How popular is the baby name Stoney 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 Stoney.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Stoney


Posts that Mention the Name Stoney

What gave the baby name Stoney a boost in 1963?

The character Stoney from the TV series "Stoney Burke" (1962-1963).
Stoney from “Stoney Burke

In 1963, the name Stoney saw a sharp spike in usage. In fact, the surge catapulted Stoney right into the middle of the U.S. top 1,000:

  • 1965: 98 baby boys named Stoney [rank: 749th]
  • 1964: 109 baby boys named Stoney [rank: 740th]
  • 1963: 259 baby boys named Stoney [rank: 500th]
  • 1962: 54 baby boys named Stoney
  • 1961: 15 baby boys named Stoney
Graph of the usage of the baby name Stoney in the U.S.
Usage of Stoney

The spelling Stony peaked that year as well.

Why?

Because of the TV western Stoney Burke, which aired for just one season (1962-1963). The main character, Stoney (played by actor Jack Lord), was a professional rodeo rider whose goal was to win the Golden Buckle — the prize given to the world’s champion saddle bronc rider.

(The show also had an influence on the names Sutton and Joby.)

What are your thoughts on the baby name Stoney? Would you use it?

Sources: Stoney Burke (TV series) – Wikipedia, SSA

What gave the baby name Joby a nudge in 1963?

The character Joby (played by Robert Duvall) in the TV series "Stoney Burke" (1962-1963).
Joby from “Stoney Burke

According to the U.S. baby name data, the name Joby saw an uptick in usage (as a boy name) in 1963:

  • 1965: 20 baby boys named Joby
  • 1964: 15 baby boys named Joby
  • 1963: 23 baby boys named Joby
  • 1962: 9 baby boys named Joby
  • 1961: 6 baby boys named Joby

Why?

Because of a single-episode character on the TV show Stoney Burke. The episode was called “Joby” and aired on March 18, 1963.

In the episode, Joby Pierce (played by future Oscar winner Robert Duvall) was a well-meaning but simple-minded stable boy on the run from his past.

What are your thoughts on the name Joby? (Do you like it better for boys, or for girls?)

Source: Stoney Burke “Joby” TV episode – IMDb

What turned Sutton into a girl name in 1963?

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Ina Balin as Sutton Meade

In 1963, the name Sutton, which had previously appeared in the U.S. baby name data only as a boy name, suddenly popped up as a girl name:

  • 1965: 11 baby girls named Sutton
  • 1964: 12 baby girls named Sutton
  • 1963: 20 baby girls named Sutton [gender-specific debut]
  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted

Why?

Because of a one-episode character on the short-lived TV western Stoney Burke (1962-1963).

In the episode “Child of Luxury,” which aired on October 15, 1962, a wealthy young woman named Sutton Meade (played by Ina Balin) developed a crush on rodeo rider Stoney Burke (played by Jack Lord). Stoney made it clear he wasn’t interested, so Sutton — who was accustomed to getting what she wanted — started plotting her revenge.

After that, the name remained relatively unisex until 2012, when the usage for baby girls really began taking off:

Graph of the usage of the baby name Sutton in the U.S.
Usage of Sutton

What caused the surge?

Actress Sutton Foster, who’d been a Broadway star before making the jump to television with a starring role in the TV series Bunheads (2012-2013).

The name Sutton comes directly from the English surname Sutton, which means “south settlement.”

Would you consider using the name Sutton for your baby? (If so, for a boy or for a girl?)

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