How popular is the baby name Atari in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Atari and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Atari.
The fantasy novel Atreyu (& Artax) Die unendliche Geschichte by Michael Ende was first published in Germany in 1979.
For the English translation of the book, and for the film adaptation that followed, the title was changed to
The Neverending Story.
One of the story’s main characters was the warrior Atreyu (originally spelled Atréju) who fought against the Nothing for the survival of Fantasia.
In 1985, a year after the movie came out, the
baby name Atreyu appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the very first time:
1986: 5 baby boys named Atreyu
1985: 5 baby boys named Atreyu [debut]
The name dropped off the list after 1986, but returned in 1991, and it’s been on ever since.
In fact, it’s doing far better now than ever before:
2013: 117 baby boys named Atreyu [rank: 1,409th]
2012: 122 baby boys named Atreyu [rank: 1,371st]
2011: 125 baby boys named Atreyu [rank: 1,344th]
2010: 130 baby boys named Atreyu [rank: 1,310th]
2009: 103 baby boys named Atreyu [rank: 1,572nd]
2008: 114 baby boys named Atreyu [rank: 1,446th]
Atari, another pop culture-invented baby name, has had a similar trajectory: on the list, off the list, then back again decades later.
I’d say both names have managed to outlive the things that inspired them originally.
Image: Warner Brothers, via
Did you know that the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) first went on sale in North America just over 27 years ago?
I didn’t, until
Mental Floss told me.
This, of course, made me wonder if any U.S. babies born in the last 27 years had been named Nintendo.
Nintendo has never popped up on the SSA’s baby name list, like
Atari has, but that doesn’t mean it’s never been used.
The verdict? I found a single baby named Nintendo: a baby boy born in California on July 27, 1991, and named Caprice Nintendo Love.
Now the question is: Is he the only one?
[Another NES-related post:
Baby Named for Princess Zelda]
NES – Controllers by vermegrigio
Love 1970s pop culture? Love names? Then check out this list!
Out of the more than 12,000 baby names that debuted on the charts during the ’70s, here are 10 (well, 11) that are particularly symbolic of the decade. All are legit baby names!
Darth. The baby name Darth, inspired by movie villain Darth Vader, debuted on the baby name charts in 1977.
Travolta. The baby name Travolta, inspired by actor John Travolta, debuted on the baby name charts in 1978.
Shaft. The baby name Shaft, inspired by movie character Shaft, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
Willona. The baby name Willona, inspired by TV character Willona Woods, debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
Jorel. The baby name Jorel, inspired by movie character Jor-El, debuted on the baby name charts in 1979.
Rhiannon. The baby name Rhiannon, popularized by Fleetwood Mac song “Rhiannon,” debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
Starsky & Hutch. The baby names Starsky and Hutch, inspired by the TV show Starsky & Hutch, both debuted on the baby name charts in 1975.
Comaneci. The baby name Comaneci, inspired by gymnast Nadia Comaneci, debuted on the baby name charts in 1976.
Uhura. The baby name Uhura, inspired by TV character Lt. Uhura, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
Atari. The baby name Atari, inspired by the Atari game console, debuted on the boys’ side of the baby name charts in 1979. (This one’s actually a borderline case, as it debuted for girls in 1980.)
Not-very-honorable mention goes to my
least favorite uniquely ’70s name, Yarnell. She’s the mime lady who haunts my dreams…
Do YOU have any favorite ’70s baby names?
P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely
’80s and ’90s baby names.
Note: Updated in March of 2015.
Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids…if you grew up in the 1980s, you know all about Atari.
But you might not realize that, at the height of the video game console’s popularity, dozens of U.S. babies were actually named Atari:
1983: 5 baby boys named Atari
1982: 16 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Atari
1981: 13 baby boys and 7 baby girls named Atari
1980: 10 baby boys and 12 baby girls named Atari
1979: 10 baby boys named Atari [debut]
The console name comes from the Japanese word
atari, which is used in the board came go in the same way “check” and “checkmate” are used in chess–as a warning to one’s opponent that he/she is in imminent danger of capture.
baby name Atari dropped off the SSA’s baby name list after 1983, but has recently returned:
2011: 8 baby boys named Atari
2009: 8 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Atari
2008: 9 baby boys named Atari
2006: 5 baby girls named Atari
Pop culture names typically don’t disappear and then reappear decades later, but the explanation in this case is simple: sports. Football player
Atari Bigby (b. 1981) — who claims he wasn’t named for the video game console — made his NFL debut in late 2005.
Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.
