How popular is the baby name Levar in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Levar and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Levar.
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The name Jean-Luc debuted on the SSA’s list in 1987, and peak usage was in 1992:
1993: 63 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1992: 65 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1991: 46 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1990: 26 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1989: 21 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1988: 14 baby boys named Jean-Luc
1987: 8 baby boys named Jean-Luc [debut]
Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the starship Enterprise.
Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, was the central character in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation, which premiered in late 1987 and ran until mid-1994.
The character, though born and raised in 24th-century France, was a native English speaker. How? According to the show, French had become an obscure language by the 2300s. And yet, interestingly, the people of English-speaking future-France were still getting very traditional French names. Picard’s parents were named Maurice and Yvette, for instance. (Do you think this is a believable scenario?)
The names Geordi and Riker also debuted during the years TNG was on the air. They were likely inspired by the characters Will Riker (first officer) and Geordi La Forge (chief engineer, played by LeVar Burton).
The only other Star Trek name I’ve blogged about so far is Uhura, but there are more coming up…
In the meanwhile, what do you think of the name Jean-Luc?
Though vast majority of the baby names on the Social Security Administration’s yearly baby name lists are repeats, every list does contain a handful of brand-new names.
Below are the highest-charting debut names for every single year on record, after the first.
Why bother with an analysis like this? Because debut names often have cool stories behind them, and high-hitting debuts are especially likely to have intriguing pop culture explanations. So this is more than a list of names — it’s also a list of stories.
Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!