I’m pretty sure the source of both names is a single person: swimsuit model and actress DePrise Brescia, pronounced deh-PREESS — think “Denise” — BRESH-uh.
It’s hard to pinpoint a specific reason, though.
During the early-to-mid ’90s, she was one of the co-hosts on ESPN’s workout show BodyShaping (1988-98), she was featured in multiple Bikini Open pay-per-view specials (as was Symba Smith of Star Search), and she had small roles on several television shows (like Silk Stalkings and Renegade).
I’ve seen her first name rendered various ways (e.g., Deprise, De Prise) but I don’t know how it was coined.
Her surname, on the other hand, has a straightforward explanation: it refers to the city of Brescia in northern Italy.
What are your thoughts on the names DePrise and Brescia? Which one do you like better as a baby name?
The Romanian-speaking country of Moldova — which is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine — welcomed more than 27,000 babies in 2020. According to Moldova’s Public Services Agency, the most popular baby names in the country that year were Sofia and David.
Here are Moldova’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:
The ancient name Cybele first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in relatively modern times — the 1960s.
1965: 14 baby girls named Cybele
1964: 16 baby girls named Cybele
1963: 15 baby girls named Cybele [debut]
The variant spelling Cybelle debuted the same year.
Where did they come from?
A 1962 French film called Les dimanches de Ville d’Avray (The Sundays of Ville d’Avray), which was later re-titled for English audiences: Sundays and Cybèle. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in April of 1963.
The movie followed an emotionally damaged war veteran named Pierre (played by Hardy Krüger) as he starts an innocent friendship with a neglected schoolgirl named Cybèle (played by 11-year-old Patricia Gozzi). Their relationship “ultimately ignites the suspicion and anger of his friends and neighbors in suburban Paris,” with tragic results.
Cybele was pronounced sih-BELL by the American media at the time. The name ultimately comes from the name of the Greco-Roman mother goddess, Cybele.