Where did the baby name Cauy come from in 1999?

The unusual name Cauy debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1999. (In fact, it was the highest-debuting boy name overall that year.) The very next year, it saw peak usage:

  • 2004: 9 baby boys named Cauy
  • 2003: 18 baby boys named Cauy
  • 2001: 35 baby boys named Cauy
  • 2000: 67 baby boys named Cauy [peak]
    • 8 born in Iowa, 7 in Arizona, 6 in Kansas, and 5 in North Dakota.
  • 1999: 32 baby boys named Cauy [debut]
  • 1998: unlisted
  • 1997: unlisted

Where did this one come from?

It was inspired by professional bull rider Cauy (pronounced koy) Hudson, who was at the height of his career in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

I don’t know where he’s from — some sources say Kansas, others say Nebraska — and I don’t know the story behind his unique name. But I do know that a surprising number of Cauy’s namesakes (e.g., Cauy Pennington, Cauy Preitauer, Cauy Begay, Cauy Hale, Cauy Pokorny, Cauy Pool) also ended up participating in rodeo.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Cauy?

Source: PBR Rider | Cauy Hudson

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