How popular is the baby name Caprice in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Caprice and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Caprice.
Did you know that the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) first went on sale in North America just over 27 years ago?
I didn’t, until Mental Floss told me.
This, of course, made me wonder if any U.S. babies born in the last 27 years had been named Nintendo.
Nintendo has never popped up on the SSA’s baby name list, like Atari has, but that doesn’t mean it’s never been used.
The verdict? I found a single baby named Nintendo: a baby boy born in California on July 27, 1991, and named Caprice Nintendo Love.
Now the question is: Is he the only one?
[Another NES-related post: Baby Named for Princess Zelda]
Image: NES – Controllers by vermegrigio
Love cars? Here are some car-related names that have been used as baby names:
- Allante, from Cadillac Allante.
- Aston, from Aston Martin. Inspired by Aston Hill in England.
- Audi, German manufacturer. The name is a Latin translation of Horch, surname of founder August Horch.
- Avanti, from Studebaker Avanti. The word avanti means “forward” in Italian.
- Bentley, British manufacturer. Named after founder W. O. Bentley.
- Camry, from Toyota Camry. The name is based on kanmuri, which means “crown” in Japanese.
- Caprice, from Chevrolet Caprice. Named after a New York City restaurant.
- Catera, from Cadillac Catera.
- Celica, from Toyota Celica. The name is based on caelica, which means “celestial” in Latin.
- Chevelle, from Chevrolet Chevelle.
- Chevy, nickname for Chevrolet.
- Civic, from Honda Civic.
- Cooper, from MINI Cooper. Named after auto racer John Cooper.
- Cressida, from Toyota Cressida.
- DeLorean, from DeLorean DMC-12.
- Diamante, from Mitsubishi Diamante.
- Dino, from Fiat Dino or Ferrari Dino. Both named after V6 engine designer Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari.
- Dodge, a division of Chrysler. (I know of two babies named after Dodge Pickup Trucks specifically.)
- Elantra, from Hyundai Elantra.
- Elise, from Lotus Elise. Named after Elisa Artioli, granddaughter of Italian entrepreneur Romano Artioli.
- Elva, British manufacturer. The name is based on elle va, which means “she goes” in French.
- Florian, from Isuzu Florian. Named after the fictional horse in Florian, the Emperor’s Stallion by Felix Salten.
- Ford, American manufacturer. Named after founder Henry Ford.
- Hudson, American manufacturer.
- Jazz, from Honda Jazz.
- Jeep, a division of Chrysler.
- Jetta, from Volkswagen Jetta. The name is based on the phrase “jet stream.”
- Jimmy, from GMC Jimmy.
- Kia, South Korean manufacturer.
- Lexus, a division of Toyota. The name has no specific meaning, according to the company.
- Lincoln, a division of Ford. Named after former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln.
- Martin, from Aston Martin. Named after founder Lionel Martin.
- Mercedes, from Mercedes-Benz, a division of Daimler AG. Named after Mercedes Jellinek, daughter of Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek.
- Miata, from Mazda Miata. Possibly means “reward” in Old High German.
- Millenia, from Mazda Millenia.
- Mondeo, from Ford Mondeo. The name is based on mundus, which means “world” in Latin.
- Morgan, British manufacturer.
- Porsche, German manufacturer. Named after founder Ferdinand Porsche.
- Royce, from Rolls-Royce. Named after founder Henry Royce.
- Scion, a Toyota marque.
- Shelby, from Shelby American. Named for founder Carroll Hall Shelby.
- Tiburon, from Hyundai Tiburon. The word tiburón means “shark” in Spanish.
- Toyota, Japanese manufacturer. Named for founder Kiichiro Toyoda.
- VW, short for Volkswagen.
Blog readers have also told me about babies named Riviera (after the Buick Riviera) and Axel (because of its similarity to the word axle).
Update, 2016 – Here’s a baby whose middle name, Megan, was inspired by a Renault Megane.
Know any babies that were named for automobiles?
[Psst! Were you looking for a post about giving a name to your car?]
The names below are “one-hit wonder” names that ranked among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names only once–sometime during the 1960s.
- Caprice – ranked 942nd in 1966 (influence: Chevrolet Caprice)
- Cinnamon – ranked 700th in 1969 (influence: TV show Mission: Impossible)
- Daneen – ranked 906th in 1964 (influence: mystery!)
- Denine – ranked 905th in 1964 (influence: mystery!)
- Denita – ranked 956th in 1966
- Djuana – ranked 754th in 1964 (influence: mystery!)
- Djuna – ranked 738th in 1964 (influence: mystery!)
- Inger – ranked 947th in 1966
- Jeanmarie – ranked 969th in 1963
- Melissia – ranked 944th in 1968
- Sonji – ranked 638th in 1966 (influence: Sonji Roi, first wife of Muhammad Ali)
- Sunday – ranked 985th in 1966
- Tatia – ranked 670th in 1966
- Wende – ranked 859th in 1967
- Anthoney – ranked 938th in 1968
- Destry – ranked 636th in 1964 (influence: TV show Destry)
- Dwyane – ranked 996th in 1962
- Jemal – ranked 549th in 1969 (influence: TV show The Outcasts)
- Tal – ranked 820th in 1963
Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…
- All the top-1,000 one-hit wonder baby names, decade by decade: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000-2005.
- Some interesting full-list one-hit wonder baby names, from all decades (this list is always growing): One Hit Wonder Baby Names.