Baby Names from Family Ties – Mallory, Alex, Elyse, Keaton

Family TiesWho here used to watch Family Ties?

I sure did. (The last few seasons, anyway.)

The popular sitcom debuted in mid-1982. It was one of the top 5 shows in the nation from 1984 to 1987, and new episodes aired until mid-1989.

The show had a big impact on baby names, especially the following four.

Mallory

Middle child Mallory was played by Justine Bateman. Check out how Family Ties affected the popularity of the name Mallory during the mid-1980s:

  • 1980: 17 baby girls and 8 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1981: 27 baby girls and 9 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1982: 45 baby girls and 9 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1983: 689 baby girls and 10 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1984: 1,470 baby girls and 15 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1985: 2,037 baby girls and 21 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1986: 3,323 baby girls and 23 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1987: 3,138 baby girls and 24 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1988: 2,365 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1989: 1,971 baby girls and 16 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1990: 1,783 baby girls and 14 baby boys named Mallory
  • 1991: 1,804 baby girls and 10 baby boys named Mallory

Mallory was a top-100 name in both 1986 (83rd) and 1987 (91st). And usage of the name not only skyrocketed for girls, but also (surprisingly!) rose slightly for boys.

Spelling variants Malloree, Mallorey, Mallori, Mallorie, Maloree, Malorey, Malori, Malorie and Malory picked up steam during the 1980s as well.

Alex

Next up is everyone’s favorite character, Alex, played by Michael J. Fox.

  • 1980: 1,676 baby boys and 28 baby girls named Alex
  • 1981: 1,871 baby boys and 32 baby girls named Alex
  • 1982: 1,955 baby boys and 46 baby girls named Alex
  • 1983: 2,148 baby boys and 27 baby girls named Alex
  • 1984: 3,017 baby boys and 84 baby girls named Alex
  • 1985: 3,902 baby boys and 85 baby girls named Alex
  • 1986: 5,104 baby boys and 142 baby girls named Alex
  • 1987: 6,040 baby boys and 211 baby girls named Alex
  • 1988: 6,396 baby boys and 269 baby girls named Alex
  • 1989: 6,538 baby boys and 240 baby girls named Alex
  • 1990: 6,942 baby boys and 250 baby girls named Alex
  • 1991: 6,671 baby boys and 369 baby girls named Alex

The name Alex was already on the rise in the early ’80s, but the show gave the name a big boost mid-decade.

Elyse

Now let’s look at the name of Keaton mom Elyse, played by Meredith Baxter-Birney.

  • 1980: 82 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1981: 78 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1982: 80 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1983: 243 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1984: 426 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1985: 637 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1986: 701 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1987: 804 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1988: 790 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1989: 612 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1990: 449 baby girls named Elyse
  • 1991: 412 baby girls named Elyse

The name, which had dropped out of the top 1,000 in the mid-1950s, was boosted back into the top 1,000 by Family Ties in 1983. It even reached the top 500 for a time (1985-1989).

Usage of the spelling Elise also increased during this period.

Keaton

Finally, let’s look at the family surname Keaton.

  • 1980: 26 baby boys named Keaton
  • 1981: 15 baby boys named Keaton
  • 1982: 23 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1983: 47 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1984: 69 baby boys named Keaton
  • 1985: 109 baby boys and 9 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1986: 131 baby boys and 10 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1987: 135 baby boys and 8 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1988: 163 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1989: 225 baby boys and 14 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1990: 283 baby boys and 16 baby girls named Keaton
  • 1991: 303 baby boys and 22 baby girls named Keaton

Keaton entered the boys’ top 1,000 for the first time in 1985. It’s been on the rise for both genders ever since. In 2010, nearly 800 baby boys and nearly 50 baby girls were named Keaton.

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