Novelist Anne Rice created the aristocratic, arrogant vampire Lestat de Lioncourt for her 1976 debut novel Interview with the Vampire.
How did she come up with his name?
“I’d thought Lestat was an old Louisiana name. I was so certain that I didn’t bother to look it up. I learned later that the name was actually Lestan. Was that a Freudian slip or what?” (Freudian slip because she’d based the character on her husband Stan.)
In late 1994, the movie adaptation of Interview With The Vampire was released. In the film, Lestat was played by actor Tom Cruise (pictured).
In 1995, the name Lestat debuted on the SSA’s baby name list:
- 1998: not listed
- 1997: 10 baby boys with the name Lestat
- 1996: 7 baby boys with the name Lestat
- 1995: 5 baby boys with the name Lestat [debut]
- 1994: not listed
From 1995 to 2011, at least 316 U.S. baby boys were named Lestat. Many other baby boys got Lestat as a middle name. (Whether or not any of these Lestats have younger sisters named Renesmee, though, I can’t tell you.)
Source: Kellerman, Stewart. “Other Incarnations Of the Vampire Author.” New York Times 7 Nov. 1988, C15-16.