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Popularity of the Baby Name Tina

Number of Babies Named Tina

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Tina

Dodi, a Tabloid-Inspired Baby Name

dodi fayed, princess dianaThe names Dodie, Dody, and Dodi are most familiar to us as nicknames for Dorothy (or Dolores).

But in 1997, Dodi pops onto the charts as a boy name for the first and only time:

  • 1998: unlisted
  • 1997: 5 baby boys named Dodi [debut]
  • 1996: unlisted

Why?

Because 1997 was the year that Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed died in a high-speed car crash in Paris. The crash happened on August 31 — almost exactly a year after Diana’s divorce from Prince Charles was finalized.

Diana and Dodi had only been together since July, but their romance quickly became the top tabloid story of the summer. CNN said on August 11 that their relationship “[was] just a few weeks old, but Monday’s headlines on Britain’s royalty-obsessed tabloids practically had them married.”

Wealthy playboy Dodi, whose full name was Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al-Fayed, was the son of an Egyptian billionaire. Before Diana, he had been linked to a string famous women including Brooke Shields, Tawny Kitaen, and Tina Sinatra.

Source: As tabloids tell it, Diana practically married (CNN, 8/11/1997)
Image: © People


Good Advice for Choosing an English Name

Apple, Chlorophyll, Icarus, Kinky, Melon, Omicron, Smacker, Swallow, Winsome, Yoyo…the English names chosen by (or assigned to) native Chinese speakers are often not so great.

And, in many cases, they’re later regretted. Here’s what a Hong Kong business student Fragile Chan had to say about his English name:

“I started using ‘Fragile’ when I was 14,” he says. “I first encountered the word in my English class and I chose it as my name because I liked how it’s pronounced.”

Chan says his name makes it easy for others to remember him and it’s an easy conversation-starter when he meets new people. But in his experience, having an uncommon name isn’t always pleasant.

“I am tired of explaining my name to others when I need to introduce myself. Some people even mock me for having a ‘fragile heart’,” he says. Now Chan has decided to change his name to Nathan. “I would like to be less weird in formal situations,” he says.

One U.S. entrepreneur has created a site called Best English Name, which helps Chinese students choose more appropriate English names. Site-suggested names include “Davis, Max, Eli, and Riley” for males and “Elody, Ava, Jolie, and Ellie” for females. These are a lot better than Kinky and Melon, and style-wise they’re fairly appropriate for current teenagers.

But I think the best advice out there comes from Philip Guo’s blog post How to choose an English name, because it can be applied to any age group.

His main recommendation? Go to the SSA’s website, find the top 100 names for your birth year, and choose one from the list for your gender. He says:

You must choose your name from one of these 100 names. Even if you randomly choose a name (for your gender, of course), then congratulations, I guarantee that you have chosen a better name than most of your friends who tried to be creative!

So a 15-year-old student (b. 2001) can choose from names like:

  • Isabel, Katie, Mia, Sophia, Zoe
  • Aidan, Chase, Isaiah, Jack, Noah

But a 40-year-old business-person (b. 1976) can choose from names that might be a better fit for his/her generation, such as:

  • Amy, Dana, Monica, Tina, Wendy
  • Chad, Dennis, Peter, Shane, Tony

Best of all, every top 100 list includes names appropriate for people of various ages. For example, these names were on both the 1976 and the 2001 lists:

  • Anna, Elizabeth, Michelle, Natalie, Sarah
  • Adam, David, John, Nathan, Victor

Guo’s other recommendations include ignoring name definitions entirely and sticking to the exact version of the name found in the top 100. He also suggests choosing a name that sounds somewhat like one’s birth name, e.g., the English name Shawn would work well for a Chinese man named Sheng.

Do you have any other good advice for people (Chinese people in particular) seeking English names?

Sources: Students with unusual names: ‘at least no one forgets us’, Laowai Entrepreneur Wants to Rid China of English “Stripper Names”, Popular Baby Names – SSA

Which Baby Names Can Be Split in Two?

baby names split in two

In 1916, the London Globe mentioned twins named Jere and Miah:

There lived for many years in the village of Twerton, Bath, one named Miah. He was born a twin, and his parents thriftily divided the predestined name of Jeremiah between them, the other babe being christened Jere.

What other names could we divide into two usable mini-names like this?

