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In San Antonio, Erin Rodriguez finally got the baby girl she was dreaming of on March 1 ago after giving birth to three boys, Antonio (Tony), 10; Francisco (Frankie), 8; and Ricardo (Ricky), 2.

Her newborn’s name: Evelina, a unique derivation honoring her maternal grandmother Evelyn.

“Before my maternal grandmother passed away, shortly before we got pregnant with our first child, I told her if we ever had a girl, I’d name her after her,” Mrs. Rodriguez said.

Hoping to “girlify” it a bit, she Googled it and found “Evelina,” from a novel written in the 1700s, “The History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World.”

“That made the name sound a bit charming to me,” she said of the choice. “Plus, when I looked into nicknames, I came across a spelling that meshed with the ‘ie’ ending we use in (son) Frankie — Evie. We pronounce it “eh-VEE” — reminds me of how my Grandpa would call my Grandma “Ev” for short. It sounded so loving … so soft.”

Although some might think it an unusual choice, Mrs. Rodriguez says it seems a perfect fit.

“Both my husband, Guillermo, and I grew up with unique names. And we survived,” she said. “In our family, she’s unique, too, since she’s our only daughter.”

The SSA has been compiling baby-naming trends since 1997. It keeps lists from as far back as 1880 and they are available at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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