In 2008, I came across a baby boy named Sinatra James. (I mentioned him in one of my old newborns with unique names posts.)
Have there ever been other babies named Sinatra?
Yup. In fact, according to the SSA, Sinatra-the-first-name has seen two tiny popularity spikes. One occurred in the late 1950s:
- 1958 – 6 baby boys named Sinatra
- 1959 – 5 baby boys named Sinatra
The other was in the mid-1960s:
- 1966 – 7 baby boys named Sinatra
It’s hard for me to tie these in with specific moments in Sinatra’s career, as Sinatra released multiple albums per year, acted in movies, appeared on television, got married four times (and divorced thrice). As we all know, any of these sorts of things can inspire expectant parents.
This first spike may have had something to do with the release of Sinatra’s album Only the Lonely (1958).
The second could simply correlate to the mid-1960s surge in popularity Sinatra experienced on the heels of September of My Years (1965), A Man and His Music (1965), and Strangers in the Night (1966).
If you know more about Sinatra than I do, please chime in and let me know why you think more boys were named Sinatra in these particular years.
P.S. Where does the surname Sinatra come from, and what does it mean? According to the Dictionary of American Family Names by Patrick Hanks, Sinatra is Italian and can be traced back to the Latin word senator.