A baby girl born in Baltimore on September 5, 1995 — just after Baltimore Orioles baseball player Calvin “Cal” Ripken tied the 2,130 consecutive-game record set by Lou Gehrig in 1939 — was named Cali, in honor of Cal.
(Cali’s mother, Kimberly Drouillard, mentioned that the name was her husband idea, and that the baby was originally going to be named Alexia.)
And Cali wasn’t the only baby named with Cal Ripken in mind around that time. Usage of the name Cal spiked in the mid-1990s…
- 1999: 69 baby boys named Cal
- 1998: 72 baby boys named Cal
- 1997: 93 baby boys named Cal
- 1996: 112 baby boys named Cal
- 1995: 84 baby boys named Cal
- 1994: 47 baby boys named Cal
- 1993: 52 baby boys named Cal
…and the name Ripken first appeared in the data in 1997.
Source: Olney, Buster. “Behind scenes, Ripken nights were memorable, too.” Baltimore Sun 8 Sep. 1995.
Actress Melissa Gilbert is probably best known for portraying young Laura Ingalls Wilder on the TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974–1984). Her TV father, Charles, was played by actor Michael Landon.
In October of 1995, Melissa and her second husband welcomed a son (12 weeks early). He was named Michael Garrett — “Michael” in honor of Michael Landon, who had died of cancer in 1991, and “Garrett” in honor of the deceased teenage son of family friends.
Landon’s birth name was Eugene Maurice Orowitz. His nickname in primary school was “Ooogy.” He chose his stage name by flipping through a phone book.
In 1992, Leeds United superfans Jeanne and Andrew Cazaux welcomed a baby boy. They named him “Dominic Andrew Lukic Newsome Fairclough Whyte Dorigo McAllister Batty Strachan Speed Chapman Cantona Cazaux” after the following Leeds players:
- John Lukic
- Jon Newsome
- Chris Fairclough
- Chris Whyte
- Tony Dorigo
- Gary McAllister
- David Batty
- Gordon Strachan
- Gary Speed
- Lee Chapman
- Eric Cantona
So which team does Dominic root for these days? Arsenal. “I think I chose Arsenal mainly to rebel,” he said. “I was only about eight years old and it was just one of those things you do to go against your parents. They were disappointed but said that it was my choice.”
Dominic isn’t the only person out there named after a soccer team, believe it or not. There are several others, including Jensen Jay Alexander Bikey Carlisle Duff Elliot Fox Iwelumo Marney Mears Paterson Thompson Wallace Preston, who was named after 14 Burnley F.C. players.
Source: So what would you do if your parents named you after the entire Leeds United team?
In early 1991, a Malaysian newspaper ran a photo of an exiled Kuwaiti woman in Bahrain holding a baby girl. According to the caption, the baby was named “Kuwait.”
The photo was taken at a rally for Kuwait National Day (Feb. 25) — days before Iraqi forces (under Saddam Hussein) were driven out of Kuwait.
Source: “Call for army of occupation.” New Straits Times [Malaysia] 27 Feb. 1991: 10.
Image: © New Straits Times
Speaking of Dallas… In October of 1994, a pregnant Haitian woman named Betsy Veret gave birth aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Dallas.
She and about 500 other Haitian refugees were being returned to their homeland from Guantanamo Bay.
What did she name the baby boy? Dallas Joseph.
(And here’s another baby named for a Coast Guard boat.)
Source: “Haitian Gives Birth to Son on Trip Home.” Eugene Register-Guard 26 Oct., 1994: 12A.