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Popularity of the Baby Name Wallis

Number of Babies Named Wallis

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Wallis

Baby Girls Named for Wallis Simpson

Wallis Simpson, TIME magazineLast month’s post on Ebba Bernadotte reminded me of Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American woman for whom King Edward VIII gave up the British throne in December of 1936.

Wallis was used mainly as a boy name until the year of the abdication, when it began to go unisex:

  • 1938: 19 baby boys and 14 baby girls named Wallis
  • 1937: 17 baby boys and 33 baby girls named Wallis
  • 1936: 22 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Wallis
  • 1935: 9 baby boys named Wallis
  • 1934: 16 baby boys named Wallis

The name saw peak usage for girls in 1937, the year Wallis and Edward were married.

“Wallis” wasn’t Wallis Simpson’s birth name; she was born Bessie Wallis Warfield. Her first name came from a maternal aunt, and her middle name was passed down from her father, Teackle Wallis Warfield.

While we’re on the topic of royal-ish names, let’s not forget Pippa. No one’s ever abdicated for her, but her butt has a Facebook page — that has to count for something, right?

UPDATE, 4/2012: Found a 1936 Wallis! She was mentioned in the newspaper:

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Grieve have named their new-born daughter Wallis–for the only woman in modern history who rocked the throne of England.

Source: “Baby Named for Wally.” Pittsburgh Press 23 Dec. 1936: 8.