Where did the baby name Manolito come from in 1968?

The character Manolito Montoya from the TV series High Chaparral (1967-1971).
Manolito Montoya from “High Chaparral

The Spanish name Manolito — a diminutive of Manolo, which itself is a diminutive of Manuel, which is the Spanish form of Emmanuel — debuted in the U.S. baby name data in the late 1960s:

  • 1970: 14 baby boys named Manolito
  • 1969: 9 baby boys named Manolito
  • 1968: 14 baby boys named Manolito [debut]
  • 1967: unlisted
  • 1966: unlisted

What was the inspiration?

The TV western The High Chaparral (1967-1971), which was set in southern Arizona Territory during the 1870s.

The show featured a character named Manolito Montoya (played by Henry Darrow, born Enrique Delgado). Manolito was the brother-in-law of the main character, rancher “Big John” Cannon.

Manolito’s nickname Mano also debuted in the data while High Chaparral was on the air.

Source: The High Chaparral – Wikipedia

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