Babies Named for Jareth, the Goblin King

jarethRemember Jim Henson’s fantasy film Labyrinth (1986)?

The film’s villain, Jareth the Goblin King, was played by none other than David Bowie (wearing some sort of stringy/spikey mullet wig).

The teenage protagonist Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, has to navigate Jareth’s massive labyrinth in order to rescue her baby brother Toby from the goblins.

The movie was released in mid-1986. And, not surprisingly, 1986 is the first year we see the name Jareth on the SSA’s official baby name list:

  • 1990: 49 baby boys named Jareth
  • 1989: 38 baby boys named Jareth
  • 1988: 51 baby boys named Jareth
  • 1987: 50 baby boys named Jareth
  • 1986: 10 baby boys named Jareth [debut]
  • 1985: unlisted

Usage slipped in the 1990s, but picked up again in the 2000s:

  • 2009: 75 baby boys named Jareth
  • 2008: 84 baby boys named Jareth (5 baby girls, too)
  • 2007: 76 baby boys named Jareth (8 baby girls, too)
  • 2006: 74 baby boys named Jareth

I don’t know how writer Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) came up with the name Jareth, but it looks/sounds to me like a cross between Jared and Gareth, so perhaps it was based on one of those names.

3 Responses to Babies Named for Jareth, the Goblin King

  1. If I had been born a boy, I would have been named Jareth! My mom loves that movie. I would like to have a Labyrinth themed wedding some day. I want our first dance to be to “As the World Falls Down.” :)

  2. I also love that film and I would be blessed to have a baby boy in the future, I would give him the name “Jareth”.

  3. I was born in 1995 lol, i like how it stopped at ’90 and picked up in ’06

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