How popular is the baby name Fame in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Fame and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Fame.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Fame

Number of Babies Named Fame

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Fame

Drene, The Shampoo-Inspired Baby Name

The first and only time the baby name Drene made it onto the SSA’s list was 1946:

  • 1947: unlisted
  • 1946: 6 baby girls named Drene [debut]
  • 1945: unlisted

Drene Shampoo The inspiration?

Drene shampoo…kind of.

Drene, the first shampoo to use synthetic detergent instead of soap, had been introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1934. So the product had been on the market for more than a decade by the mid-1940s.

What drew people’s attention to Drene in 1946 specifically, then?

“Drene Time,” a late-night radio variety show sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The 30-minute program, which featured singing and comedy, is where the sketch comedy series The Bickersons (starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford) got its start.

“Drene Time” only lasted from mid-1946 to mid-1947, but that gave it enough time to influence the baby name charts, if only slightly.

Drene shampoo continued to be sold until the 1970s, at which point P&G stopped production in the U.S.

Source: Drene Shampoo, Medium, 3 oz. | National Museum of American History


Baby, Remember My Name – Fame!

In the summer of 1980, both Fame the movie and “Fame” the theme song were big hits.

The movie ended up winning two Academy Awards, both for music (Best Score & Best Song).

The next year, 7 baby girls were named Fame:

  • 1982: not listed
  • 1981: 7 baby girls named Fame [debut]
  • 1980: not listed

But that was the only year Fame managed to make the SSA’s baby name list. Neither Fame the TV show (1982-1987) nor Fame the movie remake (2009) could revive it after 1981.

Here’s Irene Cara lip-synching to “Fame” in New York City in 1982:

What do you think of the name Fame?