How popular is the baby name Kinte in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Kinte and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Kinte.
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The phenomenally popular mini-series Roots (1977) didn’t just set TV viewership records and win a slew of awards. It also had a big impact on U.S. baby names — the biggest impact of any pop culture event of the 20th century, in fact.
Because it’s back! The History Channel will be airing a 4-part remake of Roots in a couple of weeks, starting on May 30.
Many of the ads I’ve seen so far happen to be name-focused, ironically. Several of the teaser clips on YouTube feature a voice saying, “Your name is your spirit. Your name is your shield. Your name is Kunta Kinte.”
I don’t expect the new version of Roots to have the same impact that the original did. But I’m sure it will raise the profile (and thereby increase the usage) of at least a few baby names — likely a mix of names we’re already familiar with (e.g., Kizzy, Kunta) and names that are new this time around, such as:
Malachi – the name of the actor who plays Kunta Kinte
Regé-Jean – the name of the actor who plays Chicken George
Emayatzy – the name of the actress who plays Belle
E’myri – the name of the actress who plays young Kizzy
Cyrus – the name of a (new?) character, played by hip-hop artist T.I.*
Which baby name do you think will get the biggest boost from the remake of Roots?
*The baby names Major, Messiah and King made big gains in 2012 thanks to T.I.’s reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
This week let’s finish checking out the top baby name debuts of all time.
I’ll be counting down the 50 most popular boy name debuts in five posts, from today until Friday. (I did the top girl name debuts a couple of weeks ago.) I didn’t break any ties, so this “top 50” list actually has 93 names.
I came up with explanations for as many names as I could, but I’m still stumped on a few of them. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these.
Here’s 50 to 41:
Cordaryl, Devaunte, Jeffren, Naksh, Sanjaya, Tige & Trysten, 7-way tie for #50
Cordaryl debuted with 28 baby boys in 1986. Inspired by Cordero Roberts, a character on the soap opera “One Life to Live.”
Devaunte debuted with 28 baby boys in 1992. Inspired by singer DeVante Swing, a member of Jodeci.
Jeffren debuted with 28 baby boys in 2010. Inspired by soccer player Jeffren Suarez.
Naksh debuted with 28 baby boys in 2012. Inspired by Naksh, a character on the Indian TV show “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.”
Sanjaya debuted with 28 baby boys in 2007. Inspired by Sanjaya Malakar, a contestant on the TV singing competition “American Idol.”