Where did the baby name Thylane (tee-lahn) come from in 2017?

Model Thylane Blondeau Thylane on the cover of Elle France (April, 2019)
Thylane Blondeau

The French name Thylane debuted in the U.S. baby name data just recently, in 2017:

  • 2019: unlisted
  • 2018: unlisted
  • 2017: 5 baby girls named Thylane [debut]
  • 2016: unlisted
  • 2015: unlisted

I think the reason must be the rising visibility of French model Thylane Blondeau (b. 2001), who is followed by over 3 million people on Instagram.

Her first name is pronounced tee-lahn in French (you can hear it in this video, and also in this one). But Thylane herself (in this video) suggests that other pronunciations (like tee-layn or ty-layn) might be easier for those who don’t speak French.

What are your thoughts on this name?

2 thoughts on “Where did the baby name Thylane (tee-lahn) come from in 2017?

  1. When i first saw it, I puzzled out, TEE-lah-neigh. But that is more Scan/Germanic. As I read the article and then saw TEE-lahn, it made sense. I love it, i wish Americans had more variety in the pronunciation of letters.
    For example, I have an aunt Irene. Never cared much for the name. Then when I lived in Norway I had a very young cousin name Irene, pronounced- Ear (trill the R) en-neh with the lilt in the beginning.
    Teallahn might make it easier to pronounce in American English.
    I wish i could hear the videos but my video card is not playing nice with others LOL

    Fantasy names- Tieliele (F), Tielyanna(F), Tealandir (M),Tielan (M) perfect for quads. YAY! LOL thank you again!!!

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