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July 14, 2014 02:36 PM

Miriam - While Ploni Almoni is used in the Talmud, it's a reference to Ruth 4:1, as the name of the guy who should be marrying Ruth rather than Boaz. It doesn't take the form of a usual Hebrew name of the era, and it's assumed to be a placeholder.

September 21, 2012 10:30 AM

Interestingly, J. Willard Marriot, for whom Willard Mitt Romney was named, was born in 1900, well before the Jess Willard-inspired spike in the name's popularity.