Sure-Fire Baby Names

Abby Haglage reports in The Daily Beast of an apparent uptick in firearm-inspired baby names.

In 2002, only 194 babies were named Colt, while in 2012 there were 955. Just 185 babies were given the name Remington in 2002, but by 2012 the number had jumped to 666. Perhaps the most surprising of all, however, is a jump in the name Ruger (America’s leading firearm manufacturer) from just 23 in 2002 to 118 in 2012. “This name [Ruger] is more evidence of parents’ increasing interest in naming children after firearms,” Wattenberg writes. “Colt, Remington, and Gauge have all soared, and Gunner is much more common than the traditional name Gunnar.”

Okay, that’s all well and good, but if parents really want to show their gun bona fides, how about going all-out and naming your kid Colt .45?

(HT: Marginal Revolution)


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  1. Andrew says:

    “We named you after the malt liquor we drank when you were made.”

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  2. Bourd says:

    Being named Colt .45 might cause someone to think you were named after the malt liquor.

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  3. Ben says:

    Any hits for Glock? Beretta I guess still just brings up memories of the 70s TV show…

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  4. Erin says:

    My son is Wilson after the founder of “Wilson arms” if it counts. But, it was my husband’s Grandfather so I vote that it’s a family name.

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    • James says:

      Some of it depends on context: to a horse person, neither guns nor malt liquor are the first things to come to mind when you see the name “Colt”. I suppose it’d be analogous to naming your daughter Fawn or Brandy.

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  5. LD says:

    “Gunner is much more common than the traditional name Gunnar”

    Correlation ≠ Causation

    I suspect many of these parents are likely just kind of slow and misspelling Gunnar.

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    • anonymous says:

      Oh, they’re slow, but not that slow. If they sit fuming and polishing their beloved guns as a major part of their free time, it will be “Gunner”, absolutely! Can’t name a Murican kid with a furriner name.

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  6. DonBoy says:

    I wonder if some of the Colts are named after QB Colt McCoy, who has the greatest football name I’ve ever heard.

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  7. Cal Ashnikoff says:

    Wonder how many kids are named Glock or Smith-Wesson?

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  8. Will says:

    Heckler and/or Koch?

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