How popular is the baby name Pier in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Pier and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Pier.
Pier Angeli on the cover of LIFE in 1956
Cyd Charisse gave both her first and last name a boost on the baby name charts, those debuts didn’t happen in the same year.
In the case of Italian-born television and film actress Pier Angeli, though, both
Pier and Angeli popped up in the data in 1953:
18 baby girls
25 baby girls
8 baby girls (& 5 baby boys)
11 baby girls [debut]
12 baby girls
14 baby girls [debut]
In fact, the name Angeli was the 3rd-highest debut name of the year (after
Trenace and Caster).
Pier Angeli was born Anna Maria Pierangeli in Sardinia, Italy, in 1932. Before she launched her U.S. film career, her name was changed:
The movie moguls decided that her name Anna Maria Pierangeli was too long for the lights over a marquee, so it was abridged to Pier Angeli simply by dividing her surname. She didn’t like it, complaining that it was “a boy’s name” which of course it was in Italy, and never used it in private life. Her friends always called her Anna.
Pier Angeli’s first American film
Teresa (1951). Her performance impressed critics; she won a Golden Globe Award in 1952 for “Most Promising Newcomer.” And the year after that, her names double-debuted in the U.S. baby name data.
Nowadays, dozens of baby girls are named Angeli every year. Pier is still used as well, but mostly as a boy name. Which name do you prefer?
Source: Allen, Jane.
Pier Angeli: A Fragile Life. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2002.
P.S. Speaking of dividing a surname to create a stage name…two people who divided a
first name to come up with a professional name were actor Kal Penn (born Kalpen Modi) and lyricist Kal Mann (born Kalman Cohen).
Looking for a surname-inspired baby name with a connection to Catholicism?
Here are more than 200 options, most of which come from Catholic Englishmen martyred during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Because the goal was to include as many
realistic baby names as possible, I interpreted “surname” and “saint” liberally in some cases. Xavier is not technically a surname, for instance, and many of the folks below are not yet full-fledged saints.
The hyperlinked names will take you to popularity graphs.
Abel, for Bl. Thomas Abel (d. 1540) of England.
Abbot, for Bl. Henry Abbot (d. 1597) of England.
Albert, for Bl. Federico Albert (d. 1876) of Italy.
Almond, for St. John Almond (d. 1612) of England.
Amias, for Bl. John Amias (d. 1589) of England. Ancina, for Bl. John Juvenal Ancina (d. 1604) of Italy.
Andleby, for Bl. William Andleby (d. 1597) of England.
Aquinas, for St. Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274) of Italy. Arrowsmith, for St. Edmund Arrowsmith (d. 1628) of England.
Ashley, for Bl. Ralph Ashley (d. 1606) of England.
Ashton, for Ven. Roger Ashton (d. 1592) of England. Atkinson, for Bl. Thomas Atkinson (d. 1616) of England.
Aufield, for Bl. Thomas Aufield (d. 1585) of England.
Barlow, for St. Ambrose Barlow (d. 1641) of England.
Baylon, for St. Paschal Baylon (d. 1592) of Spain.
Becket, from St. Thomas Becket (d. 1170) of England. Beesley, for Bl. George Beesley (d. 1591) of England.
Belson, for Bl. Thomas Belson (d. 1589) of England.
Bertie, for Servant of God Andrew Bertie (d. 2008) of England/Malta.
Bertrand, for St. Louis Bertrand (d. 1581) of Spain/South America. Bessette, for St. André Bessette (d. 1937) of Canada.
Bonzel, for Bl. Maria Theresia Bonzel (d. 1905) of Germany.
Bosco, for St. John Bosco (d. 1888) of Italy. Bosgrave, for Bl. Thomas Bosgrave (d. 1594) of England.
Bowes, for Bl. Marmaduke Bowes (d. 1585) of England.
Briant, for St. Alexander Briant (d. 1581) of England.
Britton, for Bl. John Britton (d. 1598) of England.
Buxton, for Bl. Christopher Buxton (d. 1588) of England.
Cabrini, for St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (d. 1917) of Italy/U.S.
Campion, for St. Edmund Campion (d. 1581) of England.
Carey, for Bl. John Carey (d. 1594) of England.
Carter, for Bl. William Carter (b. 1584) of England.
Casey, for Ven. Solanus Casey (d. 1957) of the U.S. (His religious name “Solanus” comes from St. Francis Solanus, below.) Cassant, for Bl. Pierre-Joseph Cassant (d. 1903) of France.
Catherick, for Bl. Edmund Catherick (d. 1642) of England.
