Babies Named for Erik Estrada?

erik estrada, chipsThe TV show CHiPs aired from 1977 to 1983.

The main characters were two motorcycle-riding highway patrolmen of the California Highway Patrol — CHP, hence CHiPs.

One of those two patrolmen was Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, played by actor Erik Estrada. (In his case, Erik is short for Enrique.)

The show was most successful during the 1979-1980 season, in terms of ratings.

Also in 1979, Erik Estrada was voted one of “The 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World” by People magazine.

So it’s not surprising that the baby name Erik saw increased usage in 1979 and 1980. Eric did, too.

Name 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Erik # babies:
rank:
2,784
94th
3,262
85th
4,637
66th
4,912
64th
3,922
75th
3,632
80th
Eric # babies:
rank:
20,745
17th
19,776
16th
20,272
17th
22,622
16th
20,722
17th
19,861
20th

There were also two CHiPs-related one-hit wonders on the baby name charts. One was Estrada:

  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 5 baby boys named Estrada [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted

The other, Poncho, doesn’t quite match Ponch or Poncherello but was still likely influenced by the show:

  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 5 baby boys named Poncho [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted

Finally, I did manage find a handful of U.S.-born males with “Erik Estrada” as their first and middle names. Most of them were born during the years CHiPs was on the air.

A decade after CHiPs was cancelled, what was Erik Estrada up to? Hosting the “Kebrina’s Psychic Answer” infomercial.

Sources: Erik Estrada – Wikipedia, Ratings – CHiPs Wiki


3 thoughts on “Babies Named for Erik Estrada?

  1. Most of them were born during the years CHiPs was on the air. Where is this information?

  2. It’s available at most genealogy or vital records sites. The site I like best right now is FamilySearch. If you look up “erik estrada” as a first-middle combo, you’ll see that more than half were born in the late ’70s and early-to-mid ’80s.

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