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 graph will take a few seconds to load, thanks for your patience. (Don't worry, it shouldn't take nine months.) If it's taking too long, try reloading the page.


Popularity of the Baby Name Atari

Number of Babies Named Atari

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Atari

Pop Culture Baby Name: Atreyu

Atreyu (Character from The Neverending Story)
Atreyu (& Artax)
The fantasy novel 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:

  • 1987: unlisted
  • 1986: 5 baby boys named Atreyu
  • 1985: 5 baby boys named Atreyu [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted

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 IMDB


Any Babies Named Nintendo?

nintendo NES controllersDid 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]

Image: NES – Controllers by vermegrigio

My 10 Favorite Uniquely ’70s Baby Names

70s baby names (willona vs darth)

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!

  1. Darth. The baby name Darth, inspired by movie villain Darth Vader, debuted on the baby name charts in 1977.
  2. Travolta. The baby name Travolta, inspired by actor John Travolta, debuted on the baby name charts in 1978.
  3. Shaft. The baby name Shaft, inspired by movie character Shaft, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
  4. Willona. The baby name Willona, inspired by TV character Willona Woods, debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
  5. Jorel. The baby name Jorel, inspired by movie character Jor-El, debuted on the baby name charts in 1979.
  6. Rhiannon. The baby name Rhiannon, popularized by Fleetwood Mac song “Rhiannon,” debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
  7. Starsky & Hutch. The baby names Starsky and Hutch, inspired by the TV show Starsky & Hutch, both debuted on the baby name charts in 1975.
  8. Comaneci. The baby name Comaneci, inspired by gymnast Nadia Comaneci, debuted on the baby name charts in 1976.
  9. Uhura. The baby name Uhura, inspired by TV character Lt. Uhura, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
  10. 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.

The Baby Name Atari

Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids…if you grew up in the 1980s, you know all about Atari.

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]
  • 1978: unlisted

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.

The 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.

Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

anagram baby names

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

4-Letter Anagram Baby Names

5-Letter Anagram Baby Names

6-Letter Anagram Baby Names

7-Letter Anagram Baby Names

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.)