Chanel, for St. Peter Chanel (d. 1841) of France. Claver, for St. Peter Claver (d. 1654) of Spain.
Claxton, for Bl. James Claxton (d. 1588) of England.
Collins, for Bl. Dominic Collins (d. 1602) of Ireland.
Cope, for St. Marianne Cope (d. 1918) of Germany/U.S.
Corbie, for Ven. Ralph Corbie (d. 1644) of Ireland.
Cornelius, for Bl. John Cornelius (d. 1594) of England. Dalby, for Bl. Robert Dalby (d. 1589) of England.
Daniel, for St. Antoine Daniel (d. 1648) of France/Canada.
David, for Bl. Vicente Vilar David (1937) of Spain or Bl. Toros Oghlou David (d. 1895) of Armenia
Davy, for Bl. John Davy (d. 1537) of England or Bl. Charlotte Davy (d. 1794) of France.
Dean, for Bl. William Dean (d. 1588) of England.
Dorie, for Bl. Pierre Henri Dorie (d. 1866) of France.
Douglas, for Bl. George Douglas (d. 1587) of Scotland.
Drexel, for St. Katharine Drexel (d. 1955) of the U.S.
Drury, for Bl. Robert Drury (d. 1607) of England.
Duff, for Servant of God Frank Duff (d. 1980) of Ireland.
Duke, for Bl. Edmund Duke (d. 1590) of England. Durando, for Bl. Marco Antonio Durando (d. 1880) of Italy.
Dutton, for Servant of God Joseph Dutton (d. 1931) of the U.S.
Ebner, for Bl. Margareta Ebner (d. 1351) of Germany.
Emmerich, for Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich (d. 1824) of Germany. Errico, for St. Gaetano Errico (d. 1860) of Italy.
Errington, for Bl. George Errington (d. 1596) of England.
Evans, for St. Philip Evans (d. 1679) of Wales.
Faber, for St. Peter Faber (d. 1546) of France. Falzon, for Bl. Nazju Falzon (d. 1865) of Malta.
Farina, for St. Giovanni Antonio Farina (d. 1888) of Italy. Fasani, for St. Francis Anthony Fasani (d. 1742) of Italy.
Felton, for Bl. John Felton (d. 1570) in England.
Fenn, for Bl. James Fenn (d. 1584) in England.
Fenwick, for Bl. John Fenwick (d. 1679) of England.
Ferrari, for Bl. Andrea Carlo Ferrari (d. 1921) of Italy. Ferrer, for St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419) of Spain.
Filby, for Bl. William Filby (d. 1582) of England.
Frassati, for Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (d. 1925) of Italy.
Fulthrop, for Bl. Edward Fulthrop (d. 1597) of England.
Finch, for Bl. John Finch (d. 1584) of England.
Fisher, for Bl. John Fisher (d. 1535) of England.
Foley, for Servant of God Theodore Foley (d. 1974) of the U.S.
Fontaine, for Bl. Marie-Madeleine Fontaine (d. 1794) of France.
Forest, for Bl. John Forest (d. 1538) of England.
Garnet, for St. Thomas Garnet (d. 1608) of England.
Gavan, for Bl. John Gavan (d. 1679) of England. Gennings, for St. Edmund Gennings (d. 1591) of England.
Gerard, for Bl. Jeanne Gerard (d. 1794) of France or Bl. Joseph Gérard, (d. 1914) of France/South Africa. Gerosa, for St. Vincentia Gerosa (d. 1847) of Italy.
Gervase, for Bl. George Gervase (d. 1608) of England.
Gibson, for Bl. William Gibson (d. 1596) of England.
Goretti, for St. Maria Goretti (d. 1902) of Italy.
Grove, for Bl. John Grove (d. 1679) of England.
Gwyn, for St. Richard Gwyn (d. 1584) of Wales.
Harrington, for Bl. William Harrington (d. 1594) of England.
Heath, for Bl. Henry Heath (d. 1643) of England.
Hewitt, for Bl. John Hewitt (d. 1588) of England. Higgins, for Bl. Peter Higgins (d. 1642) of Irish.
Houghton, for St. John Houghton (d. 1535) of England.
Howard, for St. Philip Howard (d. 1595) of England or for his grandson, Bl. William Howard (d. 1680) of England.
Humphrey, for St. Lawrence Humphrey (d. 1590) of England.
Hunt, for Bl. Thurston Hunt (d. 1601) of England. Ingleby, for Bl. Francis Ingleby (d. 1586) of England.
Ingram, for Ven. John Ingram (d. 1594) of England.
Janssen, for St. Arnold Janssen (d. 1909) of Germany. Kemble, for St. John Kemble (d. 1679) of England.
