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Popularity of the Baby Name Clu


Posts that Mention the Name Clu

Where Did “Trampas” Come From?

The baby name Trampas debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1964.

In yesterday’s post on the name Clu, I mentioned The Virginian (1962-1971), television’s first 90-minute Western.

The show was set in Wyoming in the 1890s, and, interestingly, the two main characters — ranch foreman “The Virginian” (played by James Drury) and ranch hand Trampas (played by Doug McClure) — did not use first names.

Despite not being a first name, Trampas ended up in the baby name data in the mid-1960s:

  • 1967: 6 baby boys named Trampas
  • 1966: 5 baby boys named Trampas
  • 1965: 6 baby boys named Trampas
  • 1964: 5 baby boys named Trampas [debut]
  • 1963: unlisted

Spelling variants Trampus and Trampis also appeared in the data around that time.

The show was loosely based on the 1902 novel The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister (after whom Mount Wister in Grand Teton National Park was named). In the novel, Trampas was the antagonist. His name was based on the Spanish noun trampa, meaning “trap” or “snare.”

Source: The Virginian – TV Guide

The Coming of Clu

The baby name Clu debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1962.

The curious name Clu first surfaced in the U.S. baby name data in 1962:

  • 1964: unlisted
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: 5 baby boys named Clu [debut]
  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: unlisted

After that it never came back, making it a one-hit wonder.

Where did it come from?

William Martin “Clu” Gulager, an actor who appeared primarily on television during the early ’60s. Most notably, he co-starred in the NBC series The Tall Man (1960-1962) as a very fictionalized version of Billy the Kid. He could also be seen on shows like Wagon Train and The Virginian around that time.

Clu Gulager was born in Oklahoma in 1928, and was a member of the Cherokee Nation. “Clu” wasn’t a stage name — it was an inherited childhood nickname. He was named directly after his father’s older brother, William Martin “Clu Clu” Gulager, who served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1922 to 1930.

The nickname “Clu Clu” came from the Cherokee word clu-clu or tlu-tlu, which referred to the purple martin (a type of bird).

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P.S. One of Clu’s distanct relatives was fellow entertainer Will Rogers.