History in the Names

Welcome to History in the Names — a timeline I’m creating out of baby names whose sudden changes in usage can be correlated to specific moments/events in history (including pop culture history).

It’s only partially complete, but I’ll be adding more years (1880s-1930s; 1990s-2010s) over the coming weeks. Check back soon to see how things are progressing!

1991

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  • 1991 News: Khalea, Wachovia, Liridon, Liridona, Stevieray
  • 1991 War: Eritrea
  • 1991 War: Riyadh, Dhahran
  • 1991 Movie characters: Vada, Clarke, Indigo, Furious
  • 1991 TV characters: Marimar, Novian, Tyriq, Dylan
  • 1991 TV contestant: Symba
  • 1991 TV personality: Alaetra
  • 1991 Actors: Ajai, Aeryk
  • 1991 Literary character: Raistlin
  • 1991 Songs: Iesha, Shakiyla
  • 1991 Singers: Mariah, Starleana, Shelby, Quayshaun
  • 1991 Musical groups: Jodeci, Jomanda, Quest
  • 1991 Sports: Drexler, Arantxa
  • 1991 Products: Samsara, Diamante, Infiniti

1990

  • 1990 News: Mandela, Zenani, Avianca, Tyski
  • 1990 War: Saddam
  • 1990 Movie characters: Ariel, Mlynn
  • 1990 TV characters: Isamar, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael, Decker, Genele, Stryker
  • 1990 TV personality: Tkeyah
  • 1990 Actors: Keanu, Macaulay, Markie, Shanygne, Glenne, Ravensymone, Amairani, Denzel, Neilpatrick
  • 1990 Literary character: Kitiara
  • 1990 Songs: Angelia, Shaniqua, Shakiyla
  • 1990 Singers: Alannah, Tevin, Latifah, Sinead, Samuelle, Trinere, Tyka, Devoe, Milira, Matraca, Lakim
  • 1990 Sports: Okoye
  • 1990 Product: Eternity, Lexus, Xeryus
  • 1990 Model: Kimora

1989

1988

  • 1988 News: Chaya, Mushka
  • 1988 Movie characters: Elora, Azaria, Brantley
  • 1988 Movie: Milagro
  • 1988 TV characters: Khrystyne, Kadeem, Whitley, Charnele, Jerrica, Kimber, Maricruz, Anakaren, Alanmichael, Bianca, Egypt, Seaver
  • 1988 TV contestant: Countess
  • 1988 TV personality: Geraldo
  • 1988 Actors: Kiefer, Ronreaco, Eriq, Anthonymichael, Dawnn, Jasmine
  • 1988 Songs: Kasara, Casanova, Roni
  • 1988 Singers: Axl, Shanice, Tiffany, Taja, Cyre, Levert, Sherrick, Rakim, Suave
  • 1988 Musicians: Tommylee
  • 1988 Musical group: Sache, Crue
  • 1988 Sports: Nattiel, Ranzino
  • 1988 Product: Ysatis
  • 1988 Celebrity baby: Satchel

1987

  • 1987 Movie characters: Maverick, Ayla, Epiphany
  • 1987 TV characters: Ridge, Holden, Jaleesa, Jeanluc, Matlock, Darylann, Kimiko, Kolya, Channing, Adderly, Lafiamma, Raysha, Oyuki, Yesenia, Kayla
  • 1987 TV personality: Shadoe
  • 1987 Actors: Cruise, Esai, Sagan
  • 1987 Literary character: Killashandra
  • 1987 Songs: Luka, Adidas, Janay, Adilene
  • 1987 Singers: Cetera, Tawatha, Najee, Trisco, Byanka
  • 1987 Musical group: Jovi
  • 1987 Sports: Olajide, Teyon, Kreigh, Hogan
  • 1987 Products: Perrier, Drakkar, Allante, Corsica, Wrangler, Alize
  • 1987 Celebrity babies: Shakari, Condola
  • 1987 Celebrity related: Stedman
  • 1987 Beauty queens: Anabelli, Kayelani