Kern, for Bl. Jakob Kern (d. 1924) of Austria.
Kirby, for St. Luke Kirby (d. 1582) of England.
Kolbe, for St. Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941) of Poland.
Konrad, for Bl. Nicholas Konrad (d. 1941) of Ukraine.
Lakota, for Bl. Gregor Lakota (d. 1950) of Ukraine.
Langley, for Bl. Richard Langley (d. 1586) of England. Lanteri, for Ven. Bruno Lanteri (d. 1830) of Italy.
Larke, for Bl. John Larke (d. 1544) of England.
Laval, for Bl. Jacques-Désiré Laval (d. 1864) of France/Mauritius.
Lawrence, for St. Robert Lawrence (d. 1535) of England.
Leigh, for Bl. Richard Leigh (d. 1588) of England.
Lewis, for St. David Lewis (d. 1679) of Wales Liguori, for St. Alphonsus Liguori (d. 1787) of Italy.
Lilli, for Bl. Salvatore Lilli (d. 1895) of Italy.
Lloyd, for St. John Lloyd (d. 1679) of Wales.
Lockwood, for Bl. John Lockwood (d. 1642) of England.
Lucas, for Bl. Charlotte Lucas (d. 1794) of France. MacKillop, for St. Mary MacKillop (d. 1909) of Australia.
Majali, for Bl. Giuliano Majali (d. 1470) of Sicily.
Majella, for St. Gerard Majella (d. 1755) of Italy.
Manna, for Bl. Paolo Manna (d. 1952) of Italy.
Marchand, for St. Joseph Marchand (d. 1835) of France.
Marella, for Ven. Olinto Marella (d. 1969) of Italy. Mareri, for Bl. Philippa Mareri (d. 1236) of Italy.
Margil, for Ven. Antonio Margil (d. 1726) of Spain/Central America.
Mari, for Servant of God Ida Mari (d. 1981) of Italy.
Martin, for St. Louis Martin (d. 1894) of France or Bl. Richard Martin (d. 1588) of England.
Marsden, from Bl. William Marsden (d. 1586) of England. Marto, for Bl. Francisco Marto (d. 1919) of Portugal.
Mason, for Bl. John Mason (d. 1591) of England.
Massey, for Bl. René-Julien Massey (d. 1792) of France.
Maxfield, for Bl. Thomas Maxfield (d. 1616) of England. Munden, for Bl. John Munden (d. 1584) of England.
Mayer, for Bl. Rupert Mayer (d. 1945) of Germany. McAuley, for Ven. Catherine McAuley (d. 1841) of Ireland.
Meehan, for Bl. Charles Meehan (d. 1679) of Ireland.
Merlo, for Ven. Thecla Merlo (d. 1964) of Italy.
Medina, for Bl. Manuel Medina y Olmos (d. 1936) of Spain.
Mela, for Ven. Itala Mela (d. 1957) of Italy.
Merton, for Fr. Thomas Merton (d. 1968) of the U.S.
Mesina, for Bl. Antonia Mesina (d. 1935) of Italy.
Miki, for St. Paul Miki (d. 1597) of Japan.
Molina, for Bl. Mercedes de Jesús Molina y Ayala (d. 1883) of Ecuador.
Molla, for St. Gianna Beretta Molla (d. 1962) of Italy.
Mora, for Bl. Elisabeth Canori Mora (d. 1825) of Italy.
Morse, for St. Henry Morse (d. 1645) of England.
Nelson, for Bl. John Nelson (d. 1578) of England.
Neri, for St. Philip Neri (d. 1595) of Italy.
Newman, for Bl. John Henry Newman (d. 1890) of England.
Nichols, for Bl. George Nichols (d. 1589) fo England. Nolasco, for St. Peter Nolasco (d. 1256) of France.
Ogilvie, for St. John Ogilvie (d. 1615) of Scotland.
Owen, for St. Nicholas Owen (d. 1606) of England.
Page, for Bl. Anthony Page (d. 1593) of England or Bl. Francis Page (d. 1602) of England.
Percy, for Bl. Thomas Percy (d. 1572) of England.
Potter, for Ven. Mary Potter (d. 1913) of England.
Powell, for Bl. Edward Powell (d. 1540) of Wales.
Quinn, for Ven. Edel Quinn (d. 1944) of Ireland.
Rawlins, for Bl. Alexander Rawlins (d. 1595) of England.
Regis, for St. John Francis Regis (d. 1640) of France.
Reynolds, for St. Richard Reynolds (d. 1535) of England or Bl. Thomas Reynolds (d. 1560) of England.
