in the 1960s. (Here’s more on Ondine from baby name blog Appellation Mountain.)
But Ondina is still a mystery to me. Do you have any ideas?
(While researching, I stumbled upon another interesting name: Trebisonda. Trebisonda “Ondina” Valla was the first Italian woman to win an Olympic gold medal, in 1936. Her birth name was inspired by the Turkish city of Trabzon, which is Trebisonda in Italian, and her nickname was suggested by a journalist when she was in her teens.)