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Popularity of the Baby Name Bimbo

Number of Babies Named Bimbo

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Bimbo

Baby Boys Named Beaver? Gee Whiz, Wally.

Jerry Mathers as Beaver CleaverApril 7th is International Beaver Day, so today is a weirdly appropriate day to check out the baby name Beaver, which debuted on the baby name charts in 1959:

  • 1965: unlisted
  • 1964: 9 baby boys named Beaver
  • 1963: 5 baby boys named Beaver
  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: 5 baby boys named Beaver [debut]
  • 1958: unlisted

The cause? Leave It to Beaver, the iconic TV sitcom that aired from 1957 to 1963.

The central character of the series (which had nothing to do with actual beavers) was a young boy named Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver. Beaver was the youngest member of an idealized, post-war family of four living in a fictional suburban community.

As with Rambo and several other pop culture baby names, “Beaver” had been in use as a first name in the U.S. long before 1959. (In fact, one of the co-creators of the show discovered the name while serving in the Merchant Marine during WWII. One of his shipmates was named Beaver.) Leave It to Beaver simply boosted the visibility/usage of the name enough for it to finally appear on the SSA’s annual baby name list, which doesn’t include names bestowed fewer than five times per year.

So how did a boy named Theodore acquire a nickname like Beaver? When Beaver was born, his older brother Wally couldn’t pronounce “Theodore” correctly. The result was “Tweeter.” From there, the word somehow morphed into “Beaver.”

The nickname was finally explained during the last episode of the series. Jerry Mathers, the actor who played Beaver, thought the explanation was “lame.” Perhaps…but this explicit focus on Beaver’s nickname during the mid-1963 finale may have been what caused the usage of Beaver to peak in 1964.

The name Wally was also used more often during the late ’50s and early ’60s. So was the name of Beaver’s father, Ward, but not the name of his mother, June.

What do you think of the baby name Beaver? Is it better or worse than Bimbo? How about Twig (another sitcom nickname from the 1950s)?

Sources: International Beaver Day – BWW, Leave It to Beaver – Wikipedia, Leave It to Beaver FAQ, Jerry Mathers how the name “Beaver” on “Leave It to Beaver” came about [vid]

P.S. At least one U.S.-born Beaver got the middle name Cleaver. This real-life Beaver Cleaver was born in 1965.

Embarrassing Baby Names

Embarrassing baby names like Bland, Gross, Ham, Strange, Mutt and Oral.

Embarrassing Baby Names

Many of these have pop culture explanations. The ones I’ve blogged about so far are Bimbo, Chubby, Kookie, Twig, and Velveeta.

Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Boomer, Bub, Bubber, Calamity, Cookie, Dainty, Danger, Demon, Fancy, Fester, Jinx, Less, Little, Manly, Notorious, Phuc, Pleasure, Rage, Riot, Savage, Sherlock, Sparky, Tarzan, Tiny.

If you know people who like baby name humor, please share!

See also: Overconfident Baby Names.

Would You Give Your Son the Name Bimbo?

Bimbo, Jim Reeves
Bimbo, Jim Reeves
I ask because Bimbo was a one-hit wonder on the U.S. baby name charts in 1954. Five baby boys got the name that year.

  • 1955: unlisted
  • 1954: 5 baby boys named Bimbo
  • 1953: unlisted

Cruel name? Perhaps.

Though these parents weren’t bestowing it with the slang term in mind. (Bimbo, originally a variant of bambino, Italian for “baby,” had become a synonym for “floozie” back in the 1920s.)

They’d heard it in a country song about a little boy called Bimbo.

“Bimbo” was written in the late ’40s by Glenn O’Dell. The country song was recorded by various singers over the years, but seemed to do particularly well in 1954.

First there was the Jim Reeves version of the song, which hit the top of the country charts in January of 1954. Then there was the Ruby Wright version of the song, which hit #7 on the UK singles chart in April of 1954. Finally, Gene Autry’s version, which I don’t believe charted anywhere, was released in 1954. (A few years before, Gene’s “Frosty the Snowman” had inspired a handful of parents to name their sons Frosty.)

Here’s the first verse of “Bimbo”:

Bimbo is a little boy who’s got million friends
and every time he passes by, they all invite him in
He’ll clap his hands, sing and dance, and talk his baby talk
With a hole in pants, and his knees stickin’ out, he’s just big enough to walk

And here’s a video featuring the Jim Reeves recording:

What do you think of the name Bimbo?

Source: Bimbo – Online Etymology Dictionary