How popular is the baby name Suzanne in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Suzanne and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Suzanne.
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In yesterday’s post on Cindylou, we talked about how the name Cindy was at peak trendiness in 1957.
But even that trendiness can’t quite explain the magnitude of the 1957 debut of Sindee, which tied with Maverick in terms of usage:
1959: 9 baby girls named Sindee
1958: 9 baby girls named Sindee
1957: 32 baby girls named Sindee [debut]
On-trend Sindee might have debuted that year anyway, but it wouldn’t have hit as high without the national news coverage of Sindee Roberta Neilson, born in January to Suzanne and Robert Neilson of Hartsdale, New York. Her birth was notable because it was Mrs. Neilson’s eighth caesarean section delivery — not technically a record at the time, but still a “very rare” occurrence.
Mrs. Neilson had a ninth C-section in 1959. Six of her nine babies lived past birth, but the only other names I could track down were Sherry and Suzanne (who is holding the camera in that photo).
What are your thoughts on the name Sindee? Do you like that spelling?
Baby Makes History; Child Is Woman’s 8th Delivered by Caesarean Section.” New York Times 11 Jan. 1957: 13.
‘Veronica’ refers to Costello’s grandmother (not sure if it’s her real name).
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Which song(s) do you like best? Choose up to 2:
"Rock Me Amadeus" (1986) by Falco (41%, 15 Votes)
"You Can Call Me Al" (1986) by Paul Simon (22%, 8 Votes)
"Luka" (1987) by Suzanne Vega (19%, 7 Votes)
"Veronica" (1989) by Elvis Costello (19%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
Anyone care to guess which of the name-songs above will be crowned the winner in a couple of weeks?
*”Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. […] They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there.” -MJ, via MTV
**”Where did you get the name from?” “A 9-year-old boy who lives in my building. Who is not abused, by the way. I like the name Luka, it’s universal. It could be a girl or boy and it could be any nationality.” -SV, via NYT
Today’s name interview is with Kelsey, a 25-year-old from Tennessee.
What’s the story behind her name?
My name was going to be Lydia, but another couple at my parents’ church named their baby that shortly before I was born. They didn’t want to confuse nursery workers so they decided to come up with a different name. Some missionaries came to visit the church and had a daughter named Kelsey and my parents decided they liked the name.
What does she like most about her name?
I’m really struggling to come up with an answer for this one.
What does she like least about her name?
What I hate about it now, may make me like it in a few years, but as of now I hate how young it makes me sound. In the workplace, I think it makes it obvious that I am much younger than my coworkers Sheila, Pam, Suzanne, etc. I think this is a disadvantage when it comes to career growth.
This is such an interesting response. I rarely hear people with young-sounding names complain about name-based ageism in the workplace. Typically it’s the people with older-sounding names (Pam and Suzanne and the like).
While we’re on the topic…Kelsey’s name is young-sounding for good reason. Kelsey was rarely bestowed before 1980, but it shot into the top 100 in 1987. Usage peaked in the early 1990s:
1994: 9,751 baby girls named Kelsey (rank: 29th)
1993: 11,376 baby girls named Kelsey (rank: 24th)
1992: 11,714 baby girls named Kelsey (rank: 23rd)
1991: 11,430 baby girls named Kelsey (rank: 26th)
1990: 9,494 baby girls named Kelsey (rank: 32nd)
But the popularity didn’t last. Kelsey dropped out of the top 100 in 2002 and the name has been sinking ever since.
Final question: would Kelsey recommend that her name be given to babies today?
No, I don’t think it ages well. I believe this has to with the “ee” sound ending.