How popular is the baby name Gareth in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Gareth and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Gareth.
Remember Jim Henson’s fantasy film Labyrinth (1986)?
The film’s villain, Jareth the Goblin King, was played by none other than David Bowie (wearing some sort of stringy/spikey mullet wig).
The teenage protagonist Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, has to navigate Jareth’s massive labyrinth in order to rescue her baby brother Toby from the goblins.
The movie was released in mid-1986. And, not surprisingly, 1986 is the first year we see the name Jareth on the SSA’s official baby name list:
- 1990: 49 baby boys named Jareth
- 1989: 38 baby boys named Jareth
- 1988: 51 baby boys named Jareth
- 1987: 50 baby boys named Jareth
- 1986: 10 baby boys named Jareth [debut]
- 1985: unlisted
Usage was lower in the 1990s, but picked back up again in the 2000s:
- 2014: 73 baby boys named Jareth
- 2013: 53 baby boys named Jareth
- 2012: 55 baby boys named Jareth
- 2011: 52 baby boys named Jareth
- 2010: 51 baby boys named Jareth
- 2009: 75 baby boys named Jareth
- 2008: 84 baby boys (and 5 baby girls) named Jareth
- 2007: 76 baby boys (and 8 baby girls) named Jareth
- 2006: 74 baby boys named Jareth
I don’t know how writer Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) came up with the name Jareth, but it looks/sounds to me like a cross between Jared and Gareth.
A reader named Molly recently asked me for a few name suggestions:
I have identical twin girls named Charlotte Maiden and Dylan Rose. I am expecting another. I need a boy or a girl name that fits with these names but isn’t too much like them (ie. I don’t want Sadie, Charlotte and Dylan because then Dylan would be too much of an odd woman out). I also don’t want any names ending in -en, -in, -an, etc. because they are just getting too popular. Finally, I’d prefer the names not start w/ a C or a D. Appreciate the help!!
Charlotte and Dylan make a very interesting pair, I think. The former is decidedly feminine and has been popular in Europe (and elsewhere) for centuries; the latter is traditionally masculine and has been popular in the U.S. only since the 1960s (thanks to folksinger Bob Dylan).
Here are some names that might work with both of them…
Do you think any of these names sound particularly good with Charlotte and Dylan? What others would you suggest?
Update (1/30): Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Molly chose!