Name Quotes #102: Dana, Besta, Jeter

Welcome to the latest batch of name quotes! Here we go…

From an interview with English actor Marcus Rutherford in British GQ:

Marcus Rutherford realised The Wheel Of Time was going to be a big deal when he heard about the baby names. It was his birthday, not long after he’d been cast as the young blacksmith Perrin Aybara in Amazon’s new big-budget adaptation of Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy book series, and he decided […] to check out some of the birthday wishes on Twitter from a handful of die-hard Wheel Of Time fan accounts. […] “A lot of it came in, then there was a picture of a newborn baby. And this guy was like, ‘This is Perrin, who’s just been born. I’ve named him after your character. He says happy birthday.'”

From an interview with Brazilian soccer player Oleúde José Ribeiro (translated from Portuguese):

Q: But, after all, is your name, Oleúde, inspired by Hollywood or not?

A: No, no, it was just a brilliant idea from my parents (laughs). Like it or not, this story always helped me, it drew the attention of reporters… the late Luciano do Valle always asked listeners to guess my name, saying that it was the capital of cinema, it had a lot of impact at the time. This Hollywood thing has become a legend, but it has nothing to do with it.

From the obituary of Dana Marie Ek in Fauquier Now:

Dana was born on October 19, 1995, in Astoria, Oregon. She was named after the Dana Glacier — located deep in the wilds of the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, because her father thought it was the most beautiful place on heaven or earth.

From an article recounting how Jeter Downs met Derek Jeter:

So the man named after Derek Jeter by his baseball-crazed mother — even though his father is a Red Sox fan — had never actually met Derek Jeter?

It finally happened last week in a random encounter on a road in South Florida — sort of.

“This last week, I was driving, me and my brother were driving to go to [the] train,” said Downs. “We’re in traffic. My brother sees this Range Rover pulling up. He was like, ‘Oh my God, is that Jeter?’ He honks and I wave at him.

“I’m doing training with Raul Ibanez, [Jeter’s former teammate]. I called Raul and said, ‘Tell [Derek] Jeter that the kid he was waving at was Jeter [Downs].’ So then he told him that and it was pretty cool that I met him that way.”

From an article about Manchester twins named Ronnie and Reggie (like the famous London criminals Ronnie and Reggie Kray):

[W]e found two sets of twins and siblings named Ronnie and Reggie, as well as some Ronnies on their own.

Among them are the adorable twins pictured above (main image). Their mum said: “I thought it was only me capable of calling mine Ronnie and Reggie.”

But she’s far from alone. As well as finding another pair of twins with the same names, Moston mum Kellie Smart shared a picture of her sons, five-year-old Reggie Urch and Ronnie Urch, who turns four next week.

“People stop me all the time and ask are they twins and laugh when I tell them their names,” said Kellie, also mum to teenagers Mollie and Thomas.

From a 2007 article called “You Are What Your Name Says You Are” in the New York Times:

Sociologists like Mr. Besnard observed that first names [in France] were often quick markers of social and educational status. As another Libération reader, an elementary school teacher, pointed out: “I can often guess the ‘profile’ of a child thanks to the first name. A ‘Maxime,’ a ‘Louise,’ a ‘Kevin,’ a ‘Lolita.’ It’s sad, but that’s how it often works.” That is, Maxime and Louise probably have wealthy parents, while Kevin and Lolita are more likely to have a working- or lower-middle-class background.

Indeed, bourgeois French parents are unlikely to give their children “Anglo-Saxon” names; Jennifer was the most popular name for girls from 1984 to 1986, but it’s a safe bet few Jennifers came from well-educated families. (The craze is commonly explained by the success of the TV series “Hart to Hart” in France at that time — Jennifer Hart was one of the title characters — while “Beverly Hills, 90210,” featuring a popular character named Dylan McKay, is sometimes blamed for the explosion of Dylans a few years later.)

And finally, a bevy of B-names from basketball player Bradley Beal’s “About Brad” page:

Born on June 28, 1993, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, by Bobby and Besta Beal, there was little doubt that Brad would eventually be an athlete. Both parents played sports for Kentucky State — Bobby was a football player, Besta a basketball player.


There were four other people in Brad’s family who were instrumental in his development as an athlete, and ultimately, as a young man. His two older brothers, Bruce and Brandon, and his younger brothers, the twins Byron and Bryon.

Where did the baby name Korver come from?

Kyle Korver card

The name Korver debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2008, and, notably, all of that usage occurred in the state of Utah:

  • 2012: 20 baby boys named Korver
    • 12 born in Utah
  • 2011: 14 baby boys named Korver
    • 12 born in Utah
  • 2010: 16 baby boys named Korver
    • 14 born in Utah
  • 2009: 23 baby boys named Korver
    • All 23 born in Utah
  • 2008: 17 baby boys named Korver [debut]
    • All 17 born in Utah
  • 2007: unlisted
  • 2006: unlisted

Where did the name Korver come from, and why has it been particularly popular in Utah?

