How popular is the baby name Fate 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 Fate.
We looked at the
top baby name rises last month, so this month let’s look at the opposite: the top drops. That is, the baby names that decreased the most in usage, percentage-wise, from one year to the next in the Social Security Administration’s data.
Here’s the format: girl names are on the left, boy names are on the right, and the percentages represent single-year slides in usage. (For example, from 1880 to 1881, usage of the girl name Clementine dropped 68% and usage of the boy name Neil dropped 76%.)
1881: Clementine, -68%; Neil, -76% 1882: Malissa, -56%; Verne, -67% 1883: Minna, -67%; Morton, -74% 1884: Roxy, -62%; Ellsworth & Newt, -60% 1885: Sina, -68%; Clarance, -74% 1886: Cordia, Dicie & Johnie, -64%; Adelbert, -69% 1887: Faith, -69%; Hardy, -73% 1888: Diana & Hope, -63%; Connie, -55% 1889: Zilpha, -71%; Wendell, -71% 1890: Buena, -60%; Alvie, -69% 1891: Odie, -65%; Pierce, -76% 1892: Eudora, -67%; Maude, -58% 1893: Lollie, -65%; Levy, -64% 1894: Macy, -64%; Lindsay, -76% 1895: Gina, Laurel & Pennie, -69%; Alvie & Urban, -65% 1896: Dagmar, -75%; Talmage, -67% 1897: Myrta & Ouida, -75%; Benton, -68% 1898: Fae, -71%; Fate, -74% 1899: Rosia, -80%; Fitzhugh, -79% 1900: Irva, -74%; Dora, -69% 1901: Leonore, -75%; Judge, -81% 1902: Veva, -74%; Davis, -72% 1903: Littie & Samantha, -67%; Hunter, -67% 1904: Genie, -71%; Bessie & Reynold, -67% 1905: Luberta, -75%; Randall, -67% 1906: Dulcie, -75%; Patsy, -69% 1907: Libbie, -71%; Geo, -59% 1908: Aurore, -75%; Elden & Minor, -67% 1909: Arnetta, -68%; Tracy, -75% 1910: Lollie, -67%; Hadley, -64% 1911: Nada, -72%; Shelton, -73% 1912: Carla, -71%; Rosendo, -67% 1913: Vassie, -67%; Auburn, -67% 1914: Coy & Maryelizabeth, -64%: Hosey, -78% 1915: Thomasine, -67%; Giacomo, -67% 1916: Zudora, -75%; Remus, -72% 1917: Athalie, -78%; Tatsuo, -82% 1918: Theta, -74%; Lennis, -72% 1919: Liberty, -83%; Foch, -84% 1920: Veatrice, -77%; Pershing, -73% 1921: Fidela & Theone, -70%; Cleven, -71% 1922: Angelyn & Renata, -75%; Dail, -73% 1923: Odilia, -83%; Ugo & Waino, -74% 1924: Gladine, -71%; Masayuki, -72% 1925: Williemae, -72%; Emitt, -72% 1926: Patrice, -75%; Ann, -78% 1927: Vila, -75%; Boston, -76% 1928: Kazue, -79%; Shoji, -93% 1929: Livia, -81%; Tatsuo, -82% 1930: Ivalee, -71%; Deforest, -72% 1931: Emaline, -76%; Audley, -75% 1932: Zulema, -80%; Hale, -77% 1933: Dessa, -78%; Burleigh, -79% 1934: Nira, -81%; Overton, -71% 1935: Claudean, -73%; Hester, -74% 1936: Norita, -79%; Kenley, -79% 1937: Adel & Berdine, -71%; Grace, -78%
The SSA data isn’t perfect, but it does become more accurate in the late 1930s, because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data” (
SSA). Now, back to the list…
