How popular is the baby name Tekulve in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Tekulve.

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Popularity of the baby name Tekulve

Posts that mention the name Tekulve

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.


  • 2020: Jexi













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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?

Image: Adapted from Solitary Poppy by Andy Beecroft under CC BY-SA 2.0.

[Latest update: Apr. 2024]

Where did the baby name Tekulve come from in 1979?

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The unusual name Tekulve was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in the late 1970s:

  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: 5 baby boys named Tekulve [debut]
  • 1978: unlisted
  • 1977: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Kent Tekulve (pronounced tuh-KULL-vee), noted for his submarine-style pitches.

He played in 1,050 professional baseball games from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s, and most of them were with the Pirates. In October of 1979, he helped the Pirates fight back from a 3-game deficit to win the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.

The origin of the surname Tekulve isn’t known for sure, but it’s likely to be a variant of the North German topographic name Tehülwe, meaning “at the swamp hole” (denoting a person who lived near such terrain).

What are your thoughts on Tekulve as a baby name?