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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Dagny
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Dagny in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Dagny:
Records indicate that 13 girls in the United States have been named Dagny since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1901, when 13 people in the U.S. were given the name Dagny. Those people are now 119 years old.
So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.
Comments about the name Dagny
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22 Positive Comments
"I named my only daughter Dagne. I can't remember where I first saw the name, but I LOVED it immediately, and knew I would give it to my daughter one day. Today she's 7 and in first grade. She was nicknamed at school Dagne-Duck, by a lunchroom helper, and decided she now hates her name. Just last month, she asked "Why, mom? Why did you name me Dagne??", with tears forming in her eyes. I answered, "Because it was, and still is, the most beautiful name I had ever seen. And you're the most beautiful person I have ever met, so it fits!" She stopped crying, and we started talking about the other kids names at school for a while, and whether or not she though they liked thier names. She likes that she's the only Dagne she knows, unlike the three Stella's, two Kaitlyn's, and two Lily's in her grade. I told her when I was growing up I HATED my name. (Samantha) I didn't like my nicknames or my full name, I had wanted to be Tiffany! But as I grew up, and formed my own identity, my name started to suit me, and hers will too. She accepts this, it seems. I'm not sure if I should step in and help her out with the school nickname, or if I should let her defend herself or run with it. But we'll figure out how best to handle these things. I wouldn't trade her name for anything. My husband and I didn't even come up with a second option. She was Dagne before she was ever even a thought." Mar. 21, 2019:
"My name is also Dagny. I, like several others mentioned, was named after the character in the novel "Atlas Shrugged". It was a difficult name to grow up with because no one could get it right on the first try, including teachers and other kids at school. My last name was also unusual and people frequently couldn't figure out which was my first name and which was my last. As a shy child, I hated the attention and questions that my name brought about. Today, as an adult, I appreciate having a unique name but always have to repeat my name (and frequently spell it) when introducing myself for the first time. Most people comment that they like the name or say that it's unusual or different (I'm never sure if I'm supposed to take that as a compliment or not :)).
It does get a little old repeating, spelling, and explaining my name but I'm glad I'm not just another Jenny or some other common name. I have only met 2 other Dagnys in my life but have met several people who have a story about a great-great aunt or neighbor's granddaughter or some other connection to the name which tells me that it isn't as uncommon as this "data" implies." Nov. 18, 2017:
"My husband and I named our now 19 month old daughter this. (Born in 2013) we were not set on a name until after she was born, but it was on our girl name short list. Most of my family gave negative comments about it, reminding me of how I hated being made fun of in school and that kids would all call her gag-me. I told them I like my name now as an adult (it's Alika) and that we wanted something old, but unique and with a powerful meaning. Her name is Dagny Mae T.. and she is the essence of that name. She is a little engineer and she works at a problem for hours figuring it out. Yes we repeat it a lot for others when introducing her." Jun. 3, 2014:
"The comment below is obviously from a looter who wishes the world to pay their way for them." Feb. 8, 2012:
"We're expecting baby girl in may and we will name her Dagny. I think that everybody will think it's after the movie that comes out in April. But I hope the movie will not ruin the name..." Feb. 9, 2011:
"My name is Dagny and am proud to be called by that name. I hail from India. My father picked the name from the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayan Rand, around the time that I was born. I have read teh book and am always inspired by the Heroine." Aug. 15, 2010:
"I absolutely love the name Dagny. I am slightly disappointed that a movie is to be made of Atlas Shrugged in 2011, because I expect there to be many more Dagny's born after that.
