What turned Flip into a baby name?

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Flip Mark in 1961

The name Flip, typically a nickname for Philip, was a one-hit wonder in the baby name data in 1960:

  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: 5 baby boys named Flip [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted

Where did it come from?

I think the primary influence was child actor Flip Mark (born Philip Mark Goldberg), who played Brook Hooten on the short-lived sitcom Guestward, Ho! (1960-1961). He was also able to nudge the name of his character, Brook, into the boys’ top 1,000 for the first time in 1961.

But there could have been a secondary influence: Frank “Flip” Flippen, from the even shorter-lived series Overland Trail (1960). The character was played by actor Doug McClure (who later played Trampas on The Virginian).

Do you like Flip as a standalone name, or do you prefer it as a nickname?

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