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Popularity of the Baby Name Cosmo

Number of Babies Named Cosmo

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Cosmo

Kramer, the Seinfeldian Baby Name

Cosmo Kramer
Cosmo Kramer
Did you know that the TV sitcom Seinfeld first aired 22 years ago today?*

One of the Seinfeld‘s most memorable characters was Kramer, played by Michael Richards

(Kramer’s first name, Cosmo, wasn’t revealed until season 6.)

Kramer was rarely used as a baby name before Seinfeld came along, but after Seinfeld debuted in 1989, usage shot up:

  • 1996: 20 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1995: 21 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1994: 37 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1993: 57 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1992: 62 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1991: 43 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1990: 68 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1989: 70 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1988: 15 baby boys named Kramer
  • 1987: 11 baby boys named Kramer

It stayed relatively high until the mid-1990s, when it sank back down to pre-Seinfeld levels. In 1998, the year the show went off the air, a mere 8 baby boys got the name.

The surname Kramer is based on the German word krämer, meaning “shopkeeper” or “peddler.”

*I discovered this via Twitter, thanks to both @armadillosoft and @smithsonian.

UPDATE, 5/25/15: Check out the data for Kramer from Washington state specifically!

  • 1995: unlisted
  • 1994: 8 Kramers born in WA
  • 1993: 12 Kramers born in WA
  • 1992: 19 Kramers born in WA
  • 1991: 21 Kramers born in WA
  • 1990: 26 Kramers born in WA
  • 1989: 25 Kramers born in WA
  • 1988: 5 Kramers born in WA
  • 1987: unlisted

Either they really liked the show up there or (more likely) something involving the name Kramer was happening locally around that time. I don’t have an explanation yet, though. College sports maybe? Any ideas?


Baby Names Needed – Whimsical, Weird Names for Quadruplets

Estelle wrote to me recently with a tall order:

I’m having quads (!!!) in 4 weeks and I need names! I’m having one boy and three girls. My 4 year old son’s name is Cosmo. My husband and I like spacey, whimsical and weird names.

In fact, they “don’t have any limits on how weird a name can be.”

One girl name they’re considering is Ione, which is a family name.

The combination of Cosmo and the adjective “spacey” made me think of star and constellation names right off the bat:

Adhara
Aldebaran
Altair
Aludra
Antares
Antlia
Aquarius
Aquila
Aries
Auriga
Azha
Carina
Corvus
Cygnus
Deneb
Denebola
Hamal
Kastra
Lacerta
Libra
Lyra
Meissa
Musca
Nashira
Norma
Orion
Pavo
Polaris
Rana
Rigel
Shaula
Sheratan
Sirius
Sirrah
Suhail
Taurus
Thuban
Vega
Vela

One nice thing about these is that several together probably wouldn’t scream “star names” to the average person. Unlike, say, a group of flower names. (Though I’m sure stargazers would catch on pretty quickly.)

And here’s what we have for non-galactic suggestions:

Allegra
Althea
Apollonia
Artemis
Aurora
Briony
Calypso
Clio
Danae
Demetria
Echo
Eulalia
Freya
Hestia
Imelda
Imogen
Isis
Lucasta
Luna
Jonquil
Minerva
Olympia
Rhea
Sapphira
Severina
Ursula
Vita
Xanthe
Zelda
Zenobia

Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:

Agni
Aldous
Barnaby
Casper
Cyril
Elan
Evander
Erasmus
Fabio
Gideon
Horatio
Ignatius
Isidore
Jethro
Leander
Loki
Magnus
Milo
Nigel
Odin
Pascal
Peregrine
Reuben
Rémy
Silas
Taliesin
Theron
Tycho
Ulysses
Zenon

What other whimsical names can you come up with for Estelle? And, can you put together any good combinations of 1 boy and 3 girl names?

Update: The babies have arrived! Scroll down to see what names Estelle selected.