I posted about Joanie and Chachi yesterday, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t say a few words about Fonzie today.
Now, babies were getting the name Fonzie long before Happy Days. Long before television, in fact. But the names of these early Fonzies were all likely based on Alfonso, not on Fonzarelli.
Popular character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, played by actor Henry Winkler, started appearing on TV when Happy Days debuted in 1974.
A year later, the baby name Fonzie — which had been absent from the SSA’s baby name lists for four decades — experienced a brief revival:
- 1979: unlisted
- 1978: unlisted
- 1977: 8 baby boys named Fonzie
- 1976: 6 baby boys named Fonzie
- 1975: 9 baby boys named Fonzie
- 1974: unlisted
- 1973: unlisted
That’s a grand total of 23 Fonz-inspired Fonzies.
What do you think of the name Fonzie?
(And, the Happy Days opening theme song [vid] is far better than yesterday’s theme song, don’t you think?)