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Popularity of the Baby Name Hakim

Number of Babies Named Hakim

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Hakim

Baby Names Inspired by (H)akeem Olajuwon

Akeem Olajuwon emigrated from Nigeria to play basketball at the University of Houston from 1980 to 1984. He then played professional basketball from 1984 to 2002 — half of that time as Akeem, the other half of that time as Hakeem. (He changed the spelling of his first name in 1991.)

How did Olajuwon’s successful career affect the popularity of the baby names Akeem, Hakeem and Olajuwon? Let’s check it out. (I even threw in Elijahjuan, which I think is the most creative of several alternative renderings of Olajuwon that have popped up on the SSA’s baby name list.)

Year Akeem Hakeem Olajuwon Elijahjuan
1982 31 20
1983 191 35 15 [debut]
1984 255 50 19
1985 160 36 22
1986 283 29 52
1987 178 55 23
1988 221 65 17
1989 459 279 19
1990 570 271 22
1991 419 242 24
1992 325 200 18 5
1993 242 166 16
1994* 222 264 58 5
1995* 174 247 54 6
1996 146 241 26
1997 116 226 24
1998 97 194 16
1999 61 134 15
2000 77 132 8
2001 63 115 11 6
2002 65 83 9 5
2003 56 86 5

*These are the two years Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to NBA championships.

So, why did Olajuwon change the spelling of his first name?

“It’s no big deal,” Olajuwon says. “I just want to go back to using the original spelling, the way it is meant to be spelled in Arabic.”

According to Olajuwon, “Hakeem,” in Arabic, means “a wise man; a doctor.”

But “Akeem,” which is the way it’s been spelled since he arrived in the United States in 1981, has no translation.

What does Olajuwon’s surname mean? According to NBA.com, Olajuwon means “always being on top.” In every Yoruba name that starts with Ola- that I’ve come across, though, Ola- means “wealth.” So I don’t know about that NBA definition. (I also don’t know what -juwon might mean.)

Finally, did you notice how the usage of Akeem and Hakeem jumped from 1988 to 1989, but the usage of Olajuwon stayed the same? The inspiration here was Hakim of R&B group The Boys, which had a few hit singles out around this time. In fact, the names of all four of The Boys — Khiry, Hakim, Tajh & Bilal — got a boost in 1989. But I’ll save that for another post…

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One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1970s

Here are the one-hit wonder names of the 1970s:

Girl Names

  • Ariane – ranked 886th in 1978
  • Brande – ranked 785th in 1974
  • Camisha – ranked 815th in 1972
  • Chaka – ranked 898th in 1976 (influence: Chaka Khan)
  • Corie – ranked 973rd in 1977
  • Dyan – ranked 980th in 1970 (influence: Dyan Cannon)
  • Kamilah – ranked 855th in 1977
  • Keena – ranked 853rd in 1972
  • Kindra – ranked 965th in 1978
  • Pepper – ranked 956th in 1975
  • Shandra – ranked 999th in 1976
  • Sharee – ranked 929th in 1979
  • Shawnna – ranked 963rd in 1977
  • Shawnte – ranked 744th in 1977
  • Somer – ranked 932nd in 1978
  • Tamisha – ranked 995th in 1974
  • Tisa – ranked 912th in 1970
  • Torie – ranked 977th in 1976
  • Treena – ranked 995th in 1970

Boy Names

  • Abelardo – ranked 983rd in 1972
  • Amin – ranked 907th in 1977
  • Demetric – ranked 993rd in 1977
  • Diallo – ranked 918th in 1972
  • Dimitrios – ranked 991st in 1976
  • Hakim – ranked 879th in 1976
  • Hasan – ranked 952nd in 1978
  • Jabbar – ranked 912th in 1972 (influence: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
  • Jerimy – ranked 964th in 1976
  • Kareen – ranked 982nd in 1975 (influence: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
  • Kinte – ranked 839th in 1977 (influence: Roots)
  • Kunta – ranked 572nd in 1977 (influence: Roots)
  • Mauro – ranked 995th in 1974
  • Shalon – ranked 867th in 1977
  • Toma – ranked 884th in 1974
  • Torry – ranked 996th in 1976

Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…