How popular is the baby name Vint in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Vint and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Vint.
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It’s the end of The Week of Int! We’ve looked at the names Clint, Flint, Quint, and Vint — all four of which were associated with TV cowboys during the second half of the 1950s, and all four of which saw increased usage on the baby name charts in the ’50s thanks to these associations.
So now it’s your turn. Which of these -int names is your favorite?
The baby name Vint debuted in the baby name data in 1958:
1963: 5 baby boys named Vint
1961: 9 baby boys named Vint
1960: 15 baby boys named Vint
1959: 35 baby boys named Vint
1958: 21 baby boys named Vint [debut]
The influence? Vint Bonner, the main character of the TV Western The Restless Gun (1957-1959).
Vint was a “freelance cowpoke” who traveled alone through the post-Civil War West. The character was played by John Payne, who had starred in Miracle on 34th Street a decade earlier. Payne say of the character: “If there’s such a thing as a next-door neighbor in a Western that’s Vint Bonner.”
The series was based on a radio show (The Six Shooter, 1953-1954) in which the main character was named Britt Ponset. For TV, the character’s personality was altered slightly and his name was changed from “Britt” to “Vint” (…perhaps to make it sound more like Clint?).
Do you like the name Vint?
Marill, Alvin H. Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags, and Sidewinders.. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011.
“TV Goes Wild Over Westerns.” LIFE 28 Oct. 1957: 99-106.