The influence is professional basketball player Kyle Korver, who has been in the NBA since 2003 and is known for his ability to sink 3-point shots.

He played for the Utah Jazz from 2007 to 2010, at a time when the Jazz was consistently making it to the playoffs. He even had a second stint with the Jazz (2018-19 season).

The surname Korver can come from either German (in which case it’s an “occupational name for a basketmaker”) or from Dutch (“occupational name for a herring fisher”).

What are your thoughts on Korver as a first name?


Where did the baby name Andreika come from?

Advertisement for Andreika on the back of a horoscope magazine in the music video for "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty (1989).
Andreika ad (“I will cast a spell for you!”) in Tom Petty video

I have the late Tom Petty to thank for this one.

While watching the video for his 1989 song “Free Fallin’,” I noticed an interesting name — Andreika — at about the 2-minute mark. The name was part of an advertisement on the back cover of a horoscope magazine.

So…has the name Andreika ever popped up in the U.S. baby name data?

Yes! For four years, sequentially:

  • 1989: unlisted
  • 1988: 10 baby girls named Andreika
  • 1987: 8 baby girls named Andreika
  • 1986: 9 baby girls named Andreika
  • 1985: 13 baby girls named Andreika [debut & peak]
  • 1984: unlisted
  • 1983: unlisted

My guess is that these years correspond to the period of time that “Andreika” advertisements were running in various magazines, particularly tabloids.

I’m not sure if all the ads were the same but, in the one version I was able to find online, spell-caster Andreika described all the different spells she could cast, emphasized her magical prowess, and offered her backstory:

I can cast a spell to make one love another, or cause a person to change his mind about a relationship, or bring two people together.

I can do all these things because I have the combined powers of my mother who was a sorceress, and my father, one of the most powerful warlocks who passed on his secrets to me moments before he moved on to a different world.

My magical powers are beyond your imagination. I can cast a spell [on] your behalf regarding a relationship, your financial situation, future events, or whatever is important to you. I have the power and I use the power.

I am Andreika and I can change the course of destiny. Pay me and I shall cast a spell in your favor. Tell me what it is you want and I shall go about my work. Is it someone or something you desire to have? Do you want wealth or happiness or a mate?

I will cast only one spell at a time. Do not ask for more. My energies must be massed toward one specific target; otherwise, my powers are lessened. Send me your most important desire and I shall work my powers in your favor.

Andreika is still around to today, believe it or not — here’s her website. Her Facebook page notes that she’s been “casting magic spells for clients since 1984.”

What are your thoughts on the baby name Andreika? Do you like it more or less than, say, Kebrina?

Source: Degh, Linda. American Folklore and the Mass Media. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Where did the baby name Durville come from?

Actor D'Urville Martin in the opening credits for the movie "Dolemite" (1975).
D’Urville Martin

The unique name Durville appeared in the U.S. baby name data for the first and only time in the mid-1970s:

  • 1977: unlisted
  • 1976: unlisted
  • 1975: 5 baby boys named Durville [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: unlisted

What was the influence?

Actor D’Urville Martin, who’d been in movies (primarily in supporting roles) since the 1960s.

In the mid-1970s, he was appearing in various blaxploitation films such as The Get-Man (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975) and Dolemite (1975) — which he also directed.

D’Urville was born in New York City in 1939. So far I haven’t been able to track down the story behind his name, but I can tell you that it ultimately comes from a French surname that refers to any of several places in France called Urville.

What are your thoughts on D’Urville as a baby name?

Where did the baby name Cazzie come from?

cazzie russell, basketball, baby name,

The jazzy name Cazzie appeared in the U.S. baby name data for the first time (out of a total of three times) in 1967:

  • 1972: unlisted
  • 1971: 5 baby boys named Cazzie
  • 1970: 7 baby boys named Cazzie
  • 1969: unlisted
  • 1968: unlisted
  • 1967: 5 baby boys named Cazzie [debut]
  • 1966: unlisted

The influence? Chicago-born professional basketball player Cazzie Russell, who stood 6′ 5″ and who opted for basketball despite the fact that his father (Cazzie Russell, Sr.) wanted him to play professional baseball.

Cazzie was the NBA’s #1 overall draft pick in 1966 and spent a total of twelve seasons in the league.

During his first five seasons (1966–1971) he was with the New York Knicks, helping them win their first NBA championship in 1970.

He played for the Golden State Warriors for the next three seasons (1971-1974), during which time he participated in the 1972 NBA All-Star game alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.

Sources: Cazzie Russell – Wikipedia, Basketball great Cazzie Russell also starred on the diamond