How popular is the baby name Stanja 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 Stanja.

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Popularity of the baby name Stanja

Posts that mention the name Stanja

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.


  • 2020: Jexi













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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?

Image: Adapted from Solitary Poppy by Andy Beecroft under CC BY-SA 2.0.

[Latest update: Apr. 2024]

Where did the baby name Stanja come from in 1963?

Actress Stanja Lowe on an episode of "My Three Sons" (October, 1962)
Stanja Lowe on “My Three Sons

The unusual name Stanja was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data during the 1960s:

  • 1965: unlisted
  • 1964: unlisted
  • 1963: 6 baby girls named Stanja [debut]
  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted

Where did it come from?

TV actress Stanja Lowe — though it’s impossible to link the debut to a single TV appearance, as Stanja could be seen on multiple shows (Perry Mason, My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, etc.) from 1962 to 1963.

She was born in Cleveland in 1929 with the name Sidney Stanja Lowe.

Her father, K. Elmo Lowe, was an actor and director with the Cleveland Play House from the early ’20s to the late ’60s; her mother, Dorothy Paxton, was an actress. (Her parents called each other “K” and “Paxton.”)

Stanja’s first name was sometimes misspelled “Stanya” in credits, and by the press.

I’m not certain about the etymology of Stanja, but my wild guess is Czech, based on the fact that I found it used as a character name in a play by Austrian-Bohemian writer Franz Werfel (who also wrote The Song of Bernadette).

What are your thoughts on the name Stanja?

Sources: Stanja Lowe – IMDb, SSA
Image: Screenshot of My Three Sons