How popular is the baby name Daintry 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 Daintry.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Daintry


Posts that Mention the Name Daintry

Blogiversary: NBN’s sweet sixteen

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Nancy’s Baby Names was launched on March 6, 2006. So today is the blog’s birthday.

In fact, it’s the blog’s sweet sixteen!

Happy birthday, NBN. :)

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Interesting one-hit wonder names in the U.S. baby name data

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They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more.

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add the names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. You might also be interested in this list of the top one-hit wonder baby names since 1880

Where did the baby name Daintry come from in 1958?

"Glamour" magazine (May, 1958)
Glamour” magazine (May, 1958)

The dainty-sounding name Daintry only appeared in the U.S. baby name data a single time, in 1958:

  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: 6 baby girls named Daintry [debut]
  • 1957: unlisted
  • 1956: unlisted

Why?

Like Irmalee, this one popped up thanks to a fictional woman in a magazine.

The May, 1958, issue of Glamour included a set of stories about four women — Sue, Daintry, Jane, and Maria — each of whom learn a lesson about summertime clothing. (Sounds riveting, doesn’t it?)

Here’s what one contemporary (college-aged) writer had to say about Daintry:

Daintry scored in a pair of “smashing slacks” with Gerrald at a summer stock rehearsal. Out of doorsy, she wears blue eye shadow. She spends most of her time in Bermuda shorts and slacks (presumably all equally smashing), but it took her “new blue/orchid/green print” with “billowy skirt and a green bow-belt, big cluster-bead earrings, and bright green sandals” to snap the trap on Gerrald.

Summing up Daintry’s story, the writer said: “Change your name to Daintry and stick to billowy skirts to nail down your equivalent to Gerrald.”

If you do decide to change your name to Daintry, here’s some background. It comes from an English surname that, in turn, reflects the original pronunciation of an English place-name: Daventry, in Northamptonshire. Local tradition has it that the place-name refers to the Danes. (In line with this, a 16th-century town seal portrays a Dane with an axe standing next to a tree.) But the ultimate source is actually the British phrase Dwy Avon Tre, meaning “settlement of two Avons [rivers].”

P.S. Did you know that the name Dainty has appeared in the data before as well?

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[Latest update: Jan. 2022]