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Popularity of the Baby Name Rowdie

Number of Babies Named Rowdie

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Pop Culture Baby Name: Rowdy

Rowdy Yates (Clint Eastwood) of Rawhide
Rowdy Yates
(Clint Eastwood)
Rawhide (1959-1966) was a black-and-white TV Western that was set in the 1860s, just after the Civil War.

It depicted a group of men who drove cattle from San Antonio northward via the Sedalia Trail or, in later seasons, the Chisholm Trail.

One of those men was Rowdy Yates, played by Clint Eastwood.

In 1959, thanks to the show, we see the name Rowdy appear for the first time on the Social Security Administration’s baby name list:

  • 1966: 29 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1965: 40 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1964: 39 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1963: 38 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1962: 45 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1961: 29 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1960: 27 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 1959: 22 baby boys named Rowdy [debut]
  • 1958: unlisted

Unlike many pop culture baby names, Rowdy didn’t fade away after the show left the airwaves.

Two or three dozen baby boys got the name every year for the next few decades, until the 1990s, when usage actually picked up.

Here are the most recent numbers for Rowdy:

  • 2012: 108 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 2011: 127 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 2010: 100 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 2009: 133 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 2008: 140 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 2007: 106 baby boys named Rowdy
  • 2006: 107 baby boys named Rowdy (+ 5 named Rowdie, + 5 girls named Rowdy)
  • 2005: 79 baby boys named Rowdy

A large proportion of all this usage happened in Texas specifically.

Here are the same years as above, but for Texas only:

  • 2012: 27 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2011: 36 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2010: 23 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2009: 21 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2008: 27 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2007: 21 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2006: 25 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas
  • 2005: 27 baby boys named Rowdy in Texas

There were also a good number of Rowdys born in Oklahoma.

So, what does the word rowdy mean, and where come from?

It’s a specifically American word that was first recorded as a noun in the early 1800s. It originally meant “lawless backwoodsman” and was probably based on the word row, “noisy commotion.” Today, a rowdy is “a rough, quarrelsome person.” The adjective rowdy is synonymous with words like “disorderly,””unuly” and “boisterous.”

Source: Rowdy – Online Etymological Dictionary

P.S. Another TV Western that influenced baby names? Bonanza.