- 1943: 11 baby boys named Rulon (5 in Idaho)
- 1942: 12 baby boys named Rulon (9 in Utah)
- 1941: 21 baby boys named Rulon (15 in Utah)
- 1940: 6 baby boys named Rulon (5 in Utah)
- 1939: 18 baby boys named Rulon (7 in Idaho, 6 in Utah)
- 1938: 14 baby boys named Rulon (11 in Utah)
I can’t account for the dip, but the spike corresponds to the death of Rulon S. Wells, who was a prominent leader in the Mormon Church. (This explains the particularly high usage in Utah and Idaho.)
Rulon Wells was born in the 1850s in Salt Lake City. He was one of about three dozen siblings and half-siblings (via his father’s seven wives). I don’t how the name “Rulon” was chosen, but the names of some of Rulon’s siblings aren’t hard to figure out:
- Martha Deseret Wells (b. 1853), for the State of Deseret
- Brigham Wells (b. 1859), for Brigham Young
- Heber Manning Wells (b. 1859), for Heber C. Kimball
- Joseph Smith Wells (b. 1862), for Joseph Smith
- Wilford Woodruff Wells (b. 1868), for Wilford Woodruff
Rulon himself had just one wife and seven children: Josephine, Rulon Jr., Sidney, Elizabeth, Lillian, Helen, and Dorothy.
Do you like the name Rulon? Would you use it?
Source: Rulon S. Wells – Wikipedia