“Simone Baby Names” Searches Jump 230 Percent In August Thanks To Simone Biles, Manuel
According to NBC News, there are about to be a lot of babies named Simone out here thanks to recent Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Simone Manuel.
“Simone baby name” searches have reportedly jumped up by a whopping 230 percent in August alone, this according to Google Trends. It’s the first time since 2010 that there has been such an immense interest in the name. According to People, Simone means “one who hears,” or in the French translation, “to be heard.” And as Laura Wattenberg, the author of Baby Name Wizard told USA Today, “In recent times parents have liked to search for a meaning, or something inspirational in the names they give their children. They want to be able to tell their children a story and not just give them a name that’s nothing more than a collection of letters.”
And as Wattenberg also pointed out, with the multiple films put out recently about Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon), the name makes people think of “a strong African-American woman.”
When asked by the publication what he thought about the idea of complete strangers giving their children the name Simone, Ron Biles said, “It would make me smile.”
And with such noble namesakes, we’re sure that being named Simone would make a lot of people proud. Biles did just win four gold medals and a bronze in Rio, while Manuel took home two gold and two silver. And Nina Simone is, c’mon, she’s Nina Simone. She was a dedicated civil rights activist and acclaimed musician.
Clearly the name has some special power (dare I say Black girl magic?) connected to it that allows those with it to be history-making individuals of amazing talent.