1986

  • 1986 News: Christa, Halley
  • 1986 Movie characters: Jareth, Louden
  • 1986 TV characters: Bliss, Sabella, Sable, Randall, Channing, Cristal, Eliana, Jem, Cordero, Farren, Britta, Addison, Maddie, Jayce, Miles, Virgilia, Ashton
  • 1986 TV contestant: Mayuri
  • 1986 TV personalities: Oprah, Vanna, Khambrel
  • 1986 Actors: Taimak, Malcolmjamal, Raedawn, Jeannette
  • 1986 African-American magazines: Tchanavian
  • 1986 Songs: Kyrie, Bocephus, Nikita
  • 1986 Singers: Martika, Cymone, Myleka, Whitney, Cherrelle
  • 1986 Musicians: Wynton, Marsalis
  • 1986 Sports: Kylor, Josimar
  • 1986 Products: Calizza, Lutece
  • 1986 Brands: Ellesse, Generra
  • 1986 Beauty queen: Marlesa

1985

1984

1983

  • 1983 News: Klisha, Etan
  • 1983 Movie character: Savannah
  • 1983 TV characters: Meggie, Mallory, Alex, Elyse, Kiel, Callahan, Valene, Daisy, Ciji, Echo, Jimmylee, Tyger, Jonerik, Kirby, Valene, Sorangel, Doralee
  • 1983 TV personality: Darcel
  • 1983 Actor: Kiel
  • 1983 Literary characters: Audrina, Erienne
  • 1983 Songs: Billiejean, Rio, Jeopardy
  • 1983 Singers: Vickiana
  • 1983 Sports: Olajuwon, Akeem, Cozell, Micheaux
  • 1983 Product: Pavielle

1982

1981

  • 1981 News: Tshwanda
  • 1981 Politics: Mubarak, Giscard
  • 1981 Movie characters: Tashina
  • 1981 TV characters: Krystle, Jenilee, Mikkos, Shirret, Afton, Masada, Kaleena, Fallon, Martine, Magnum, Scorpio, Evita
  • 1981 TV show: Dynasty
  • 1981 Actors: Taurean, Nastassia, Shavar, Argenis
  • 1981 Song: Fame
  • 1981 Singers: Crystalgayle, Tiemeyer, Sadane, Kapono
  • 1981 Musical groups: Journey, Tierra
  • 1981 Sports: Triandos, Yannick
  • 1981 Products: Chardon, Toccara, Andron, Antaeus, Nahema

1980

  • 1980 News: Shanndolyn
  • 1980 Politics: Rajai
  • 1980 Movie character: Ilia
  • 1980 TV characters: Maxx, Starshemah, Nyah, Almanzo, Martine, Mariko, Estefania, Mariko
  • 1980 TV movie: Jericho
  • 1980 Actors: Erik, Estrada, Bo, Derek
  • 1980 African-American magazines: Nykeba, Kimario
  • 1980 Singers: Tiffany, Ullanda
  • 1980 Musical group: Shalamar
  • 1980 Sports: Magic, Cheyne, Hanni, Bjorn
  • 1980 Products: Jordache, Murjani, Brittania, Tasha
  • 1980 Brands: Lerin, Jheri
  • 1980 Beauty queen: Lencola

1979

  • 1979 News: Gelsey
  • 1979 Politics: Ayatollah
  • 1979 Movie characters: Jorel, Santini
  • 1979 TV characters: Starbuck, Tigh, Cassiopeia, Serina, Apollo, Random, Zebulon, Sulay, Mindy, Sindy, Pasquinel
  • 1979 TV contestants: Dilanjan, Risha
  • 1979 TV personality: Kebrina
  • 1979 Actors: Aarika, Shatonga, Brianne
  • 1979 Literary character: Tamarisk
  • 1979 Songs: Sharona
  • 1979 Singers: Geddy, Amii, Anacani
  • 1979 Musician: Narada
  • 1979 Musical group: Chanson
  • 1979 Sports: Tekulve, Terdell
  • 1979 Products: Chimere, Atari, Darci
  • 1979 Celebrity babies: Leiya, Shaherah, Anansa
  • 1979 Celebrity related: Karac, Shanga, Kayatana

