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Name quotes #115: Keyden, Yizhar, Herbert

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To kick off the new year, let’s check out a new batch of name quotes!

First, the story behind Edson — the birth name of late soccer legend Pelé — from the book Why Soccer Matters (2015):

When Dondinho met my mother, Celeste, he was still performing his mandatory military service. She was in school at the time. They married when she was just fifteen; by sixteen she was pregnant with me. They gave me the name “Edson” — after Thomas Edison, because when I was born in 1940, the electric lightbulb had only recently come to their town. They were so impressed that they wanted to pay homage to its inventor. It turned out they missed a letter — but I’ve always loved the name anyway.

(“Dondinho” was the nickname of Pelé’s father, João Ramos do Nascimento.)

…and, regarding the nickname Pelé:

Growing up, I hated that damn nickname. After all, it was a garbage word that meant nothing. Plus, I was really proud of the name Edson, believing it was an honor to be named after such an important inventor.

(The nickname did come in handy, though. He “started thinking of “Pelé” almost as a separate identity” in order to cope with his sudden celebrity. “Having Pelé around helped keep Edson sane,” he said.)

From an article in The Catholic Standard about students at a Maryland high school (found via Abby):

Keyvar Smith-Herold of the class of 2022 at DeMatha Catholic High School smiled as he explained the inspiration for his name, noting that his father Vincent Smith works as a locksmith.

“That’s why ‘Key’ is in our names,” he said, shedding light on the origin of his first name and that of his twin sister, Keydra, and also their older brother Keyden, a 2018 DeMatha graduate.

From the book The Gender Challenge of Hebrew (2015) by Malka Muchnik:

Most Hebrew proper names, especially those used in recent decades, consist of existing words and therefore have specific meanings. This fact helps us see the ideas associated with male or female names, and serves as evidence of what is expected of them.

(The author listed several female names associated with flowers and gemstones — such as Rekefet, meaning “cyclamen,” and Bareket, meaning “agate” — then continued…)

Even more suggestive are female names denoting personal qualities, such as Yaffa (‘pretty’), Tova (‘good’), Aliza (‘joyful’), Adina (‘delicate’), Ahuva (‘beloved’), Metuka (‘sweet’) and Tmima (‘innocent’).


As opposed to them, we find male names which have the form of a future verb, and from this we can infer the expectations from them: Yakim (‘he will establish’), Yarim (‘he will raise’), Yaniv (‘he will produce’), Yariv (‘he will fight’), Yiftax (‘he will open’), Yig’al (‘he will redeem’), Yisgav (‘he will be great’) and Yizhar (‘he will shine’).

A name story from the recent Washington Post article “Playing the name game” by John Kelly:

Aleta Embrey’s older brother loves to say that her name came from the funny papers. And it did, specifically “Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur,” which still runs in The Washington Post.

“Queen Aleta of the Misty Isles is a major figure in the comic strip,” Aleta wrote. “My dad liked the name.”

It is a lovely name, much better than being named, say, “Olive Oyl.”

From Kenneth Whyte’s book Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times (2017), which describes the naming of Herbert Hoover (who was born in 1874 to Quaker parents Jesse and Hulda Hoover):

Hulda had shown [her sister] Agnes a bureau drawer full of handmade clothes prepared for the baby, all of them suited for a girl, to be named Laura. Several decades later Agnes recalled that the newborn, a boy, was “round and plump and looked about very cordial at every body.”

Naming the child was a problem as Laura, obviously, would not do, and the mother had no alternative in mind. Another sister reminded Hulda of a favorite book, Pierre and His Family, a Sunday school martyrology set among the Protestant Waldenses of Piedmont. The hero of the story is a spirited boy named Hubert who is dedicated to his Bible and longs to become a pastor. Hulda’s sister remembered Hubert as Herbert, and the baby was called Herbert Clark Hoover. He shared his father’s middle name.

(Discovered via a Midwest National Parks Instagram post.)

And, finally, a line from a New York Post story about a baby born during an overseas flight in December:

Tamara ended up naming the baby Maximiliano, after one of the helpful passengers who was by her side to make sure she had a safe delivery.

