How popular is the baby name Dart 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 Dart.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Dart

Posts that Mention the Name Dart

What turned Dart into a baby name?

Part of the poster for "Foxfire" (1955)
Foxfire” poster

This one stumped me for a long time, but I think I’ve finally figured it out.

The word-name Dart debuted in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1950s and hung around for several years before disappearing again:

  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: 6 baby boys named Dart
  • 1959: 5 baby boys named Dart
  • 1958: 8 baby boys named Dart
  • 1957: 10 baby boys named Dart
  • 1956: 12 baby boys named Dart [debut]
  • 1955: unlisted

At first I got stuck on a pair of auto-Darts: the Chrysler Dart, a concept car that was in the news briefly in mid-1956, and the Dodge Dart, a production car that went on sale in 1960. Neither one was a good answer.

Finally I happened to find a 1955 film called Foxfire that featured a main character named Jonathan “Dart” Dartland (played by Jeff Chandler). He was a half-Apache mining engineer whose new marriage to socialite wife Amanda (played by Jane Russell) was threatened by the cultural gap between them.

The screenplay, based on a 1950 novel of the same name by Anya Seton, was written by Ketti Frings.

What do you think of “Dart” as a baby name?

P.S. Foxfire was the film playing aboard the SS Andrea Doria the moment it was struck by the MS Stockholm.

Sources: Foxfire (1955 film) – Wikipedia, Foxfire (1955) – TCM

Boy names with one syllable: Colt, Wynn, Dax, Zane

Looking for a boy name that’s short and to-the-point? Something that might work particularly well as a middle name?

Check out this list of several hundred one-syllable boy names. (And click on any name to see its popularity graph!)

Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names (such as Charles, Miles, and Noel) will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions.

Many of these names also happen to be unisex, so they appear on the One-Syllable Girl Names list as well.

What’s your favorite one-syllable boy name?

[Latest Update: June 2021]