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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 Jonerik come from?

Jon-Erik Hexum
Jon-Erik Hexum

Speaking of Erik Estrada, here’s another Erik-related pop culture name from the ’80s.

Jon-Erik Hexum was an up-and-coming actor in the early ’80s. His first role was as Phineas Bogg in the TV show Voyagers! (1982-1983), and his final role was as Mac Harper in the TV show Cover Up (1984-1985).

His career was cut short when, on the set of Cover Up in late 1984, he accidentally killed himself with one of the guns used for filming.

The compound name Jonerik debuted in the SSA’s baby name data in 1983 and saw peak usage in 1985, the year after Hexum died.

  • 1986: 25 baby boys named Jonerik
  • 1985: 62 baby boys named Jonerik [peak]
  • 1984: 25 baby boys named Jonerik
  • 1983: 20 baby boys named Jonerik [debut]
  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: unlisted

The name Joneric followed a similar trajectory.

By the early 1990s, though, both names had fallen off the list entirely.

What do you think of the name Jon-Erik?

How did Erik Estrada influence baby names?

Actor Erik Estrada in the TV show "CHiPs."
Erik Estrada in “CHiPs

The main characters of the television show CHiPs (1977-1983) were two motorcycle-riding highway patrolmen of the California Highway Patrol (CHP — hence the weird capitalization of CHiPs)

One of those two patrolmen was Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, played by actor Erik Estrada. (In his case, Erik was short for Enrique.)

The show was most successful during the 1979-1980 season, in terms of ratings. Also in 1979, Erik Estrada was voted one of “The 10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World” by People magazine.

So it’s not surprising that the baby name Erik saw increased usage in 1979 and 1980. Eric did, too.

Erik usageEric usage
19823,634 baby boys (rank: 80th)19,882 baby boys (rank: 20th)
19813,923 baby boys (rank: 76th)20,726 baby boys (rank: 17th)
19804,917 baby boys (rank: 64th)22,631 baby boys (rank: 16th)
19794,639 baby boys (rank: 66th)20,273 baby boys (rank: 17th)
19783,265 baby boys (rank: 85th)19,779 baby boys (rank: 16th)
19772,787 baby boys (rank: 94th)20,745 baby boys (rank: 17th)
19762,756 baby boys (rank: 94th)21,371 baby boys (rank: 13th)

There were also two CHiPs-related one-hit wonders in the baby name data. One was Estrada:

  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 5 baby boys named Estrada [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted
  • 1978: unlisted

The other, Poncho, doesn’t quite match Ponch or Poncherello but was still likely influenced by the show:

  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 5 baby boys named Poncho [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted
  • 1978: unlisted

Finally, I did manage find a handful of U.S.-born males with “Erik Estrada” as their first and middle names. Most of them were born during the years CHiPs was on the air.

A decade after CHiPs was cancelled, what was Erik Estrada up to? Hosting the “Kebrina’s Psychic Answer” infomercial.

Sources: Erik Estrada – Wikipedia, Ratings – CHiPs Wiki

Where did the baby name Kebrina come from?

Psychic Kebrina Kinkade in the "Kebrina's Psychic Answer" infomercial (1992).
“Kebrina’s Psychic Answer” infomercial

My favorite pop culture baby names are the ones that refer to incredibly cheesy things like Rambo, Star Search, and Dijonniase.

The baby name Kebrina, in terms of cheesiness, does not disappoint.

It debuted on the U.S. baby name data in 1979, and saw peak usage in 1993:

  • 1996: unlisted
  • 1995: 7 baby girls name Kebrina
  • 1994: 7 baby girls name Kebrina
  • 1993: 50 baby girls name Kebrina [peak]
  • 1992: 30 baby girls name Kebrina
  • 1980…1991: unlisted
  • 1979: 5 baby girls name Kebrina [debut]
  • 1978: unlisted

The inspiration?

Kebrina Kinkade, the original “psychic to the stars.”

She was already hobnobbing with celebrities (David Hasselhoff, Bruce Jenner, Dick Van Patten, Lorne Greene, etc.) in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1979, the year she appeared on several TV talk shows, that she achieved enough visibility to influence the baby name charts.

Her name did not make the charts during the ’80s, but it pops up in magazines and newspapers throughout the decade. She’s mentioned in a 1982 People article about a missing person investigation, for instance. (They misspelled her name Kabrina Kincaid.) She also came up in a 1987 newspaper article about how the predictions made by America’s “38 top astrologers and psychics” the year before were mostly incorrect.

Expectant parents didn’t take notice of her name again until the infomercial for “Kebrina’s Psychic Answer” — a psychic hotline that costed callers $3.99 per minute — started airing on television in 1992. The spot, hosted by actors Erik Estrada and Jenilee Harrison, ran until 1994.

I’m not sure what Kebrina Kinkade is up to these days, but I’m sure she’d be happy to know that she’s got dozens of namesakes. (I wonder if she could have predicted it…?)

What do you think of the name Kebrina?

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