How popular is the baby name Cheetara 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 Cheetara.
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Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids…if you grew up in the 1980s, you know all about Atari.
But you might not realize that, at the height of the video game console’s popularity, dozens of U.S. babies were actually named Atari:
Boys named Atari
Girls named Atari
The console name comes from the Japanese word atari, which is used in the board came Go in the same way “check” and “checkmate” are used in chess–as a warning to one’s opponent that he/she is in imminent danger of capture.
The baby name Atari dropped off the SSA’s baby name list after 1983, but has recently returned, thanks to football player Atari Bigby (b. 1981), who made his NFL debut in late 2005. Interestingly, he claims he wasn’t named for the video game console…
I’m on a cartoon kick now. I’ve only posted about Pebbles and Cheetara so far, but there are many other cartoon-inspired baby names out there.
The name Aeon (pronounced EE-on) was invented for the character Æon Flux, who was first featured on MTV’s Liquid Television in 1991. Æon Flux became a stand-alone show in 1995. That’s when we first start seeing the name pop up in the U.S. baby name data:
1999: 6 baby girls named Aeon
1997: 5 baby boys named Aeon
1996: 7 baby girls named Aeon
1995: 6 baby boys named Aeon [debut]
Notice that both boys and girls were named Aeon. Interesting, isn’t it? The reason may be that the character, while female, wasn’t exactly feminine. She was an assassin who “dressed like a dominatrix” and “always managed to rack up an astonishingly high body count,” according to MTV’s description of the series. The show itself was dark, gritty, violent, sexual…definitely not something you’d see in the Saturday morning line-up.
The name Aeon didn’t emerge in the data again until 2006, following the late 2005 release of the not-very-well-received live-action Æon Flux movie, which starred Charlize Theron.
2009: 7 baby girls named Aeon
2008: 6 baby girls & 8 baby boys named Aeon
2007: 5 baby boys named Aeon
2006: 11 baby girls & 6 baby boys named Aeon
Do you think we’ll see more baby Aeons on the 2010 list?