How popular is the baby name Tchalla 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 Tchalla.
Here are the results of
Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2018! For the pop culture context of any of these names, just click back over to the original game post. Rises
Names that saw higher usage in 2018:
Carson (as a boy name), +487 Still waiting on the state data to know how much of this usage happened in Pennsylvania. The state data is out! PA was indeed the state that had the most Carsons, with 454 baby boys (8.7% of the national total) getting the name. This makes Carson the 11th-most-popular boy name in the state for 2018. Miles (as a boy name), +343 Zhavia, debuted at 306 Meghan, +248 Hayes (as a boy name), +207 Crew, +139 Kane, +106 Havana, +101 Elsie, +92 Stormi, +85 Violet, +75 Cleo, +67 Braven, +66 True (as a girl name), +46 Astrid, +42 Billie, +32 Dua, +32 Zia, +21 Nakia (as a girl name), +21 Kiari (as a girl name), +20 Granger, +18 Yarishna, debuted at 18 Mera, +16 Roma, +15 Shay (as a boy name), +15 Araminta, re-emerged at 13 Rami, +13 Elanese, debuted at 12 Halsey, +12 Wade, +11 Khalid, +10 Chadwick, +9 Shuri, re-emerged at 9 Doria, re-emerged at 8 Sharaya, re-emerged at 8 Keala, +7 Banks (as a girl name), debuted at 6 Cardi, debuted at 6 Chicago (as a girl name), debuted at 6 Garrix, debuted at 6 Karamo, re-emerged at 6 Koe, debuted at 6 Swae, debuted at 6 Takeshi, re-emerged at 6 Aegon, debuted at 5 Zaytoven, debuted at 5 Jojo (as a girl name), +4 Zazie, +4 Rani (as a girl name), +3 Billion, +3 Canon, +1 Mariposa, +1 No Change
Names that saw no change in usage in 2018.
Names that saw lower usage in 2018:
Names that were absent from the SSA data in 2018:
Did not debut: Avicii, Carvena, Chevel, Coco (as a boy name), Cullinan, Ella Mai, Kaavia, Kulture, Mahomes, Majeste, Maquia, Marsai, Nafessa, Osaka, Pineapple, Qira, Ramirez (as a girl name), Reileen, Sanni, Velar, Venom, Villanelle, Xolo, Yanny, Zaxai
Did not re-emerge: Cress, Gio, Joji, Jumanji, T’challa Late Bloomers
Names that were “absent” from the
2017’s results, now in 2018:
Rumi finally rose, and Sircarter unexpectedly surfaced.
What are your thoughts on the results this year? Did anything surprise you?
[Disclaimer: Some of the names above were already moving in the direction indicated, and some were no doubt influenced by more than a single pop culture person/event. I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence in each case.]
It’s Elvis Presley’s birthday* — that means it’s time to kick off the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
So how do you play the game? Simply brainstorm for baby names that could have gotten a boost in usage in 2018 thanks to the influence popular culture: movies, music, television, social media, video games, sports, politics, products, trends, etc.
