This one confused me for a while:
- 1985: unlisted
- 1984: unlisted
- 1983: 6 baby girls name Jeopardy [debut]
- 1982: unlisted
- 1981: unlisted
The name Jeopardy was a one-hit wonder in the SSA’s baby name data in 1983.
My first (and only) guess was the popular quiz show Jeopardy!, but the show began airing in the mid-1960s, so that probably wasn’t it.
Then, a week or two ago, I heard what I think is the answer on an ’80s radio station. It was a tune called “Jeopardy” by The Greg Kihn Band.
“Jeopardy” was apparently one of the top songs in the nation in 1983, reaching #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in May. I would never have guessed it by the bizarre music video.
The word jeopardy, which today means “danger” or “risk,” was derived on the Old French phrase jeu parti, meaning “a divided game, game with even chances.”