1938: Ever, -75%; Casimiro, -75% 1939: Walda, -74%; Butler, -74% 1940: Avalon & Ellouise, -75%; Jacque, -71% 1941: Lassie, -71%; Faye & Lemar, -71% 1942: Voncille, -75%; Meyer, -70% 1943: Mahala, -76%; Ewing, -76% 1944: Kyle, -77%; Griffith, -77% 1945: Sherrianne, -74%; Ellwood, Kern & Pascal, -67% 1946: Bettyjo, -71%; Adrien, -77% 1947: Judye, -76%; Bernardino, -72% 1948: Tilda, -78%; Saverio, -74% 1949: Vickii, -77%; Alphonza, -75% 1950: Ranelle, -78%; Agapito, -68% 1951: Vallorie, -90%; Skippy, -72% 1952: Laural, -76%; Edson, -74% 1953: Annelle & Otilia, -72%; Gerrit, -70% 1954: Trenace, -81%; Celso, -76% 1955: Jyl, -79%; Garrie & Robet, -74% 1956: Cerise, -79%; Orlin, -74% 1957: Angelene, -77%; Ruby, -76% 1958: Seneca, -80%; Darryel & Richerd, -72% 1959: Elfrida, -82%; Dietrich, -75% 1960: Jinny, -72%; Ardis, -74% 1961: Perian, -91%; Cully, -84% 1962: Chantay, -80%; Torin, -73% 1963: Marnita, -82%; Isidore, -75% 1964: Julann, -79%; Tandy, -75% 1965: Tonjua, -90%; Jaimie, -86% 1966: Charlet & Desi, -77%; Glennon, -74% 1967: Jeryl, -83%; Haskell, -72% 1968: Millette, -88%; Daneil, -77% 1969: Lya, -81%; Athony, -73% 1970: Cinamon, -77%; Aldrin, -77% 1971: Chimene, -77%; Garet, -74% 1972: Jurea, -83%; Rayvon, -77% 1973: Dayatra, -86%; Keelan, -70% 1974: Shondell, -78%; Efraim, -71% 1975: Natonya, -78%; Imari, -76% 1976: Okema, -87%; Nakia, -79% 1977: Liberty, -79%; Tierre, -81% 1978: Farrah, -78%; Quint, -77% 1979: Danetta, -77%; Kinte, -84% 1980: Vernee, -77%; Kendra, -75% 1981: Santresa, -80%; Jerritt, -74% 1982: Andres, -75%; Stavros, -78% 1983: Tremaine, -81%; Nicanor, -75% 1984: Tyechia, -81%; Jeris, -77% 1985: Gricel, -89%; Duron, -76% 1986: Celenia, -83%; Damiano, -76% 1987: Tareva, -86%; Krystal, -75% 1988: Jeree, -82%; Jammal, -80% 1989: Neyva, -77%; Derrel, -76% 1990: Catherin, -93%; Salvator, -88% 1991: Tichina, -80%; Arsenio, -76% 1992: Unnamed, -88%; Unnamed, -86% [2nd place: Emilce & Symba, -83%; Quayshaun, -80%] 1993: Akeiba, -88%; Evelyn & Jawara, -71% 1994: Kebrina, -86%; Farrell, -79% 1995: Noheli, -84%; Ajee, -79% 1996: Shatasha, -81%; Unknown, -77% 1997: Hydia, -80%, Halston, -79% 1998: Ajaysia, -77%; Jachai, -91% 1999: Naidelyn, -86%; Denzil, -79% 2000: Shanequa, -82%; Giovan, -75% 2001: Berania, -78%; Devontre, -75% 2002: Anallely, -86%; Nkosi, -72% 2003: Jnaya, -88%; Tyheim, -81% 2004: Nayzeth, -89%; Myzel, -75% 2005: Nathaniel, -80%; Hannah, -87% 2006: Babygirl, -86%; Infant, -91% [Counting legit names only: Mikalah, -82%; Jakyri, -79%] 2007: Bethzy, -91%; Brasen, -83% 2008: Lizania, -86%; Duvan, -79% 2009: Aideliz, -88%; Kesan, -78% 2010: Chastelyn, -95%; Yanixan, -87% 2011: Samuel, -79%; Tiger, -80% 2012: Thaily, -78%; Vadhir, -88% 2013: Shanik, -88%; Oneil, -77% 2014: Audris & Avalie, -80%; Sy, -73% 2015: Rion, -83%; Rawley, -79% 2016: Yazaira, -84%; Treysen, -79% 2017: Brucha, -76%; Makana, -79% 2018: Yuleimy, -85%; Neizan, -78% 2019: Anifer, -86%; Nomar & Gianlucas, -73% 2020: Diala, -81%; Daer, -80% 2021: Ashvi, -76%; Aldair, -70%
(Did you catch the doubles? Alvie, Tatsuo, and Fae/Faye.)
