How popular is the baby name Delorean in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Delorean and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Delorean.
The Italian island of Capri has been inhabited for millennia, but very few Americans were naming their babies “Capri” before Ford introduced the Lincoln Capri in the early 1950s:
- 1955: 6 baby girls named Capri
- 1954: 5 baby girls named Capri
- 1953: 7 baby girls named Capri [debut]
- 1952: unlisted
The car was on the market from 1952 to 1959 and, as far as I can tell, it was the very first car-inspired baby name to appear in the data. Since then, many different cars have inspired baby names (e.g., Camry, DeLorean, Miata, Porsche).
These days the name Capri is given to close to 200 baby girls per year, which puts it pretty close to the top 1,000.
The origin of the island name “Capri” isn’t known for certain, but it could be derived from the ancient Greek word kapros, meaning “wild boar,” or from the Latin word capreae, meaning “goats.”
Do you like the name Capri? Would you use it for a baby girl?
Love baby names? Love the ’80s? Then you’ll love this list!
Out of the nearly 12,000 baby names that debuted on the charts from 1980 to 1989 (inclusive), here are 10 that are particularly symbolic of the ’80s.
All 10 are legit baby names straight from the SSA’s lists!
- MacGyver. The baby name MacGyver, inspired by TV character Angus MacGyver, debuted on the baby name charts in 1989.
- Rambo. The baby name Rambo, inspired by movie character John Rambo, debuted on the baby name charts in 1984.
- Cheetara. The baby name Cheetara, inspired by ThunderCats character Cheetara, debuted on the baby name charts in 1985.
- DeLorean. The baby name DeLorean, inspired by the car, debuted on the baby name charts in 1982.
- Cetera. The baby name Cetera, inspired by singer Peter Cetera, debuted on the baby name charts in 1987.
- Malcolmjamal. The baby name Malcolmjamal, inspired by Cosby Show actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
- Atreyu. The baby name Atreyu, inspired by the NeverEnding Story character Atreyu, debuted on the baby name charts in 1985.
- Martika. The baby name Martika, inspired by singer Martika, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
- Luka. The baby name Luka, inspired by the song “Luka” by Suzanne Vega, debuted as a girl name on the baby name charts in 1987.
- Jareth. The baby name Jareth, inspired by the Labyrinth character Jareth, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
Runners-up: Axl, Enya, Jeanluc, Jordache, Roxette, Wrangler.
Do YOU have any favorite ’80s baby names?
P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’70s and ’90s baby names.
Note: Updated in March of 2015.
A few minutes ago, Mental Floss tweeted:
Back to the Future came out 26 years ago today. In an early draft of the script, the time machine was made out of an old refrigerator.
And old refrigerator? That would have been horrible. (Where would they have put the flux capacitor?)
Thankfully, the fridge was replaced with a DeLorean DMC-12.
Which reminds me — did you know that hundreds of U.S. babies have been named DeLorean since the the Irish sports car was introduced to the American market in the early 1980s?
- 1982 – 15 babies (8 boys, 7 girls) named DeLorean
- 1983 – 32 babies (23 boys, 9 girls) named DeLorean
- 1984 – 36 babies (26 boys, 10 girls) named DeLorean
- 1985 – 34 babies (26 baby, 7 girls) named DeLorean
- 1986 – at least 22 babies (22 boys, fewer than 5 girls) named DeLorean
- 1987 – 24 babies (18 boys, 6 girls) named DeLorean
- 1988 – at least 11 babies (11 boys, fewer than 5 girls) named DeLorean
- 1989 – at least 17 babies (17 boys, fewer than 5 girls) named DeLorean
- 1990 – 15 babies (8 boys, 7 girls) named DeLorean
- 1991 – at least 10 babies (10 boys, fewer than 5 girls) named DeLorean
There have been more since. I’m just too lazy to list the rest.
Sadly, the original DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt in 1982 — years before it could start capitalizing on the DeLorean’s Back to the Future (1985) fame.
The fact that hundreds of humans are now named DeLorean after the car does make for a touching consolation prize, though.
Source: Mental Floss tweet
Image: DeLorean DMC-12 with doors open by Kevin Abato of GrenexMedia.
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.
- Capri, from Lincoln Capri.
- 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.
- Renault, French manufacturer.
- 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?]