How popular is the baby name Rea 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 Rea.
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The very first issue of New Yorker magazine came out in early 1925. On the cover was a drawing of a top-hatted dandy pering at a butterfly through a monocle. He was created by the magazine’s original art editor, Rea Irvin, and soon became somewhat of a mascot for the magazine.
He also got a name: Eustace Tilley. It was coined by humorist Corey Ford, who said in his memoir:
“Tilley” was the name of a maiden aunt, and I chose “Eustace” because it sounded euphonious.
Other sources suggest that Ford might have been influenced by English male impersonator Vesta Tilley.
Did you know that, for many years, Eustace Tilley was listed in the Manhattan phone book? Harold Ross, co-founder of the magazine, “was delighted when the city authorities eventually sent this imaginary figure a personal-property tax bill.”
The name Eustace has been used as the English form of either of two ancient Greek names: Eustachius or Eustathius. Eustachius means “fruitful” (eu, “good” + stachus, “ear of corn”) and Eustathius means “well-built” (eu, “good” + histemi, “to stand, to set up”).
What are your thoughts on the name Eustace?
Fadiman, Clifton. The Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1985.
Ford, Corey. The Time of Laughter. New York: Little, Brown, 1967.
Looking for a set of baby names with something in common? If so, here are some 3-letter anagram names for you to check out!
Anagrams are words that contain the same set of letters, but not in the same sequence. For instance, the words “pot,” “opt,” and “top” are all anagrams of one another.
Anagram names can be a neat option for siblings — particularly multiples (like twins and triplets). They’re also a clever way to connect a baby name to the name of an older relative (e.g., grandpa Ole, grandson Leo).
Below are hundreds of three-letter names (collected from the SSA’s huge database of U.S. baby names) that happen to be anagrams of other names.
Three-letter anagram names
Ani, Ian, Ina, Nai, Nia
Eno, Eon, Neo, Noe, Oen
Ame, Ema, Mae, Mea
Ami, Iam, Mai, Mia
Amy, May, Mya, Yma
Ari, Ira, Rai, Ria
Ary, Ray, Rya, Yar
Azi, Iza, Zai, Zia
Ade, Dea, Eda
Adi, Dia, Ida
Aki, Kai, Kia
Ali, Ila, Lia
Alo, Loa, Ola
Ase, Esa, Sae
Ave, Eva, Vea
Avi, Iva, Via
Ean, Ena, Nea
Era, Rae, Rea
Eri, Ire, Rei
Ero, Reo, Roe
Ion, Nio, Oni
Isa, Sai, Sia
Ita, Tai, Tia
Kao, Koa, Oak
Nay, Nya, Yan
Ori, Rio, Roi
Which pairing/group do you like best? Let me know in the comments!