Ok, this one might just top MacGyver.
Did you know that babies in the mid-’80s were named for super-fast cartoon cat-lady Cheetara?
ThunderCats originally aired from 1985 through 1990. The main characters were cat-like humanoids with names like Lion-O, Tygra and Panthro.
But the main female character Cheetara — who could run with cheetah-like speed — was the only character whose name made it onto the SSA’s official list of baby names:
- 1989: unlisted
- 1988: 9 baby girls named Cheetara
- 1987: 29 baby girls named Cheetara
- 1986: 36 baby girls named Cheetara
- 1985: 7 baby girls named Cheetara [debut]
- 1984: unlisted
So far, at least 81 baby girls in the U.S. have been named Cheetara.
And if we throw in the variant names that debuted (*) during this time period, the total is even higher:
What do you think about the baby name Cheetara? Would you ever consider using it? If so, would it be because of the cartoon, or in spite of it? :)