I am only 18, but adore the name and wish to save it for my future daughter because it is unique and unpopular." Jan. 7, 2010:
"My name is Dagny. when I was younger it was "interesting" the variations kids came up with, Fagny, Dogny, you know kids, it wasn't because I was unpopular or anything just because it was a different name for them to hear. Now that I am older, almost everytime I tell my name to someone new I get compliments, like what a beautiful name, original name...etc. I love my name and would not have changed it for the world. I want to give my child a name of Norwegian origin such as this, as I know how original and fun it is to have a different name. I too was named after Dagny in Atlas Shrugged and my family is of Norwegian descent. It would be surreal to meet another Dagny, as I have never had the pleasure :-)" Apr. 20, 2009:
"I am due to give birth to a baby girl in 5 days (give or take) and she is to be named Dagny. It was the name of a childhood friend, probably the best friend a girl could ever ask for! She was unique and strong and beautiful. She passed 4 years ago & to name my daughter after her feels natural and so right. I never considered another name & hope my daughter lives up to her namesake." Mar. 4, 2009:
"My daughter's name is Dagny. She was named after Dagny Taggart from Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged". Her father and I love the book and hope to raise our baby with the same strength and morality as Rand's character." Nov. 9, 2008:
"Hello=) Actually there are more girls/woman than I thought, with this name and I know/or have heard about at least ten others! In my litlle hometown(I come from a small countryside town in Norway with only thousand inhabitants.) there are actually three of us. My grandmothers name is Dagny, my name is Dagny Irene and a friends mother is also Dagny Irene. Dagny Irene means "a new day with peace". I love that combination, even though it's a long doubble name, but it makes the "new day"-part more special with peace.." May. 19, 2008:
"My husband and I both love the name Dagny, and we can't wait to have a baby girl so we can name her this. We both loved Atlas Shrugged, which is where I first heard the name. The character in that book was so strong and powerful, yet feminine. What a unique and beautiful name! I am so glad it is not popular. My own name is uncommon, and I've always loved that about it." May. 14, 2008:
"I was named after my grandmother. Most people like my name and say that it is unusual. I explain that it is of Norweigian decent. It means the new day. Auora." Feb. 15, 2008:
"Hello. My name is Dagny and yes, most people find it difficult to pronounce. Introductions had always been a problem for me as I will always need to repeat my name multiple times and even have to spell it out in order for some to get it. But I love my name for as soon as people do get it, they never forget. And the name does automatically set you apart, makes you unique. The company I work in has over 10,000 employees and I'm the only Dagny. I haven't met another in my entire life and everyone I know haven't either. Its nice to know that when they here the name "Dagny", it could be no one else but me." Mar. 22, 2007:
"Please don't use this name...I want my daughter to be unique and special! We adore this name and it was one of the few we could agree on. To be honest, some people people (esp. older people) have a little trouble getting it initially. (But then again some people have trouble with everything.) We wanted a strong, spellable, pronouceable name with some history. I love the character Dagny in the Ayn Rand novel, although I have issues with some of Ayn Rand's poltics now. (They are making movie with Angelina Jolie as the main character so you may want to see how THAT turns out before you commit to it.) People want to spell it "Dagney" so that may be the way to go that route to save a tiny bit of trouble but I like "Dagny" better. I have met one Dagny in town a couple years younger than my daughter (7) and it is becoming more and more prominent on the internet. My inlaws hated it until they were told by several friends that it was their grandmother's or aunt's name, so they were relieved to find out it was at least a "real" name. (They were voting for Emily.) I like the idea that my daughter is not typecast by preconceived notions about her name, and that when she's older, her name won't be the current equivalent of "Mildred" or "Phyllis", popluar names of old, which will be exactly what "Madison" and "Caitlin" are going to sound like to us in 50 years...the name of someone born at the turn of the century. Enjoy your baby!" Feb. 9, 2007:
"Dagny is my name, and boy is it mispronounced and mispelled often. On the other hand, many people remember it since it is so unusual. It's Scandinavian for "New Day" or "Dawn". Overall, I recieve alot of positive feedback on my name, even if it takes the person a few tries to say it right. Its not a name for an ordinary person, she's gotta be unique." Sep. 23, 2006:
"I don't know anyone named dagny (in real life), but it's one of the few girls' names that my husband and I can agree on. It means "new day" in swedish." Jul. 31, 2006:
"I am named "Dagny." I used to not like it, but now I think it is kind of cool. People always spell it "Dagney" bu that looks ugly." Mar. 11, 2006:
"We named our 6-month-old daughter Dagny. My husband is Norwegian and the name is especially beautiful when prounced with a Scandinavian lilt (Dargnee). Dagny is also the heroine of Ayn Rand's philosophical masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged, a book we both loved." Dec. 31, 2005:
"My name is Dagny and I hated it when I was younger because everyone was named things like Stephanie, Jessica, Emily. My name was so different and no one could ever get it right or spell it right and I got made fun of a lot. But as I got older, I came to love it. I have never met another person with the name Dagny and that intrigues me. I want to but I think it would be very odd. I am so happy that it is my name now. It has really become who I am. It has set me apart and given me a chance to be unique, strong and independent. I just wish people would spell it right! :D" Dec. 14, 2005:
"My best friend in grade school was named Dagny. She was one of the most beautiful and interesting people I ever knew. When I had a daughter, I named her Dagny and she is the most beautiful and interesting person I know. She has her own unique style and sense of self-confidence and her name really suits her. There is a sense of mystery about the name, and I'm not sure if the name makes you special, or your name becomes special because you are." Jul. 19, 2005:
"I have heard of a few Dagny's but have never met one. I intend on giving my daughter this name." Jun. 25, 2005:
1 Negative Comment
"My name is Dagney and for as long as I can remember I've hated it and determined to never call my daughter it! I've contemplated buying jewellery with my name on it just to make it easier when I introduce myself. I'm so tired of telling the story of the name to every new person I meet. I do, however, enjoy watching someone else go through the pain of introducing me and having to repeat the name a hundred times over! In the end I just agree that my name is whatever D-word they manage to come up with.
