Today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Flintstones, which first aired on 30 September 1960. So I thought I’d help celebrate by posting about Pebbles, the Flintstones-inspired baby name.
The Flintstones originally featured Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty. The babies, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm, weren’t introduced until 1963 — Pebbles in February, Bamm-Bamm in October. And that’s the very first year that Pebbles made the SSA’s baby name list:
- 1967: 13 baby girls named Pebbles
- 1966: 6 baby girls named Pebbles
- 1965: 14 baby girls named Pebbles
- 1964: 31 baby girls named Pebbles
- 1963: 31 baby girls named Pebbles [debut]
- 1962: unlisted
And, surprisingly, Pebbles has remained on the list every year since.
There was renewed interest in the name during the early/mid 1970s (Pebbles cereals were introduced in 1971) and the late 1980s/early 1990s (singer Perri “Pebbles” Reid had a few hit singles during this period).
Source: A Flintstones World
Update, 3/13/15 – Looks like Pebbles may have been named via contest. (Either that, or the “contest” was for marketing purposes only.) From a Neatorama article about the Flintstones: “In 1963, a new angle was added to the show with the birth of Pebbles Flintstone, Fred and Wilma’s daughter. In anticipation of her birth, a huge nationwide contest was held to “name the Flintstone’s baby.”