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Popularity of the Baby Name Zella

Number of Babies Named Zella

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A Smattering of Mormon Baby Names

Jessie Jensen published her annual Mormon baby names post a few weeks ago. Some highlights:

  • Dallin/Dallen, tied for “Most Mormon name.” Dallin H. Oaks is a prominent member of the LDS church and a former president of BYU.
  • Rexalyn: “Ask your doctor if Rexalyn™ is right for you.”
  • Roczen, which has popped up in Australia recently as well. The influence is probably German motorcycle racer Ken Roczen.
  • Tannin, the “Absolute Worst Name This Year” thanks to the Biblical sea monster association. (For what it’s worth, I thought Zoei was worse.)

One commenter mentioned the historical Malan family of Ogden, Utah. Most of the 16 children were given alphabetical names:

  • Alexis Bartholomew (b. 1873)
  • Claudius Daniel (b. 1875)
  • Ernest Francis (b. 1876)
  • Jeremiah (b. 1878)
  • Gideon Highly (b. 1879)
  • Inez Jane (b. 1881)
  • Kit (b. 1883)
  • Lawrence Maxwell (b. 1884)
  • Nahum Oscar (b. 1886)
  • Parley Quince (b. 1888)
  • Ray Stephen (b. 1890)
  • Teresa Una (b. 1890)
  • Verna Winona (b. 1893)
  • X Y Zella (b. 1895)
  • Benjamin (b. 1896)
  • Louise Pauline (b. 1898)

Another commenter mentioned an aunt “named OE, it was pronounced oh-EEE, just like the letters,” who was born in Utah in early 1900s. (Reminds me of Io.)

Have you come across any interesting Mormon names lately?


Name Quotes for the Weekend #31

Saint Hubbins? "He was the patron saint of quality footwear."

From the movie This is Spinal Tap, Marty DiBergi interviewing David St. Hubbins:

Marty: David St. Hubbins…I must admit I’ve never heard anybody with that name.
David: It’s an unusual name. Well, he was an unusual saint. He’s not a very well known saint.
Marty: Oh, there actually is, uh, there was a Saint Hubbins?
David: That’s right, yes.
Marty: What was he the saint of?
David: He was the patron saint of quality footwear.

Here’s an audio clip:


From “Tajiks weigh ban on ‘bad names’” (Turkish Weekly) which I found while researching names in Tajikistan:

Among older generations, it is not uncommon in Tajikistan to see first names like Khoshok (Fodder), Sangak (Small Stone), Istad (Should Stay), or Pocho (Son-in-Law.)

The reasoning behind the unusual eponyms can be attributed to the superstition that giving a child an unflattering name will make them less desirable, and thus prevent God from taking them away.

[Names like these are often described as “apotropaic,” which is based on the Greek word apotropaios, which means “turning away (evil).”]

From “Keeping the data trackers honest” (Washington Post) by columnist Catherine Rampell:

Meinrath says he wastes a lot of time each month trying to correct faulty automated interpretations about him. He’s a man named Sascha, after all, and corporations irksomely address him as “Mrs.” a lot.

From “Transportation” (Full Grown People) by Wendy Wisner:

The little girl never made it to America.

My grandmother didn’t know how she died. And I was too shocked to ask.

“They named me Nachama, which means comfort, because I was her replacement,” she said.

But no one ever called her that. Her name was Emma.

Vogue editor Anna Wintour (in the February 2011 issue) writing about Tucson-born model Arizona Muse:

When I look at Arizona, I see shadows of Linda Evangelista and Natalia Vodianova, but most of all I see her, a gorgeous, smart, grown-up. And how could anyone resist someone with that name?

From an interview with musician Zella Day (Huffington Post) by Michael Bialas:

What’s the inside story behind your name?

ZD: Zella is from the 1840s. My parents got married in Jerome, Arizona. And when they were getting married, they were looking for baby names. And there was a book of the town’s history in Jerome, and they were scouting locations for the wedding. And they just walked into a museum and they were looking through this book. And one of the main coal miner’s wives was named Zella — 1842. There’s actually a song on the record called “Jerome.” That’s about the ghostly woman behind my name.

From “Destiny” at the blog Futility Closet:

The pickle industry’s “man of the year” in 1948 was named Dill L. Pickle.

I can’t think of anything to say about this.

Phone Book Fishing in Mississippi, Part 4 – Clyne, Jimarie, Muskie, Zodus

You guessed it–another batch of names from Mississippi. These come from the towns of Beaumont, Big Creek, Collins, Ellisville and Heidelberg. (My favorites are in bold.)

Anfernee
Arzilla
Begonia
Berdia
Blessing
Bobbie Jo
Brunetta
Byrl
Ceiborn
Charma
Chassity
Chipperess
Cicero
Clyne
Colantha
Colevia
Czar
Dealzna
Deloyce
Denothria
Dixie Mae
D’Jean
Drema
Elkendrick
Eulanda
Everette
Ezeldia
Fredia
Gathel
Georginia
Gevenion
Glaydean
Gleen
Gustina
Guycell
Hancel
Inita
Jearleain
Jimarie
Jonnye Mae
Jovaughan
Kimetha
Kichun
Leidh
Levester
Lillie Mae
Litonda
Lutricia
Mae Nell
Maeora
Magielean
Magnolia
Marnita
Mashelia
Mellisa
Melwese
Merria
Minci
Montegus
Muskie
Napier
Nevaeh
Ontee
Orgie Mae
Ozett
Paskell
Philliemenia
Queen Esther
Quinette
Rauletha
Relanda
Roosevelt
Ruby Jewel
Ryreggis
Sandreka
Schnavain
Scottland
Shenetha
Tanilya
Tanyala
Teressie
Teretha
Tinika
Toxie
Tymunica
Vellina
Verlenda
Vicy
Waudell
Webber
Wenokel
Wilhelmina
Windol
Wydesra
Yatta
Zella
Zelline
Zerrick
Zodus
Zollie

Did you happen to notice Nevaeh? I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nevaeh in a phone book before. We’ll be seeing it all over the place soon enough, but this particular one seems a bit early. A pre-trend Nevaeh, perhaps? I’m itching to call and find out…

Phone Book Fishing in Indiana (Again) – Indalecia, Lelyn, Pope, Urvin

I’m visiting Indiana again, and I just had a chance to find a few more interesting names in the West Lafayette phone book:

Amza
Avry
Beata
Corby
Desiny
Dorval
Eukie
Hamila
Hural
Indalecia
Jallie
Jaspal
Joo
Kenshasta
Kevitt
Kualauder
Kulmit
Lelyn
Macolynn
Marihelen
Marketta
Markika
Marqueeta
Otoniel
Paopsung
Prithpal
Pope
Quintina
Salathea
Shaumonte
Shenik
Taharanda
Torrin
Tralisa
Urvin
Xada
Yamilka
Zella