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:
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.