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Popularity of the Baby Name Vick

Number of Babies Named Vick

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Vick

43 Unique Noun-Names

I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.

My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.

So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:

  1. Bandit
  2. Cape Cod
  3. Captivity
  4. Celerie (celery)
  5. Danger
  6. Eclipse
  7. Emancipation Proclamation
  8. Emirates
  9. Eiffel Tower
  10. Facebook
  11. Fourth
  12. Freeway
  13. Funeral
  14. Golden Palace
  15. Halloween
  16. Helsinki
  17. Jeep
  18. Joker
  19. Key West
  20. Knuckles
  21. Legal Tender
  22. Metallica
  23. Oleomargarine
  24. Opera House
  25. Orbit
  26. Peaches
  27. Pebbles
  28. Peppermint
  29. Prohibition
  30. Rainbow
  31. Shotgun
  32. Skylab
  33. Soccer City
  34. Sou’Wester
  35. Strawberry
  36. Suffrage
  37. Tahiti
  38. Trooper
  39. Tsunami
  40. Union Jack
  41. Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
  42. Wilmot Proviso
  43. Zeppelin

Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!

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Later additions…

  1. Sputnik, 10/4
  2. Nintendo, 10/22
  3. Annexation, 10/25
  4. Windchime, 11/9
  5. Oregon Territory, 11/22
  6. Gold Dust, 11/29

Etiquette: How Do You Embrace a Bad Baby Name?

crying babyAs you know, I like to poke fun at bizarre baby names. I mean, Vick Vaporup? Oleomargarine? Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes? Come on. Try not commenting on names like these.

It’s easy for me to mock these names, though, because I don’t know anyone named Vick Vaporup, or Oleomargarine, or Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes.

But what if I did know people with these names? What then?

Well, I wouldn’t be able to make fun anymore. In fact, because I’d actually be using the names, I’d have to find a way to like them.

One of my readers is in a similar situation. Her grandchild has been given a very unusual name. Something so strange that she and other family members (save the parents) are embarrassed to reveal the full name to non-family. She’s asked me how she can convince herself to “embrace” this bizarre name.

It’s an excellent — and very tricky — question. I sent her two pieces of advice:

1. Find a version of the name you can live with.

The legal name might be embarrassing, but chances are it can be shortened/twisted into something much more acceptable. For instance, Vick Vaporup can be shortened to Vic, Oleomargarine to Marge, and Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes to Ash.

2. Ask why the name was chosen.

Learning the story behind a strange name may help you begin to appreciate the name, as it will it allow you to understand the thinking that when into the selection (even if you wouldn’t have made the same selection yourself).

I didn’t send the reader this final bit of advice, as it didn’t directly answer her question, but I think this could also help in extreme cases:

3. Tell the parents about how you (all) feel about the name.

Come clean. If everyone in the family thinks the baby’s name is that bad, someone really ought to speak up. Kindly and thoughtfully, of course, but with the best interests of the child in mind. It’s relatively easy to change the name of a newborn. (Much easier than it is to change a name later on.)

What other tips would you offer those whose family members have chosen questionable baby names? How can they cope? Under what circumstances should they speak up?

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1890s

Girls

  • 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

Boys

  • 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

Each of the above names (and near-names, like Aloys and Willaim) only managed to rank among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names a single time — hence the “one-hit wonder” label. :)

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.