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Popularity of the Baby Name Vito

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Marlon Brando Baby Name #6 – Sacheen

sacheenMarlon Brando won an Oscar for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972).

But he didn’t accept it.

Instead, he sent a Native American woman named Sacheen [pronounced sa‑SHEEN] Littlefeather to the Academy Awards ceremony, which was held in early 1973. Sacheen refused the Oscar on Brando’s behalf, citing “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry.”

Right on cue, over two dozen babies are named Sacheen in 1973:

  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: 7 baby girls named Sacheen
  • 1978: 8 baby girls named Sacheen
  • 1977: 7 baby girls named Sacheen
  • 1976: 12 baby girls named Sacheen
  • 1975: 14 baby girls named Sacheen
  • 1974: 25 baby girls named Sacheen
  • 1973: 26 baby girls named Sacheen [debut]
  • 1972: unlisted

Where does the name come from?

According to Sacheen’s website, she was born Marie Cruz to an Apache father and a mother of mixed European descent. (She was named Marie after her maternal grandmother.)

While participating in the Occupation of Alcatraz (1969-1971), her “Navajo friends nicknamed her “Sacheen,” a word she says means “little bear.” She liked the name and took it.”

Several online sources tell me that the Navajo word for “bear” is commonly written shash or shush, and these are similar to the Sach- of Sacheen’s name. But the Navajo words for “little” are yaz (yáázh) and yazzie (yázhí), neither of which resemble -een, so I’m not sure where the second part of her name comes from.

How do you feel about the name Sacheen?

Source: Snell, Lisa. “What would Sacheen Littlefeather say?” Native American Times 25 Oct. 2010.

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Source: Marlon Brando’s Oscar win for “The Godfather” [vid]


Baby Name Needed – Middle Name for Andrew

A reader named Jaime is expecting a baby boy this May:

We’re a Hispanic family that like a strong name like Andrew […] but we’re having trouble with a middle name. Andrew is long already so we want something short for a middle name.

The baby’s last name will be Cruz.

I’m not sure what style of name Jaime is looking for, but here are some short names (of various styles) that I think sound good between Andrew and Cruz:

Eli
Ezra
Ian
Jay
Joe
John/Juan
Jude
Kai
Kane
Kyle
Leo
Lou
Louis/Luis
Lucas
Lyle
Mel
Noah/Noé
Owen
Paul
Saul
Scott
Seth
Shane
Tate
Theo
Toby
Todd
Ty
Vito
Zeno

Do you have any other middle name suggestions for Jaime?

Edit, 6/04: The baby has arrived! Scroll down to the final comment to find out what his name is…