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Popularity of the Baby Name Suellen

Number of Babies Named Suellen

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Suellen

The Baby Names Suellen, Carreen & Melanie

melanie, gone with the wind, movieLast Gone with the Wind post, I swear. :)

In the story, Scarlett O’Hara has two sisters, Suellen and Carreen, and a sister-in-law/best friend, Melanie. All three of these names were given a boost after the book and the movie were released in 1936 and late 1939, respectively.


Usage influenced by the book, which was published in mid-1936:

  • 1934: 9 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1935: 9 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1936: 13 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1937: 39 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1938: 53 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1939: 57 baby girls named Melanie

Usage influenced by the movie (Melanie Hamilton was played by Olivia de Havilland):

  • 1940: 200 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1941: 308 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1942: 388 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1943: 406 baby girls named Melanie

The name Melanie is quite old (it comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “black” or “dark”) but its usage was revived by Gone with the Wind. It went on to crack the top 100 for the first time in 1968 and has been popular ever since. It ranked 82nd in 2010.


Usage influenced by the book:

  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1936: 5 baby girls named Suellen [debut]
  • 1937: 30 baby girls named Suellen
  • 1938: 31 baby girls named Suellen
  • 1939: 40 baby girls named Suellen

Usage influenced by the movie (in which Suellen O’Hara was played by Evelyn Keyes):

  • 1940: 141 named Suellen
  • 1941: 159 named Suellen (7 Sueellen)
  • 1942: 144 named Suellen (5 Sueellen)
  • 1943: 138 named Suellen (11 Sueellen)
  • 1944: 113 named Suellen (11 Sueellen)
  • 1945: 106 named Suellen (5 Sueellen)

That 159 in 1941 was as high as it ever got. Over the following decades, usage of the name petered out. The last time Suellen made the SSA’s baby name list was 2007.


Usage influenced by the book:

  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1936: unlisted
  • 1937: 8 baby girls named Carreen [debut]
  • 1938: unlisted
  • 1939: unlisted

Usage influenced by the movie (Carreen O’Hara was played by Ann Rutherford):

  • 1940: 6 baby girls named Carreen
  • 1941: 8 baby girls named Carreen
  • 1942: unlisted

It charted again a few times in the ’60s and ’70s, but that’s it. The last time it made the list was 1975.

Other Gone with the Wind posts: Scarlett, Gone With & Wind, Tara

Baby Name Needed – Full Name for Susie

A reader named Kristina writes:

My husband insists on naming our daughter after his mother. He doesn’t necessarily want to name her Susan, her full name, but insists on calling her Susie. I have been trying to come up with names containing the word Sue in them not necessarily at the beginning, but more so in the middle or end of the name.

Hm. This is a tricky one.

Here are some names that include a “su” element:

  • Atsuko, Etsuko, Kasumi, Mitsuko, Sumiko, Suzu, Suzume, Yasu, and other Japanese names. Though these probably won’t make sense unless the baby has some sort of connection to Japan.
  • Sumana, Sumati, Sunita, Suniti, Sushila, Sunila, Suparna, Supriti, and other Indian names. But the connection thing applies for these as well (and to the group below).
  • Consuelo, AsunciĆ³n, Jesusa, and perhaps a few other Spanish and/or religious names.
  • Ursula seems to be the only traditional “English” name that fits the bill, but the nickname Sula is more natural-sounding for Ursula than Susie. Also, there’s that unshakable (and unfortunate) sea-witch association.
  • Sunny, Sunshine, Sunday, and Summer are word-names that could work, though they seem like a stretch because the vowel-sounds don’t match up.

So, as you can see, I had a pretty tough time coming up with suitable “su” names.

Of course, I’m avoiding the obvious — the many Susan-related names (e.g. Susanna, Suzette, Suellen) out there. It seems Kristina wants to avoid “Susan” specifically, but maybe some other name from this family would work?

Another idea would be get a bit abstract about the nicknaming. For instance, Alexandra, Alessandra and Anastasia include S- and Z-sounds…instead of the typical nicknames like Alex and Ana, what about Susie for these?

What other ideas would you offer to Kristina?