According to a video uploaded by MLB earlier this month, a pair of Texas Rangers fans have apparently named their kids Pudge and Odor.
Their son Pudge is named after retired catcher Iván “Pudge” Rodriguez. Their daughter Odor is named after second baseman Rougned Odor (pronounced “ROOG-ned o-DOOR”).
Are these nicknames? Legal names? I don’t know, but I’d love to find out.
Interesting fact: Roughned Odor, originally from Venezuela, has a younger brother with the very same first name. (They do have different middles: Roberto and José.) The younger Rougned signed with the Rangers a couple of months ago.
P.S. I’d almost forgotten about Odor until I read Abby’s Sunday Summary earlier today. It included a baby named Adora Borealis, called “Adora-ble” in the source article.
Remember the ’80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?
I haven’t yet found any ’80s babies named after He-Man, but I’ve found a bunch with names inspired by Teela and She-Ra — two other popular characters from the Masters of the Universe franchise.
He-Man premiered on TV in 1983. The main female character was Teela — daughter of the Sorceress, foster-daughter of Man-At-Arms, and protector/friend of Prince Adam (a.k.a. He-Man).
In 1984, usage of the baby name Teela spiked high enough for the name to reach the top 1,000 for the first and only time:
1986: 49 babies named Teela
1985: 145 babies named Teela
1984: 175 babies named Teela [rank: 872nd]
1983: 27 babies named Teela
1982: 13 babies named Teela
1981: 5 babies named Teela
The cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power was a spin-off of He-Man that premiered in 1985 (the same year as Jem). She-Ra was the alter ego of Princess Adora, twin sister of Prince Adam.
Right away, usage of the baby name Shera nearly tripled:
1988: 44 baby girls named Shera
1987: 63 baby girls named Shera
1986: 135 baby girls named Shera
1985: 120 baby girls named Shera
1984: 42 baby girls named Shera
1983: 31 baby girls named Shera
The SSA omits hyphens and makes all internal letters lower-case, so unfortunately there’s no easy way to find out how many of these babies got the specific name “She-Ra.” (We know they exist, though: Mental Floss recently spotted a lady in the UK named She-Ra.)
I’m guessing the She-Ra upswing was both more immediate and less impressive than the Teela upswing (286% vs. 648%) because, while She-Ra was a titular character (whose name viewers would have picked up on right away) her spin-off series didn’t quite achieve the same level popularity that the original series did.
Which ’80s cartoon-lady baby name do you like more, Teela or She-Ra?