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A baby boy born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in early February was named “Iron Maiden” after the British heavy metal band:
His father was particularly inspired by Iron Maiden’s gruesome, zombie-like mascot Eddie the Head.
Which prompts me to ask the obvious question: Why not just name the baby “Eddie”?
On the other hand, I kinda wish both parents had a “Duran” to contribute to the surname, because then you’d have Iron Maiden Duran Duran.
Some related names and almost-names: Danzig, Metallica, Vedder, Cobain, Reznor, Motor Head.
Sources: Padres llaman a su hijo Iron Maiden, Bolivian Couple Explain Decision To Name Son Iron Maiden
I saw a lot of news last week about baby names in Alberta, Canada. The news didn’t focus on the Alberta’s most popular names of 2011, which happen to be these:
…but on Alberta’s unique names, which is something that I’ve been writing about for years (literally: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).
The official list of Albertan baby names isn’t ready yet, but preliminary data is available via the Edmonton Journal. Here are some oddball names I spotted on the Journal’s list:
Crevance, Dawnwalker, Dybry, Flourish, Goliath, Jheizzller, Knowledge-Tree*, Lefarius, Llord-Xedric, Madrid, Matt-Dainon, Moo, Moxon, Nzoputa, Princelife, Pure, Spyder, Mskr, Tata-peh, Wanderingspirit, Wisherlee, Vedder
April-May, Chaz-a-rae, Cupid, Dayleigh, Dazzelyn, Duffni, Eirachloe, Evolet, Glennizelle, Gobza, Laker-Lynn, Mississippi, Nomalisa, Phetlunda, Psanatcsakor, Q’Tyyr’N, Rainejewelle, Sheamus, Starr-shine, Thespina, Thipphaphone, Vylet, Xyza, Zxyvian
*I’m guessing at the last letter; I think it was cut off.
Many of the news articles also claimed that baby names in Alberta had been inspired by royals William and Kate, who visited Canada last July. This could be true — there were a few more Princes and Dukes than usual in 2011:
- 2011: 199 Williams, 50 Kates, 8 Princes, 6 Princesses, 9 Dukes, 0 Duchesses
- 2010: 184 Williams, 44 Kates, 5 Princes, 5 Princesses, 0 Dukes, 0 Duchesses
- 2009: 198 Williams, 67 Kates, 5 Princes, 2 Princesses, 2 Dukes, 0 Duchesses
- 2008: 178 Williams, 68 Kates, 4 Princes, 0 Princesses, 3 Dukes, 0 Duchesses
- 2007: 185 Williams, 67 Kates, 5 Princes, 1 Princess, 3 Dukes, 0 Duchesses
The names Kate and William didn’t move too much, though.
Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids…if you grew up in the 1980s, you know all about Atari.
But you might not realize that, at the height of the video game console’s popularity, dozens of U.S. babies were actually named Atari:
- 1983: 5 baby boys named Atari
- 1982: 16 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Atari
- 1981: 13 baby boys and 7 baby girls named Atari
- 1980: 10 baby boys and 12 baby girls named Atari
- 1979: 10 baby boys named Atari [debut]
- 1978: unlisted
The console name comes from the Japanese word atari, which is used in the board came go in the same way “check” and “checkmate” are used in chess–as a warning to one’s opponent that he/she is in imminent danger of capture.
The baby name Atari dropped off the SSA’s baby name list after 1983, but has recently returned:
- 2011: 8 baby boys named Atari
- 2009: 8 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Atari
- 2008: 9 baby boys named Atari
- 2006: 5 baby girls named Atari
Pop culture names typically don’t disappear and then reappear decades later, but the explanation in this case is simple: sports. Football player Atari Bigby (b. 1981) — who claims he wasn’t named for the video game console — made his NFL debut in late 2005.
Pearl Jam held a festival over Labor Day weekend to mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut album, Ten.
The news reminded me that I’ve seen the name Vedder (the surname of Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder) on the SSA’s baby name list.
But I didn’t see it on the SSA lists of the early ’90s, which was when when Pearl Jam was at the height of their fame. Nope–Vedder didn’t start popping up until more than a decade later, surprisingly:
- 2010: 7 baby boys named Vedder
- 2009: 6 baby boys named Vedder
- 2008: not listed
- 2007: 6 baby boys named Vedder
- 2006: not listed
- 2005: 5 baby boys named Vedder [debut]
- 2004: not listed
- 2003: not listed
The same thing happened to Cobain, surname of Nirvana vocalist Kurt Cobain:
- 2010: 8 baby boys named Cobain
- 2009: 5 baby boys named Cobain
- 2008: 7 baby boys named Cobain
- 2007: 5 baby boys named Cobain
- 2006: not listed
- 2005: 6 baby boys named Cobain
- 2004: 5 baby boys named Cobain [debut]
- 2003: not listed
And to Reznor, surname of Trent Reznor of NIN:
- 2010: 6 baby boys named Reznor
- 2009: 9 baby boys named Reznor
- 2008: 8 baby boys named Reznor
- 2007: not listed
- 2006: 6 baby boys named Reznor
- 2005: not listed
- 2004: 5 baby boys named Reznor [debut]
- 2003: not listed
Interesting, isn’t it? These names didn’t become trendy while the associated acts were big, but they’ve begun trickling in years after the fact. As if the teens of the ’90s needed a few years to grow up and start having their own kids first.
Contrast this with names like Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye and Shania. These names became popular on a much larger scale while the corresponding pop stars were hitting it big. Quite a difference.
Source: Pearl Jam Fest Wows With Chris Cornell/Temple of The Dog, Multiple Guest
A couple of weeks ago, I published lists baby boy names and baby girl names that ranked outside of the SSA’s official top 1,000, but were still given to 100+ babies in the U.S. in 2009.
Since then, I’ve had time to peruse the rest of the names on the SSA’s full list–those 12,811 boy names and 17,993 girl names given to at least five but no more than 99 babies last year.
Here are some highlights from the boys’ list:
- Myson (21) – My son
- Kingjames (11)
- Myking (10) – My king
- Brandonlee (8)
- Victorhugo (8)
- Kingdavid (5)
- Myheir (5) – My heir
- Siranthony (5)
- Sirmichael (5)
- Reydavid (5)
- Seven (86)
- Amillion (16)
- Trillion (10)
- Million (7)
- Ziggy (39)
- Danzig (13)
- Reznor (9)
- Vedder (6)
- Cobain (5)
- Gehrig (33)
- Raider (15)
- Polo (12)
- Espn (6)
- Fenway (5)
- Jetli (5)
- Samurai (5)
- Wanderlei (5) and Vanderlei (5)
- Shooter (27)
- Trigger (15)
- Caliber (7)
- The Catcher (8) in the Rye (22)
- Smith (47) & Wesson (42)
- Supreme (11) Court (9)
Reflections of modern values?
- Famous (10)
- Gamble (10)
- Chaos (9)
- Furious (6)
- Money (5)
- Notorious (5)
- Bronx (74) – Mowgli
- Tuff (28) – Cream puff [conditional upon ruffness]
- Trapper (25) – Keeper
- Pilot (19) – Inspektor
- Crimson (16) – Tide
- Epic (11) – Fail
On to the girl names…