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I Found a Chucknorris!

chucknorris the baby nameStop the presses!

Years ago, I noticed that a handful of U.S. babies had been named MacGyver starting in the late ’80s. When I blogged about MacGyver, I said:

The only name I can think of that might be cooler than MacGyver is Chucknorris. I have yet to come across a baby named Chucknorris, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Later on I spotted both Rambo and Shaft on the name lists. These were even more mind-blowing to me than MacGyver.

Still, they were no Chucknorris.

Only a few days ago did it occur to me to look up Chucknorris at records site FamilySearch.org (which I hadn’t yet discovered back when I was writing about MacGyver).

And you know what? I found one!

A baby boy born in Los Angeles on June 18, 1984, was named Willie Chucknorris Conrod. (I would have preferred to see Chucknorris as a first name, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.)

This is Epic, Awesome, Amazing, and all other overconfident baby names rolled into one.

See? Dreams do come true, you guys. :)

[A question for Willie, should he ever end up here: Dude, what’s it like to have the best middle name of all time? Please comment or email me!]


My 10 Favorite Uniquely ’70s Baby Names

70s baby names (willona vs darth)

Love 1970s pop culture? Love names? Then check out this list!

Out of the more than 12,000 baby names that debuted on the charts during the ’70s, here are 10 (well, 11) that are particularly symbolic of the decade. All are legit baby names!

  1. Darth. The baby name Darth, inspired by movie villain Darth Vader, debuted on the baby name charts in 1977.
  2. Travolta. The baby name Travolta, inspired by actor John Travolta, debuted on the baby name charts in 1978.
  3. Shaft. The baby name Shaft, inspired by movie character Shaft, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
  4. Willona. The baby name Willona, inspired by TV character Willona Woods, debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
  5. Jorel. The baby name Jorel, inspired by movie character Jor-El, debuted on the baby name charts in 1979.
  6. Rhiannon. The baby name Rhiannon, popularized by Fleetwood Mac song “Rhiannon,” debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
  7. Starsky & Hutch. The baby names Starsky and Hutch, inspired by the TV show Starsky & Hutch, both debuted on the baby name charts in 1975.
  8. Comaneci. The baby name Comaneci, inspired by gymnast Nadia Comaneci, debuted on the baby name charts in 1976.
  9. Uhura. The baby name Uhura, inspired by TV character Lt. Uhura, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
  10. Atari. The baby name Atari, inspired by the Atari game console, debuted on the boys’ side of the baby name charts in 1979. (This one’s actually a borderline case, as it debuted for girls in 1980.)

Not-very-honorable mention goes to my least favorite uniquely ’70s name, Yarnell. She’s the mime lady who haunts my dreams…

Do YOU have any favorite ’70s baby names?

P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’80s and ’90s baby names.

Note: Updated in March of 2015.

The Baby Name Shaft – Can You Dig It?

shaft movie poster“They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother…shut your mouth!”

I doubted the existence of the baby name Shaft at first. Same as I doubted Rambo, and MacGyver, and Darth.

“For real? Babies named Shaft? I don’t think so.”

After all that I’ve seen, though, I don’t know why I still bother doubting.

Babies have indeed been named Shaft. Dozens of babies, in fact.

The baby name Shaft debuted on the SSA’s list in 1971, the same year the movie Shaft was released:

  • 1975: 7 baby boys named Shaft
  • 1974: 9 baby boys named Shaft
  • 1973: 16 baby boys named Shaft
  • 1972: 31 baby boys named Shaft
  • 1971: 22 baby boys named Shaft [debut]
  • 1970: unlisted

And did you know Shaft had sequels? Shaft’s Big Score in 1972 and Shaft in Africa in 1973. In all three movies, private detective John Shaft was played by actor Richard Roundtree.

I’ve found other ’70s baby names inspired by blaxploitation films, but none are as shocking as Shaft. They include Coffy, Foxy and Sheba, inspired by the Pam Grier movies Coffy (1973), Foxy Brown (1974) and Sheba, Baby (1975).