How popular is the baby name Rousey 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 Rousey.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Rousey


Posts that Mention the Name Rousey

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

The return of Rousey?

Fighter Ronda Rousey on the cover of Sports Illustrated (May, 2015).
Ronda Rousey on the cover of SI

Though I’m talking about the baby name and not the UFC fighter, the two are inextricably linked.

In 2015, California-born mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey (pronounced row-zee — the first syllable rhymes with “now”) was at the peak of her fame. How do I know this? Just look at Google’s 2015 search rankings. She was the most searched-for athlete, the 3rd most searched-for person, and the 5th most searched-for term overall in the U.S.

The same year, the name Rousey debuted in the U.S. baby name data.

While 2016 started out pretty well for Rousey (she hosted Saturday Night Live in January, for instance) the year ended with her second UFC defeat, along with talk of her retiring from MMA altogether. Even more telling, Ronda Rousey was nowhere to be found among the top search terms of 2016.

So will her surname be back on the baby name charts in 2016? How about 2017? What do you think?

Update, Jan. 2022: Rousey has not come back, so I’m gonna go ahead and declare this one a one-hit wonder!

  • 2017: unlisted
  • 2016: unlisted
  • 2015: 6 baby girls named Rousey [debut]
  • 2014: unlisted
  • 2013: unlisted

Image: © 2015 Sports Illustrated