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Popularity of the Baby Name Cheetara


Posts that Mention the Name Cheetara

Where did the baby name Atari come from?

atari

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 AtariGirls named Atari
19821611
1981137
19801012*
197910*.
1978..
*Debut

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…

Where did the baby name Aeon come from in 1995?

Aeon Flux

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.

Including Aeon.

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:

  • 2000: unlisted
  • 1999: 6 baby girls named Aeon
  • 1998: unlisted
  • 1997: 5 baby boys named Aeon
  • 1996: 7 baby girls named Aeon
  • 1995: 6 baby boys named Aeon [debut]
  • 1994: unlisted

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
  • 2005: unlisted

Do you think we’ll see more baby Aeons on the 2010 list?

Source: SSA

Where did the baby name Cheetara come from in 1985?

The character Cheetara from the animated TV series "Thundercats" (1985-1989).
Cheetara from “Thundercats

The curious name Cheetara first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1980s, and it remained in the data for four successive years before falling back below the SSA’s 5-baby threshold:

  • 1989: unlisted
  • 1988: 9 baby girls named Cheetara
  • 1987: 29 baby girls named Cheetara
  • 1986: 36 baby girls named Cheetara
  • 1985: 7 baby girls named Cheetara [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted
  • 1983: unlisted

What put it there?

The animated TV series ThunderCats (1985-1989).

The main characters of the cartoon were cat-like humanoids with names like Lion-O, Tygra and Panthro.

But only the primary female character, Cheetara — who could run with cheetah-like speed — was able to boost her name into the SSA data.

Dozens of baby girls were named Cheetara in the ’80s, and dozens more were given variants of the name, such as:

1984198519861987
Shetara.8*3724
Chitara.8*119
Chatara.5*1721
Jatara.5*2021
Chetara..26*26
*Debut

What do you think of the baby name Cheetara? Would you consider using it?

Sources: ThunderCats – Wikipedia, SSA