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Tunisia has been used as a baby name for decades now. Long before it started appearing on the SSA’s baby name list regularly in the mid-1960s, though, it popped up for the first time in 1943:
- 1943 – 8 baby girls named Tunisia
Because Tunisia was in the news quite a bit that year, thanks to the Tunisia Campaign of WWII.
The Axis had seized control of capital city Tunis in November of 1942. After a series of battles, the Allies freed the city in May of 1943 and drove the Axis out of Africa.
No one knows exactly how Tunis was named, but theories abound. One theory connects it to the Phoenician goddess Tanith. Another suggests it comes from a Berber verb meaning “to camp” or “to lie down.”
(Dizzy Gillespie also penned the jazz standard “A Night in Tunisia” in the early ’40s.)
A reader named Lisa writes:
I have a 2 year old boy named Phoenix Edward Brooks*, and recently found out I’m pregnant again! The baby will be born in June, and we’re already racking our brains for names. We like “different” names – like Phoenix – who was named after the mythical bird – and would like something that goes well with Phoenix. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
At the moment she likes Leo/Leonardo for a boy, but doesn’t have any favorite girl names.
Here are some ideas to kick things off:
What other names would you suggest for Phoenix’s younger brother or sister?
*The last name isn’t Brooks, but does start with b and have one syllable.
A reader named Kate writes:
I am currently pregnant with my first baby. We do not know whether a boy or girl yet, but we are brainstorming names. I love the girl’s name Tatum, but my best friend’s daughter has that name. Can you think of any similar girl’s names I might like?
I get this question every once in a while — probably because Tatum is such an idiosyncratic name.
Sloane has always been my default answer. But it only works for non-UK babies, thanks to the Sloane Rangers.
Other names that come to mind are:
What other Tatum-like names can you come up with for Kate?