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Popularity of the Baby Name Lestat

Number of Babies Named Lestat

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My 10 Favorite Uniquely ’90s Baby Names

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Love 1990s pop culture? Love names? Check out this list!

Out of the more than 17,000 baby names that debuted on the charts from 1990 to 1999 (inclusive), here are 10 that are particularly symbolic of the decade. All 10 are legit!

  1. Keanu. The baby name Keanu, inspired by actor Keanu Reeves, debuted on the baby name charts in 1990. (Hopefully he’s no longer sad now that he’s #1 on this list.)
  2. Aniston. The baby name Aniston, inspired by Friends actress Jennifer Aniston, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.
  3. Macaulay. The baby name Macaulay, inspired by Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin, debuted on the baby name charts in 1990.
  4. Lestat. The baby name Lestat, inspired by Anne Rice vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, debuted on the baby name charts in 1995.
  5. Beyonce. The baby name Beyonce, inspired by R&B/pop singer Beyoncé, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.
  6. Quindon. The baby name Quindon, inspired by Romeo + Juliet actor/singer Quindon Tarver, debuted on the baby name charts in 1996.
  7. Draven. The baby name Draven, inspired by The Crow character Eric Draven, debuted on the baby name charts in 1994.
  8. Mufasa. The baby name Mufasa, inspired by the Lion King character, debuted on the baby name charts in 1995.
  9. Jamiroquai. The baby name Jamiroquai, inspired by the band Jamiroquai, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.
  10. Nomar. The baby name Nomar, inspired by baseball player Nomar Garciaparra, debuted on the baby name charts in 1998.

Runners-up: Anakin, Danzig, Simba and Zhane.

Do YOU have any favorite ’90s baby names?

P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’70s and ’80s baby names.

Lestat: The Vampire Baby Name

lestat photoNovelist Anne Rice created the aristocratic, arrogant vampire Lestat de Lioncourt for her 1976 debut novel Interview with the Vampire.

How did she come up with his name?

“I’d thought Lestat was an old Louisiana name. I was so certain that I didn’t bother to look it up. I learned later that the name was actually Lestan. Was that a Freudian slip or what?” (Freudian slip because she’d based the character on her husband Stan.)

In late 1994, the movie adaptation of Interview With The Vampire was released. In the film, Lestat was played by actor Tom Cruise (pictured).

In 1995, the name Lestat debuted on the SSA’s baby name list:

  • 1998: not listed
  • 1997: 10 baby boys with the name Lestat
  • 1996: 7 baby boys with the name Lestat
  • 1995: 5 baby boys with the name Lestat [debut]
  • 1994: not listed

From 1995 to 2011, at least 316 U.S. baby boys were named Lestat. Many other baby boys got Lestat as a middle name. (Whether or not any of these Lestats have younger sisters named Renesmee, though, I can’t tell you.)

Source: Kellerman, Stewart. “Other Incarnations Of the Vampire Author.” New York Times 7 Nov. 1988, C15-16.

Flipping Words into First Names

We’ve talked about flipping surnames into forenames before. What about flipping other words into forenames? Here are four real-life examples:

Alucard = Dracula, backwards. If you like the vampire associations of Lestat and Renesmee, Alucard might be right up your alley. At least 25 US baby boys have been named Alucard:

  • 2012: 6 baby boys named Alucard
  • 2009: 5 baby boys named Alucard
  • 2007: 7 baby boys named Alucard
  • 2006: 7 baby boys named Alucard

Nacirema = American, backwards. At least 5 US baby girls have been named Nacirema:

  • 2009: 5 baby girls named Nacirema

Nevaeh = Heaven, backwards. From a mere 5 baby girls in 1997 to the massive numbers below, at least at least 55,677 US baby girls (and 357 boys!) have been named Nevaeh:

  • 2011: 5,317 baby girls named Nevaeh (39th)
  • 2011: 6,056 baby girls and 17 baby boys named Nevaeh (35th)
  • 2010: 6,391 baby girls and 16 baby boys named Nevaeh (25th)
  • 2009: 6,082 baby girls and 27 baby boys named Nevaeh (34th)
  • 2008: 6,082 baby girls and 36 baby boys named Nevaeh (34th)
  • 2007: 6,790 baby girls and 38 baby boys named Nevaeh (31st)
  • 2006: 5,927 baby girls and 45 baby boys named Nevaeh (43rd)

And don’t forget all the variant forms: Nevaeha, Anevaeh, Nevaehlee, Nevaehly, Nevaehia, Neveah, Neveaha, Nevayah, Neviah, Nevaya, Neveyah, Nevea, Nevae, Neviyah, Nevaha, Neveya, Navaeh, Naveah, Naveyah, Navayah, Navea, Naviyah, Naveya, Naviya, Navaeha, Niveah, Nivaeh, etc. Speaking of variant forms, how about…

Nevaehtnes = Sent Heaven, backwards. Though I’m sure these parents had “Heaven-sent” in mind. At least 5 US baby girls have been named Nevaehtnes:

  • 2010: 5 baby girls named Nevaehtnes

I blogged about this one as soon as I discovered it.

Know of any other word-flip baby names? Or, can you invent one off the top of your head?