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Names that end in -ette: M to Y

In this post, we have a table of names ending in the -ette suffix, given to American girls in 2012, 1962 and 1902, that began with the letters M through Y. (See A through L here). The -ette suffix was primarily used to form a pet name or diminutive out of a mainstream name. As the years went by, people began to change the spelling of many names in order to make their child’s name unique. You can see in the table that the name Nicolette had only 2 spellings in 1962. By 2012, there are 4 different versions. It can work the other way, too. The name Suzette has 4 different spellings in 1962, but only one spelling made it to 2012.

This table is in alphabetical order to facilitate comparison. Here are the top 5 names in each year:

2012: Juliette, Colette, Scarlette, Annette, Bridgette
1962: Annette, Jeanette, Yvette, Lynette, Bernadette
1902: Jeanette, Jeannette, Antoinette, Annette, Bernadette

2012 (23) 1962 (54) 1902 (8)
Manette  11
Margarette  7 Margarette  32 Margarette  14
Mariette  19
Marnette  7
Marquette  9
Marvette  9
Miette  13
Minette  10 Minette  5
Minnette  11 Minnette  7
Monette  40
Nanette  13 Nanette  583 Nanette  6
Nannette  7 Nannette  232
Nicholette  18
Nickolette 6
Nicolette  158 Nicolette  91
Nicollette  9
Nikolette  11
Ninette  5 Ninette  18
Odette  40 Odette  51 Odette  9
Olivette  8
Paulette  85 Paulette  742
Pearlette  7
Perette  16
Pierrette  8
Polette  12
Ranette  9
Raynette  20
Reinette  5
Renette  22
Rennette  6
Robinette  23
Ronette  15
Ronnette  20
Rosette  8 Rosette  6
Roxette  6
Scarlette  264 Scarlette  16
Shanette  5
Shawnette  7
Skarlette  23
Starlette  7 Starlette  13
Suezette  6
Susette  28
Suzette  38 Suzette  594
Suzzette  17
Toinette  8
Tonette  58
Tonnette  23
Trinette  6
Vanette  14
Vannette  6
Vernadette  5
Vernette  23
Vidette  5
Violette  104 Violette 21
Vylette 6
Waynette  18
Willette  34
Williette  11
Wynette  20
Wynnette  8
Yamilette  16
Yanette  8
Yevette  29
Yolette  5
Yuvette  7
Yvette  152 Yvette  1926 Yvette  6

These statistics were compiled from U.S. Social Security (SSA) name data for 2012, 1962 and 1902. The figures to the right of each name shows the number of births the name was attributed to. The SSA does not publish statistics for names given to less than 5 children in any year. In the early 1900s, there were undoubtedly a lot more children born at home as well and some of them probably had an -ette name. One syllable names, like Bette, Brette and Jette, don’t really qualify as names with an -ette suffix, so they were not included.

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