The baby name Brycie was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data, appearing a single time in the 1960s:
1963: 6 baby girls named Brycie [debut]
Where did it come from?
Like the names Toika and Perette, Brycie was inspired by a character created for a single episode of the TV series Route 66. That episode, called “Only by Cunning Glimpses,” aired on December 7, 1962.
In the episode, main characters Tod and Buz encountered a nightclub mentalist named Brycie Koseloff (played by actress Lois Smith). Brycie made a series of dire predictions about Tod’s future — including the prediction that Tod would eventually kill Buz — and, shockingly, her predictions started coming true…
What are your thoughts on the name Brycie?
“Mentalist Makes Shocking Forecast On Route 66.” Daily Herald [Provo, Utah] December 3, 1962: 18.
A single-episode character on the popular TV show Route 66. The episode, “Mon Petit Chou,” first aired on November 24, 1961. It was set in Pittsburgh and guest-starred French actress Macha Méril as character Perette Dijon, a chanteuse with a Svengali-like manager named Glenn (played by Lee Marvin).
Macha was born Maria-Magdalena Vladimirovna Gagarina, and is technically a princess. (Her parents were Ukrainian nobility who fled to the south of France during the Russian Revolution.) When she decided to become an actress, she continued to use her nickname Macha, a diminutive of Maria, and added the surname Méril in tribute to jazz singer Helen Merrill (born Jelena Ana Milcetic).
Do you like the name Perette? Do you like it more or less than Macha?
These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).
There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)
The Social Security Administration’s annual baby name list only includes names given to 5 or more U.S. babies, of either one gender or the other, 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, gender-specific, 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.”