How popular is the baby name Trayvon 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 Trayvon.
Today marks the 19th anniversary of O. J. Simpson’s acquittal.
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman were murdered on June 12, 1994. The heavily publicized trial began early the next year, and the “not guilty” verdict was handed down on October 3, 1995.
Believe it or not, several baby names saw increased usage in the mid-1990s thanks to the O. J. Simpson murder trial:
Arnelle & Arnell, which refer to Arnelle Simpson, O. J. Simpson’s daughter with his first wife.
Kaelin & Kato, which refer to Brian Jerard “Kato” Kaelin, the memorable witness who was living on Simpson’s property at the time of the murders. (His nickname comes from the Green Hornet character.)
Here’s how many U.S. babies got each name per year from 1993 through 1997:
Does this surprise you at all, or would you have expected it?
(And these aren’t the only baby names to be popularized by murders and/or murder trials. Check out
Evelyn, Delmas & Delphin, Rainelle & Rainell and Trayvon.)
O. J. Simpson murder case – Wikipedia
Lacey Holsworth & Adreian Payne
A little more than a week ago, 8-year-old Lacey Holsworth — known for her friendship with Michigan State University basketball player Adreian Payne — succumbed to the cancer she’d been battling for several years.
I don’t know much about Lacey, but I’ve seen/heard her name in the news a lot lately. This makes me wonder: Will this sad event increase the popularity of the
baby name Lacey in 2014?
We’ve seen this sort of thing happen before with names like
Caylee, Etan, Kyron, Natalee, Rainelle and most recently Trayvon.
Etan is an interesting case because much of the increase can be traced back to New York state specifically. If there’s an uptick in the number of Laceys born in 2014, do you think most of those Laceys will be from Michigan?
The name Lacey was most popular during the early 1980s, thanks to the popular TV series
Cagney & Lacey. ( Cagney debuted on the charts in 1982.)
What are your thoughts on this?
Lacey Holsworth Dies at 8: Close Friend of MSU’s Adreian Payne Loses Battle to Cancer
Here’s the second installment of top baby boy name debuts.
From 40 to 31:
Dvante, Raekwon & Savion, 3-way tie for #40
Dvante debuted with 39 baby boys in 1992. Inspired by singer DeVante Swing, a member of Jodeci.
Raekwon debuted with 39 baby boys in 1994. Inspired by rapper Raekwon, a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Savion debuted with 39 baby boys in 1989. Inspired by dancer Savion Glover.
Devanta debuted with 41 baby boys in 1992.
Inspired by DeVante Swing as well.
Jamaine debuted with 42 baby boys in 1971. Inspired by singer Jermaine Jackson, a member of The Jackson 5.
Cross & Toma, 2-way tie for #37
Cross debuted with 43 baby boys in 1997. I’m not sure what inspired it. Inspired by Alex Cross, a character in the movie Kiss the Girls.
Toma debuted with 43 baby boys in 1973. Inspired by David Toma, a character on the TV show “Toma.”
Kristoph & Yohance, 2-way tie for #36
Quayshawn debuted with 45 baby boys in 1991. Inspired by rapper Quayshaun.
Jancarlos debuted with 46 baby boys in 2009. Inspired by singer Jencarlos Canela.
Jemal debuted with 47 baby boys in 1968. Inspired by Jemal David, a character on the TV western “The Outcasts.”
Eder, Jayceon & Nikia, 3-way tie for #32
Eder debuted with 48 baby boys in 1982. Inspired by soccer player Éder Aleixo de Assis.
Jayceon debuted with 48 baby boys in 2005. Inspired by rapper The Game (born Jayceon Taylor).
Nikia debuted with 48 baby boys in 1974. Inspired by Nakia Parker, a character on the TV movie/show “ Nakia.”
Trayvond debuted with 49 baby boys in 1994. I’m not sure what inspired it. (Looks like it’s a variant of Trayvon, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten.)
Do you have any thoughts on Trayvond/Trayvon or
*The Top 50 Baby Name Debuts for Boys:
50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1*
Here are the results of the
2012 pop culture baby name game!
Below are all the names we came up with and how they fared on the charts last year.
First up, the names that made the biggest gains. (Some of these were on their way up anyway, so I’ll leave it to you guys to interpret just how much each one was/was not helped along by pop culture events.)