1978

  • 1978 News: Dequan, Biko
  • 1978 Movie characters: Leia, Luke
  • 1978 TV characters: Loribeth, Sayward, Sulie, Demelza, Karenina, Chrissy, Roarke, Astria, Bailey, Winter, Adama
  • 1978 Actors: Travolta, Namath, Kene
  • 1978 African-American magazines: Deonca, Kenisha, Eronda, Aba
  • 1978 Songs: Aja, Desiree
  • 1978 Singers: Boz, Estibaliz, Davidlee
  • 1978 Sports: Mychal, Andretti, Dorsett, Theus
  • 1978 Products: Ariane, Ambi, Enjoli, Qiana
  • 1978 Celebrity babies: Katiria, Jarian
  • 1978 Celebrity related: Kushana

1977

1976

1975

1974

  • 1974 News: Abeni, Habibah, Hasina, Salama, Shani, Halima, Charnissa
  • 1974 Politics: Sirica
  • 1974 Movie character: Marjoe
  • 1974 TV characters: Nakia, Kojak, Willona, Jobina, Dayanara, Ticey, Jimbob
  • 1974 TV contestant: Scoey
  • 1974 Actor: Telly, Savalas
  • 1974 Literary character: Rhiannon
  • 1974 Songs: Sundown, Kalimba
  • 1974 Singers: Lacosta, Chaka
  • 1974 Musician: Turiya
  • 1974 Musical group: Tavares
  • 1974 Sports: Condredge, Jaworski
  • 1974 Product: Ciara
  • 1974 Celebrity babies: Kidada, Shalawn, Courtney

1973

  • 1973 News: Morningstar, Sacheen, Yaminah, Zahra, Abdu, Bakari, Hasani, Jelani, Fatima, Kamilah, Dalila, Jabari
  • 1973 Movie characters: Season, Coffy, Jory
  • 1973 TV characters: Toma, Snapper, Caine, Hec, Alethea, Bridget, Kiona, Contessa
  • 1973 TV personality: Cavett
  • 1973 Actors: Cicely, Mackenzie, Yajaira, Vonetta, Tatum
  • 1973 Literary characters: Eowyn, Strider
  • 1973 Writer: Xaviera
  • 1973 African-American magazines: Loukisha
  • 1973 Song: Aubrey
  • 1973 Singers: Ralna, Airrion
  • 1973 Musical groups: Cymande, Mandrill
  • 1973 Sports: Cedeno, Billiejean
  • 1973 Product: Trevira
  • 1973 Celebrity babies: Yohance, Taj

1972

  • 1972 News: Mieke
  • 1972 Movie characters: Chato, Sancho, Billyjack, Cable
  • 1972 TV characters: Katina, Vashon, Delta, Demond, Cade
  • 1972 TV show: Trek
  • 1972 TV personality: Chastity
  • 1972 Actors: Cybill, Akili, Amitabh
  • 1972 Literary character: Erendira
  • 1972 Songs: Sossity, Brandy
  • 1972 Singers: Carly, Melanie, Adaryll, Marlon, Lasalle
  • 1972 Musicians: Manu, Bayete
  • 1972 Sports: Kipchoge, Keino, Kareem, Abdul, Jabbar, Erubey, Keena
  • 1972 Products: Ciara, Cachet
  • 1972 Celebrity baby: Krisinda

1971

  • 1971 News: Doria
  • 1971 Movie characters: Shaft, Bree, Sundance, Tristana, Zachariah, Trinity
  • 1971 TV characters: Uhura, Cissy, Jody, Heshimu, Chad, Dodie, Yesenia
  • 1971 TV shows: Alias, Anzio
  • 1971 Actors: Brando, Yaphet, Veleka, Damu
  • 1971 African-American magazines: Shango, Kwabene, Kwame, Diallo, Sekou, Jaja, Azikiwe, Nkenge, Lumumba
  • 1971 Songs: Layla, Amoreena, Scotty, Tomorrow, Dindi
  • 1971 Singers: Jermaine, Lajuane, Sigmund, Shelbra
  • 1971 Musical group: Santana
  • 1971 Musical albums: Abraxas, Thembi
  • 1971 Sports: Unseld
  • 1971 Product: Corelle
  • 1971 Celebrity babies: Ayanna, Shangaleza
  • 1971 Celebrity related: Altovise