So my overall opinion of the name is not very high. I finally resorted to sticking a pretty piece of paper with my name clearly spelt on it in the back of my transparent phone cover. That works wonders meeting new people. And then I masterfully change the subject back to their name.
So uniqueness is great and all but I think this name pushes it a bit. I have my days where I like but mostly it's an annoying struggle. Sorry for the negativity - it's worth being honest about though." May. 18, 2017:
12 Neutral Comments
"My name is Dagny. I remember being upset with it when I was younger because I could never find my name on novelty keychains or mugs at gift shops haha. But as I?ve gotten older I like having a unique name, it?s a great conversation starter as most people are interested in where it?s from. My mum named me it because Dagny is the name of the main character in her favourite book, Atlas Shrugged." Jun. 12, 2020:
"My name is Dagny and I was also named after the character named it in the book Altlas Shrugged and it sometimes can get annoying when people don?t know how to say my name but I do still love it" Apr. 22, 2018:
"My name is Dagny. I hated it as a little girl. But have loved it since junior high and still go today." Aug. 15, 2016:
"My name is Dagny and it's been a tricky life having that name because a lot of people pronounce my name like Dafny or Dabny." Mar. 7, 2016:
"I was blessed(or cursed) with the name Dagny way back in 1964. My mother's middle name is Dagny and I had a great Aunt name Dagny from Sweden. Since it's an old family name, my father was enamored with it. We pronounce it 'Dog-nee' and it has been a blessing and a curse! In school I was teased mercilessly with 'Dog-breath', or 'Dog-face' or even someone asked if I was 'Dog-meat' once!
I can't say I love it, even now when people say how pretty and unusual it is. It has too much baggage attached to it honestly. I named my son Kenny. Why subject a child to more teasing than necessary? I good normal name is all I wanted growing up! Sorry, other Dagnys! By the way my brother is named Badih, an Arabic name. Poor guy!" Oct. 8, 2014:
"I am happy to know that there are other Dagnys in the U.S.A. I was born to parents who came to the United States in May and I was born in September. Upon entering kindergarten I realized I had a strange name. I also had foreign parents and had red hair. I wanted to be a Shirley or Judy. As I grew older (about 40) I loved my name because of its meaning (New day) red hair as others were dying their hair red and I became proud of my Swedish heritage. I'd love to talk to other Dagnys. I have met two Dagnys- one in Sweden and one here in Illinois" Jan. 1, 2011:
"The writer of the blog Scandinavian Chic is named Dagney. You can do a web search for her blog and her picture." Dec. 2, 2010:
"Oh, no! The movie is going to ruin the uniqueness of the name!!" Nov. 24, 2010:
"I am in my 50's and just adopted a baby girl. I had read Atlas Shrugged as a young woman and always planned to name my first girl Dagny. I had no children of my own, so when the opportunity to adopt came along, I thought about my earlier plan. Once I checked out the meaning of the name, I was hooked, since she is truly a "new day" for me." Sep. 14, 2010:
"My grandmother was named Dagny and 18 years ago I named my daughter Dagny. She is the most beautiful and unique person I know and everyone thinks the name suits her perfectly. The worst thing...everyone spells it wrong!" Jun. 6, 2010:
"The only Dagny I've ever heard of is the character Dagny Taggart in Ayn Rand's novel _Atlas Shrugged_. The name wouldn't fit with my politics. However, it does sound like Daphne. Kind of cute." May. 18, 2006:
"I absolulty love this name and want to name my daughter it." Jan. 22, 2006:
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