How popular is the baby name Tierney in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Tierney and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Tierney.
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All told, over 60 baby girls got one of these three names in 1957.
Multiple spellings often point to an audio source (e.g., radio, TV) as opposed to a visual source (e.g., book, magazine). Beyond that, though, I don’t have any good theories about where these names came from.
UPDATE, 8/10/15: Frank made quick work of this one! See the first comment below.
Turns out Marsheela was a character from the “Apache Girl” episode of the TV show Broken Arrow. The episode aired in mid-1957, and the character was played by actress Donna Martell.
In the episode, Apache chief Cochise tries to arrange a marriage for his niece Marsheela. In the end, though, he lets her pick a husband for herself.
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!