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Popularity of the Baby Name Starsky

Number of Babies Named Starsky

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Pop Culture Baby Names: Starsky & Hutch

Starsky and Hutch
Hutch and Starsky
The main characters of the iconic ’70s TV show Starsky & Hutch were a couple of Southern California plainclothes detectives — brash New Yorker David Michael Starsky (the dark-haired one) and reserved Minnesotan Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson (the blond).

The show started airing in 1975, and that’s the year we see both names debut on the U.S. baby name charts. Here’s Starsky:

  • 1980: 5 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1979: 14 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1978: 14 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1977: 30 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1976: 45 baby boys named Starsky
  • 1975: 11 baby boys named Starsky [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted

And here’s Hutch:

  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: 5 baby boys named Hutch
  • 1978: unlisted
  • 1977: 9 baby boys named Hutch
  • 1976: 12 baby boys named Hutch
  • 1975: 5 baby boys named Hutch [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted

The show’s original run ended in 1979, but the 2004 movie Starsky & Hutch starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson gave Hutch (but not Starsky) a boost several decades later.

If you were having a son, and you had to name him either Starsky or Hutch, which would it be?

Sources: Starsky & Hutch – Wikipedia
Image: 1970s: Starsky and Hutch on a beach

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.

Turn Off Your TV When Brainstorming for Baby Names

One of my husband’s relatives has a teenage daughter named Amanda. A few months ago, she told us that Amanda’s name had been inspired by a Melrose Place character. She kind of shrugged as she admitted it, as if to say, “Well, there’s nothing I can do about it now.”

Her story reminded me of the time I interviewed two girls named Ashley. Both had been named for the same The Young and the Restless character, but neither was proud of that fact.

Television may be fun to watch, but it’s not a fantastic place to find a baby name. Here are two reasons why you might want to turn off your TV as you search for names:

Baby names from TV shows can be embarrassing.

A TV name will permanently link your child to a particular TV show. The show might be cool now, but it won’t be cool forever. (Especially if it’s something as brainless as Melrose Place or The Young and the Restless.)

A name from a show might date your child, the way names like Gidget, Starsky, Kunta, and Fallon have dated other people’s children.

A TV name might inspire teasing. Even worse, it might lead other people to make erroneous assumptions about your child and/or your family. (That family must do nothing but watch TV all day! I wonder if any of them even have jobs…)

Baby names from TV shows can become trendy.

Many people watch what you watch. They hear the same names you hear. They form the same impressions of these names that you form. This is how trends begin.

If you don’t expose yourself to TV, you won’t be influenced by it. You won’t be as tempted to use a TV name as a baby name. This will help you avoid names that have the potential to become very trendy one day.

(But there’s also the flip side. You could always watch TV with the intention of picking out names that might become trendy. That could be just as helpful.)

Why else might TV be a bad thing for baby naming?