Are you a soccer fan? Here are some baby names that have debuted in the SSA’s baby name data thanks to soccer players:
The baby name Pele debuted as a boy name in 1975 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pelé. He joined the New York Cosmos in 1975 and helped them become the NASL champions in 1977.
1975: 5 baby boys named Pele [debut]
The baby name Eder debuted in 1982 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Éder Aleixo de Assis, who played for Brazil in the 1982 World Cup.
1984: 28 baby boys named Eder
1983: 37 baby boys named Eder
1982: 48 baby boys named Eder [debut]
The baby name Josimar debuted in 1986 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Josimar Higino Pereira, who played for Brazil in the 1986 World Cup.
1987: 6 baby boys named Josimar
1986: 10 baby boys named Josimar [debut]
The trendy baby name Xavi was probably inspired by Spanish soccer player Xavier “Xavi” Hernández. Though I can’t link the name’s debut to any particular event, I can tell you that the name saw peak usage in 2010 and 2011, at the height of Xavi’s career.
2007: 21 baby boys named Xavi
2006: 18 baby boys named Xavi
2005: 6 baby boys named Xavi [debut]
The baby name Sneijder debuted in 2008 thanks to Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who played in the Euro 2008.
Though vast majority of the baby names on the Social Security Administration’s yearly baby name lists are repeats, every list does contain a handful of brand-new names.
Below are the highest-charting debut names for every single year on record, after the first.
Why bother with an analysis like this? Because debut names often have cool stories behind them, and high-hitting debuts are especially likely to have intriguing pop culture explanations. So this is more than a list of names — it’s also a list of stories.
Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!