Most names go in cycles. They are out. They come back. You know, names like Max, which suddenly sound fresh after decades of being associated with old men in plaid pants.
But what does naming a Muppet on Sesame Street do to a name? Apparently, it sends it to a permanent death.
I checked out the US government’s name database. It ranks the top names going back to the 1890’s.
Let’s take Grover. A solid 114th place in the 1890s. Nowhere to be found today.
Kermit? A low but steady presence for decades. The name sinks like a stone in the 1960s, when Sesame Street debuted, and is forever gone.
And you won’t find any Elmos out there either.
I come to this because of the name Oscar. This is a super trendy Swedish name right now, but I at first laughed at it, then refused to consider it.
I mean, Oscar is a Grouch. I have come to like the name here in Sweden, though now that I am watching Sesame Street regularly, in English, Oscar is more a Grouch than ever.
Yet despite that, despite being the most unlikeable muppet on Sesame Street, Oscar as a name holds steady at about 115.
Makes me wonder if names can survive this sort of thing. Is Grover gone forever? Or are these classic names more enduring than even a long, long running TV show with silly furry monsters?
In other words, in the year 2214, will Grover top the lists?