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Popularity of the Baby Name Reba

Number of Babies Named Reba

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A Woman (and 7 Babies) Named Fancy

Frank Yerby’s book A Woman Called Fancy was the 5th bestselling book of 1951. Here’s a summary:

Set in Augusta, Georgia, T traces the rise of the heroine, a beautiful South Carolina woman, from poverty to prominence among Augusta’s artistocrats. Seeking to escape marriage to an old man to whom her father is indebted, Fancy Williamson leaves South Carolina for Augusta. She begins as a dance girl on a show wagon and eventually marries into a bankrupt aristocratic family of Georgia. Her marriage to Courtland Brantley of the Hiberion Plantation, however, provokes the scorn of aristocrats and begins her downfall.

In 1952, seven baby girls were named Fancy and the name appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the very first time.

About twenty years later, the name was given a second boost by Bobbie Gentry’s Fancy (1969). Here’s a bit of the song:

You know I mighta been born just plain white trash,
but Fancy was my name.

Indeed.

About twenty years after that, Reba McEntire’s 1990 cover of Fancy gave the name yet another boost.

Source: A Woman Called Fancy – Oxford Reference


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?