Where did the baby name Tyrann come from in 2012?

Football player Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu

In 2012, the name Tyrann debuted in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 2020: 10 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2019: 9 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2018: 5 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2017: 8 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2016: 18 baby boys named Tyrann
    • 10 born in Arizona specifically
  • 2015: 15 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2014: 8 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2013: 18 baby boys named Tyrann
  • 2012: 15 baby boys named Tyrann [debut]
  • 2011: unlisted
  • 2010: unlisted


Because of football player Tyrann (pronounced tie-rahn) Mathieu.

The name’s debut followed Tyrann’s successful (if short) 2-year college football career with Louisiana State University. In 2011, not only was Tyrann a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, but he also picked up the fantastic nickname “the honey badger.” (That was the year the infamous Honey Badger video went viral.)

He has played in the NFL since 2013, starting with the Arizona Cardinals.

Since 2019, he has been with the Kansas City Chiefs. Notably, the Chiefs voted Tyrann team MVP over quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2019.

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Sources: Tyrann Mathieu – Wikipedia, The Chiefs’ MVP isn’t Patrick Mahomes, it’s Tyrann Mathieu, SSA

Image: Tyrann Mathieu trading card

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