How popular is the baby name Elcid in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Elcid.

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Popularity of the baby name Elcid

Posts that mention the name Elcid

How did the movie “El Cid” influence baby names in 1962?

The characters Rodrigo and Chimène from the movie "El Cid" (1961).
Rodrigo and Chimène from “El Cid

The historical epic El Cid opened in movie theaters in December of 1961.

The movie was a romanticized version of the tale of 11th-century Spanish knight Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, who came to be known as El Cid — from the Spanish-Arabic term al-sid, meaning “the lord” — during his lifetime.

El Cid starred Charlton Heston as Rodrigo, and Sophia Loren as Rodrigo’s wife Chimène (pronounced shee-mehn). El Cid’s wife was actually named Jimena (sometimes spelled Ximena); for some reason, the filmmakers decided to use the French form of the name for the character, though they didn’t similarly turn “Rodrigo” into “Rodrigue.”

The following year, three El Cid-inspired baby names popped up for the first time in the U.S. baby name data: the girl name Chimene, and the boy names Cid and Elcid.

Chimene (f)Cid (m)Elcid (m)

(Elcid never returned to the data, making it a one-hit wonder.)

What are your thoughts on these names?

P.S. Here’s a famous Chimene who was born in England in the early 1980s…

Sources: El Cid (1961) – TCM, El Cid – Britannica

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.


  • 2020: Jexi













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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?

Image: Adapted from Solitary Poppy by Andy Beecroft under CC BY-SA 2.0.

[Latest update: Apr. 2024]