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Popularity of the Baby Name Pandora

Number of Babies Named Pandora

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Pandora

Baby Name Needed – Middle Name for Alice

A reader named Amy needs a bit of assistance:

Our third child, a baby girl, is due in two weeks and we are having trouble finalizing her name. The first name will be Alice. Would you please suggest unpopular yet interesting middles names that would compliment a French surname?

(The surname has two syllables–stress on the second syllable–and starts with the letter L.)

The baby is due in a matter of days…but I’m swamped with work and don’t have time to really mull over name suggestions like I normally do. So the list below is the product of a quick brainstorm…

Benjamine
Bryony
Callista
Cordelia
Dominica
Faustine
Helene
Iphigenia
Melisande
Pandora
Tallulah
Tatiana
Ursula
Wilhelmina
Yolanda

I’ll do my best to come up with other (better?) suggestions over the next few days and post them in the comments.

In the meanwhile, what other unpopular-yet-interesting names do you think could work with Alice?

Update, 6/03 – Alice is here! Scroll down to the final comment to find out what her middle name is…


Baby Name Needed – Middle Name for Julianne

A reader named Reba e-mailed me a few days ago with this request:

I need a middle name to go with Julianne. My last name sounds like Mean.

Because the first name is long and the last name is short, I decided to focus on length and rhythm in the search for potential middles.

My first thought was that an amphibrachic name would sound particularly good:

Bianca
Cassandra
Cecilia
Felicia
Francesca
Letitia
Lucinda
Odetta
Pandora
Priscilla
Regina
Sabrina
Samantha
Theresa

Next, I liked 4-syllable names of various rhythms:

Alexandra
Dorothea
Eleanora
Elizabeth
Fabiola
Henrietta
Gabriella
Sophronia
Veronica
Victoria

Finally, I thought an iambic name might work:

Danielle
Estelle
Louise
Michelle
Patrice
Yvette

Do you like any of the above? What other names would you suggest?

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1950s

Not pop songs, but baby names! Many baby names have only managed to rank among the most popular in the U.S. a single time. The following names are one-hit wonders from the 1950s.

Girl Names:

  • Debera – #998 in 1952
  • Debroah – #898 in 1955
  • Denese – #983 in 1954
  • Doretta – #899 in 1953 – influence: Doretta Morrow
  • Ellyn – #993 in 1952
  • Gaylene – #930 in 1956
  • Jacqulyn – #970 in 1952
  • Jeryl – #770 in 1955
  • Kathey – #890 in 1956
  • Lanita – #968 in 1958
  • Melodee – #994 in 1955
  • Nilda – #959 in 1957
  • Pandora – #785 in 1952
  • Perri – #949 in 1958 – influence: the movie Perri
  • Rhona – #992 in 1951
  • Sharleen – #767 in 1951
  • Sheilah – #665 in 1955 – influence: Sheilah Graham
  • Sheryll – #997 in 1955
  • Tambra – #916 in 1958
  • Tari – #972 in 1959
  • Valinda – #809 in 1954

Boy Names:

  • Danniel – #978 in 1950
  • Deryl – #993 in 1950
  • Erasmo – #926 in 1951
  • Kem – #922 in 1956
  • Kennard – #999 in 1954
  • Mikeal – #909 in 1952
  • Rahn – #913 in 1954 – influence: Helmut Rahn
  • Ricci – #742 in 1954

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.