Top drops aren’t quite as exciting as top rises, but certain ones become much more intriguing when you notice that they were
also top rises:
Rose-then-dropped: Clarance, Lollie, Lindsay, Zudora, Tatsuo, Liberty, Norita, Vallorie, Krystal, Seneca, Nakia, Mikalah, Bethzy, Thaily Dropped-then-rose: Clementine, Malissa, Diana, Alvie, Pierce, Judge, Rosendo
I’ve already written about some of the names above (click the links to see the posts) and I plan to write about a few of the others. In the meanwhile, though, feel free to beat me to it — leave a comment and let us know why you think any of these names saw dropped in usage when they did.
Beignets at Café Beignet
My husband and I hung out in New Orleans for about 48 hours in mid-December. It rained almost the entire time, but we still managed to get out and spot a few interesting names!
First, an unexpected food name: Beignet (pron. ben-YAY), which literally means “bump” in French. In terms of food, it’s fried dough with sugar on top. In terms of
names, though, it’s been bestowed as a middle at least three times, according to the records I’ve seen. These human Beignets were all girls born in the ’80s and ’90s in Texas and Oklahoma.
We briefly visited the
New Orleans Jazz and Jean Lafitte National Historical Parks, where we learned about people like…
Fate Marable, African American jazz pianist/bandleader (“Fate” could be short for Lafayette) Cloaner Smith, African American quilter Mrs. Louisianaise Daigle, Cajun healer
We also learned about various locations, including
Speaking of locations…while wandering around the city, we spotted ghost signs for
Antoine’s Restaurant (which I mentioned in the Caresse post) and Uneeda Biscuits (I discovered the name “Uneeda” on a trip to Kansas City):
Steamboat Natchez we noticed that the two boilers are named Thelma and Louise.
And finally, how about the name “New Orleans” itself? In the records I found dozens, including New Orleans Taylor, a 13-year-old girl living with her family in Louisiana at the time of the 1930 U.S. Census:
[Want more travel names? See my posts on
Alaska, the Czech Republic, the Grand Canyon, and Hawaii.]
Looking for a girl name that’s short and to-the-point? Something that might work particularly well as a middle name?
Check out this list of several hundred one-syllable girl names. (And click on any name to see its popularity graph!)
Banks/ Banx, Bea, Belle/ Bell, Bess, Beth, Bjork, Blair/ Blaire, Blaise/ Blaze/ Blayze/ Blaize, Blake/ Blayke, Blanche, Bless, Blessed, Bliss/ Blyss, Bloom, Blue/ Blu, Blythe, Brave, Bray, Breck, Bree/ Brie, Breeze/ Brees, Brett, Bright, Britt, Bronx, Bronze, Brooke/ Brook, Bryce/ Brice, Brynn/ Bryn/ Brynne/ Brin/ Brinn, Burke
Cache, Cass, Cate/ Cait, Chance, Charm, Chase, Cher, Chris, Claire/ Clare/ Clair, Clark/ Clarke, Cloud, Clove, Coast, Cove, Cree, Cruz
Dale, Dare, Dash, Dawn, Dee, Deem, Del/ Dell, Doll, Dove, Dream, Drew/ Dru
