How popular is the baby name Miralee 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 Miralee.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Miralee


Posts that Mention the Name Miralee

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 Miralee come from in 1947?

The character Miralee Smith from the movie "New Orleans" (1947).
Miralee Smith from “New Orleans

The name Miralee popped up in the U.S. baby name data just once, in 1947:

  • 1949: unlisted
  • 1948: unlisted
  • 1947: 7 baby girls named Miralee [debut]
  • 1946: unlisted
  • 1945: unlisted

The same year, a jazz-themed movie called New Orleans was released.

In terms of music history, New Orleans is notable because it featured both Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong as secondary characters named Endie and Satchmo. (In the earliest versions of the script, these were the main characters.)

In terms of baby names, though, New Orleans is notable because one of the protagonists — society woman Miralee (pronounced MEER-ah-lee) Smith, played by actress Dorothy Patrick — is behind the brief emergence of “Miralee” in the SSA data.

What are your thoughts on the name Miralee?

Sources: New Orleans (1947) – TCM.com, SSA