How popular is the baby name Etan 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 Etan.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Etan


Posts that Mention the Name Etan

Inconspicuous anagram baby names: Blake/Kaleb, Hale/Leah

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I recently updated my old anagram baby names post to make it much more comprehensive. As I worked on it, though, I noticed that many of those sets of names had obvious similarities, such as the same first letters and/or the same rhythm.

So I thought I’d make a second, shorter list of anagram names that were less conspicuously similar. Specifically, I wanted the second list to feature sets of names with different first letters and different numbers of syllables.

And that’s what you’ll find below — pairs of anagram names that are relatively distinct from one another. So much so that, at first glance (or listen), some might not even strike you as being anagrammatic at all. :)

Click on any name to check out its popularity graph…

Most of the names above have a clear number of syllables, but a few do not. (I categorized them according to my own interpretation/accent.) So, if you’re interested in using any of these pairings, just remember to test the names out loud first!

Which of the pairs above do you like best?

Baby Name Prediction: Lacey

Lacey Holsworth and Adreian Payne
Lacey Holsworth & Adreian Payne

A little more than a week ago, 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth — known for her friendship with Michigan State University basketball player Adreian Payne — succumbed to the cancer she’d been battling for several years.

I don’t know much about Lacey, but I’ve seen/heard her name in the news a lot lately. This makes me wonder: Will this sad event increase the popularity of the baby name Lacey in 2014?

We’ve seen this sort of thing happen before with names like Caylee, Etan, Kyron, Natalee, Rainelle, and most recently Trayvon.

Etan is an interesting case because much of the increase can be traced back to New York state specifically. If there’s an uptick in the number of Laceys born in 2014, do you think most of those Laceys will be from Michigan?

The name Lacey was most popular during the early 1980s, thanks to the popular TV series Cagney & Lacey. (Cagney debuted on the charts in 1982.)

What are your thoughts on this?

Source: Lacey Holsworth Dies at 8: Close Friend of MSU’s Adreian Payne Loses Battle to Cancer

What gave the baby name Etan a boost?

Etan Patz
Etan Patz

Etan Patz has been in the news lately. He’s the 6-year-old New York City boy who went missing in on May 25, 1979, while walking to the bus stop. The nation — especially New York — was shocked by his disappearance.

Even before cases of missing children routinely garnered national media attention, Etan’s case quickly received a lot of coverage. His father, a professional photographer, disseminated black-and-white photographs of Etan in an effort to find him. The massive search and media attention that followed focused the nation’s attention on the problem of child abduction and lack of plans to address it.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared May 25th National Missing Children’s Day.

In the years following the incident, usage of the name Etan (a form of Ethan) increased slightly, both nationally and in New York specifically:

U.S. usageNY usage
19867.
1985117
19847.
198319 (peak usage)6
1982157
1981135
19806.
19797
19785.

The name only appeared on the New York list those four years (1981-1983, 1985). It has never shown up on any other state list.

Source: Hancock, Crystal D. “National Observance Calls Attention to Plight of Missing Children.” Nevada Daily Mail 27 May 2007: 1.

Like symmetry? Try palindromic baby names

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Did you know that a handful of baby names happen to be palindromes? Here are some names that can be read the same way in either direction (i.e. both forwards and backwards):

Two of these, Hannah and Ava, happen to be very popular for baby girls at the moment.

Need two names? You could consider a pair of names that become a palindrome when written side-by-side (i.e., names that are anagrams of one another):

Aidan & Nadia
Aileen & Neelia
Alan & Nala
Allan & Nalla
Allen & Nella
Amin & Nima
Ariel & Leira
Arik & Kira
Aron & Nora
Avram & Marva
Axel & Lexa
Aydan & Nadya
Ari & Ira
Cam & Mac
Eliah & Haile
Eliam & Maile
Ellen & Nelle
Etan & Nate
Flor & Rolf
Gem & Meg
Iris & Siri
Leon & Noel
Linus & Sunil
Miles & Selim
Nazar & Razan
Nero & Oren

It’s also possible to come up with your own palindromic pairs by flipping traditional names to create brand new names. For instance, I’ve seem James, Kevin, Manuel and Ramon flipped to become Semaj, Nivek, Leunam and Nomar.