How popular is the baby name Vada in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Vada.
In last week’s Macaulay Culkin post, we talked about Culkin’s breakout role as Kevin in Home Alone, but not about his second-biggest role: as bespectacled Tommy in My Girl (1991).
My Girl co-star, Anna Chlumsky, played main character Vada Sultenfuss.
The movie didn’t do anything for the baby name
Tommy, but it did give Vada a boost in the early ’90s:
1994: 31 baby girls named Vada
1993: 29 baby girls named Vada
1992: 14 baby girls named Vada
1991: 7 baby girls named Vada
1989: 7 baby girls named Vada
This put Vada (a
left-handed name) on an upward trajectory that, over time, has accelerated. In fact, the name reached the top 1,000 a couple of years ago:
2017: 265 baby girls named Vada [rank: 978th]
2016: 307 baby girls named Vada [rank: 904th]
2015: 242 baby girls named Vada
2014: 201 baby girls named Vada
The last time it was among the top 1,000 girl names in the U.S. was in the 1940s.
Do you like the name Vada? Would you use it?
My Girl (1991) – IMDb
When you sign your first name, you use one hand. But when you type it, chances are you need to use both hands — even if your name is a short as Emma, Gus or Ty.
Have you ever wondered which names can be touch-typed on the standard QWERTY keyboard with one hand only? Me too, so I came up with some lists….
Left-Handed Baby Names
Ace, Ada, Asa, Ava
Babette, Barbara, Barrett, Baxter, Bess, Bette, Brad, Brett
Cade, Caesar, Cara, Carter,
Casara, Case, Cass, Cesar Dara, Dave, Dax, Debra, Dee, Dessa, Dexter, Drew
Ed, Edgar, Edward, Egas, Esta, Etta, Eva, Eve, Everard, Everett, Evette, Ezra
Freeda, Fred, Fredda
Gage, Garret, Garrett, Gerard, Grace, Greg, Greta, Grete, Gretta
Rebeca, Rebecca, Reece, Reed, Reese, Retta, Reva, Rewa, Rex
Sabra, Sage, Sara, Sardar, Steve, Stewart, Svea
Tad, Ted, Tara, Tate, Tera, Teresa, Tess, Tessa, Tex, Trace, Tracee
Vada, Varda, Varvara, Vera, Verree, Vesta, Vester Wade,
Wafa, Ward, Wes Zada, Zara, Zed
How funny is it that Dexter, which comes directly from the Latin word for “right,” is typed with the left hand only?
Right-Handed Baby Names
Jill, Jim, Jimi, Jimmy, Jin, Jo, John, Johnny, Jon, Joni, Joy, Juho, Juli, Julio, Jun, Juno
Kiki, Kim, Kimi, Kimiko, Kimmy, Kimo, Kip, Kiyoko, Kojo, Kollin, Kumiko, Kyou
Lili, Lilly, Lilou, Lily, Lin, Lino, Loni, Lonny, Lou, Lulu, Lyn, Lynn
Miki, Mikki, Mikko, Milly, Milo, Mimi, Min, Minh, Miyu, Molly, Momoko
Nik, Nikhil, Niki, Nikki, Niko, Nikol, Nikon, Nuno
Olli, Olujimi, Om
Phil, Philip, Phillip, Pio, Polly, Poppy
Yoko, Yuko, Yumi, Yumiko
I realize that QWERTY “handedness” is not a major baby-naming factor for most people, but I do think it would be cute to pair a one-handed name with another one-handed name — maybe a surname (Teresa Garza, Phillip Hill) or a twin name (Edward & John, Grace & Lily, Zara & Milo). What do you think?