How popular is the baby name Dodge in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Dodge and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Dodge.
In late January, Nika Guilbault of British Columbia, Canada, gave birth to twins — a girl and a boy — in a Dodge pickup truck while she and her husband Chris were driving to the hospital.
The the baby girl was born mid-drive, and the baby boy was born in the hospital’s parking lot.
The girl was named Nevada Sierra. The boy got the first name Henry or Hunter (sources disagree) and the middle name Dodge, a tribute to his unusual birthplace.
(He’s the second baby boy I know of to get the middle name Dodge after being born in a Dodge pickup truck.)
Did you know that dozens of U.S. baby boys are named Dodge every year? I wonder how many of them have parents who own Dodge vehicles.
Source: Pickup delivers twins named Dodge and Sierra, to hospital in B.C. (discovered via Appellation Mountain)
Heather Bell and Jeff Fredregill of Iowa welcomed a baby boy on January 1, 2011.
The baby wasn’t delivered at the hospital, though. He was born in the front passenger seat of their Dodge pickup as they were driving to the hospital.
So they named him Nico Dodge Fredregill.
Source: Iowa woman gives birth in truck on way to hospital
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?]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently compiled several lists of unusual baby names using birth records from the Georgia Department of Human Resources (covering January 1990 through July 2007).
Here are some highlights:
- Animal names: Badger, Coyote, Jerboa, Manatee, Peacock, Stallion
- Car names: Civic, Dodge, Elantra, Scion, Tiburon, Toyota
- City names: Cambridge, Kyoto, Madrid, Montreal, Sacramento, Zurich
- Country names: Belgium, Ethiopia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Seychelles, Vatican
- Food names: Cola, Dextrose, Dijon, Kiwi, Nacho, Teriyaki
- Occupation names: Attorney, Butcher, Guitarist, Messenger, Spy, Writer
- Trademark names: Dasani, Exxon, L’Oreal, McAfee, Nokia, Toshiba
The one I liked best of all was Teflon…for the non-stick baby, of course.
There were also many alcohol-related names, such as Bacardi, Chianti, Courvoisier, Michelob, Sangria, Tequila and Tanqueray.