How popular is the baby name Stassa 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 Stassa.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Stassa


Posts that Mention the Name Stassa

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

[Latest update: 9/2022]

Where did the baby name Stassa come from in 1968?

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The unusual name Stassa was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1968:

  • 1970: unlisted
  • 1969: unlisted
  • 1968: 6 baby girls named Stassa [debut]
  • 1967: unlisted
  • 1966: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A character in the sci-fi/thriller movie The Destructors, which was released in January of 1968.

Here’s how TV Guide described the film (when it started airing on TV in the 1970s): “Low-budget spy melodrama, pivoting on the theft of laser rubies.”

The character Stassa (played by actress Joan Blackman) worked as a go-go dancer. According to one modern-day reviewer, Stassa was “[t]he only character who had any depth”:

She came from a rough and abusive childhood. She survived on her own by working her way up the sugar-daddy ladder until she got to Count Romano. Yet, she wasn’t so jaded as to not still desire a real relationship based on love, not money.

(Count Mario Romano was played by Michael Ansara, incidentally.)

What are your thoughts on the name Stassa?

Sources: The Destructors – Classic Sci-Fi Movies, The Destructors – AFI, The Destructors (1968) – IMDb

Baby names you can type with one hand: Carter, Tessa, John, Poppy

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When you sign your first name, you use one hand. But when you type it, chances are you need to use both hands — even if your name is a short as Emma, Gus or Ty.

Have you ever wondered which names can be touch-typed on the standard QWERTY keyboard with one hand only? Me too, so I came up with some lists…

Left-handed baby names

  • Ace, Ada, Adeva, Afra, Aqsa, Arda, Asa, Atef, Ava
  • Babette, Barbara, Barrett, Baxter, Bess, Bette, Brad, Brett
  • Cade, Caesar, Cara, Carter, Casara, Case, Cass, Cedar, Ceres, Cesar, Cresta
  • Dara, Dave, Dawes, Dax, Debra, Dee, Dessa, Dexter, Drew
  • Ece, Ed, Edgar, Edward, Efe, Egas, Erva, Esta, Estes, Etta, Eva, Eve, Everard, Everett, Evette, Ezra
  • Freeda, Fred, Fredda
  • Gage, Garret, Garrett, Gerard, Grace, Greg, Greta, Grete, Gretta
  • Rava, Rebeca, Rebecca, Reece, Reed, Reese, Retta, Reva, Rewa, Rex
  • Sabra, Sade, Safaa, Sagar, Sage, Sara, Sardar, Stassa, Steve, Stewart, Svea
  • Tad, Taggart, Ted, Tara, Tate, Tera, Teresa, Tess, Tessa, Tex, Trace, Tracee
  • Vada, Varda, Varvara, Vera, Verree, Vesta, Vester
  • Wade, Wafa, Ward, Wes
  • Zada, Zara, Zed

How funny is it that Dexter, which comes directly from the Latin word for “right,” is typed with the left hand only?

Right-handed baby names

  • Holly
  • Io
  • Jill, Ji-Min, Jim, Jimi, Jimmy, Jin, Jo, John, Johnny, Jon, Joni, Joy, Juho, Juli, Julio, Jun, Juni, Juno
  • Kiki, Kim, Kimi, Kimiko, Kimmy, Kimo, Kip, Kiyoko, Kojo, Kollin, Kumiko, Kuuipo, Kyou
  • Lili, Lilly, Lilou, Lilikoi, Lily, Lin, Lino, Loki, Loni, Lonny, Lou, Lulu, Lumi, Lyn, Lynn
  • Miki, Mikki, Mikko, Milly, Milo, Mimi, Min, Minh, Miyu, Molly, Momoko
  • Nik, Nikhil, Niki, Nikki, Niko, Nikol, Nikon, Niilo, Nuno
  • Olli, Olujimi, Om
  • Phil, Philip, Phillip, Pio, Plum, Polly, Pono, Poppy
  • Umiko
  • Yoko, Yuko, Yumi, Yumiko

I realize that QWERTY “handedness” is not a major baby-naming factor for most people, but I do think it would be cute to pair a one-handed name with another one-handed name — maybe a surname (Teresa Garza, Phillip Hill) or a twin name (Edward & John, Grace & Lily, Zara & Milo). What do you think?