Here are some names we can start with:
Araminta – movie,
Crazy Rich Asians character Astrid – movie,
Crazy Rich Asians character Avicii – music/news, the late Swedish DJ Avicii
Banks – celebrity baby (Hilary Duff)
Billion – celebrity baby (Rick Ross)
Braven – movie,
Braven Canon – celebrity baby (Stephen Curry)
Cardi – music, rapper Cardi B
Carson – sports, Philadelphia Eagles QB
Carson Wentz (particularly in PA) Carvena – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Chadwick – movie,
actor Black Panther Chevel – TV,
The Voice contestant Chicago – celebrity baby (Kim Kardashian & Kanye West)
Coco – movie,
Coco Cress – TV,
Black Lightning actor Crew – celebrity baby (Chip & Joanna Gaines)
Cullinan – car, Rolls-Royce Cullinan
Doria – news, royal wedding (Doria Ragland)
Dua – music, singer Dua Lipa
Elanese – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Ella Mai – music, singer Ella Mai
Garrix – music, DJ Martin Garrix
Gio – celebrity baby (Adam Levine)
Grayson – news, winter storm Grayson
Havana – music, song “Havana”
Hayes – celebrity babies (both Jessica Alba and Meghan King Edmonds)
Joji – music, singer Joji
Jumanji – movie,
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Kaavia – celebrity baby (Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union)
Kane – music, singer Kane Brown**
Karamo – TV,
Queer Eye expert Keala – music/movie, singer/actress Keala Settle (“This Is Me”)
Kiki – music/dance,
“In My Feelings” challenge Mahomes – sports, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
Majeste – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Maquia – movie,
Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Meghan – news, royal wedding (Meghan Markle)
Mera – movie,
Aquaman character Miles – celebrity baby (John Legend & Chrissy Teigen)
Nafessa – TV,
Black Lightning actress Nakia – movie,
Black Panther character Osaka – sports, U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka – suggested by
elbowin Qira (Qi’ra) – movie,
Solo: A Star Wars Story character Rami – movie,
Bohemian Rhapsody actor Ramirez – video game, Fortnite character (female)
Reileen – TV,
Altered Carbon character Sharaya – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Shuri – movie,
Black Panther character Storm – movie,
A Wrinkle in Time actress Stormi – celebrity baby (Kylie Jenner)
Swae – music, rapper Swae Lee
Takeshi – TV,
Altered Carbon character T’challa – movie,
Black Panther character True – celebrity baby (Khloe Kardashian)
Tully – movie,
Tully Velar – car, Range Rover Velar
Venom – movie,
Venom Villanelle – TV,
Killing Eve character Wade – movies, both
Ready Player One and Deadpool 2 characters Xolo – Web TV,
Cobra Kai actor Yanny – news, the
Yanny/Laurel audio clip – suggested by elbowin Zhavia – TV,
The Four: Battle for Stardom contestant Zaytoven – music, producer Zaytoven
Zaxai – TV,
The Voice contestant Zazie – movie,
Deadpool 2 actress
What other names should be on this list? Let me know by commenting below. And don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence!
I’ll post the game results in May of 2019, a few days after the SSA releases the 2018 baby name data.
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*Elvis would have been 84 today.
**The first baby born in Richland County, OH, in 2019 was named after Kane Brown.
Nearly 270 blog posts were published at
Nancy’s Baby Names in 2018. Which ones were the most popular?
It’s hard to know for sure right now, because the most recent 2018 posts haven’t had much time to gain traction, but here’s the (admittedly skewed) top ten list as of today:
Black Panther Baby Names: T’Challa, Shuri, Nakia (Feb.)
Popular Baby Names in Finland, 2017 (June)
Five-Name Friday: Girl Names Like Imogen (Jan.)
Old-Fashioned Double Names: Loladean, Ivylee, Effielou (Jul.)
Classics on the Decline: Rebecca, Carol, Susan (Sept.)
Top Debuts, Baby Girl Names, 2017 (May)
Classics on the Decline: Paul, Jesse, Frank (Sept.)
Pop Culture Baby Name Game, 2017 (Jan.)
Initials that Spell Names (Feb.)
Top First Letters of U.S. Baby Names, 2017 (May)
And since we’re talking posts…do you have any topic suggestions for 2019? Or, are there any older posts you’d like me to update (à la
Abcde)? I can’t make any promises, but I always do my best to honor reader requests that come my way (via comments, email, or social media).
The much-anticipated movie
Black Panther, which comes out today, is already guaranteed to be a success (based on strong advance ticket sales).
Even better? The film features lots of great names, many of which are currently uncommon.
The one I’m really keeping my eye on is
T’challa, which was a one-hit wonder in the mid-1970s:
1977: unlisted 1976: unlisted 1975: 8 baby boys were named Tchalla 1974: unlisted 1973: unlisted
(This was around the time the comic book character, who had been introduced in the ’60s, started being featured in his own storylines.)
Other character names from the movie include Shuri, W’Kabi, Nakia and Okoye. And some of the actors have notable names as well (Chadwick, Danai, Letitia).
How much of an impact do you think
Black Panther will have on baby names in 2018? Which BP name has the potential to see the greatest increase in usage?
Black Panther (film) – Wikipedia