Once upon a time, “bam” was merely an interjection. Today, it’s a baby name as well! How did this come about?
It wasn’t Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones (though his counterpart Pebbles did influence the baby name charts back in the ’60s).
It was Jackass star Brandon “Bam” Margera, a pro-skateboarder who apparently spends his free time holding fake guns to the heads of puppies.
The baby name Bam debuted in 2004:
- 2010: unlisted
- 2009: 6 baby boys named Bam
- 2008: 8 baby boys named Bam
- 2007: 13 baby boys named Bam
- 2006: unlisted
- 2005: unlisted
- 2004: 12 baby boys named Bam [debut]
- 2003: unlisted
The debut can be traced back to Bam’s first reality TV show Viva La Bam (2003-2005).
I’m assuming it would have remained a one-hit wonder if not for Bam’s second reality TV show, Bam’s Unholy Union (2007), which followed Bam and his fiancée as they planned their wedding. (The marriage did not last long.)
Brandon’s grandfather started calling him “Bam” when he was a toddler and running into walls a lot. Though he has considered legally changing his first name to Bam, his government name is still Brandon at this point.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Bam?