I recently read something about Prince and Apollonia, and it reminded me I hadn’t yet blogged about Prince and Apollonia. So here we go…
Prince — his real first name — was born in Minnesota in 1958. His full legal name is Prince Rogers Nelson. The “Prince Rogers” part comes from his father, who was a jazz musician with the stage name Prince Rogers (real name: John Nelson).
Prince’s albums started coming out in the late ’70s: For You (1978), Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and so forth.
Did Prince’s musical career affect the usage of the baby name Prince?
- 1986: 150 baby boys named Prince
- 1985: 195 baby boys named Prince
- 1984: 206 baby boys named Prince
- 1983: 167 baby boys named Prince
- 1982: 137 baby boys named Prince
- 1981: 146 baby boys named Prince
- 1980: 131 baby boys named Prince
- 1979: 92 baby boys named Prince
- 1978: 73 baby boys named Prince
- 1977: 59 baby boys named Prince
- 1976: 65 baby boys named Prince
Usage of the name Prince, which had been relatively steady for decades, started to rise right away. It hit a high point in 1984, the year Purple Rain (both the album and the movie) came out. After that, usage declined. (Perhaps Prince had become a little too famous at that point?)
Speaking of Purple Rain the movie…it earned Prince’s co-star Apollonia Kotero (born Patricia Apollonia Kotero) a Razzie nomination for “Worst New Star” in 1984.
Apollonia was part of a girl group, Apollonia 6, that Prince had put together. (Their one single, “Sex Shooter,” was also featured in Purple Rain and nominated for a Razzie.)
Did Apollonia influence the usage of the baby name Apollonia?
- 1988: 15 baby girls named Apollonia
- 1987: 29 baby girls named Apollonia
- 1986: 53 baby girls named Apollonia
- 1985: 67 baby girls named Apollonia
- 1984: 28 baby girls named Apollonia
- 1983: unlisted
Speaking of girl groups with the number 6 in their names…Vanity 6 was another female trio put together by Prince. It was nearly the same as Apollonia 6, but had a different lead singer: Denise Katrina “Vanity” Matthews.
Vanity left the band in 1983 after just 2 years, but continued putting out music as a solo artist during the ’80s.
Did Vanity influence the usage of the baby name Vanity?
- 1989: 102 baby girls named Vanity
- 1988: 116 baby girls named Vanity
- 1987: 89 baby girls named Vanity
- 1986: 76 baby girls named Vanity
- 1985: 103 baby girls named Vanity
- 1984: 45 baby girls named Vanity
- 1983: 56 baby girls named Vanity
- 1982: 5 baby girls named Vanity [debut]
- 1981: unlisted
Vanity debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1982 and its peak year was 1988.
Did you know Prince had a female alter-ego named “Camille” for a time?
In fact, Camille was going to be the name of a 1986 album by his alter-ego Camille, but the project was scrapped. (The songs were going to be sung with altered vocals.)
If the album Camille had come out that year, though, what affect do you think it would have had on the trajectory of the baby name Camille?