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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Calamity

Posts that Mention the Name Calamity

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.

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See also: Overconfident Baby Names.

Road Trip Roundup: Calamity Jane

American frontierswoman Martha “Calamity” Jane Burke (née Canary) (1852-1903) is buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Calamity Jane grave

She was given the nickname Calamity in the early 1870s.

Seeing her grave reminded me that I’d come across a handful U.S. women named “Calamity Jane” or “Calamity J,” most born in the mid-1950s. Also that I’d seen the name Calamity pop up on the SSA’s list twice that decade:

  • 1958: unlisted
  • 1957: 8 baby girls named Calamity
  • 1956: 11 baby girls named Calamity [debut]
  • 1955: unlisted

The cause? At first I thought it was the 1953 movie Calamity Jane, but I couldn’t explain that gap between the movie’s release and the name’s rise in usage.

calamity, buffalo bill jr, 1950s, television

Then I discovered the short-lived TV show Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955–1956), which featured a 12-year-old tomboy character named after the historical Calamity Jane (just as her older brother was named after the historical Buffalo Bill).

[What’s this road trip all about?]

Names Spotted on Road Trip thru Wild West

I recently got back from a 2-week road trip through South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming:

Nancy's 2012 Roadtrip

(We set off on this one just two days after getting back from Toronto. Why? Insanity, I suppose.)

I spotted a bunch of interesting names on this trip, but instead of one massive post, I thought I’d break it all up into a series of smaller posts.

Here are some of the names I’ll be talking about:





I’ll come back and add links as the posts are published. Hope you enjoy!