A baby girl born in Baltimore on September 5, 1995 — just after Baltimore Orioles baseball player Calvin “Cal” Ripken tied the 2,130 consecutive-game record set by Lou Gehrig in 1939 — was named Cali, in honor of Cal.
(Cali’s mother, Kimberly Drouillard, mentioned that the name was her husband idea, and that the baby was originally going to be named Alexia.)
And Cali wasn’t the only baby named with Cal Ripken in mind around that time. Usage of the name Cal spiked in the mid-1990s…
- 1999: 69 baby boys named Cal
- 1998: 72 baby boys named Cal
- 1997: 93 baby boys named Cal
- 1996: 112 baby boys named Cal
- 1995: 84 baby boys named Cal
- 1994: 47 baby boys named Cal
- 1993: 52 baby boys named Cal
…and the name Ripken first appeared in the data in 1997.
Source: Olney, Buster. “Behind scenes, Ripken nights were memorable, too.” Baltimore Sun 8 Sep. 1995.