Category: Pop Culture Baby Names

Gelsey, the Ballerina Baby Name

We don’t know yet if Misty Copeland influenced baby names in 2015, be we know Gelsey Kirkland did in 1979. more

Babies of Silverites Named “Silver” in 1896

The baby name Silver is now a regular on the SSA’s annual baby name list. But it wasn’t quite as common back in the 1890s when it suddenly debuted with an impressive 10 baby boys: 1898: unlisted 1897: unlisted 1896: 10 baby boys named Silver [debut] 1895: unlisted 1894: unlisted […] more

The Baby Name Monda (Inspired by a Chicago Socialite)

In 1920, Chicago socialite “Monda Rose” was making national headlines. The result? An uptick in the number of U.S. baby girls with the name Monda. more

The Star Wars Baby Name You Forgot About: Cindel

Forget Luke, Leia, Kylo and Rey. Today it’s all about Cindel. more

Delayed Celebrity Baby Name Debuts

Celebrity baby names don’t always “hit” right away. Here are a few that saw delayed debuts on the baby name charts. more

The Earliest Celebrity Baby Name Debuts

Think celebrity babies inspiring baby name debuts on the SSA’s list is a recent phenomenon? Nope! It goes back many decades… more

The Baby Name Cherrelle

The baby name Cherrelle became trendy in the ’80s thanks to R&B vocalist Cherrelle, born Cheryl Anne Norton. She had a string of successful songs during the mid-to-late ’80s following the release of her debut album in 1984. This explains why the name re-appeared on the SSA’s list in 1984 […] more

The Baby Name Roald

A Norwegian name with ties to an explorer, a writer, and a scientist. more

“I Beg Your Chardon!” (Another Designer Jeans Baby Name)

“I beg your Chardon!” more

The Baby Name Marcheta

As far as I can tell, Marcheta was the first song-inspired baby name to debut on the charts (1923) thanks to radio play specifically. more

Babies Named for Jon-Erik Hexum

Speaking of Erik Estrada, here’s another Erik-related pop culture name from the ’80s. Jon-Erik Hexum was an up-and-coming actor in the early ’80s. His first role was as Phineas Bogg in the TV show Voyagers! (1982-1983), and his final role was as Mac Harper in the TV show Cover Up […] more

The Baby Name Nasiya

Nasiya debuted on the baby name charts thanks to the influence of a pint-sized long distance runner from California. more

Usage of Christa Spiked after Challenger Disaster

The baby name Christa saw its highest-ever usage the year of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. more

Babies Named for Erik Estrada?

The TV show CHiPs aired from 1977 to 1983. The main characters were two motorcycle-riding highway patrolmen of the California Highway Patrol — CHP, hence CHiPs. One of those two patrolmen was Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, played by actor Erik Estrada. (In his case, Erik is short for Enrique.) The show […] more

The Baby Name Ramona

Ramona was most popular in 1928 thanks to a song, which came from a movie, which was based on a book. more

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