How popular is the baby name Billionaire in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Billionaire and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Billionaire.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Billionaire

Number of Babies Named Billionaire

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Billionaire

Babies of Silverites Named “Silver” in 1896

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“Silver Lunatics”

The baby name Silver is now a regular on the SSA’s annual baby name list. But it wasn’t quite as common back in the 1890s when it suddenly debuted with an impressive 10 baby boys:

  • 1898: unlisted
  • 1897: unlisted
  • 1896: 10 baby boys named Silver [debut]
  • 1895: unlisted
  • 1894: unlisted

If we look at SSDI data we see a similar spike in the number of people named Silver in 1896:

  • 1898: 8 people named Silver
  • 1897: 6 people named Silver
  • 1896: 18 people named Silver
  • 1895: 6 people named Silver
  • 1894: 8 people named Silver

Can you guess the cause?

I’ll give you two hints. First, look what happens to the name Bryan that year:

  • 1898: 57 baby boys named Bryan
  • 1897: 97 baby boys named Bryan
  • 1896: 157 baby boys named Bryan
  • 1895: 27 baby boys named Bryan
  • 1894: 9 baby boys named Bryan

Now check out how the name Jennings peaks a year later:

  • 1898: 28 baby boys named Jennings
  • 1897: 50 baby boys named Jennings
  • 1896: 40 baby boys named Jennings
  • 1895: 9 baby boys named Jennings
  • 1894: 5 baby boys named Jennings

No doubt you’ve pieced it together: 1896 was the year William Jennings Bryan ran for president, and the central issue for Democrats that year was Free Silver.

The U.S. was in the middle of a depression, and Free Silver supporters (the “Silverites”) thought the depression could be alleviated via the coinage of silver.

“For true believers,” the Encyclopedia Britannica states, “silver became the symbol of economic justice for the mass of the American people.”

And those “true believers” were very likely the ones naming their kids Silver back in 1896.

But Bryan’s opponent, William McKinley, was able to convince voters that Free Silver was a bad thing — that the resultant inflation would harm the economy — and won the election.

What do you think of the baby name Silver?

Sources: William Jennings Bryan – Wikipedia, Free Silver – Wikipedia, Free Silver Movement | United States history |
Image: A down-hill movement – LOC

P.S. Want to see other money-inspired monikers? Try Legal Tender, Depression, Cash Money, Rose Mary Echo Silver Dollar, Millionaire, Billionaire, Trillionaire, Free Silver, Gold Standard.

Unusual Real Names – Millionaire, Billionaire, Trillionaire

So far I’ve found exactly one person named Millionaire, one person named Billionaire, and one person named Trillionaire:

  • Donisa Millionaire Barrett, female, born in California in 1995
  • Billionaire Heungsup Rhee, male, born in Texas in 1989
  • Addie Elizabeth Trillionaire Brooks, female, born in North Carolina in 1913

Billionaire Rhee has a blog at which he signs his name “Bill.” On an older webpage (no longer online) he posted the following explanation of his name:

My name is Billionaire Heungsup Rhee. My name ‘Billionaire’ was chosen by my grandfather who lives in Santa Barbara, California while my Korean name ‘Heungsup’ was chosen by a Korean fortune teller in Korea before I was born in the US. The name Heungsup means that whoever the person may be, their fire will never burn out and will keep on burning no matter what happens in their life.

Keeping my eyes peeled for a Quadrillionaire now…

In the meanwhile, here are Ten and Decillian Million of Washington, Chamillionaire of Idaho, Cash Money of Minnesota, and Million, Billion and Trillion of Meghalaya, India.