How popular is the baby name Wilona 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 Wilona.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Wilona


Posts that Mention the Name Wilona

Interesting One-Hit Wonder Baby Names

They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. If this content looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen it before! I’ve just put it in a new spot. :)

Where the the baby name Willona come from?

Willona Woods photo

The sitcom Good Times aired from early 1974 until mid-1979.

The main characters were the five members of the Evans family–James Evans, Florida Evans, and their three kids J.J., Thelma and Michael.

But the character who often stole the scene was Willona Woods (played by Ja’net Dubois). Willona — Florida’s fashionable, fun-loving best friend — lived across the hall and regularly popped in for visits.

Willona debuted on the SSA’s baby name list the year Good Times debuted on television, and it hung on until the year the series ended:

  • 1980: not listed
  • 1979: 12 baby girls named Willona
  • 1978: 12 baby girls named Willona
  • 1977: 14 baby girls named Willona
    • 10 more with the name Wilona (a one-hit wonder)
  • 1976: 13 baby girls named Willona
  • 1975: 16 baby girls named Willona
  • 1974: 15 baby girls named Willona [debut]
  • 1973: not listed

That’s at least 92 baby girls with names inspired by Willona Woods.

What do you think of the name Willona?