Where did the baby name Goodluck come from in 2010?

Nigerian politician Goodluck Jonathan.
Goodluck Jonathan

The unusual name Goodluck was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 2010:

  • 2012: unlisted
  • 2011: unlisted
  • 2010: 8 baby boys named Goodluck [debut]
  • 2009: unlisted
  • 2008: unlisted


Looks like the answer is Nigerian politics!

In May of 2010, Nigeria’s vice president, Goodluck Jonathan, became the 14th president of the country upon the death of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Goodluck served as president until 2015.

Interestingly, Goodluck’s wife, Patience, also has a name that comes from English vocabulary. :)

What are your thoughts on the auspicious-sounding baby name Goodluck?

Source: Goodluck Jonathan – Wikipedia

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