The curiously short name Dak saw a spike in usage in 2017, and over a third of that usage occurred in the states of Texas and Oklahoma specifically:
2020: 7 baby boys named Dak
2019: 28 baby boys named Dak
2018: 14 baby boys named Dak
2017: 44 baby boys named Dak [peak]
12 born in Texas, 5 born in Oklahoma
2016: 9 baby boys named Dak
Football player Dak Prescott, who has been a quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys since his professional career began in 2016. His initial season was a particularly good one, and he was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year for 2016.
He had a similar effect upon the usage of Prescott:
2020: 31 baby boys named Prescott
2019: 47 baby boys named Prescott
13 born in Texas
2018: 34 baby boys named Prescott
7 born in Texas
2017: 51 baby boys named Prescott [peak]
16 born in Texas
2016: 34 baby boys named Prescott
2015: 18 baby boys named Prescott
Getting back to “Dak,” though…did you know that “Dak” isn’t Dak’s real first name? It isn’t even his middle name, in full. He was born Rayne Dakota Prescott.
Here’s what he told the hosts of a Dallas sports radio show about why he doesn’t go by his first name, Rayne:
Just from the get-go. Immediate rejection. When I started off school, they would always call me Rayne [RAINY] or Rayne [RYE-KNEE] or something — they’d (be) like, ‘This is a girl’s name,’ so I just always went by Dakota, but I was given Dak by birth, so my family’s always called me Dak. … Nah, I’m good with Rayne. I love Rayne now. I’ve grown into it. I’ve grown to like it. I might go just by Rayne Dakota one day, skip the last name.
What are your thoughts on Dak as a standalone name?
Below are hundreds of baby names with a numerological value of 7.
What do I mean by that?
Well, in numerology, you substitute each letter in a word with that letter’s ordinal value in the alphabet. (The letter B has a value of 2, for instance, because it’s the second letter.) Then you add those ordinal values together to come up with a total. Lastly, you add the digits of that total together to obtain a numerological value.
Here’s an example: The letters in the name Jack have the values 10, 1, 3, and 11. Added together, these values equal 25. And the digits of 25 added together equal 7.
All of the “7” names below are sub-categorized by totals — just in case any of those larger numbers are significant to anyone. Within each group you’ll find some of the most popular “7” names per gender (according to the most recent set of U.S. baby name rankings).
7 via 16
The letters in the following baby names add up to 16, which reduces to seven (1+6=7).
Girl names (7 via 16)
Boy names (7 via 16)
Ana, Jada, Alba, Adaia, Fia
Cal, Chad, Jae, Dak, Efe
7 via 25
The letters in the following baby names add up to 25, which reduces to seven (2+5=7).
As usual, the disclaimer: Some of the names below were already on the rise. Others may have been influenced by more than just the single pop culture person/event listed. I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence in each case.
I was surprised that Adonis and Wade jumped in usage as much as they did.
I was also surprised that Wrigley barely jumped at all in usage. Maybe “Wrigley” reminds too many people of gum?
Where the heck is Usain? Why is Usain not in the data yet? Sure, track and field is relatively unpopular in the United States. Still, I thought Rio might do it — with the help of that viral photo of Usain Bolt cheekily grinning at the competition in the middle of that 100 meter sprint.
Finally, as a former ’80s kid, I did have my fingers crossed for Voltron. Oh well…
How about you? Did any of these rises/falls surprise you?
It’s December 2 — the doubly momentous day on which Britney Spears celebrates her birthday and on which we start another round of the annual Pop Culture Baby Name Game.
Which baby names will see significant movement on the charts in 2016 thanks to popular culture (TV, movies, music, sports, politics, products, current events, video games, etc.)? Below are some possibilities. Leave a comment with the names you’d add — and don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.