The spice name Cinnamon debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1967:
- 1972: 63 baby girls named Cinnamon
- 1971: 94 baby girls named Cinnamon
- 1970: 110 baby girls named Cinnamon
- 1969: 202 baby girls named Cinnamon [rank: 699th]
- 1968: 91 baby girls named Cinnamon
- 1967: 41 baby girls named Cinnamon [debut]
- 1966: unlisted
- 1965: unlisted
So what gave the name Cinnamon such a big boost in the late ’60s?
Cinnamon Carter, a character from the spy/action TV show Mission: Impossible (1966-1973).
Cinnamon (played by actress Barbara Bain) was a successful fashion model by day, but she was also a member of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) — a team of secret government agents. (I’m not sure how one can be a both a public figure and a secret agent, but I guess she made it work.)
Though the character was only on the show for the first three seasons, she made a strong impression; Bain won three consecutive Emmy awards for each of those three years.
As soon as the character was off the show, the usage of the name Cinnamon started declining.
What are your thoughts on Cinnamon as a baby name? How high do you think it could have climbed in the rankings had the character remained on the show?