Pop Culture Baby Names: Starsky & Hutch

Starsky and Hutch
Hutch and Starsky

The main characters of the iconic ’70s TV show Starsky & Hutch were a couple of Southern California plainclothes detectives — brash New Yorker David Michael Starsky (the dark-haired one) and reserved Minnesotan Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson (the blond).

The show started airing in 1975, and that’s the year we see both names debut on the U.S. baby name charts. Here’s Starsky:

  • 1980: 5 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1979: 14 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1978: 14 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1977: 30 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1976: 45 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1975: 11 baby boys named Starsky [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted

And here’s Hutch:

  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: 5 baby boys named Hutch
  • 1978: unlisted
  • 1977: 9 baby boys named Hutch
  • 1976: 12 baby boys named Hutch
  • 1975: 5 baby boys named Hutch [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted

The show’s original run ended in 1979, but the 2004 movie Starsky & Hutch starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson gave Hutch (but not Starsky) a boost several decades later.

If you were having a son, and you had to name him either Starsky or Hutch, which would it be?

Sources: Starsky & Hutch – Wikipedia
Image: 1970s: Starsky and Hutch on a beach

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