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Popularity of the Baby Name Stacey


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The Inception of Sway

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Angelina Jolie as Sara “Sway” Wayland

The word Sway popped up for the first time in the U.S. baby name data in 2001:

  • 2003: 14 baby girls and 5 baby boys named Sway
  • 2002: 12 baby girls named Sway
  • 2001: 8 baby girls named Sway [debut]
  • 2000: unlisted
  • 1999: unlisted

For a long time I assumed the main influence was MTV personality Sway Calloway. But, while I still think Sway had an influence on male usage, I’ve since discovered a much better explanation for the 2001 debut as a female name.

One of the main characters in the 2000 car heist film Gone in 60 Seconds was mechanic-slash-bartender Sara “Sway” Wayland (played by Angelina Jolie). She was the love interest of protagonist Randall “Memphis” Raines (played by Nicolas Cage), who was tasked with stealing 50 specific, expensive cars inside of 72 hours.

The film didn’t get great reviews, but I do remember appreciating the fact that each of the 50 cars was assigned a feminine code-name:

Mary, Barbara, Lindsey, Laura, Alma, Madeline, Patricia, Carol, Daniela, Stefanie, Erin, Pamela, Olga, Anne, Kate, Vanessa, Denise, Diane, Lisa, Nadine, Angelina, Rose, Susan, Tracey, Rachel, Bernadene, Deborah, Stacey, Josephine, Hillary, Kimberley, Renee, Dorothy, Donna, Samantha, Ellen, Gabriela, Shannon, Jessica, Sharon, Tina, Marsha, Natalie, Virginia, Tanya, Grace, Ashley, Cathy, Lynn, Eleanor

So, how do you feel about the name Sway? If you were having a baby girl, would you be more likely to name her something modern, like Sway, or something traditional, like Sara or Susan?

Sources: Gone in 60 Seconds (2000 film) – Wikipedia, Talk:Gone in 60 Seconds (2000 film) – Wikipedia

Baby Named for Gameshow Host

Earlier this year, Richard Humphrey of Cannock, Staffordshire, missed the birth of his first child. Why? Because he decided to be a contestant on British gameshow Ant & Dec’s Push the Button instead.

Richard’s girlfriend, Stacey Richards, gave birth to their son just minutes before the live show began. Host Declan Donnelly made the announcement on-air: “Rich has just become a dad. At two minutes to seven Stacey gave birth to a little baby boy so congratulations.”

Apparently Stacey wasn’t too upset about the incident, as the couple went on to name their son Declan after Mr. Donnelly. Richard said, “We both thought it was a good idea and there is already an Anthony in the family. Dec was a great bloke so we thought why not do it.”

Sources: Mother gives birth as partner wins £62,000 on TV’s Push The Button… and they named the baby DEC, ‘Push The Button’ baby named after show host