What gave the baby name Jameis a boost?

The name Jameis debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2013, and saw a significant increase in usage the following year:

  • 2016: 21 baby boys named Jameis
  • 2015: 29 baby boys named Jameis
    • 7 born in Florida
  • 2014: 41 baby boys named Jameis [peak usage]
    • 8 born in Florida, 5 born in Texas
  • 2013: 5 baby boys named Jameis [debut]
  • 2012: unlisted

Why?

Because of college football player Jameis (pronounced JAY-mis) Winston, who was the quarterback of the Florida State Seminoles for two years — 2013 and 2014.

His first year was his most successful: he led the Seminoles to their third national championship and became the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.

He skipped the final two years of his college career in order to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the No. 1 overall pick — selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — but has since switched over to the New Orleans Saints. (A few weekends ago, in fact, he made 5 touchdown passes for the Saints in the first game of the 2021 season.)

What are your thoughts on the baby name Jameis? Do you like this spelling, or would you spell it a different way?

Sources: Jameis Winston – Wikipedia, Florida State Seminoles football – Wikipedia, Jameis Winston tosses 5 TDs, leads New Orleans Saints to stunning rout of Green Bay Packers

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