Fair/ Fayre, Faith/ Fayth, Fawn/ Faun, Fate, Faye/ Fay/ Fae, Fern/ Ferne, Flame, Fleur, Flor, Flynn, Fran
Jace/ Jayce, Jade/ Jayde/ Jaide, Jan, Jane/ Jayne, Jaye/ Jae, Jazz/ Jaz, Jean/ Jeanne, Jem, Jen/ Jenn, Jess, Jett, Jewel, Jill, Jin/ Jyn, Jo, Joan, Joss, Joy/ Joye/ Joi/ Joie, Joyce, Jude, Jules, June, Jung
Kai, Kate/ Kayte/ Kaite, Kay/ Kaye/ Kae, Kayce, Kayde, Kim, Klaire/ Klare/ Klair, Klark/ Klarke, Kree, Kris, Kyle
Lace, Laine/ Lane/ Layne, Lake, Lark, Leigh/ Lee, Light, Liv, Liz, Love, Lux, Luce, Luz, Lynn/ Lynne/ Lyn/ Lin
Mae/ May, Madge, Maeve/ Maebh/ Mave, Mai, March, Marge/ Marj, Maude/ Maud, Maze/ Maize/ Mayze, Mills, Mirth, Moon
Paige/ Payge/ Page, Pam, Pax, Paz, Peace, Peach, Pearl/ Perl, Plum, Praise, Prayer, Prim, Psalm, Psalms, Prue, Pure
Rae/ Raye, Rayne/ Rain/ Raine/ Rainn/ Reign, Reece/ Reese/ Rhys, Reem, Reet, Reeve, Rell, Rise, Rogue, Rome, Rose, Rue, Rune, Rut, Ruth, Ryn/ Rin
Saint, Sage/ Saige/ Sayge/ Saje, Scout, Shane/ Shayne, Shea/ Shae/ Shay/ Shaye, Shine, Silk, Skye/ Sky, Sloane/ Sloan, Snow, Sol, Soul, Star/ Starr, Storm, Sue/ Sioux, Swan, Sway
Tai, Taj, Tate, Teal, Tess, Thyme, Trish, True/ Tru, Trust, Truth, Tyne
Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions. (“Hayle,” for instance — would you say it like
Hale, or like Hailey? Or “Rise” — is it , or rize ?) ree-sah
Many of these names also happen to be unisex, so they appear on the
One-Syllable Boy Names list as well.
What’s your favorite one-syllable girl name?
[Latest Update: June 2021]
Looking for a boy name that’s short and to-the-point? Something that might work particularly well as a middle name?
Check out this list of several hundred one-syllable boy names. (And click on any name to see its popularity graph!)
Baine/ Bane/ Bayne, Banks/ Banx, Barnes, Bash, Bates, Bay, Baz, Bear, Beau/ Bo/ Bow, Beck, Becks/ Bex, Ben, Benz, Berl, Birch, Blade/ Blayde, Blain/ Blaine/ Blayne/ Blane, Blair/ Blaire, Blaise/ Blaze/ Blayze/ Blaize, Bless, Blessed, Blake/ Blayke, Bliss, Blitz, Blue/ Blu, Blythe, Bond, Boone, Booth, Boyce, Boyd, Brad, Bram, Brance, Brave, Brax, Bray, Breck, Breeze/ Brees, Brent, Brett/ Bret, Brex, Brick, Brix/ Brixx, Brigg, Briggs, Bright, Brock/ Broc, Bronx, Bronze, Brook, Brooks, Bruce, Bryce/ Brice, Buck, Burk/ Burke, Burl, Burns
Cade/ Cayde, Cain/ Caine, Cale, Camp, Carl, Carr, Case, Cash/ Cache, Catch, Caz, Chad, Chance, Chap, Charles, Chase, Chaz, Chet, Chip, Chris, Church, Clark/ Clarke, Clash, Claude, Claus, Clay, Cliff, Clint, Clive, Cloud, Clutch, Clyde, Coast, Cole, Colt, Cord, Court, Cove, Craig, Crane, Cree, Creed, Creek, Crew, Crews, Croix, Cross, Crown, Cruz, Czar
Dahl, Daire/ Dare, Dale, Dane/ Dain/ Daine/ Dayne/ Dayn, Dart, Dash, Dawes, Dax, Dean, Dee, Del/ Dell, Derl, Deuce, Dirk, Doc/ Dock, Dolph, Don, Dov, Doyle, Drake, Dream, Dre, Drew/ Dru, Dodge, Dowd, Duane/ Dwayne, Duff, Duke, Dune, Dutch
Fate, Finch, Finn, Fitz, Fjord, Fleet, Flex, Flint, Flip, Floyd, Flynn, Folke, Ford, Fox, Frank, Franz, Fred, Friend, Fritz, Frost
