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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Gehrig

Number of Babies Named Gehrig

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Gehrig

The Emergence of Gehrig

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Lou Gehrig in 1923
Lou Gehrig was the talented first baseman who played his entire career (1923-1939) for the New York Yankees. He was a seven-time All-Star and set several major league records during his career, including most grand slams and most consecutive games played.

He retired days after being diagnosed with ALS (now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the U.S.). He died in mid-1941.

So the the baby name Gehrig surpassing that 5-baby threshold and debuting in the U.S. baby name data in the year 1944 — years after Gehrig was gone — didn’t make much sense to me at first.

  • 1946: unlisted
  • 1945: unlisted
  • 1944: 5 baby boys named Gehrig
  • 1943: unlisted
  • 1942: unlisted

It made more sense after I learned about the movie The Pride of the Yankees, a fictionalized account of Lou Gehrig’s life. It was first released in New York for one night only in the summer 1942, but didn’t see nationwide release until the spring of 1943. The film “was awash in honest sentiment and became a sizable box-office hit.” It was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards, though it won only one.

Where does the surname Gehrig come from? It’s German — a variant of Gehring, which is based on the Germanic element gar or ger, meaning “spear.”

What are your thoughts on using Gehrig as a baby name?

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Unique American Baby Names of 2009 (Boys’ Edition)

A couple of weeks ago, I published lists baby boy names and baby girl names that ranked outside of the SSA’s official top 1,000, but were still given to 100+ babies in the U.S. in 2009.

Since then, I’ve had time to peruse the rest of the names on the SSA’s full list–those 12,811 boy names and 17,993 girl names given to at least five but no more than 99 babies last year.

Here are some highlights from the boys’ list:

Blends

  • Myson (21) – My son
  • Kingjames (11)
  • Myking (10) – My king
  • Brandonlee (8)
  • Victorhugo (8)
  • Kingdavid (5)
  • Myheir (5) – My heir
  • Siranthony (5)
  • Sirmichael (5)
  • Reydavid (5)

Numerical

  • Seven (86)
  • Amillion (16)
  • Trillion (10)
  • Million (7)

Musical

  • Ziggy (39)
  • Danzig (13)
  • Reznor (9)
  • Vedder (6)
  • Cobain (5)

Sports-ish

  • Gehrig (33)
  • Raider (15)
  • Polo (12)
  • Espn (6)
  • Fenway (5)
  • Jetli (5)
  • Samurai (5)
  • Wanderlei (5) and Vanderlei (5)

NRA supporters

  • Shooter (27)
  • Trigger (15)
  • Caliber (7)

Natural pairings

  • The Catcher (8) in the Rye (22)
  • Smith (47) & Wesson (42)
  • Supreme (11) Court (9)

Reflections of modern values?

  • Famous (10)
  • Gamble (10)
  • Chaos (9)
  • Furious (6)
  • Money (5)
  • Notorious (5)

Word associations

  • Bronx (74) – Mowgli
  • Tuff (28) – Cream puff [conditional upon ruffness]
  • Trapper (25) – Keeper
  • Pilot (19) – Inspektor
  • Crimson (16) – Tide
  • Epic (11) – Fail

On to the girl names