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Popularity of the Baby Name Jem

Number of Babies Named Jem

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Teela and She-Ra, Masters of the Universe Baby Names

she-raRemember the ’80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe?

I haven’t yet found any ’80s babies named after He-Man, but I’ve found a bunch with names inspired by Teela and She-Ra — two other popular characters from the Masters of the Universe franchise.

He-Man premiered on TV in 1983. The main female character was Teela — daughter of the Sorceress, foster-daughter of Man-At-Arms, and protector/friend of Prince Adam (a.k.a. He-Man).

In 1984, usage of the baby name Teela spiked high enough for the name to reach the top 1,000 for the first and only time:

  • 1986: 49 babies named Teela
  • 1985: 145 babies named Teela
  • 1984: 175 babies named Teela [rank: 872nd]
  • 1983: 27 babies named Teela
  • 1982: 13 babies named Teela
  • 1981: 5 babies named Teela

The cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power was a spin-off of He-Man that premiered in 1985 (the same year as Jem). She-Ra was the alter ego of Princess Adora, twin sister of Prince Adam.

Right away, usage of the baby name Shera nearly tripled:

  • 1988: 44 baby girls named Shera
  • 1987: 63 baby girls named Shera
  • 1986: 135 baby girls named Shera
  • 1985: 120 baby girls named Shera
  • 1984: 42 baby girls named Shera
  • 1983: 31 baby girls named Shera

The SSA omits hyphens and makes all internal letters lower-case, so unfortunately there’s no easy way to find out how many of these babies got the specific name “She-Ra.” (We know they exist, though: Mental Floss recently spotted a lady in the UK named She-Ra.)

I’m guessing the She-Ra upswing was both more immediate and less impressive than the Teela upswing (286% vs. 648%) because, while She-Ra was a titular character (whose name viewers would have picked up on right away) her spin-off series didn’t quite achieve the same level popularity that the original series did.

Which ’80s cartoon-lady baby name do you like more, Teela or She-Ra?


My 10 Favorite Uniquely ’80s Baby Names

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Love baby names? Love the ’80s? Then you’ll love this list!

Out of the nearly 12,000 baby names that debuted on the charts from 1980 to 1989 (inclusive), here are 10 that are particularly symbolic of the ’80s.

All 10 are legit baby names straight from the SSA’s lists!

  1. MacGyver. The baby name MacGyver, inspired by TV character Angus MacGyver, debuted on the baby name charts in 1989.
  2. Rambo. The baby name Rambo, inspired by movie character John Rambo, debuted on the baby name charts in 1984.
  3. Cheetara. The baby name Cheetara, inspired by ThunderCats character Cheetara, debuted on the baby name charts in 1985.
  4. DeLorean. The baby name DeLorean, inspired by the car, debuted on the baby name charts in 1982.
  5. Cetera. The baby name Cetera, inspired by singer Peter Cetera, debuted on the baby name charts in 1987.
  6. Malcolmjamal. The baby name Malcolmjamal, inspired by Cosby Show actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
  7. Atreyu. The baby name Atreyu, inspired by the NeverEnding Story character Atreyu, debuted on the baby name charts in 1985.
  8. Martika. The baby name Martika, inspired by singer Martika, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
  9. Luka. The baby name Luka, inspired by the song “Luka” by Suzanne Vega, debuted as a girl name on the baby name charts in 1987.
  10. Jareth. The baby name Jareth, inspired by the Labyrinth character Jareth, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.

Runners-up: Axl, Enya, Jeanluc, Jordache, Roxette, Wrangler.

Do YOU have any favorite ’80s baby names?

P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’70s and ’90s baby names.

Note: Updated in March of 2015.

Jem and Jerrica – Truly Outrageous Baby Names

JemAnother cartoon-inspired baby name! Actually there are two this time, as today’s character had two different identities.

Jem, which began airing in late 1985, was a cartoon about an all-girl rock band called Jem and the Holograms. Jem’s big secret? She didn’t really exist–she was just the alter ego of a character named Jerrica Benton, who used a powerful holographic computer (“Show time, Synergy!”) and a pair of hi-tech earrings to have the Jem hologram projected over her.

The Name Jem

Before the cartoon, there had been girls named Gem and boys named Jem (short for Jeremy/Jeremiah/James). But only in 1986 do baby girls named Jem start popping up on the SSA’s baby name list:

  • 1991: 5 baby girls named Jem
  • 1990: 8 baby girls named Jem
  • 1989: 6 baby girls named Jem
  • 1988: 9 baby girls named Jem
  • 1987: 11 baby girls named Jem
  • 1986: 5 baby girls named Jem [debut]
  • 1985: unlisted

In total, at least 56 baby girls have been named Jem since 1986.

The Name Jerrica

The name Jerrica was in use well before the cartoon debuted, but without Jem it might never have cracked the top 1,000:

  • 1990: 370 baby girls named Jerrica [ranked 609th]
  • 1989: 402 baby girls named Jerrica [ranked 558th]
  • 1988: 437 baby girls named Jerrica [ranked 506th]
  • 1987: 318 baby girls named Jerrica [ranked 607th]
  • 1986: 199 baby girls named Jerrica [ranked 836th]
  • 1985: 64 baby girls named Jerrica
  • 1984: 45 baby girls named Jerrica

It managed to stay in the top 1,000 all the way through 1995. Jerrica is still on the SSA’s list today, though the numbers aren’t too impressive anymore (i.e., only 27 baby girls were named Jerricas in 2009).

The names Jerica and Jerika also saw increased usage during this time, and variants of Jerrica that debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in the mid-to-late ’80s include Jarica, Gerica, Jherica, Gerrica, Jareka, Jericca, Jarika, Gerika, Jherrica, Jerryca and Jarrica.

Finally, because I know you’re just dying to hear it, here’s the Jem opening theme song [vid].

Other cartoon-inspired baby names: Aeon, Cheetara, Pebbles