1970

  • 1970 News: Turi, Donzaleigh, Juandalynn, Alprentice, Reeshemah
  • 1970 Politics: Arafat
  • 1970 Movie characters: Cresta, Shalako
  • 1970 TV characters: Mcgarrett, Mano, Dodie, Tara, Jolyon, Nyree, Loey, Tatanisha, Kinita, Erica, Sabrina
  • 1970 TV contestant: Alisande
  • 1970 Actors: Falana, Brandon, Dyan, Shakira, Saby, Ahna, Marki
  • 1970 Literary characters: Aragorn, Gandalf
  • 1970 Songs: Shilo, Fancy, Cherie, Aquarius
  • 1970 Singers: Bobbie, Gentry, Toriano, Massiel, Jermaine, Sacha
  • 1970 Product: Torino
  • 1970 Brands: Shindana, Pepsi, Loreal
  • 1970 Celebrity baby: Rasheda
  • 1970 Celebrity related: Syreeta
  • 1970 Beauty queen: Rewa

1969

1968

  • 1968 News: Christiaan, Coretta, Trenny, Torben
  • 1968 Politics: Che, Onassis
  • 1968 Movie character: Neely
  • 1968 TV characters: Laryssa, Jemal, Josette, Angelique, Lahoma, Kelly, Shahna, Kelinda, Layle, Manolito, Lancer, Blue, Shana
  • 1968 Actors: Dustin, Dack
  • 1968 Literary characters: Arwen, Thorin
  • 1968 Songs: Carrieanne, Lalena
  • 1968 Singer: Quetcy
  • 1968 Musical group: Shondell
  • 1968 Sports: Orenthal, Alcindor
  • 1968 Product: Charisma
  • 1968 Celebrity baby: Maryum

1967

  • 1967 News: Svetlana, Ronisue, Roni, Tandeka
  • 1967 TV characters: Tonia, Clayt, Cinnamon, Buffy, Hondo, Mannix, Dulcey, Rosaisela
  • 1967 Actors: Millette, Sivi, Cami, Vitina
  • 1967 Literary character: Kerith
  • 1967 Comics: Geisha
  • 1967 Songs: Alfie, Georgy, Windy
  • 1967 Singer: Nico
  • 1967 Sports: Cazzie
  • 1967 Product: Camaro
  • 1967 Celebrity baby: Joely
  • 1967 Celebrity related: Tahnee, Devara
  • 1967 Model: Twiggy

1966

  • 1966 News: Agena, Bedar
  • 1966 Politics: Indira
  • 1966 Movie character: Raef
  • 1966 TV characters: Gidget, Audra, Heath, Tabitha, Tabatha, Tamantha, Alfy, Tavio, Anissa, Artemus
  • 1966 TV shows: Peyton, Daktari
  • 1966 TV contestant: Sheva
  • 1966 Comics: Yesenia
  • 1966 Songs: Cherish, Caramia
  • 1966 Singers: Lainie
  • 1966 Product: Caprice
  • 1966 Celebrity related: Sonji
  • 1966 Model: Donyale

1965

  • 1965 News: Gemini
  • 1965 Politics: Luci
  • 1965 Movie characters: Liesl, Sugar, Shelleen, Santee
  • 1965 TV characters: Samantha, Darrin, Endora, Morticia, Wednesday, Tatia, Illya, Petina, Bettyjo, Cara, Shenandoah, Jarrod
  • 1965 TV show: Addam
  • 1965 Actors: Daliah, Virna, Lisi, Ursula, Mia
  • 1965 Literary characters: Kerensa, Mellyora
  • 1965 Singers: Petula, Fontella, Fanita
  • 1965 Sports: Marichal, Diron
  • 1965 Celebrity baby: Xan
  • 1965 Beauty queens: Apasra, Vonda
  • 1965 Model: Kecia

1964

1963

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  • 1963 News: Medgar, Camala, Troylene
  • 1963 Politics: Bouvier
  • 1963 Movie characters: Lolita, Cybele, Heavenly, Phaedra, Tamiko
  • 1963 TV characters: Pebbles, Grindl, Brycie, Tal, Sutton, Stoney, Joby, Stanja, Glynis, Jerrod
  • 1963 TV contestant: Candi
  • 1963 Actors: Keir, Tippi, Anjanette
  • 1963 Song: Paula
  • 1963 Musical groups: Chiffon, Jaynette
  • 1963 Sports: Cepeda
  • 1963 Products: Tressy, Wondra, Chevelle
  • 1963 Brand: Tangerine