For more quotes about names, check out the name quotes category.

Popular baby names in Slovakia, 2022


Holy early baby name rankings, Batman!

On November 30, the government of Slovakia — thumbing its nose at the entire month of December — went ahead and released the official list of the country’s top baby names of 2022.

The #1 names? Sofia and Jakub.

Here are Slovakia’s top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of (the first eleven months of) 2022:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia
  2. Eliška
  3. Nina
  4. Ema
  5. Viktória
  6. Natália
  7. Nela
  8. Sára
  9. Mia
  10. Olívia
  11. Diana
  12. Hana
  13. Anna
  14. Tamara
  15. Júlia
  16. Laura
  17. Emma
  18. Karolína
  19. Michaela
  20. Rebeka

Boy Names

  1. Jakub
  2. Samuel
  3. Adam
  4. Michal
  5. Oliver
  6. Filip
  7. Tomáš
  8. Martin
  9. Matej
  10. Richard
  11. Lukáš
  12. Alex
  13. Matúš
  14. Šimon
  15. Tobias
  16. Ján
  17. Peter
  18. Dávid
  19. Dominik
  20. Patrik

The last time I posted rankings for Slovakia, in 2018, the top two names were also Sofia and Jakub.

Sources: Top baby names in Slovakia for 2022 announced, Najoblubenejšími menami detí narodených v roku 2022 sú Sofia a Jakub
Image by Albert Hovorka from Pixabay

Where did the baby name Kecia come from in 1962?

Finnish model Kecia Nyman on the cover of Vogue (Sept. 15, 1965)
Kecia Nyman

The baby name Kecia both debuted and peaked in the U.S. baby name data in the 1960s:

  • 1966: 208 baby girls named Kecia [rank: 672nd]
  • 1965: 560 baby girls named Kecia [rank: 392nd] (peak usage)
  • 1964: 265 baby girls named Kecia [rank: 617th]
  • 1963: 43 baby girls named Kecia
  • 1962: 11 baby girls named Kecia (debut)
  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: unlisted

What was making it so trendy?

A Finnish fashion model named Kecia Nyman.

The height of her career was in the mid-to-late ’60s, when she was being featured on magazine covers, in television commercials, and apparently even on boxes of Kotex.

But she’d been appearing on major magazine covers since at least 1962. She was on the cover of the U.S. edition of Vogue that September, for instance.

Right after Kecia debuted in the data, a slew of Kecia-like names followed suit:


(Keshia was later popularized by The Cosby Show.)

I don’t know the story behind Kecia Nyman’s name. It could be based on the Biblical name Keziah, or on the Finnish word kesä, meaning “summer.” It also happens to bear a resemblance to Kaisa, a Finnish diminutive of Katherine.

I also couldn’t find a clip of Kecia saying her name, so I can’t offer you an official pronunciation.

But here’s an interesting (if random) fact: Kecia’s older sister Tamara, who was also a successful model, stopped modeling in 1966 when she married into the royal family of Liechtenstein.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Kecia? How would you spell it?

Sources: Girl Name Kecia –, Kecia Nyman – Wikipedia, SSA

Popular baby names in Slovakia, 2018


According to Slovakia’s Interior Ministry, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Sofia and Jakub.

Here are Slovakia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names
1. Sofia, 772 baby girls
2. Ema, 706
3. Nina, 671
4. Viktória, 670
5. Natália, 603
6. Eliška, 578
7. Nela, 493
8. Tamara, 471
9. Laura, 448
10. Hana, 444

Boy Names
1. Jakub, 1,266 baby boys
4. Adam, 975
3. Michal, 934
4. Samuel, 913
5. Tomáš, 850
6. Filip, 767
7. Matej, 760
8. Martin, 754
9. Oliver, 753
10. Lukáš, 721

Sofia has been the #1 girl name in the country since 2008, and Jakub has been the #1 boy name “for most of the past decade.”

Though names of international origin (“such as Lucas or Vivien”) started filtering into Slovakia after WWII, they didn’t become popular until relatively recently.

Source: 2018: What were the most popular names for babies born in Slovakia?
Image by Albert Hovorka from Pixabay