The much-anticipated movie Black Panther, which comes out today, is already guaranteed to be a success (based on strong advance ticket sales).
Even better? The film features lots of great names, many of which are currently uncommon.
- 1977: unlisted
- 1976: unlisted
- 1975: 8 baby boys were named Tchalla
- 1974: unlisted
- 1973: unlisted
(This was around the time the comic book character, who had been introduced in the ’60s, started being featured in his own storylines.)
Other character names from the movie include Shuri, W’Kabi, Nakia and Okoye. And some of the actors have notable names as well (Chadwick, Danai, Letitia).
How much of an impact do you think Black Panther will have on baby names in 2018? Which Black Panther name has the potential to see the greatest increase in usage?
Update, 2021: So what happened?
T’challa didn’t return in 2018, but it looks like the names Chadwick, Letitia, Nakia and Shuri were affected by the film:
|2020||30 baby boys||5 baby girls||17 baby girls||7 baby girls|
|2019||20 baby boys||unlisted||29 baby girls||unlisted|
|2018||37 baby boys||8 baby girls||28 baby girls||9 baby girls|
|2017||28 baby boys||unlisted||7 baby girls||unlisted|
|2016||18 baby boys||unlisted||21 baby girls||unlisted|
And the untimely death of actor Chadwick Boseman in August of 2020 seems to have given the name Chadwick a second boost in 2020.