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, see baby names similar to Calamity and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Calamity.
Embarrassing baby names like Bland, Gross, Ham, Strange, Mutt and Oral.
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.
American frontierswoman Martha “Calamity” Jane Burke (née Canary) (1852-1903) is buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood, South Dakota.
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.
Then I discovered the short-lived TV show Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955–1956) — it featured a 12-year-old character named after the historical Calamity Jane.
[What’s this road trip all about?]
I recently got back from a 2-week road trip through South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming:
(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!