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Popularity of the Baby Name Mattlock


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Interesting One-Hit Wonder Baby Names

They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. If this content looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen it before! I’ve just put it in a new spot. :)

Pop Culture Baby Name: Matlock

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Matlock

Matlock premiered on TV in September of 1986. The main character of the legal drama was cantankerous criminal defense attorney Benjamin “Ben” Matlock (played by Andy Griffith).

The baby name Matlock appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for the first and only time a year later:

  • 1988: unlisted
  • 1987: 5 baby boys named Matlock [debut]
  • 1986: unlisted

But that’s only the second half of the story.

The pilot for the series aired in March of 1986. News of the pilot was in newspapers in November and December of 1985, but the papers misspelled the name of the show as Mattlock:

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“Mattlock”

And the mere mention of the show — which hadn’t even aired yet — was apparently enough to inspire some expectant parents to name their sons Mattlock at the end of 1985:

  • 1986: unlisted
  • 1985: 7 baby boys named Mattlock [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted

And so both Matlock (one T) and Mattlock (two T’s) became one-hit wonders during the 1980s.

Source: “TV Notes.” Evening Independent 3 Dec. 1985: 8-B.