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Popularity of the Baby Name Macaulay

Number of Babies Named Macaulay

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Macaulay

The Rise of Vada

vada, my girl, 1990s, movie, baby nameIn last week’s Macaulay Culkin post, we talked about Culkin’s breakout role as Kevin in Home Alone, but not about his second-biggest role: as bespectacled Tommy in My Girl (1991).

His My Girl co-star, Anna Chlumsky, played main character Vada Sultenfuss.

The movie didn’t do anything for the baby name Tommy, but it did give Vada a boost in the early ’90s:

  • 1994: 31 baby girls named Vada
  • 1993: 29 baby girls named Vada
  • 1992: 14 baby girls named Vada
  • 1991: 7 baby girls named Vada
  • 1990: unlisted
  • 1989: 7 baby girls named Vada

This put Vada (a left-handed name) on an upward trajectory that, over time, has accelerated. In fact, the name reached the top 1,000 a couple of years ago:

  • 2017: 265 baby girls named Vada [rank: 978th]
  • 2016: 307 baby girls named Vada [rank: 904th]
  • 2015: 242 baby girls named Vada
  • 2014: 201 baby girls named Vada

The last time it was among the top 1,000 girl names in the U.S. was in the 1940s.

Do you like the name Vada? Would you use it?

Source: My Girl (1991) – IMDb

The Emergence of Macaulay

The baby name Macaulay debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1990.

The wildly successful Christmas comedy Home Alone, released at the end of 1990, starred child actor Macaulay Culkin as a little boy (Kevin McCallister) mistakenly left at home by himself for the holidays while his family went on vacation.

Thanks to the movie, Macaulay Culkin became a household name virtually overnight. In fact, he was soon being called “the biggest child star since Shirley Temple.”

Unsurprisingly, the year the movie came out, the unique name Macaulay began appearing in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1995: 12 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1994: 5 baby girls + 25 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1993: 23 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1992: 36 baby boys named Macaulay [peak]
  • 1991: 10 baby girls + 16 baby boys named Macaulay
  • 1990: 5 baby boys named Macaulay [debut]
  • 1989: unlisted

Soon after, the variants Macauley, Mccauley, and Macauly (a one-hit wonder) popped up in the data as well.

Macaulay Culkin was born in 1980 and named for 19th-century English* historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. He was the third of seven children; his siblings are named Shane (m), Dakota (f), Kieran (m), Quinn (f), Christian (m), and Rory (m).

What are your thoughts on the baby name Macaulay? Do you like it better for boys or for girls?

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*Speaking of England…usage of Macaulay spiked in Britain in 1995, which was weirdly late. Anyone know why?

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.