How ‘Mates’ Influenced Child Names In The U.S.

The cultural affect of “Mates” has manifested in hairstyles, parodies, pop-ups, and extra. One other testomony to the present’s affect is child names.

In honor of the “Mates” reunion premiere, we took a take a look at the Social Safety Administration’s child naming information for the years the present was on the air (1994-2004) and afterward to see how the names of “Mates” characters fared.


“Mates” premiered on Sept. 22, 1994. That very same 12 months, Ross was No. 311 on the SSA’s recognition record for boys, a continuation of a normal downward sample that started within the ’80s.

However the next two years, it appears the identify took a break from its general drop in recognition. In 1995, it rose to No. 268, and in 1996, it was No. 271. However in 1997, Ross dropped again to No. 331 and moved down yearly till it fell off the High 1000 record after 2012. So it appears the potential “Mates” bump was short-lived.


Rachel impressed a coiffure moniker and should have additionally influenced the traditional identify’s recognition amongst American dad and mom. Both that, or the identify Rachel coincidentally hit its all-time peak because the ninth hottest identify for ladies in 1996 ― two years into the present’s run.

The 12 months 1996 was Rachel’s solely foray into the High 10, nevertheless. The next 12 months, it ranked No. 13 and principally declined from 12 months to 12 months after that. In 2020, Rachel was ranked No. 227.


Maybe the preferred child identify that seems on “Mates” is Emma. Within the episode “The One The place Rachel Has a Child, Half Two,” Monica reveals that she desires to offer her future daughter the identify, however in the end lets Rachel use it after seeing her response to it.

The episode aired in Could 2002, and whereas we will’t say definitively how a lot it affected dad and mom’ selections, it greater than possible boosted Emma’s attraction. In 2001, the identify ranked No. 13 on the SSA’s recognition record, however in 2002 it jumped as much as the fourth hottest identify for ladies. In 2003, Emma was No. 2, and it’s been within the high three yearly since.


Chandler seemingly obtained an enormous enhance in recognition after “Mates” debuted. In 1994, it was No. 348 for boys, up 10 spots from the earlier 12 months and 61 spots greater than it was the 12 months earlier than that. However in 1995, it jumped a staggering 171 locations to No. 177, suggesting the fictional funnyman Chandler Bing could have accelerated the identify’s rise.

The identify in the end peaked at No. 151 in 1999 and most not too long ago ranked No. 569 final 12 months. Chandler rose and fell barely as a reputation for ladies over the course of the present till it fell off the High 1000 record after 2002. In 2020, nevertheless, it was the 977th hottest identify for new child women within the U.S.


The identify Monica peaked in recognition within the ’70s and adopted a normal sample of decline after that. Nevertheless, it noticed a few tiny bumps throughout “Mates” ― from No. 88 in 1994 to No. 87 in 1995, No. 82 in 1996 and No. 79 in 1997.

However in 1998 and 1999, the identify dropped again all the way down to 105 after which 151. It’s onerous to attribute that to “Mates,” although ― the Invoice Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal got here to mild in 1998, which put the identify in a flurry of adverse information headlines.


The “Mates” impact appears possible with the identify Phoebe. Phoebe rose sharply from 1994 to 1995 ― in actual fact, it jumped 239 spots from No. 819 to No. 580.

From 1998 to 1999, it bumped up once more from No. 605 to No. 494, maybe as a result of premiere of “Charmed,” which additionally featured a Phoebe character. As of late, it’s nonetheless climbing the charts, most not too long ago hitting No. 256 in 2020.


Joseph, aka Joey, Tribbiani had a traditional identify, so it’s troublesome to attribute its recognition to a TV present. Joseph was the eleventh hottest identify for child boys in 1994, and after a gradual climb, it reached No. 6 in 2003 for the primary time for the reason that early twentieth century. The identify has since fallen a bit, hitting No. 26 in 2020.

In the meantime, the identify Joey as a full identify as an alternative of a nickname has additionally declined for the reason that Nineties. In 1994, it ranked No. 411, however final 12 months, Joey was all the way down to No. 895.


As with Joey/Joseph, the identify of Ross Geller’s son Ben is a traditional that doesn’t replicate any discernible “Mates” affect. In 2020, Benjamin was the seventh hottest identify for boys and Ben was No. 770.

The identical appears possible with Chandler and Monica’s son Jack ― though the identify rose from No. 42 in 2004 to No. 34 in 2005 after the present ended. The characters’ daughter Erica’s identify truly declined in recognition.


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