How popular is the baby name Savannah 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 Savannah.
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Which girl names decreased in usage the most from 2021 to 2022?
Here’s a table of the fastest-falling girl names of 2022. On the left are the top 25 decreases in terms of absolute change (numbers of babies). On the right are the top 25 decreases in terms of relative change (percentages of babies).
*Also at -67% were Alayziah, Eliot, Jaimee, Jayli, Jeslynn, Jlynn, Luciella, Mazzie, Oralia, William, and Zenia.
And here are the girl names that saw the steepest dives out of the data (i.e., to below 5 instances of usage) in 2022:
Keilana was given to 21 babies in 2021
Rhyder was given to 18 babies in 2021
Brixleigh was given to 17 babies in 2021
Kyleigha was given to 17 babies in 2021
Zemora was given to 17 babies in 2021
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The word-name Savanna refers to a grassland with few trees. It comes (via Spanish) from the Arawakan word zabana.
The name Savannah can be considered a form of Savanna. It could also refer to any of the various places called Savannah, including the city in Georgia.
The Irish surname Sullivan is derived from the given name Súileabhán, which was based on the Old Irish elements súil, meaning “eye,” and dubh, meaning “dark” or “black.”
The name Van is simply a short form of any first name or family name containing van. (In the case of Dutch surnames like Van Buren, the prefix Van means “of” or “from.”)
The name Vance comes from the English surname that originally referred to someone who lived near a wetland, such as a fen or a marsh. It’s ultimately based on the Middle English word fen(ne), meaning “fen.”
The name Vanessa was coined by Anglo-Irish writer Jonathan Swift as a nickname for one of his ladyfriends, Esther Vanhomrigh. (It’s a combination of “Van,” the first three letters of Vanhomrigh, and “Essa,” a diminutive of Esther.) Swift featured the name in his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (written in 1713, published in 1726).
More names with VAN
So, what other names have VAN in them? Here are some less-common choices. (Most of these come directly from the SSA’s baby name data.)
Some of the above are non-traditional spellings of more common names, such as Calvin, Kevin, Melvin, and Steven.
Finally, if you’d like to check out popularity graphs for any of the names in this post, just look below for the long list of tags. Each tag is a name, so find the name you’re interested in and click through. The graph will take a moment to load — it’s grabbing a lot of data — but it will allow you to see at a glance the name’s current and historical U.S. usage.
The baby name Vanna only saw a smattering of usage every year until the early 1980s, when it suddenly became trendy:
1988: 58 baby girls named Vanna
1987: 87 baby girls named Vanna
1986: 111 baby girls named Vanna [peak]
1985: 71 baby girls named Vanna
1984: 39 baby girls named Vanna
1983: 21 baby girls named Vanna
1982: 7 baby girls named Vanna
1981: 8 baby girls named Vanna
The like-sounding names Savannah and Savanna also got a boost during that time period, and the spelling variant Vannah debuted the year Vanna hit peak usage.
What spurred all this interest in the name Vanna?
If you owned a TV set during the ’80s, you already know the answer: Vanna White, hostess of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune.
Vanna White was chosen out of a field of 200 hopefuls to join host Pat Sajak on the show in December of 1982. (The original hostess, Susan Stafford, quit in October.)
Her job essentially consisted of walking in front of a puzzle board — sometimes right to left, sometimes left to right — and turning tiles to reveal letters as contestants made their guesses. (Today she still walks back and forth, but the puzzle board letters are touch-activated.)
Wheel of Fortune became the highest-rated syndicated show on television in the mid-1980s. As a result, Vanna White became “TV’s most improbable cult heroine.” She became so popular, in fact, that the press dubbed the phenomenon Vanna-mania.
(Several years after peak Vanna-mania, one reporter noted that it “was one of the oddest phenomenons of our time, bestowing superstar status on a woman whose only obvious skill was turning letters on cue.”)
By early 1986, Vanna White knew she had multiple namesakes:
“I’ve gotten tons of fan mail,” she marvels. “Love letters, marriage proposals, children being named after me, which is quite an honor. Every year on Sept. 4, I get a picture of this adorable little Vanna.”
So, where did the original Vanna get her unusual first name?
[T]he name Vanna came from my grandmother’s next-door neighbor. Her name was Vana Woorell … and she spelled her name with one n … my mother liked the name so much, she said, Well, I’m gonna name my daughter Vanna with two n‘s.
What are your thoughts on the name Vanna? Would you use it?