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There Are 328 Human People Named “Abcde” in the United States

We're not kidding: In 2009 alone, 32 babies were anointed with this strikingly alphabetical name. Is this reckless parenting, or the perfect way to give your daughter a head start in learning how to read?

Dec 04, 2014 at 2:54 PM ET

We came across a news story yesterday about a 7-year-old girl named Abcde. You read that right: Abcde, as in the first five letters of the alphabet. We assumed there’d been a typo, but we were wrong. So very wrong, it turns out. This first name, pronounced “AB-si-dee,” is a lot more common than you’d expect.

According to the Social Security Administration database, 328 babies, all girls, have been named Abcde in the United States. Since 1990, we’ve had Abcdes born every year except 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996. The name was given to an all-time high of 32 babies in 2009, though the number has slightly declined each year since then. The median age of Abcdes is 7.5, and all but 11 of them are minors.

For what it’s worth, the name Abcde seems to be a primarily Hawaiian phenomenon. SSA data indicates that all five of the Abcdes named in 1990 were born there, which is especially interesting, considering that the modern Hawaiian alphabet doesn’t include the consonants b, c or d. A little googling reveals that an Abcde Zoller plays soccer for the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and an Abcde de Coito teaches Zumba classes in the Aloha state. NameCandy’s Name Lady blogger suggests the name may also be relatively common in New Mexico and among Latino families.

Of course, the exact number of Abcdes living in the United States today may vary, depending on immigrations, emigrations and name changes. (Given that the oldest was born in only 1990, we certainly hope they’ve all survived to 2014.)

We’d like to think at least one of these young women will one day get a little brother named Lmnop.