1962

  • 1962 News: Glenn
  • 1962 Movie characters: Weena, Lyrae, Antigone, Chimene, Elcid, Jessica
  • 1962 Movie: Tiffany
  • 1962 TV characters: Toika, Daphne, Daffy, Perette
  • 1962 TV contestant: Dorinda
  • 1962 Actors: Lynley, Clu, Anja, Yarnell
  • 1962 African-American magazines: Annazette
  • 1962 Comics: Tashia
  • 1962 Song: Novalee
  • 1962 Singers: Chubby, Makeba, Billiejean, Timi
  • 1962 Products: Antron, Artra
  • 1962 Celebrity baby: Dodd
  • 1962 Celebrity related: Movita, Kippie
  • 1962 Beauty queens: Clintona, Penne, Gordean

1961

  • 1961 News: Yuri, Charlayne, Maribel, Gamble
  • 1961 Politics: Jacqueline, Caroline
  • 1961 Movie characters: Ari, Akiva, Varinia, Parrish, Merritt, Ilya
  • 1961 TV characters: Velvet, Edwina, Wina, Ward, Jimbo, Zelda, Kiz, Caprice, Tawney, Brook, Tanoa, Chuckie, Cord, Amby
  • 1961 Actors: Tarita, Gig, Capucine, Kipp, Zimbalist, Marisol
  • 1961 African-American magazines: Jacy
  • 1961 Song: Corrina
  • 1961 Singers: Damita, Joselito
  • 1961 Musical group: Shirelle
  • 1961 Sports: Rafer
  • 1961 Products: Ondine, Falcon
  • 1961 Celebrity baby: Timolin
  • 1961 Celebrity related: Aissa, Jefre

1960

  • 1960 News: Farah, Leisha
  • 1960 Movie characters: Raymie, Haya, Ryder, Jordana, Pollyanna
  • 1960 TV characters: Dobie, Thalia, Cully, Clay, Lisha, Andamo, Chantay, Bronco, Modesty, Tiare, Tiki
  • 1960 TV contestants: Sherrylyn, Lavelda, Sita
  • 1960 TV show: Bonanza
  • 1960 Actors: Hayley, Ziva, Elana, Marpessa, Nedenia, Troy, Ansara, Jovon, Flip
  • 1960 African-American magazines: Lajeune, Claudinette
  • 1960 Comics: Kippy
  • 1960 Song: Misty
  • 1960 Singers: Devy, Rydell, Brendalee
  • 1960 Musicians: Wynton, Thelonious

1959

1958

1957

1956

  • 1956 News: Jimalee, Deltina, Andrea
  • 1956 Politics: Averell
  • 1956 Movie characters: Cherie, Jubal, Dart, Trace, Marty
  • 1956 TV characters: Calamity, Cheyenne, Keena, Pepi, Jace, Sheena
  • 1956 TV personalities: Cubby, Annette
  • 1956 Actors: Audie, Marisa, Siobhan, Tirrell, Lugene
  • 1956 Literary character: Melora
  • 1956 Comics: Dondi, Skye
  • 1956 Songs: Takeela, Glendora
  • 1956 Singers: Elvis, Jaye
  • 1956 Brand: Decca
  • 1956 Celebrity baby: Seneca
  • 1956 Celebrity related: Rainier, Dreux, Shevaun

1955

1954

1953

1952

  • 1952 Politics: Eisenhower, Kennan
  • 1952 Movie characters: Danon, Pandora, Lygeia
  • 1952 TV character: Claudia
  • 1952 TV contestant: Rondi
  • 1952 TV personality: Buff
  • 1952 Actor: Keefe
  • 1952 Literary characters: Gevan, Fancy
  • 1952 Song: Charmaine
  • 1952 Singers: Faron, Adriel
  • 1952 Beauty queen: Jodell

