How popular is the baby name Raekwon in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Raekwon and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Raekwon.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Raekwon

Number of Babies Named Raekwon

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Raekwon

Wu-Tang Baby Name – Raekwon

Back in June, Dan Lieberman tweeted out this photo of his newborn twins, supposedly named Raekwon and Ghostface after Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface Killah.

Raekwon and Ghostface twins (baby name hoax)
These twins were not named Raekwon and Ghostface, sadly.

The image was reposted to various music sites/blogs, and Raekwon himself reposted it on Instagram, but it turns out Dan was only joking about the names. (Here’s my tweet of disappointment.)

Regardless, the baby name Raekwon (by itself) is no joke. More than 1,000 baby boys have been named Raekwon since the mid-1990s:

  • 2001: 108 baby boys named Raekwon
  • 2000: 145 baby boys named Raekwon
  • 1999: 180 baby boys named Raekwon
  • 1998: 249 baby boys named Raekwon
  • 1997: 282 baby boys named Raekwon
  • 1996: 445 baby boys & 6 baby girls named Raekwon
  • 1995: 303 baby boys named Raekwon
  • 1994: 39 baby boys named Raekwon [debut]
  • 1993: unlisted

Raekwon’s 1994 debut is tied with Dvante and Savion as the 40th highest baby boy name debut of all time.

And that’s not all. Raekwon inspired plenty of spelling variants (like Raekwan, Raykwon, Rakwon, Raykwan, Rakwan, Reakwon and Rackwon) and alternate forms (like Daekwon, Taekwon, Jaekwon, Shakwon, and my personal favorite, the two-for-one musical tribute Drekwon).

Most of the babies named Raekwon were born in the eastern U.S., which isn’t surprising given that the Wu-Tang Clan is an East Coast hip hop group. According to SSA data, the states with the most Raekwons are North Carolina (266), Virginia (180), South Carolina (159), New York (148), Georgia (131), Florida (116) and Maryland (104). In contrast, the two most populous states in the union, California and Texas, have only a handful of Raekwons each.

So how did Wu-Tang’s Raekwon (born Corey Woods) come by his stage name? Here’s his answer, from an interview with Blues & Soul Magazine:

Q: I’ve got a few questions here from your fans. Firstly, your real name’s Corey. How did you get the name Raekwon The Chef? Due to your skills in the kitchen or the way you handle beef on the streets?

A: We were definitely out there in the streets but I didn’t get my name because of that. I got the name Raekwon The Chef because at one point I was in the Nation of Islam and I was given a name but only the Raekwon part was suitable for the music so that’s where I got that. In those old karate flicks there was an old dude called The Chef who was nasty and mean. RZA said, “You remind me of this kinda cat, this is what we gon’ call you.” That’s how we came with Raekwon The Chef.

In 2013, only 8 baby boys in the U.S. were named Raekwon. Will the Raekwon/Ghostface baby name hoax of a couple of months ago give the name a boost in 2014, do you think?

P.S. Here are a few more baby name hoaxes for you.

Source: Raekwon: Bad Boy for Life
Image: “It’s for the children” by Dan Lieberman (@DaddyLieb)

Biggest Baby Name Debuts of All Time: Boys, 40 to 31

biggest baby name debuts of all time, boy names, 40 to 31

Here’s the second installment of top baby boy name debuts.

From 40 to 31:

Dvante, Raekwon & Savion, 3-way tie for #40

  • Dvante debuted with 39 baby boys in 1992.
    Inspired by singer DeVante Swing, a member of Jodeci.
  • Raekwon debuted with 39 baby boys in 1994.
    Inspired by rapper Raekwon, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
  • Savion debuted with 39 baby boys in 1989.
    Inspired by dancer Savion Glover.

Devanta, #39

  • Devanta debuted with 41 baby boys in 1992.
    Inspired by DeVante Swing as well.

Jamaine, #38

  • Jamaine debuted with 42 baby boys in 1971.
    Inspired by singer Jermaine Jackson, a member of The Jackson 5.

Cross & Toma, 2-way tie for #37

  • Cross debuted with 43 baby boys in 1997.
    I’m not sure what inspired it. Inspired by Alex Cross, a character in the movie Kiss the Girls.
  • Toma debuted with 43 baby boys in 1973.
    Inspired by David Toma, a character on the TV show “Toma.”

Kristoph & Yohance, 2-way tie for #36

Quayshawn, #35

  • Quayshawn debuted with 45 baby boys in 1991.
    Inspired by rapper Quayshaun.

Jencarlos, #34

  • Jancarlos debuted with 46 baby boys in 2009.
    Inspired by singer Jencarlos Canela.

Jemal, #33

  • Jemal debuted with 47 baby boys in 1968.
    Inspired by Jemal David, a character on the TV western “The Outcasts.”

Eder, Jayceon & Nikia, 3-way tie for #32

  • Eder debuted with 48 baby boys in 1982.
    Inspired by soccer player Éder Aleixo de Assis.
  • Jayceon debuted with 48 baby boys in 2005.
    Inspired by rapper The Game (born Jayceon Taylor).
  • Nikia debuted with 48 baby boys in 1974.
    Inspired by Nakia Parker, a character on the TV movie/show “Nakia.”

Trayvond, #31

  • Trayvond debuted with 49 baby boys in 1994.
    I’m not sure what inspired it. (Looks like it’s a variant of Trayvon, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.)

Do you have any thoughts on Trayvond/Trayvon or Cross?

*The Top 50 Baby Name Debuts for Boys: 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1*