How popular is the baby name Shay 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 Shay.
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The compound name Zoejane first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 2004:
2006: 8 baby girls named Zoejane
2005: 15 baby girls named Zoejane
2004: 6 baby girls named Zoejane [debut]
(Most of these babies were probably named Zoe Jane or Zoe-Jane, but the SSA ignores/omits things like spaces, hyphens, and mid-name capitals.)
Beyond the general trendiness of the name Zoe at the time, what was the specific influence behind the debut of Zoejane?
My guess is the rock ballad “Zoe Jane” (2003) by post-grunge band Staind.
Though it failed to chart as a single, “Zoe Jane” was included on Staind’s album 14 Shades of Grey, which reached #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in June.
Here’s the song:
The song was written by Staind singer Aaron Lewis for his first child, Zoe Jane Lewis, who was born on April 5, 2002 — the same day that Layne Staley, one of the lead singers of the grunge band Alice in Chains, died of a drug overdose.
Fate works in strange ways. Not only was Alice in Chains one of Staind’s biggest influences, but when Lewis was growing up Staley was his major source of inspiration, which is why Lewis felt compelled to write “Layne,” a tribute to Staley.
The lyrics of the song “Layne,” which was also on 14 Shades of Grey, mentions this coincidence:
And on that day, a child was born To someone who you helped along
Lewis and his wife went on to have two more daughters, Nyla Rae and Indie Shay, over the next few years.
What are your thoughts on the name Zoe Jane?
P.S. Another rock band frontman’s firstborn daughter, Nevaeh, also had an influence on U.S. baby names in the early 2000s…
P.P.S. The unrelated book Fifty Shades of Grey came out eight years after (and offered 36 more shades of grey than) the Staind album 14 Shades of Grey.
Below are hundreds of baby names with a numerological value of 8.
What do I mean by that?
Well, in numerology, you substitute each letter in a word with that letter’s ordinal value in the alphabet. (The letter B has a value of 2, for instance, because it’s the second letter.) Then you add those ordinal values together to come up with a total. Lastly, you add the digits of that total together to obtain a numerological value.
Here’s an example: The letters in the name Leah have the values 12, 5, 1, and 8. Added together, these values equal 26. And the digits of 26 added together equal 8.
All of the “8” names below are sub-categorized by totals — just in case any of those larger numbers are significant to anyone. Within each group you’ll find some of the most popular “8” names per gender (according to the most recent set of U.S. baby name rankings).
The letters in the following baby names add up to 8.
Girl name (8)
Boy name (8)
8 via 17
The letters in the following baby names add up to 17, which reduces to eight (1+7=8).
Girl names (8 via 17)
Boy names (8 via 17)
Gia, Bo, Afia, Eabha, Cala
Bo, Mac, Cam, Md, Jeb
8 via 26
The letters in the following baby names add up to 26, which reduces to eight (2+6=8).
Girl names (8 via 26)
Boy names (8 via 26)
Leah, Maci, Jana, Pia, Dua, Gema, Calia, Brea, Cami
Eli, Bear, Bode, Obed, Asaad, Adil
8 via 35
The letters in the following baby names add up to 35, which reduces to eight (3+5=8).