One-Hit Wonder Baby Names

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These names came, then they went…and they never came back!

Here are all the one-hit wonder baby names that I’ve written about so far.

These particular names are “full list” one-hit wonders, not “top 1,000” one-hit wonders. That is, they’ve only ever popped up once in all the publicly available U.S. baby name data, which accounts for all names given to at least 5 babies per year nationally.

None of these (outside of several of the 1989 glitch-names) have ever appeared in the U.S. top 1,000.

1890s

1900s

(none yet)

1910s

1920s

1930s

1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

As I write about other one-hits, I’ll add the links to this page. (Names without links represent posts that are written, but not live on the blog yet.)

For more one-hit wonders that I’ve mentioned but not really written about yet, check out the lists of top one-hit wonders, year by year, top one-hit wonders overall for girls, and top one-hit wonders overall for boys.

How many one-hit wonders are there in the data overall? Here are some statistics:

DecadeOne-Hit Girl NamesOne-Hit Boy Names
1880s78
1890s237
1900s265
1910s466360
1920s708521
1930s280188
1940s238109
1950s412194
1960s626168
1970s1,340532
1980s1,500732
1990s2,3631,311
2000s3,4122,242
2010-20153,0252,140

Send me a note if you have any questions or suggestions, or if there’s a particular one-hit wonder name you know of that you’d like me to write about.

*Demoted! No longer a one-hit wonder; has since popped up on the charts at least one more time.