We helped seven readers brainstorm for baby names in August of 2009.
How popular is the baby name Vela in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Vela and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Vela.
The graph will take a few seconds to load, thanks for your patience. (Don't worry, it shouldn't take nine months.) If it's taking too long, try reloading the page.
Popularity of the Baby Name Vela
Number of Babies Named Vela Born in the U.S. Since 1880
Posts that Mention the Name Vela
Estelle wrote to me recently with a tall order:
I’m having quads (!!!) in 4 weeks and I need names! I’m having one boy and three girls. My 4 year old son’s name is Cosmo. My husband and I like spacey, whimsical and weird names.
In fact, they “don’t have any limits on how weird a name can be.”
One girl name they’re considering is Ione, which is a family name.
The combination of Cosmo and the adjective “spacey” made me think of star and constellation names right off the bat:
One nice thing about these is that several together probably wouldn’t scream “star names” to the average person. Unlike, say, a group of flower names. (Though I’m sure stargazers would catch on pretty quickly.)
And here’s what we have for non-galactic suggestions:
Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:
What other whimsical names can you come up with for Estelle? And, can you put together any good combinations of 1 boy and 3 girl names?
Update: The babies have arrived! Scroll down to see what names Estelle selected.
The names below are one-hit wonder names that ranked among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names only once — sometime between 1900 and 1909 (inclusive).
- 1900 – Luvinia
- 1901 – Dagny, Ethyle
- 1903 – Augustina, Girtha
- 1904 – Edris, Vernia
- 1905 – Beadie, Ilda, Neola, Orma, Vela
- 1907 – Clydie, Rosabelle, Theta
- 1908 – Arnetta, Clementina, Launa
- 1909 – Azalee, Macel
- 1900 – Goebel (influence: William Goebel), Tallie
- 1901 – Ancil, Buren, Erland, Esco, Mathews, Pate
- 1902 – Doll, Ivor, Victoriano
- 1903 – Beckham, Lenon, Ozzie, Teddie
- 1904 – Arbie, Council, Duard, Harm, Severo, Tobie
- 1905 – Fredie, Graydon, Jiles
- 1906 – Benard, Harrold
- 1907 – Delmus, Delphin (influence: Delphin Delmas), Gilmer, Ogden, Oland, Samie
- 1908 – Esker, Levie, Robley (influence: Robley Evans)
- 1909 – Othel
I think both Beckham (1903) and Graydon (1905) could really appeal to modern parents — Beckham for its association with soccer star David Beckham, Graydon for its similarity to currently popular names like Grayson and Jayden.