2-Letter Anagram Baby Names
3-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Amy, May, Mya, Yma
Ari, Ira, Ria
Ian, Ina, Nia
Leo, Ole 4-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Aden, Dane, Dean, Dena, Edan, Edna, Neda
Adin, Andi, Dani, Dian, Dina
Alan, Lana, Nala
Alek, Elka, Kale, Kela, Lake
Alex, Axel, Lexa
Alma, Amal, Mala
Alun, Lanu, Luna, Nula, Ulan
Amin, Iman, Mina, Nima
Amir, Irma, Mari, Mira, Rima
Amon, Mona, Noam, Oman
Arno, Aron, Nora, Oran, Orna, Roan, Rona
Ashe, Shae, Shea
Dave, Deva, Veda
Elin, Leni, Neil
Evan, Neva, Vena
Hans, Nash, Shan
Ilma, Liam, Mali, Mila
Ilsa, Isla, Lisa
Isra, Rais, Sari, Sira
Jane, Jean, Jena
Lane, Lena, Neal, Nela
Mora, Omar, Roma
Sita, Tisa 5-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Abril, Blair, Libra
Achim, Chaim, Chima, Micah
Adair, Adria, Daria
Adila, Alida, Dalia
Adlar, Ardal, Darla
Aidan, Daina, Dania, Diana, Nadia, Naida
Aiden, Andie, Diane, Edina
Alain, Alina, Ilana, Liana, Naila
Albin, Blain, Nabil
Alden, Dalen, Eland, Eldan, Nelda
Alice, Celia, Lacie, Lecia
Alima, Amila, Imala, Laima, Lamia, Malia
Alina, Anila, Inala, Laina, Lania, Nalia
Aline, Elian, Elina, Neila, Nelia
Alize, Aziel, Eliza, Zeila, Zelia
Allie, Leila, Lelia
Almas, Aslam, Salma
Alvin, Livna, Nival, Vinal
Amari, Amira, Maria
Amiel, Maile, Malie, Melia, Miela
Amrit, Marit, Mitra, Tamir
Ander, Andre, Arden, Daren, Nedra
Angel, Galen, Glena
Anita, Antia, Taina, Tania, Tiana
Ardin, Darin, Drina, Indra, Randi
Armin, Imran, Marin, Mirna
Arnie, Irena, Reina
Ashen, Shane, Shena
Atari, Atira, Taira
Avner, Raven, Verna
Aydan, Danya, Dayna, Dyana, Nadya, Nayda
Aylen, Laney, Layne
Bryon, Byron, Robyn
Carlo, Carol, Coral
Ceira, Ciera, Erica
Dilan, Linda, Nilda
Edwyn, Wendy, Wynde
Elena, Leena, Neela
Elvin, Levin, Nevil
Enola, Leona, Noela
Erika, Keira, Kiera
Fajra, Faraj, Jafar
Harte, Herta, Retha, Terah, Thera
Isaak, Kaisa, Kasia
Isara, Raisa, Saira, Sarai
Jason, Jonas, Sonja
Johan, Johna, Jonah
Kamil, Malik, Milka
Lorna, Orlan, Rolan
Mario, Moira, Omari, Raimo
Maris, Rasim, Samir
Morna, Nomar, Norma, Ramon
Norah, Rhona, Rohan
Tyson, Stony 6-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Adrian, Andria, Darina, Darian, Indara, Nadira
Adrien, Andrei, Darien, Derina, Nerida, Raiden, Randia
Aileen, Elaine, Lainee, Neelia
Alanis, Nalisa, Salina
Amaris, Aramis, Rasima, Samira
Amitra, Amrita, Marita, Tamira
Anandi, Dianna, Nadina
Anneli, Lianne, Linnea
Arista, Ataris, Sarita, Sitara, Tarisa, Tarsia
Arnold, Orland, Roland, Ronald
Arsene, Naseer, Serena
Ashdon, Dashon, Shonda
Ashlee, Elesha, Leesha, Sheela
Ashlie, Elisha, Ilesha, Sheila, Shelia
Basile, Blaise, Isabel
Belina, Blaine, Libena
Carine, Enrica, Racine
Daneed, Deanne, Deeann, Nadeen, Nadene
Dannie, Dianne, Nadine
Darnel, Lenard, Randel
Elmire, Mariel, Marlie, Mirela
Elonia, Enolia, Ionela, Leonia, Noelia, Olenia
Horten, Theron, Thorne
Ikraam, Karima, Karmia, Makari, Marika
Islama, Malisa, Salima
Kamila, Mikala, Malika
Kalani, Kalian, Kalina
Lamina, Malina, Milana
Marino, Marion, Rimona, Romina
Thirza, Thizra, Tirzah, Tizrah
Warner, Warren 7-Letter Anagram Baby Names
Adaline, Adelina, Daniela
Alenna, Leanna, Nelana
Alondra, Arnaldo, Orlanda, Ronalda
Darleen, Darlene, Leander
Elondra, Leandro, Leonard, Roeland, Rolande
Lorinda, Orlinda, Rinaldo
Orlando, Rolando, Rolonda, Ronaldo
Shantae, Tanesha 8-Letter Anagram Baby Names
9-Letter Anagram Baby Names
10-Letter Anagram Baby Names
If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”
(Here are some
palindromic names from last month.)