- 1958: 16,587 baby girls named Cindy [rank: 25th]
- 1957: 20,269 baby girls named Cindy [rank: 19th] (peak usage)
- 1956: 9,980 baby girls named Cindy [rank: 37th]
- 1955: 5,591 baby girls named Cindy [rank: 79th]
- 1954: 4,715 baby girls named Cindy [rank: 91st]
What caused the sharp rise in usage?
The catchy song “Cindy, Oh Cindy,” which was most popular at the end of 1956 and the start of 1957.
During the last two months of 1956, two different recordings of the song peaked on Billboard‘s “Top 100” chart (the precursor to the today’s “Hot 100” chart):
- The Vince Martin version peaked at #12 (for three weeks)
- The Eddie Fisher* version peaked at #10 (for two weeks)
Television audiences were also hearing the song: Perry Como sang it on his own show in November, and Vince Martin sang it on The Steve Allen Show in December.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Cindy? Would you use it?
Sources: SSA, Billboard
P.S. No doubt the popularity of Cindy laid the groundwork for the debut of Cindylou in 1957, but I have to wonder if the character Cindy-Lou Who from the Dr. Seuss story How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (which was published simultaneously in Redbook magazine and as a stand-alone children’s book in December of 1957) didn’t lend a hand.
Incidentally, the Buddy Holly song “Peggy Sue” (1957) was originally called “Cindy Lou.”