2012: 16687 baby boys named Liam
2011: 13401 baby boys named Liam
2012: 2882 baby boys named Lincoln
2011: 2156 baby boys named Lincoln
2012: 6140 baby boys named Dominic
2011: 5415 baby boys named Dominic
2012: 2510 baby girls named Penelope
2011: 1863 baby girls named Penelope
2012: 1677 baby girls named Ivy
2011: 1208 baby girls named Ivy
2012: 754 baby girls named Arya
2011: 387 baby girls named Arya
2012: 1404 baby girls named Luna
2011: 1142 baby girls named Luna
2012: 1049 baby boys named Louis
2011: 917 baby boys named Louis
2012: 178 baby boys named Trayvon
2011: 55 baby boys named Trayvon
2012: 559 baby girls named Adele
2011: 460 baby girls named Adele
2012: 847 baby girls named Olive
2011: 760 baby girls named Olive
2012: 131 baby boys named Zayn
2011: 48 baby boys named Zayn
2012: 1043 baby girls named Selena
2011: 979 baby girls named Selena
2012: 918 baby girls named Anastasia
2011: 859 baby girls named Anastasia
2012: 184 baby boys named Grey
2011: 125 baby boys named Grey
Toby, +32 / +59
2012: 93 baby girls and 349 baby boys named Toby
2011: 61 baby girls and 290 baby boys named Toby
2012: 1761 baby girls named Melissa
2011: 1704 baby girls named Melissa
2012: 1081 baby boys named Lorenzo
2011: 1027 baby boys named Lorenzo
2012: 155 baby girls named Jubilee
2011: 103 baby girls named Jubilee
London, +22 / +32
2012: 3179 baby girls and 482 baby boys named London
2011: 3157 baby girls and 450 baby boys named London
2012: 162 baby girls named Viola
2011: 134 baby girls named Viola
2012: 59 baby girls named Renesmee
2011: 33 baby girls named Renesmee
2012: 82 baby girls named Lovely
2011: 56 baby girls named Lovely
2012: 194 baby girls named Sarina
2011: 168 baby girls named Sarina
2012: 399 baby girls named McKayla
2011: 374 baby girls named McKayla
2012: 109 baby girls named Berenice
2011: 129 baby girls named Berenice
2012: 32 baby girls named Rue
2011: 13 baby girls named Rue
2012: 242 baby girls named Selina
2011: 224 baby girls named Selina
2012: 58 baby girls named Kateri
2011: 42 baby girls named kateri
Merida, +15 at least
2012: 19 baby girls named Merida [re-entered list]
2011: ? baby girls named Merida
2012: 132 baby girls named Pepper
2011: 117 baby girls named Pepper
Rooney (for girls), +15
2012: 21 baby girls named Rooney
2011: 6 baby girls named Rooney
2012: 630 baby boys named Hugo
2011: 617 baby boys named Hugo
Primrose, +12 at least
2012: 16 baby girls named Primrose [re-entered list]
2011: ? baby girls named Primrose
2012: 82 baby girls named Lisbeth
2011: 71 baby girls named Lisbeth
Blue, +3 / +9
2012: 10 baby girls and 20 baby boys named Blue
2011: 7 baby girls and 11 baby boys named Blue
2012: 16 baby boys named Romney
2011: 5 baby boys named Romney
2012: 13 baby girls named Cassadee
2011: 5 baby girls named Cassadee
Katniss, +8 at least
2012: 12 baby girls named Katniss [debut]
2011: ? baby girls named Katniss
2012: 42 baby boys named Niall
2011: 34 baby boys named Niall
2012: 79 baby girls named Octavia
2011: 72 baby girls named Octavia
Arrietty, +6 at least
2012: 10 baby girls named Arrietty [debut]
2011: ? baby girls named Arrietty
2012: 77 baby boys named Loki
2011: 71 baby boys named Loki
Names that went up by 5 or fewer:
Hawkeye debuted) Joss (for boys)
Maxwell (for girls)
Names that went
Names still not on the SSA’s list:
Dev (for girls)
Did any of these surprise you?
P.S. Thanks so much to everyone who played!
Happy Birthday, Britney Spears!
And you guys know what happens every year on Brit’s birthday…we kick off the annual
Pop Culture Baby Name Game!
Which baby names have become more popular in 2012, thanks to popular culture?
We won’t have definitive answers until the SSA releases its next batch of data (in mid-2013). But 2012 is almost over, so we have all the information we need to start making guesses.
Some possibilities I’ve already blogged about:
Plus a few I forgot to blog about:
Blue, Ivy – Beyonce and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy, born way back in January. (Only 7 girls and 11 boys were named Blue in 2011. I have a feeling
both of these numbers will be going up.) Maxwell (for a girl) – Jessica Simpson’s daughter Maxwell, born in May.
Mitt, Romney – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Want to play? Leave a comment with your name predictions and the pop culture event(s) you think gave those names a boost this year.
UPDATE, May 2013: Here are the results!