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Quick Facts on Deja

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • African-American, American, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Deja

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Deja

The female given name Deja is basically an American invention coined from the familiar concept of “déjà vu” (the feeling or sensation that one has already experienced the current moment at some point in the past). In this case, the French term “déjà vu” literally translates to “already seen” (“déjà” by itself means “already”). It’s a name used almost exclusively by Americans and was especially popular among southerners during the 1990s. Part of the driving force behind Deja’s success in the mid-1990s may have been inspired by a popular country music single titled “Deja Blue” (released by Billy Ray Cyrus in November 1994). We also know Deja became a top favorite baby girl’s name among African-Americans during the latter half of the 1990s as evidenced by the states where the name saw most of her popular usage (states with a high concentration of African-Americans such as the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi). Although Deja is mainly connected to the French word for “already”, we should mention that our translation dictionaries also provide meanings in other languages. For instance, “deja” is a verb that means “leaves” in Spanish. In Lithuanian, “deja” is an adverb meaning “unfortunately” (i.e., “Deja!” is the Lithuanian equivalent to “Alas!”), and in Slovakian “deja” means “to plot, do something, act.” Finally, some people may be naming their daughters Deja as a short form of Dejanira, from the Greek Δηϊάνειρα, meaning “man-destroyer” or “she who destroys her husband”. Apropos, in ancient Greek mythology, Dejanira was the second wife of the most celebrated hero known as Hercules; although it was she who unwittingly played a role in his ultimate death (and then hung herself when she saw what she had done). See literary references below for more information on Dejanira.

Popularity of the Name Deja

As a first name for baby girls, Deja first appeared on the U.S. charts in 1988. She reached her maximum circulation in the year 1996 as the 189th most popular female name in the country (most of her usage could be found in the southern states up on through Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland and Delaware). However, Deja’s rapid fire rise to fame saw an equally dramatic drop in popularity as we’ve entered the 21st century. As you can see on the chart below, Deja's quick and brief success was followed by a fast and furious fall. Her glory days have come and gone. In fact, Deja pretty much dropped from circulation in 2010 – no longer on America’s Top 1000 list. As Yogi Berra once said: “It’s déjà vu all over again!”
Popularity of the Girl Name Deja
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Deja

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Deja

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Deja

    Dejanira (Greek Mythology) Dejanira (sometimes rendered as Deianeira) was the wife of Hercules (he having won her hand after defeating another of her suitors). On one of their travels, the couple came upon the river Euenus, across which a centaur called Nessus carried travelers in exchange for a small sum of money. Heracles crossed the river himself, but gave Dejanira to the centaur to carry. As Nessus crossed the river he attempted to rape his passenger. Dejanira screamed in terror prompting Hercules to shoot a poisoned arrow into the heart of the centaur. As Nessus was dying, he told Dejanira to take the blood from his heart promising her it will ensure Hercules faithfulness forever. Later, Dejanira learns that her husband has fallen in love with another woman and, fearing he will leave her forever, sends a garment drenched in the centaur blood potion with a messenger back to Hercules. When Hercules put on the garment, known as the Shirt of Nessus, it immediately burned him with the poison from his own arrow. Tormented with pain, Hercules tried to wrest the shirt off his back, only large chucks of his flesh came with it. Unable to bear the torture, Hercules threw himself on a pyre and demanded to be burned. At once a cloud from heaven carried Hercules off to Mt. Olympus where the great Greek hero was granted immortality. Still, Dejanira – realizing she had been tricked by Nessus and having seen her unintentional handiwork – committed suicide.

  • Popular Songs on Deja

    Popular Songs on Deja

    Deja Blue - a song by Billy Ray Cyrus

    Deja Voodoo - a song by 38 Special

    Deja Vu - a song by Beyonce Knowles

    Deja Vu - a song by Crosby & Nash

    Deja Vu - a song by Dionne Warwick

    Deja Vu - a song by Iron Maiden

    My Deja Vu - a song by Ace of Base

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Deja

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Deja

    Deja (Tajana Sutton) - After witnessing the murder suicide of her parents at age 10, being mistreated by her grandmother and betrayed in past relationships, Deja finally found peace in her life. Her best friend Jade introduced her to Xavier Jones. He was the partner/cousin of Jade’s boyfriend Jay. She got everything a woman could ever want; the man, the ring, and the baby, but Jay’s ex, Mona, felt that was her position and she wouldn't stop until she reclaimed the spot. Xavier and Jay had recently retired from the drug game as millionaires but that came with a price and much drama. Xavier’s baby mama Latasha wasn’t too happy about him either and about him settling down with Deja. She felt she had the baby, so she should have the man as well and she tried everything in her power to break them up until she realized the joke was on her, but it was too late...Part of a series. Recommended for ages young adult and older.

  • Famous People Named Deja

    Famous People Named Deja

    Famous People Named Deja - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Deja.

  • Children of Famous People Named Deja

    Children of Famous People Named Deja

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Deja - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Deja.

  • Historic Figures

    Deja - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Deja - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Deja.

Personality of the Girl Name Deja

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Deja

  • No Variations Found.
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