According to Spain’s Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Lucia and Hugo.
Here are Spain’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Lucia, 3,621 baby girls
Hugo, 3,536 baby boys
Both top 10 lists include the same 10 names as the year before, but in a different order.
The top names in the Basque Country specifically were Ane and Markel. (Ane is a form of Anna, whereas Markel comes from the Roman name Martialis.)
And did you know that Spain has two autonomous cities on the coast of Africa? They’re Melilla and Ceuta. The top names in Melilla were Amira/Nour (tie) and Mohamed, while the top names in Ceuta were Yasmin and Amir/Mohamed (tie).
The police drama Hill Street Blues, which aired on NBC from 1981 to 1987, revolutionized the “cop show” TV genre. The series was the first of its kind to feature sequential storylines (vs. stand-alone episodes), an ensemble cast (vs. a single star), overlapping dialogue, hand-held camerawork, and more.
In fact, CNN went ahead and labelled Hill Street Blues “the most influential TV show ever.”
But it wasn’t just influential in the world of television. It also left its mark on American baby names. Hundreds of babies born in the ’80s got a Hill Street Blues-inspired baby name, such as…
Actor Daniel J. Travanti, who played main character Capt. Frank Furillo, was nominated for the “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” Emmy five times in a row (1981 to 1985), winning twice (in ’81 and ’82). Also in 1982, the name Travanti debuted in the baby name data:
1985: 14 baby boys named Travanti
1984: 12 baby boys named Travanti
1983: 8 baby boys named Travanti
1982: 15 baby boys named Travanti [debut]
Actor Taurean Blacque (born Herbert Middleton), who played Det. Neal Washington, was nominated for the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” Emmy in 1982. (In fact, all five nominees for the award that year were HSB actors.) The name Taurean debuted in the data for both genders in 1981:
1985: 143 baby boys named Taurean [rank: 745th]
1984: 172 baby boys [rank: 659th] and 10 baby girls named Taurean
1983: 231 baby boys [rank: 554th] and 17 baby girls named Taurean
1982: 210 baby boys [rank: 593rd] and 7 baby girls named Taurean
1981: 91 baby boys [rank: 944th] and 6 baby girls named Taurean [dual-debut]
(And how did Herbert come up with the stage name “Taurean Blacque”? It’s “a combination of astrology and race with some fancy spelling thrown in.” He wanted a name he “could identify with and one that would stand out on a billboard.”)
Actor Kiel Martin played Officer John “J.D.” LaRue. While the show was on the air, the baby name Kiel rose to peak usage among baby boys:
1985: 221 baby boys [rank: 591st] and 5 baby girls named Kiel
1984: 260 baby boys [rank: 534th] and 5 baby girls named Kiel
1983: 277 baby boys [rank: 505th] and 8 baby girls named Kiel
1982: 194 baby boys named Kiel [rank: 623rd]
1981: 68 baby boys named Kiel
1980: 9 baby boys named Kiel
Actress Deborah Richter played recurring character Daryl Ann from 1982 to 1987 (but primarily during the last three years). In response, not only did the usage of the name Daryl for baby girls increase, but the name Darylann appeared for the first time:
1988: 7 baby girls named Darylann
1987: 5 baby girls named Darylann [debut]
Actress Van Nessa L. Clarke played minor character Shirret Anders in a pair of back-to-back 1981 episodes. The same year, the baby name Shirret debuted in the data: