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Popularity of the Baby Name Bastian

Number of Babies Named Bastian

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Bastian

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

Baby Name Needed – Boy Name for Baby #8

A reader named Cora writes:

We’re expecting our eighth (!) child in four months and are desperately needing boys suggestions! Our other children are Gemma, Declan, William (nn Will), Matilda (nn Mattie), Eloise (nn Ellie), Anthony (nn Tony), and Stella.

On our list right now are Callum, Leo, August (possibly nn Gus), Isaac, Henry, Oliver (nn Ollie), Lucas (nn Luke), Theodore (nn Theo), and Archer.

For girls we considered Isabel (nn Izzie), Calla, Cecilia, and Ivy.

A family of fabulous names, isn’t it?

Here are some of the ideas I had for numero ocho:

Alfred (nn Alfie)
Louis (nn Lou)
Sebastian (nn Bastian)

(I did my best to focus on names with first letters that aren’t already in use.)

What other names would you recommend to Cora?

Update: The baby is here, plus there’s a twist! Scroll down to find out what Cora chose.

Baby Names from 80s Movies – Bastien, Ferris, Inigo, Westley

I recently realized that many of the bands I listen to were named in honor of various 80s movies.

Ludo, Atreyu, and McFly were named for characters in The Labyrinth (1986), The Neverending Story (1984), and Back to the Future (1985). Save Ferris and Rooney both refer to Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (1986). And, logically, Say Anything comes from Say Anything… (1989).

This made me wonder how many other bands were named for 80s flicks. Turns out, quite a few:

As You Wish
Biff Tannen
Bog of Eternal Stench
Childlike Empress
Cobra Kai
Daniel LaRusso
Dread Pirate Roberts
The Dykeenies
Emmett Brown
Flux Capacitor
George McFly
Inigo Montoya
Joe Lies
Lloyd Dobler
Miracle Max
Mr. Miyagi
Rodents of Unusual Size
The Fratellis
The Nothing
Truffle Shuffle
Wax On Wax Off

(The above names came from the movies I already mentioned, plus The Goonies (1985), The Karate Kid (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Willow (1988).)

If these decades-old films are now inspiring dozens of band names, do you think they could be (belatedly) inspiring baby names as well?

For example, a childhood friend of mine had a life-sized poster of Ralph Macchio hanging above her bed for years. If she had a son, would she name him Daniel?

Will any of the lads who once had a crush on brainy Diane Court decide to name their daughters Diane?

Did bookish Bastian help catapult the name Sebastian (now ranked 72nd in the U.S.) into the spotlight, one generation later?

And don’t forget Cameron, Ferris, Inigo, Lloyd, Marty, Sloane, Sorsha, Westley…and hundreds more from other movies, like Andie from Pretty in Pink (1986), Elliott from E.T. (1982), Josh from Big (1988), Lisa from Weird Science (1985), Maverick from Top Gun (1986)…

For those of you who grew up during the 1980s: Can you trace any of your favorite baby names back to a specific 80s movie?