Category: Pop Culture Baby Names

Bam, a Baby Name for Jackasses

Dozens of kids now have an interjection as a legal name, all thanks to MTV. more

A Selection of “Names From Africa”

A few months back, commenter Becca mentioned the book Names From Africa (1972), which I believe was the first baby name book in the U.S. to focus on African names exclusively. I have yet to see Ogonna Chuks-orji’s book in full, but Ebony ran an article in 1977 about African-American […] more

Babies Named for Black WWII Hero Dorie Miller

Dozens of babies were named after Doris “Dorie” Miller, the first African-American hero of World War II. more

Pop Culture Baby Names: Efrem & Zimbalist

A long-forgotten actor who influenced the baby name charts in two different ways… more

Thong Song Baby Name: Sisqo

I’m just thankful that the one-hit wonder in this case wasn’t “Thong.” more

The Sad Story of Roni Sue

Yesterday’s post was a happy story about a toddler named Roni Marie, but today’s is a sad one about a premie named Roni Sue. On the morning of November 26, 1966, a set of quintuplets was born to Patti and Michael Aranson of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The quints, all girls, were […] more

The Baby Name Roni

An orphan girl from Greece influenced the U.S. baby name charts in the mid-1950s. more

Mystery Baby Name – Strange

Where does the strange baby name Strange come from? more

Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2014

It’s that time of year again! more

The Cinema-Inspired Baby Name Zudora

The baby name Zudora is one of the earliest cinema-inspired debut names I know of. more

The Baby Name Tequila

The baby name Tequila: refers to a drink, but was originally popularized by a song. more

Week of Hair: Babies Named After Venida Hair Nets

Babies named for hair nets? Possibly… more

Week of Hair: Babies Named After Tamba Hair Relaxer

How many baby girls were named after Tamba, the short-lived 1970s-era liquid hair relaxer? more

Week of Hair: Babies Named After Shasta Shampoo

How many baby girls were named after Shasta, the 1950s-era cream shampoo? more

What Popularized the Baby Name Deneen?

Could a TV commercial for dishwashing liquid be why hundreds of baby girls were suddenly named Deneen in 1964? more

The Pop Culture Baby Name Rawnie

Rawnie, the Romany word for “lady,” saw some usage as a baby name in the late 1930s, thanks to a movie. more

Will the Baby Name Idina Debut in 2014?

The name Idina has never appeared on an SSA baby name list. Is anyone else very surprised by this? more

The Baby Name Pharrell – Trendy Again?

Pharrell Williams has been everywhere lately. How will this affect the popularity of the baby name Pharrell in 2014? more

Mystery Baby Name – Wilba

Wilba was one of the top debut names of 1913…and I don’t know where it comes from. Do you? more

Look Out for the Baby Name Moana

The next Disney princess, Moana, has been announced…but her movie won’t be out until 2016. How will this news affect usage of the name in 2014 & 2015? more

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