The wildly successful Christmas comedy Home Alone, released at the end of 1990, starred child actor Macaulay Culkin as a little boy (Kevin McCallister) mistakenly left at home by himself for the holidays while his family went on vacation.
Thanks to the movie, Macaulay Culkin became a household name virtually overnight. In fact, he was soon being called “the biggest child star since Shirley Temple.”
Unsurprisingly, the year the movie came out, the unique name Macaulay began appearing in the U.S. baby name data:
- 1995: 12 baby boys named Macaulay
- 1994: 5 baby girls + 25 baby boys named Macaulay
- 1993: 23 baby boys named Macaulay
- 1992: 36 baby boys named Macaulay [peak]
- 1991: 10 baby girls + 16 baby boys named Macaulay
- 1990: 5 baby boys named Macaulay [debut]
- 1989: unlisted
- 1988: unlisted
Macaulay Culkin was born in 1980 and named for 19th-century English* historian Thomas Babington Macaulay. He was the third of seven children; his siblings are named Shane (m), Dakota (f), Kieran (m), Quinn (f), Christian (m), and Rory (m).
What are your thoughts on the baby name Macaulay? Do you like it better for boys or for girls?
- Dubner, Stephen J. “My Art Belongs to Daddy.” New York Magazine 29 Nov. 1993: 52-57.
- Macaulay Culkin – Wikipedia
*Speaking of England…usage of Macaulay spiked in Britain in 1995, which was weirdly late. Anyone know why?