How popular is the baby name Rosevelt in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Rosevelt.
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Back in 1907, the baby name Theta debuted on the SSA’s baby name list, making the top 1,000 for the first and only time:
1909: 7 baby girls named Theta
1908: 6 baby girls named Theta
1907: 20 baby girls named Theta (rank: 868th) [debut]
Theta was not only the top debut name that year, but it was also one of the top debut names of the entire decade (tied with Rosevelt, a misspelling of Roosevelt that debuted in 1900 with 20 baby boys).
Here are the SSA and SSDI numbers side by side:
While neither set of data is perfect, both indicate that Theta saw increased usage in 1907. I can’t figure out why, though. Literature is often a good bet for this time period, but so far I’ve been unable to link Theta to a particular book or story.
Do you have any idea where Theta came from?
P.S. If you’d like to try a search and want to eliminate all the other Greek letters from your results, add this to your search string:
Though vast majority of the baby names on the Social Security Administration’s yearly baby name lists are repeats, every list does contain a handful of brand-new names.
Below are the highest-charting debut names for every single year on record, after the first.
Why bother with an analysis like this? Because debut names often have cool stories behind them, and high-hitting debuts are especially likely to have intriguing pop culture explanations. So this is more than a list of names — it’s also a list of stories.
Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!