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Popularity of the Baby Name Paula


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Popular Baby Names in Spain, 2018

According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Lucia and Hugo.

Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Lucia, 4,004 baby girls
  2. Sofia, 3,701
  3. Martina, 3,534
  4. Maria, 3,533
  5. Paula, 2,847
  6. Julia, 2,738
  7. Emma, 2,623
  8. Valeria, 2,520
  9. Daniela, 2,503
  10. Alba, 2,350

Boy Names

  1. Hugo, 3,800 baby boys
  2. Lucas, 3,617
  3. Martin, 3,332
  4. Daniel, 3,223
  5. Pablo, 3,139
  6. Mateo, 3,100
  7. Alejandro, 3,000
  8. Leo, 2,651
  9. Alvaro, 2,495
  10. Manuel, 2,476

In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Adrian.

The girls’ top 10 includes the same names, but in a different order.

In 2017, the top names were Lucia and Lucas.

Source: What is the frequency of a first name of newborns? – INEbase

Popular Baby Names in Spain, 2017

According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2017 were Lucia and Lucas.

Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2017:

Girl Names
1. Lucia, 4,410 baby girls
2. Sofia, 4,206
3. Maria, 3,874
4. Martina, 3,814
5. Paula, 3,085
6. Julia, 2,998
7. Daniela, 2,959
8. Valeria, 2,856
9. Alba, 2,678
10. Emma, 2,525

Boy Names
1. Lucas, 4,209 baby boys
2. Hugo, 4,141
3. Martin, 3,838
4. Daniel, 3,717
5. Pablo, 3,426
6. Alejandro, 3,220
7. Mateo, 3,124
8. Adrian, 2,841
9. Alvaro, 2,794
10. Manuel, 2,517

Lucas replaces Hugo as Spain’s #1 boy name.

In the boys’ top 10, Manuel replaces David.

In the girls’ top 10, Emma replaces Noa.

Finally, here are the 2016 rankings.

Sources: Nombres de los recién nacidos – INEbase, Lucía and Lucas, the most popular baby names in Spain in 2017

The Button-Nosed Baby Name Chata

Letter to Loretta

The name Chata made a modest debut in the U.S. baby name data in 1953:

  • 1955: unlisted
  • 1954: unlisted
  • 1953: 5 baby girls named Chata [debut]
  • 1952: unlisted
  • 1951: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Very early television. “The Faith of Chata” was an episode from the first season of the anthology TV series Letter to Loretta, later renamed The Loretta Young Show. The episode aired in December of 1953.

The episode, set in a Mexican village, tells the story of a little girl called Chata who is gravely ill with pneumonia. (Chata’s mother Paula is played by Young.) After receiving an overnight vision of her patron saint, Santa Inés, Chata makes a miraculous recovery.

“Chata” is not a name, but an affectionate nickname. It comes from a Spanish term for “pug nose” or “button nose.” John Wayne’s second wife, Mexican actress Esperanza Baur, went by Chata for instance.

The child actress who played Chata was Nancy Gilbert, who several years later played another TV character (Calamity Jane) that also had an influence on baby names.

Sources: Nancy Gilbert – IMDb, Letter to Loretta (1953-1954) – Loretta Young Fan Website

Name-Song Tournament: 1950s & 1960s (Round 2)

We started with 64 name-songs in round 1, and now we have 32 going into round 2. Here are the match-ups:

Group 1

Match Song Song
#1 Denise” (1963) by Randy & The Rainbows vs. Carol” (1957) by Chuck Berry
#2 Eddie My Love” (1956) by The Teen Queens vs. Anna (Go to Him)” (1962) by Arthur Alexander
#3 Barbara Ann” (1961) by The Regents vs. Claudette” (1958) by The Everly Brothers
#4 Donna” (1958) by Ritchie Valens vs. Cathy’s Clown” (1960) by The Everly Brothers

Which song is better? (1 of 16)

  • "Carol" by Chuck Berry (58%, 7 Votes)
  • "Denise" by Randy & The Rainbows (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (2 of 16)

  • "Eddie My Love" by The Teen Queens (58%, 7 Votes)
  • "Anna (Go to Him)" by Arthur Alexander (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (3 of 16)

  • "Barbara Ann" by The Regents (80%, 8 Votes)
  • "Claudette" by The Everly Brothers (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (4 of 16)

  • "Donna" by Ritchie Valens (55%, 6 Votes)
  • "Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers (45%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Group 2

Match Song Song
#1 Good Golly Miss Molly” (1956) by Little Richard vs. Hit the Road Jack” (1961) by Ray Charles
#2 Just Like Eddie” (1963) by Heinz vs. Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie” (1958) by Eddie Cochran
#3 Hello Mary Lou” (1961) by Ricky Nelson vs. Johnny Angel” (1962) by Shelley Fabares
#4 Johnny B. Goode” (1958) by Chuck Berry vs. Hey Paula” (1962) by Paul & Paula

Which song is better? (5 of 16)

  • "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles (79%, 11 Votes)
  • "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard (21%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Which song is better? (6 of 16)

  • "Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie" by Eddie Cochran (70%, 7 Votes)
  • "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz (30%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (7 of 16)

  • "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson (73%, 8 Votes)
  • "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Which song is better? (8 of 16)

  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry (80%, 12 Votes)
  • "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula (20%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Group 3

Match Song Song
#1 Lucille” (1957) by Little Richard vs. Oh Julie” (1958) by The Crescendos
#2 Maybellene” (1955) by Chuck Berry vs. Nadine” (1964) by Chuck Berry
#3 Peggy Sue” (1957) by Buddy Holly and The Crickets vs. Louie Louie” (1957) by Richard Berry
#4 Marlena” (1963) by The Four Seasons vs. (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame” (1961) by Elvis Presley

Which song is better? (9 of 16)

  • "Lucille" by Little Richard (100%, 13 Votes)
  • "Oh Julie" by The Crescendos (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Which song is better? (10 of 16)

  • "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry (64%, 7 Votes)
  • "Nadine" by Chuck Berry (36%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Which song is better? (11 of 16)

  • "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets (75%, 9 Votes)
  • "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry (25%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (12 of 16)

  • "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" by Elvis Presley (55%, 6 Votes)
  • "Marlena" by The Four Seasons (45%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Group 4

Match Song Song
#1 Ride on Josephine” (1960) by Bo Diddley vs. Tall Paul” (1959) by Annette Funicello
#2 Sandy” (1963) by Dion vs. Ruby Ann” (1962) by Marty Robbins
#3 Wake Up Little Susie” (1957) by The Everly Brothers vs. Susie Q” (1957) by Dale Hawkins
#4 Runaround Sue” (1961) by Dion vs. Sheila” (1962) by Tommy Roe

Which song is better? (13 of 16)

  • "Ride on Josephine" by Bo Diddley (67%, 6 Votes)
  • "Tall Paul" by Annette Funicello (33%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Which song is better? (14 of 16)

  • "Sandy" by Dion (60%, 6 Votes)
  • "Ruby Ann" by Marty Robbins (40%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (15 of 16)

  • "Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers (54%, 7 Votes)
  • "Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins (46%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (16 of 16)

  • "Runaround Sue" by Dion (82%, 9 Votes)
  • "Sheila" by Tommy Roe (18%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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…Polls for this round close on Monday night. The Sweet 16 round starts on Tuesday morning.