According to the U.S. baby name data, the girl name Versie was one of the fastest-rising baby names of 1894.
The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) similarly shows a spike in the usage of Versie in 1894.
|Usage of Versie (SSA)||Usage of Versie (SSDI)|
|1896||16 baby girls||16 people|
|1895||7 baby girls||14 people|
|1894||21 baby girls||21 people|
|1893||5 baby girls||11 people|
What gave the name a boost that year?
I’m not sure! I’ve tried searching for an explanation, but so far I’ve come up short.
The 1894 spike isn’t related to the usage of the similar name Versa (which disappeared from the data that year, in fact). And I haven’t found any news stories or pop culture from that era that would have spotlighted the name.
All I can tell you is that, according to the records I’ve seen, usage was primarily in the South (in states like Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, and Tennessee). Also, usage was primarily in white families, though I did find Versies in African-American families as well.
Any ideas on this one?
P.S. Incidentally, versie means “version” in Dutch.
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