The TV show Joanie Loves Chachi (1982-1983) was a Happy Days spin-off that focused on the characters Joanie Cunningham (sister of Richie) and Charles “Chachi” Arcola (cousin of Fonzie).
Joanie Loves Chachi didn’t last long, but it did make an impact on expectant parents.
|Year||Usage of Chachi||Usage of Joanie|
|1984||.||86 baby girls|
|1983||.||129 baby girls|
|1982||9 baby boys [debut]||176 baby girls [rank: 876th]|
|1981||.||130 baby girls|
|1980||.||132 baby girls|
Later that year, though, ABC’s Joanie Loves Chachi got destroyed (ratings-wise) by NBC’s The A-Team. Chachi never appeared on the charts again, and Joanie went downhill until it fell off the SSA’s list entirely (i.e., was given to fewer than five baby girls) in 2008.
P.S. Here’s the cheesy Joanie Loves Chachi opening theme song. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Update (2/26/15) – Just spotted the Chachi-variant Shashi, which was a one-hit the same year.