Ready for another car-inspired baby name?
Today’s name is Chevelle, which made a big splash in the data in 1963 when it debuted both as a girl name and as a boy name — an uncommon occurrence.
- 1967: 38 baby girls named Chevelle
- 1966: 35 baby girls named Chevelle
- 1965: 43 baby girls named Chevelle
- 1964: 83 baby girls and 5 baby boys named Chevelle
- 1963: 49 baby girls and 6 baby boys named Chevelle [dual debut]
- 1962: unlisted
The source, of course, was the Chevrolet Chevelle. The new car was introduced in August of 1963 and was an instant success.
How did the company come up with the name?
In all, Chevrolet personnel submitted some 3,000 suggestions for a name. Eventually the list was cut to a half-dozen, including Chevalle (which sounded too much like the French for “horse”) and Chevair.
Bunky Knudsen, Chevy’s general manager, made the final choice.
According to another source, Bunky* admitted that Chevelle was “a coined name with no special meaning.”
What do you think of the baby name Chevelle?
*Bunky’s real name was Semon. The nickname “Bunky,” given to him by his father, was a World War I-era term for bunkmate, or buddy.
- Bunkie Knudsen’s big gamble never paid off – Automotive News
- “Chevelle–Chevy’s New-Size Car.” Popular Science Oct. 1963: 78-80.
- Chevrolet Chevelle – Wikipedia
- “Chevrolet’s Knudsen Forecasts 8.7 Million Car And Truck Sales.” IW: The Management Magazine, vol. 153, no. 10, Sep. 1963: 109-110.