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The curious baby name “Tinker” debuted on the SSA’s list in the mid-1950s:
1955: 5 baby girls named Tinker
1954: 5 baby boys named Tinker [debut]
Where did it come from?
Well, the girls would have been named Tinker with the Peter Pan character Tinker Bell in mind. (Disney’s film version of Peter Pan came out in ’53, and the Broadway musical came out in ’54.)
But for boys, the inspiration would have been the children’s TV program Tinker’s Workshop, which was on the air from 1954 to 1958. The sole human character was gray-haired, Geppetto-like “Tinker the Toymaker” played by Bob Keeshan (who also produced the show). Keeshan wrote in the ’80s that:
[Tinker] was warm and welcoming, a grandfather who finds joy in talking to young people, passing on his wisdom, exploring the world with them.
The show was a success, but Keeshan left less than a year after it premiered to become “Captain Kangaroo” — a role he played for the next three decades.
Tinker’s Workshop continued until mid-1958, with the role of Tinker being taken up by several other actors, the last of whom was a very young Dom DeLuise.
Do you like Tinker as a baby name? Do you think it works better for boys or for girls?
Source: Keeshan, Bob. Growing Up Happy: Captain Kangaroo Tells Yesterday’s Children How to Nurture Their Own. New York: Doubleday, 1989
A reader named Abby is expecting a baby boy at the end of the year, and she’d like some helping coming up with his name. She writes:
His sister’s name is Adalaide Joy Foley* and we would like to use the middle name Bernard in honor of his grandfather who is no longer with us.
Abby also mentions that she likes names that are easily shortened. (Adalaide goes by the nickname Ada, for instance.)
Here’s what I came up with:
Dominic (Dom, Nic)
Frederick (Fred, Rick)
Roderick (Rod, Rick)
Theodore (Ted, Theo)
William (Will, Bill)
Do you think any of these go particularly well with Bernard? What other names would you suggest to Abby?
*The actual surname is not Foley, but it’s similar.
Update – The baby is here! Scroll down to see which name Abby chose.