How popular is the baby name Boz in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Boz.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Boz


Posts that Mention the Name Boz

Blogiversary: NBN’s sweet sixteen

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Nancy’s Baby Names was launched on March 6, 2006. So today is the blog’s birthday.

In fact, it’s the blog’s sweet sixteen!

Happy birthday, NBN. :)

Image by diapicard from Pixabay

Interesting one-hit wonder names in the U.S. baby name data

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They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more.

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add the names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. You might also be interested in this list of the top one-hit wonder baby names since 1880

Where did the baby name Boz come from in 1978?

Boz Scaggs album "Silk Degrees" (1976).
Boz Scaggs album

The unusual name Boz was a one hit-wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1978:

  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: unlisted
  • 1978: 5 baby boys named Boz [debut]
  • 1977: unlisted
  • 1976: unlisted

Where did it come from?

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs, a singer/guitarist who was most popular during the late ’70s.

His biggest hits were “Lowdown” [vid], which peaked at #3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in October of 1976 (and went on to win the Grammy for Best R&B Song in early 1977), and “Lido Shuffle” [vid], which peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 chart in May of 1977.

So where did Boz get that nickname? From a childhood friend, who inexplicably started called him Bosley, which was later shortened to “Boz.”

Source: Boz Scaggs – Billboard

P.S. The Lido in “Lido Shuffle” was a character, but here’s a real-life Lido.