Where did the baby name Santini come from?

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The name Santini was a one-hit wonder in the baby name data in 1979:

  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: 9 baby boys named Santini [debut]
  • 1978: unlisted
  • 1977: unlisted

Why?

That was the year the movie The Great Santini came out. Set in the early ’60s, it starred Robert Duvall as a Marine aviator self-nicknamed “The Great Santini.” He was good at his job, but not so good at being a husband and father. The film received two Oscar nominations.

It was based on a semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by southern writer Pat Conroy (who also wrote The Prince of Tides, another Oscar-nominated movie).

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Source: The Great Santini – TCM

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