1951

  • 1951 News: Glenalee, Samia, Arlynne, Krystal, Desnee
  • 1951 Movie characters: Manina, Bathsheba, Kim, Choya, Sonseeahray, Rommel
  • 1951 TV character: Patti
  • 1951 TV personality: Korla
  • 1951 Radio character: Spring
  • 1951 Actors: Mala, Piper, Miroslava, Mitzi, Mitchum, Debralee, Dianalynn, Shaye, Dagmar
  • 1951 Singer: Jilla
  • 1951 Sports: Sugar
  • 1951 Celebrity baby: Romina

1950

  • 1950 News: Chaneta, Deyanne
  • 1950 TV character: Radames
  • 1950 Radio character: Grayling
  • 1950 Actors: Denise, Darcel, Silvana, Zorita, Broderick, Kyle
  • 1950 Comics: Vallorie, Mardeen
  • 1950 Songs: Monalisa, Frosty
  • 1950 Singer: Terrea
  • 1950 Beauty queen: Learta

1949

  • 1949 News: Rainell, Darrylin, Tighe, Randye, Ltanya
  • 1949 Movie characters: Fabienne, Judaline, Belinda, Lark
  • 1949 Radio character: Chuckie
  • 1949 Actor: Kirk
  • 1949 Literary character: Caresse
  • 1949 Comics: Clovia, Arn
  • 1949 Sports: Ezzard
  • 1949 Celebrity baby: Yasmin

1948

  • 1948 News: Gwyned, Sharman, Rolayne, Wrayanne
  • 1948 Movie characters: Tisa, Lash, Darina, Catana, Scheherazade
  • 1948 Actors: Viveca, Valli, Alida, Paget
  • 1948 Comics: Sparkle
  • 1948 Song: Lillette
  • 1948 Sports: Doak
  • 1948 Product: Tawn

1947

  • 1947 News: Cabrini
  • 1947 Movie characters: Rissa, Rory, Miralee, Jody, Ginna, Bedelia
  • 1947 Radio character: Carson
  • 1947 Actors: Cyd, Deborah, Vanessa, Dana
  • 1947 Song: Jolie
  • 1947 Comics: Meridy, Valiant
  • 1947 Sports: Mauri
  • 1947 Model: Junellen

1946

  • 1946 News: Jyme, Tondra, Cherylene
  • 1946 Movie characters: Gilda, Ridgely, Francie, Veda
  • 1946 Radio character: Corliss
  • 1946 Radio panelist: Glenn
  • 1946 Radio singer: Connee
  • 1946 Actors: Charisse, Jorja, Peggyann, Teala, Ilona, Cornel
  • 1946 Comics: Darlia
  • 1946 Brand: Drene

1945

  • 1945 News: Harolyn
  • 1945 Politics: Truman
  • 1945 Movie characters: Sherida, Allida, Velvet, Marisela
  • 1945 Actors: Allyson, Van
  • 1945 Comics: Chipper
  • 1945 Songs: Laura, Caldonia

1944

1943

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  • 1943 News: Nikki
  • 1943 War: Tunisia, Rommel
  • 1943 Movie characters: Ilsa, Bambi, Faline, Angharad, Tana
  • 1943 Actors: Jinx, Cheryl, Belita, Rooney, Rebel
  • 1943 Literary character: Lorry
  • 1943 Comics: Sheena, Taffy
  • 1943 Writer: Hedda
  • 1943 Song: Rosalita
  • 1943 Sports: Howie
  • 1943 Celebrity baby: Alana

1942

1941

  • 1941 News: Nawatha, Rulon
  • 1941 Politics: Spessard
  • 1941 Movie character: Nyoka
  • 1941 Radio character: Portia
  • 1941 Radio panelist: Gerard
  • 1941 Actors: Gloriajean, Greer, Errol
  • 1941 Literary character: Bronwen
  • 1941 Comics: Raven
  • 1941 Musician: Saford
  • 1941 Celebrity baby: Jerilyn

1940

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Footnotes:

The “changes in usage” I’m focusing on are: rises in usage, drops in usage, debuts in the data, returns to the data, isolated spikes in usage, and overall peak usage.

Names with a single association are listed on the timeline once. Names with several associations are listed several times. For any name that saw multiple-year “changes in usage” due to the same influence, I made an executive decision about where to place it on the timeline.

Finally, if you know of a name that I’ve forgotten to include in any of the years listed so far, please get in touch!