Here are a few ideas to kick things off…

Abigail, Abi + Gail
Anastasia, Ana + Stasia
Calista, Cal + Ista
Drusilla, Dru + Silla
Elizabeth, Eliza + Beth
Mozelle, Mo + Zelle
Valentina, Valen + Tina
Alexander, Alex + Ander
Christopher, Chris + Topher
Denzel, Den + Zel
Donovan, Dono + Van
Joseph, Jo + Seph
Rexford, Rex + Ford
William, Wil + Liam

…what others can you think of?

Source: “Some Odd Christian Names.” Bee [Earlington, KY] 8 Dec. 1916: 8.

Baby Named “Atheist Evolution”

On July 20, 1994, George and Tina Rollason of York, Pennsylvania, welcomed a baby girl.

They named her Atheist Evolution Rollason.

George said “Atheist Evolution” was their answer to biblical baby names:

There’s so many people named Christian, or Christine. This is just one person named Atheist. What the heck’s the difference?

Tina added, “It’s kind of cute once you say it a couple of times.”

Atheist Rollason would be about 18 now, but I can find no trace of her online (beyond reports/commentary about her name). This makes me think she goes by something other than Atheist nowadays.

P.S. Atheist’s two older brothers aren’t Skeptic and Freethinker. Nope, just plain old Harvey and Kipp.

Source: “Parents name baby Atheist Evolution.” Milwaukee Journal 12 Sep. 1994: A6.

Baby Name Complaints from the Church of England

I’ve seen Catholics and Jews — an Italian bishop, some Israeli rabbis, the Pope — complain about baby names.

Where does the Church of England stand?

In a 1960s pamphlet called Baptism and Confirmation, the Church of England warned:

There are some names which have a vogue because of some stage or film celebrity. But it is best to be cautious in imitating them.

It is not a good idea to give children names that may seem inappropriate with the passage of years.

Church of England spokesman Rev. Henry Cooper elaborated:

Many clergymen performing baptisms want to see parents steer away from film star names like Bette, Elvis or Shirley. Perhaps they think it’s a happy choice to name their children after Bette Davis, Elvis Presley or Shirley Temple. But parents seem to forget that Bette is, at best, a contraction for Elizabeth, and Elvis and Shirley are really just meaningless–names for names’ sake.

Cooper especially disliked nickname-names. “Why give your daughter a meaningless handle like Tina or Nina, when the proper name should be Christina?” he asked.

Source: “Don’t Use ‘Elvis’ for Name.” Blade [Toledo] 16 May 1963: 28.

Fighting for a Romansh Name in Switzerland

We’ve talked about parents fighting to use Berber baby names in Morocco, and parents fighting to use Breton baby names in France.

Now let’s talk about a Romansh family that made headlines for fighting to register a Romansh baby name in Switzerland.

But first, some background.

Switzerland has four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. Romansh is spoken in mountainous eastern Switzerland and is “the direct descendant of the Latin that was spoken in these mountain valleys at the height of the Roman empire, and shares the same Latin roots as French, Italian or Spanish.” It was the last of the four languages to be officially recognized, in 1938.

Right around the time Romansh became an official language, a Romansh carpenter by the name of John Truoz-Saluz — who’d moved westward with his family to the German-speaking city of Solothurn — welcomed a baby girl.

The baby was named Tina.

John tried to register Tina’s name with the government, but the name was rejected.

The clerk at the Solothurn registry office couldn’t find Tina in the German-language Duden, and, according to Solothurn cantonal law, “nobody could legally bear a given name which was not listed in the Duden.” So the name couldn’t be accepted. (The clerk then suggested Tinka, a diminutive of Katinka, as an alternative to Tina.)

John appealed to the municipal council, to the cantonal supreme court, and ultimately to the Swiss supreme court in Bern.

It took a year and a half of battling the government, but finally, in 1940, the federal court overruled the lower courts by deciding that “an original citizen of one canton had the right to name his children, despite the laws of his adopted canton.”

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Baby Names (No Longer) Needed – Nathan, Eileanór, Reid, Gemma

We helped ten readers brainstorm for baby names in June of 2009. So far, I’ve heard back from six of those ten. Amy chose Nathan, Kelley selected Eileanór, Tina picked Gemma, Melanie opted for Eliza and Adeline, Carol went with Reid, and Bonny ended up having a baby boy (named Seth).

I have yet to hear from Antoinette, Andy, Rose Ann and Lauren.