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Popularity of the Baby Name Yarnell

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My 10 Favorite Uniquely ’70s Baby Names

70s baby names (willona vs darth)

Love 1970s pop culture? Love names? Then check out this list!

Out of the more than 12,000 baby names that debuted on the charts during the ’70s, here are 10 (well, 11) that are particularly symbolic of the decade. All are legit baby names!

  1. Darth. The baby name Darth, inspired by movie villain Darth Vader, debuted on the baby name charts in 1977.
  2. Travolta. The baby name Travolta, inspired by actor John Travolta, debuted on the baby name charts in 1978.
  3. Shaft. The baby name Shaft, inspired by movie character Shaft, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
  4. Willona. The baby name Willona, inspired by TV character Willona Woods, debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
  5. Jorel. The baby name Jorel, inspired by movie character Jor-El, debuted on the baby name charts in 1979.
  6. Rhiannon. The baby name Rhiannon, popularized by Fleetwood Mac song “Rhiannon,” debuted on the baby name charts in 1974.
  7. Starsky & Hutch. The baby names Starsky and Hutch, inspired by the TV show Starsky & Hutch, both debuted on the baby name charts in 1975.
  8. Comaneci. The baby name Comaneci, inspired by gymnast Nadia Comaneci, debuted on the baby name charts in 1976.
  9. Uhura. The baby name Uhura, inspired by TV character Lt. Uhura, debuted on the baby name charts in 1971.
  10. Atari. The baby name Atari, inspired by the Atari game console, debuted on the boys’ side of the baby name charts in 1979. (This one’s actually a borderline case, as it debuted for girls in 1980.)

Not-very-honorable mention goes to my least favorite uniquely ’70s name, Yarnell. She’s the mime lady who haunts my dreams…

Do YOU have any favorite ’70s baby names?

P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’80s and ’90s baby names.

Yarnell – The Freaky Mime Baby Name

shields and yarnell
Freaky, right?

The baby name Yarnell was very rare until 1977, when it became a little less rare upon the sudden appearance of dozens of baby Yarnells in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1980: 9 baby girls named Yarnell
  • 1979: 6 baby girls & 6 baby boys named Yarnell
  • 1978: 22 baby girls & 17 baby boys named Yarnell
  • 1977: 41 baby girls & 25 baby boys named Yarnell
  • 1976: unlisted

If you think mimes are freaky (like I do) you might find the explanation a bit disturbing.

The spike can be traced back to mime team Shields and Yarnell, made up of married couple Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell. Their TV variety show, The Shields and Yarnell Show, debuted in 1977 (but was canceled in 1978).

If you don’t remember the show, perhaps you remember their robots having breakfast routine [vid]. It was one of the skits they performed on a 1979 episode of The Muppet Show.

P.S. There was no equivalent spike for the name Shields, in case you were wondering. And that’s good, because one freaky mime name is quite enough.

P.P.S. The original appearance of Yarnell in the data in 1962 (as a boy name) can be attributed to TV actor Bruce Yarnell, who was appearing in the TV Western Outlaws at that time.