Richardson, for Bl. Lawrence Richardson (d. 1582) of England or Bl. William Richardson (d. 1603) of England.
Rigby, for St. John Rigby (d. 1600) of England Rivi, for Bl. Rolando Rivi (d. 1945) of Italy.
Robinson, for St. Christopher Robinson (d. 1598) of England.
Rochester, for Bl. John Rochester (d. 1537) of England.
Roe, for St. Alban Roe (d. 1642) of England.
Romano, for Bl. Vincent Romano (d. 1831) of Italy. Rossello, for St. Maria Giuseppa Rossello (d. 1880) of Italy.
Sala, for Bl. Maria Anna Sala (d. 1891) of Italy.
Savio, for St. Dominic Savio (d. 1857) of Italy.
Scott, for Bl. Montford Scott (d. 1591) of England or Bl. Maurus Scott (d. 1612) of England.
Serra, for St. Junipero Serra (d. 1784) of Spain/New Spain.
Seton, for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (d. 1821) of the U.S.
Sheen, for Ven. Fulton J. Sheen (d. 1979) of the U.S.
Shelley, for Bl. Edward Shelley (d. 1588) of England.
Sherwin, for St. Ralph Sherwin (d. 1581) of England.
Sherwood, for Bl. Thomas Sherwood (d. 1578) of England.
Sinclair, for Ven. Margaret Anne Sinclair (d. 1925) of Scotland.
Slade, for Bl. John Slade (d. 1583) of England. Solanus, for St. Francis Solanus (d. 1610) of Spain.
Southwell, for St. Robert Southwell (d. 1595) of England.
Southworth, for St. John Southworth (d. 1654) of England.
Steno, for Bl. Nicolas Steno (d. 1686) of Denmark.
Spenser, for Bl. William Spenser (d. 1589) of England.
Spencer, for Ven. Ignatius Spencer (d. 1864) of England.
Stefani, for Bl. Irene Stefani (d. 1930) of Italy.
Stein, for St. Edith Stein (d. 1942) of Germany.
Stone, for St. John Stone (d. 1539) in England.
Sullivan, for Ven. John Sullivan (d. 1933) in Ireland.
Sutton, for Bl. Robert Sutton (d. 1587) of England.
Talbot, for Ven. Matt Talbot (d. 1925) of Ireland or Bl. John Talbot (d. 1600) of England.
Tansi, for Bl. Cyprian Michael Tansi (d. 1964) of Nigeria.
Taylor, for Bl. Hugh Taylor (d. 1585) of England, Francis Taylor (d. 1621) of Ireland, or Ven. Frances Margaret Taylor (d. 1900) of England. Tezza, for Bl. Luigi Tezza (d. 1923) of Italy.
Thirkeld, for Bl. Richard Thirkeld (d. 1583) in England.
Thompson, for Bl. James Thompson (d. 1582) of England.
Thorne, for Bl. John Thorne (d. 1539) of England.
Thorpe, for Bl. Robert Thorpe (d. 1591) of England. Tirry, for Bl. William Tirry (d. 1654) of Ireland.
Tomasi, for St. Giuseppe Maria Tomasi (d. 1713) of Italy. Tunstall, for Bl. Thomas Tunstall (d. 1616) of England.
Turner, for Bl. Anthony Turner (d. 1679) of England.
Vega, for Servant of God Pablo Muñoz Vega (d. 1994) of Ecuador.
Venard, for St. Jean-Théophane Vénard (d. 1861) of France.
Vera, for Ven. Jacinto Vera y Durán (d. 1881) of Uruguay.
Verna, for Bl. Antonia Maria Verna (d. 1838) of Italy.
Vianney, for St. Jean Vianney (d. 1859) of France.
Ward, for St. Margaret Ward (d. 1588) of England.
Webster, for St. Augustine Webster (d. 1535) of England.
Wells, for St. Swithun Wells (d. 1591) of England.
Wharton, for Bl. Christopher Wharton (d. 1600) of England.
Whitaker, for Bl. Thomas Whitaker (d. 1646) of England.
Wilson, for Ven. Mary Jane Wilson (d. 1916) of British India.
Wright, for Bl. Peter Wright (d. 1651) of England.
Xavier, for St. Francis Xavier (d. 1552) of Spain.
Zaccaria, for St. Antonio Maria Zaccaria (d. 1539) of Italy.
Zola, for Bl. Giovanni Batista Zola (d. 1626) of Italy.
Which of the above do you like best?
And, what other saint-inspired surnames would make good baby names? I’m sure I missed a few. Let me know in the comments!