How popular is the baby name Casanova in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Casanova.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Casanova

Posts that Mention the Name Casanova

What gave the baby name Levert a boost in the 1980s?

LeVert's single "Casanova" (1987).
LeVert single

The name Casanova — made famous during the 18th century by Italian adventurer and womanizer Giacomo Casanova — started popping up in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1980s. It saw a modest increase in usage a few years later:

  • 1989: unlisted
  • 1988: 14 baby boys named Casanova
  • 1987: 11 baby boys named Casanova
  • 1986: unlisted

The spelling variant Cassanova debuted around the same time, in 1987.

What was influencing these names?

The catchy song “Casanova” by R&B vocal trio LeVert. It was released in mid-1987 and peaked at #5 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Though the group had multiple songs reach #1 on the R&B chart, “Casanova” was their strongest showing on the pop chart.

The group consisted of brothers Gerald and Sean LeVert — sons of O’Jays lead vocalist Eddie LeVert — and a third member, Marc Gordon.

Thanks to the success of the song, the French surname LeVert also saw its highest-ever usage in the late 1980s:

  • 1989: 17 baby boys named Levert
  • 1988: 19 baby boys named Levert [peak usage]
  • 1987: 7 baby boys named Levert
  • 1986: unlisted
  • 1985: unlisted

(The surname is rendered “Levert” in the data because the SSA strips out internal capitalization.)

Getting back to Casanova, though…what are your thoughts on “Casanova” as a first name?

P.S. Another member of the O’Jays, Walter Williams, was behind the peak usage of Shalawn and Seandra in the mid-1970s.

Sources: LeVert – Wikpedia, SSA

Baby name story: Romeo

Tony and Elaine Romaeo of Cardiff, Wales, named their first son Romeo Casanova Valentino (so, ‘Romeo Romaeo’). Here’s how Elaine explained the name:

We knew we wanted to give our children unusual names from the start. My husband used to be a male stripper and his stage name was Romeo so we decided to call our first son after the three greatest lovers of the world.

Their other four children are named Venus Valentine, Angel Aphrodite, Isis Ise, Achilles Spartacus Mars. Baby #6 — to be named Caesar Augustus Constantine — is due in a few weeks.

Update, Nov. 2021: Romeo Romaeo went on to become a professional boxer for a time (2013-2016), and Venus and Angel both became elite gymnasts.

Sources: Mythology inspires six baby names (BBC), Our children are gods, legends and great lovers (Wales Online)