How popular is the baby name Versa 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 Versa.
According to the SSA data, one of the
fastest rising baby names of 1894 was the girl name Versie. The SSDI similarly indicates a spike in Versies in 1894:
Versie (SSA) Versie (SSDI) 1896 16 baby girls 16 baby girls 1895 7 baby girls 14 baby girls 1894 21 baby girls 21 baby girls 1893 5 baby girls 11 baby girls 1892 unlisted 7 baby girls
What caused it?
I’m not sure! I’ve tried searching for an explanation, but so far I’ve come up short.
The 1894 spike isn’t related to the usage of the similar name
Versa (which disappeared from the data that year, in fact). And I haven’t found any news stories or pop culture from that era that would have spotlighted the name.
All I can tell you is that, according to the records I’ve seen, usage was primarily in the South (in states like Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, and Tennessee). Also, usage was primarily in white families, though I did find Versies in African-American families as well.
Any ideas on this one?
versie means “version” in Dutch.
Snobia, born in Texas in 1931
We recently looked at the
top baby names in Houston, so today let’s check out some of the unusual baby names that were bestowed in Harris County (where Houston is located) from 1926 to 1934.
Why 1926 to 1934? Because the
USGenWeb Archives website for Texas happens to host complete, digitized sets of Harris County birth records for those particular years. :)
For onomastic context: The top five girl names in Texas in 1930 were Mary, Betty, Dorothy, Maria, and Billie; the top five boy names were James, Billy, Robert, John, and Charles.
And now, here are some of the unusual-but-real baby names that were being used in Harris County in the late ’20s and early ’30s…
Girl names: Autra, Clemmine, Faylese, Inry, Jimize, Martimana, Ruberly, Symova, Ventruda, Zenola
Boy names: Clavy, Fayne, Galvino, Jallus, Komello, Ludwell, Nonis, Stayden, Thadid, Wiltz
Girl names: Crespina, Davalene, Glissie, Haldora, Isiola, Maxteen, Orea, Ruvellee, Versa, Willia & Nillia (twins)
Boy names: Alzie, Donley, Gasdan, Iron, Kinnie, Mynatt, Narmon, Osby, Risco, Tollie
Girl names: Ayda, Clydine,
Flavilla, Inola, Juvene, Mattilene, Sinella, Thaylia, Willoise, Zolita Boy names: Asriah, Calby, Delery, Elivorio, Galo, Hartsell, Kissel, Lassiter, Monteith, Plymton
Girl names: Dinazar, Evima, Ferenita, Glennella, Jaquamina, Lunetta, Mildra, Seropia, Treassa, Ysrosa
Boy names: Boysen, Exalton, Hulan, Jolari, Kezakiah, Monsie, Renick, Schley, Tawsen, Vesome
Girl names: Azo, Binji, Chavara, Faydell, Junetenth*, Nezzell, Olgria, Pura, Trellis, Wiltessa
Boy names: Boza, Charna, Donniehue, Kirkland, Landrum, Marvis, Neilo, Oliner, Sunary, Trossie
*In other records, she’s listed as “Juneteena.” Which makes me happy, because
Junetenth wasn’t born on June 10th, but on June 26th!
Girl names: Auba, Docsha, Gladia, Jettie, Lorinza, Orfa, Phadalia, Ria, Snobia*, Tala
Boy names: Duffie, Elry, Galen, Jerah, Khleber, Orlo, Roswald, Sebie, Thano, Velton
*Snobby-looking Snobia is probably just an altered form of Zenobia.
Girl names: Elydia, Hannora, Josener, Liligene, Minta, Ninfa, Ouida, Rosarine, Velosa, Zol
Boy names: Brozy, Cullis, Esker, Ferris, Latham, Odis, Ramia, Shedrick, Wayaland, Zeff
Girl names: Annarene, Clista, Exenia, Genoria, Jemanne, Leska, Mercidee, Rocksie, Trudell, Velta
Boy names: Artis, Cromwell, Deckman, Envon, Linlou, Millus, Ninary, Pelton, Rianaldo, Thurlo
Girl names: Athydell, Cova, Dazerine, Enla, Lemabel, Marzie, Roxelyn, Sedonia, Thala, Zeolia
Boy names: Boyce, Foy, Jock, Kernin, Lorvell, Numa, Rhomey, Treldon, Ulmer, Venard
If you want to see more, check out my post on
unusual Harris baby names over on Patreon.
Each of the names below (including misspellings like Aloys and Willaim) only managed to rank among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names a single time — all during the 1890s.
1890 – Ethie, Fleeta, Jessye, Jetta, Sibbie
1891 – Idabelle, Lulla, Olar, Sylva
1892 – Versa
1893 – Allena, Cannie, Cliffie, Clotilda, Elmyra, Josefita, Lurena
1894 – Elfreda
1895 – Adel, Alleen, Trilby (influence: the book
Trilby) 1897 – Zela, Zeta
1898 – Manilla (influence:
Spanish-American War), Vara 1899 – Irva
1890 – Almus, Conard, Guilford, Neely, Polk, Rance, Red
1891 – Algot, Alphons, Barnard, Burk, Berkley, Iverson, Job, Powell, Vick
1892 – Burleigh, Con, Ebert, Murdock, Nolen, Willaim
1893 – Aubra, Avon, Bolden, Link, Thorwald
1894 – Alston, Audy, Donat, Emmons, Erby, Esley, Hebert, Hezzie, Hughey, Oddie, Vinton, Zed
1895 – Alwin, Evander, Gaither, Grafton, Guthrie, Ovila
1896 – Acy, Aloys, Arthor, Boysie, Cam, Hale, Lisle, Offie, Silver, Virgel, Willy
1897 – Dabney
1898 – Adams, Arba, Collier, Ewart, Gladstone, Schley, Shafter (influence:
Spanish-American War) 1899 – Baker, Bynum, Colvin, Elizah, Griffith
Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…
All the top-1,000 one-hit wonder baby names, decade by decade:
1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2005. Some interesting
full-list one-hit wonder baby names, from all decades (this list is always growing): One Hit Wonder Baby Names.