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

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Popularity of the Baby Name Stoney

Posts that Mention the Name Stoney

Sutton and Stoney

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Ina Balin as Sutton Meade

The name Sutton, which had previously appeared in the U.S. baby name data as a boy name, suddenly popped up as a girl name in 1963:

  • 1965: 11 baby girls named Sutton
  • 1964: 12 baby girls named Sutton
  • 1963: 20 baby girls named Sutton [gender-specific debut]
  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted

Why did it do this?

Because of a one-episode character on the short-lived TV western Stoney Burke (1962-1963).

In the episode “Child of Luxury,” which aired on October 15, 1962, a wealthy young woman named Sutton Meade (played by Ina Balin) developed a crush on rodeo rider Stoney Burke (played by Jack Lord). Stoney made it clear he wasn’t interested, so Sutton — who was used to getting what she wanted — started plotting her revenge.

The name Sutton, which is relatively unisex these days, comes from an English surname meaning “south settlement.”

Perhaps even more notable than the gender-switch of Sutton in 1963, though, was the spike in usage of Stoney the same year:

In fact, that spike catapulted Stoney up to the exact middle of the U.S. top 1,000:

  • 1965: 98 baby boys named Stoney [rank: 749th]
  • 1964: 109 baby boys named Stoney [rank: 740th]
  • 1963: 259 baby boys named Stoney [rank: 500th]
  • 1962: 54 baby boys named Stoney
  • 1961: 15 baby boys named Stoney

These days Stoney is still primarily a male name, but usage for girls is on the rise:

  • 2018: 19 baby boys and 15 (44%) baby girls named Stoney
  • 2017: 12 baby boys and 7 (37%) baby girls named Stoney
  • 2016: 15 baby boys and 5 (25%) baby girls named Stoney

Which name do you prefer, Sutton or Stoney? (And for which gender?)