We know what the top names in the country were last year, but what about the top names in each state? Here’s the list, released just yesterday by the SSA. I’ve also included each state’s most popular unique names (i.e., names that only appeared in the data for that particular state).
So today let’s check out another fun set of “top” names: the top rises. The names below are those that increased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next according to the SSA data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year jumps in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Isa grew 240% and usage of the boy name Noble grew 333%.)
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does get a lot better in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (SSA). Now, back to the list…
(Did you catch all the doubles? Tula, Delano, Tammy, Jermaine, and Davey/Davy.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about many of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it! Leave a comment and let us know what popularized Dorla in 1929, or Lauren in 1945, or Dustin in 1968, or Kayleigh in 1985, or Talan in 2005…
Valeska Suratt was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Indiana in 1882. Valeska was also a character name in multiple films, including For a Woman’s Honor (1919) and Broadway Scandals (1929).
Valli Valli was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Germany in 1882. Her birth name was Valli Knust. Alida Valli, often credited simply as Valli, was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 2000s. She was born in Italy (now Croatia) in 1921. Valli was also a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film What a Widow! (1930).
Vedah Bertram was an actress who appeared in films in the early 1910s. She was born in Massachusetts in 1891. Her birth name was Adele Buck.
Vedah, who died of appendicitis at the age of 20 in 1912, “became the first noted film player to be mourned by the movie-going public.” According to the San Francisco Call, her East Coast family had not been aware of her film career. “Hoping to keep her actions from her friends and relatives, she assumed the name under which she has been acting.”
Vee Newell was a character played by actress Olive Borden in the film Hello Sister (1930).
Velma Whitman was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Ohio in 1885. Velma was also a character name in multiple films, including The Greatest Menace (1923) and The Lone Wolf’s Daughter (1929).
Vermuda was a character played by actress Martha Sleeper in the short film Sure-Mike! (1925).
Verna Mersereau was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in 1894. Verna was also a character name in multiple films, including His Temporary Wife (1920) and Here Comes Carter (1936).
Vesta Tilley was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1910s. She was born in England in 1864. Her birth name was Matilda Alice Powles. Vesta was also a character name in multiple films, including The House in Suburbia (short, 1913) and The Duke of Chimney Butte (1921).
Vilma Vilma Banky was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) in 1898. Vilma was also a character name in multiple films, including Federal Agent (1936) and Meet the Boy Friend (1937).
I had fun going through Miss Universe names the other day, so I decided to look at names from other pageants…starting with Miss Teen USA (est. 1983).
Some of the most interesting Miss Teen USA names were these:
Anastagia Pierre (Miss Florida 2004)
Bishara Dorre (Miss Wisconsin 2006)
Cameo DeCosta (Miss Hawaii 1992)
Canden Jackson (Miss Alabama 2007) [According to Pageant Update, her middle name is Bliss.]
Chartese Day (Miss Washington D.C. 1998)
Degen Kasper (Miss Alaska 2006)
Dondi Bowman (Miss Wyoming 1992)
Garianne Phillips (Miss South Carolina 1995)
Gentry Miller (Miss Kansas 2006)
Ginneene Barone (Miss West Virginia 2000)
Glovindria Burgess (Miss Washington D.C. 2002)
Jillayne Fossum (Miss South Dakota 1988)
Kjersti Parker (Miss Alaska 1999)
Khosi Roy (Miss Maryland 1999)
Kiki Morricall (Miss Colorado 1991)
Krystal Spurr (Miss Colorado 2001)
Lauriette Logan (Miss Nebraska 1993)
Lavinia Magruder (Miss Vermont 1996)
Magen Ellis (Miss Texas 2004)
Mai-Lis Kunholm (Miss Florida 1984)
Midori Thompson (Miss Georgia 1998)
Niambi Powell (Miss Maryland 2000)
Shalon Pecosky (Miss Colorado 1990)
Tatewin Means (Miss South Dakota 1996) [According to Pageant News Bureau, her name is pronounced ta-TAY-wee and means “wind woman” in Lakota. According to Indian Country Today, her full name is Tatuye Topa Najin Win Means.]