Gage/ Gauge, Gaines/ Gains, Gale, Garth, Gates, Gay, Gent, Geoff, George, Gibb, Gibbs, Gil/ Gill, Giles, Glade, Glenn/ Glen, Graham, Grant, Graves, Gray/ Grey, Great, Green/ Greene, Griff, Grimm/ Grim, Gus, Gust, Guy
Haines, Hale, Hall, Hank, Hans, Hatch, Hawk/ Hawke, Hayes/ Haze/ Hayze/ Haize, Heath, Heir, Hicks, Hill, Hines, Hoke, Holmes, Holt, Hoss, Hoyt, Hud, Hugh, Hume, Hunt, Hyde
Jacques, Jace/ Jayce/ Jase, Jack, Jake, James/ Jamez, Jax, Jay/ Jae, Jazz, Jeff, Jess, Jin, Jett, Job, Joe/ Jo, Joel, John/ Jon, Jones, Josh, Joss, Jove, Juan, Judd/ Jud, Jude, Judge, June, Jung
Kace/ Kayce/ Kase, Kade/ Kayde, Kai, Kale, Kane/ Kayne/ Kaine, Karl, Kash, Kaz/ Kazz, Keane/ Kean/ Keene, Keats, Keith, Kemp, Kent, Kern, Key, Kidd, Khan, Kim, King, Kip/ Kipp, Kirk, Klaus, Klark, Klein, Knight, Knox, Kole, Kreed, Kris, Krish, Kurt, Kyle
Ladd, Lafe, Laird, Laith, Lake, Lance, Lane/ Layne/ Laine, Lark, Lars, Lee/ Leigh, Leif/ Leaf, Leith, Lex, Light, Lloyd, Locke/ Lock, Lord/ Lorde, Lorne, Lot/ Lott, Luc, Luke, Lux, Lyle, Lynn/ Lin, Lynx
Mace, Mack/ Mac, March, Mark/ Marc, Mars, Max, Mayes/ Mays/ Maze, Meade/ Mead, Merle, Mike, Mills, Mitch, Moe/ Mo, Moss, Myles/ Miles
Nash, Naz, Neil/ Neal, Neils, Nels, Ness, Nick, Nile, Niles/ Nyles, Nils, Noel, Noor, North, Noyes
Pace, Page, Park, Parks/ Parx, Parth, Patch, Paul, Pax, Paz, Peace, Peer, Penn, Pierce, Piers, Praise, Pratt, Pride, Priest, Prime, Prince, Psalm, Psalms
Ra, Race, Rage, Raines, Raj, Ralph, Ram, Rance, Rand, Range, Ray, Raz, Reece/ Reese/ Rhys, Reef, Reeve, Reeves, Reid/ Reed, Reign, Rell, Rex, Rey, Rhett, Rhodes, Ridge, Riggs, Rip/ Ripp, Roche, Rock, Rogue, Rolf/ Rolfe, Rome, Ross, Roth, Rowe, Roy, Royce, Rudd, Rune, Rush, Rye/ Ry, Ryne
Sage, Saint, Sam, Saul, Sayre, Scott, Set/ Seth, Shade, Shane/ Shayne/ Shaine, Shaw, Shawn/ Shaun/ Sean, Shay/ Shaye, Sky, Slate, Sloan/ Sloane, Smith, South, Spade, Sprague, Steel, Stone, Storm, Styles/ Stiles/ Stylez, Suede, Swain/ Swayne, Swan, Sway, Swift
Tad, Tadhg, Taft, Tai, Taj/ Tahj, Tank, Tate/ Tait/ Tayt, Tay/ Taye, Taz, Teague, Tex, Thad, Thane/ Thaine, Thames, Thor, Thorn/ Thorne, Tighe, Todd, Tom/ Thom, Townes/ Towns, Trace, Track, Trent, Trey, Trigg, Tripp, Troy, Troyce, True/ Tru, Truce, Trust, Truth, Twain, Ty/ Tye
Wade/ Wayde, Wales, Ward, Wayne, Webb, Welch, Wells, West, Wilde, Wilks, Will, Wing, Witt/ Whitt, Wolf/ Wolfe, Wood, Woods, Worth, Wraith, Wray, Wren, Wright, Wynn/ Winn
Zack/ Zach/ Zac, Zade/ Zaide/ Zayde/ Zayd, Zale, Zam, Zane/ Zain/ Zayne/ Zaine/ Zayn, Zeal, Zed/ Zedd, Zell, Zen, Zeth, Zeus, Zev, Ziv, Zvi, Zyn
Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names (such as Charles, Miles, and Noel) will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions.
Many of these names also happen to be unisex, so they appear on the
One-Syllable Girl Names list as well.
What’s your favorite one-syllable boy name?
[Latest Update: June 2021]