Sunday, December 1, 2013

[Nose Tinkle] Sunday New York Times Crossword Puzzle Clue: 7 Down, Daughter in "Bewitched"

Seems like just about anything will lead me back to Popular Baby Names nowadays.

As you can see, both Samantha and Tabitha have been around for awhile.  Samantha, in fact, was moderately popularity in the 19th century, "born" in the American South after 1800 according to two websites, including this one.

Bewitched debuted on September 17, 1964.  An instant hit, it was the #2 most popular show during the 1964-65 television season and #7 in 1965-66.

After spending most of the 20th century off the chart, Samantha reappeared at #472 in 1964 and jumped to #179 in 1965.  She spent 19 years (1988-2006) in the top 10, peaking at #3 in 1998, when "Bewitched" was in heavy rotation on Nick at Nite.

Tabitha charted 6 times from 1880 to 1893, reappearing at #524 in 1966, the year she was introduced as Samantha and Darrin's daughter on "Bewitched".  Her best years were from 1977 until 1992, when she remained in the top 200.  Best year:  #129 in 1978.

As for Sam's mother,  Endora is not in the top 1000 female names for any year of birth in the last 133 years.

Other baby name posts:
Anna, a model of consistency through the years.  (11/30/2013)
Rubies and Pearls.  (11/29/2013)
The Lucy and Ethel synchronized dive.  (11/28/2013)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen line graph.  (11/27/2013)
Rick, Dick & Rich -- but above all, Richard.  (11/26/2013)
When Jennifers rules the world.  (11/24/2013)
Ralph and Alice part ways in 1988. (11/23/2013)
Now Appearing in a Colorful Line Graph -- The 6 Jans.  (11/23/2013)
Which Do You Prefer: Catherine/Cathy or Katherine/Kathy?  (11/22/2013)
Just when you thought he was going, going, gone, Eugene bounces back.  (11/21/2013)
Sidney swings both ways.  (11/21/2013)
Popular baby names:  Nancy (1880-2012).  (11/17/2013
Madge: Off the chart even when she was an advertising icon.  (11/16/2013)
Cindy: Not Always a Nickname for Cynthia (Since 1938).  (11/15/2013)
Lizabeth:  There's only one reason why this name made the list.  (11/14/2013)
Paul and Paula:  1954 was their very best year together.  (11/14/2013)
Bonnie and Clyde take a dive together.  (11/13/2013)
Joseph demonstrates more staying power than Mary.  (11/12/2013)
The popularity of Elizabeth as a baby name:  1880-2012.  (11/12/2013)
The popularity of William as a baby name.  (11/12/2013)
The popularity of Thomas as a baby name.  (11/11/2013)
Susan is losin' popularity.  (11/11/2013)
The popularity of Robert as a baby name: 1880-2012.  (11/10/2013)
The popularity of Denise as a baby name:  1926-2012.  (11/10/2013)
The popularity of John as a baby name:  1880-2012.  (11/9/2013)
The popularity of Sheila as a baby name:  1917-2002, 2003-2004.  (11/9/2013)
The popularity of James as a baby name: 1880-2012.  (11/7/2013)
The popularity of Michael as a baby name: 1880-2012.  (11/7/2013)
The popularity of Sherry as a baby name:  1926-1995.  (11/7/2013)
Friends choose 15th and 16th most popular baby names for their unexpected twin boys.  (11/3/2013) 
Destiny Hope Cyrus's impact on popular baby names for girls.  (10/15/2013)
There really was something about Mary.  (9/22/2013)
"Gone With the Wind" and baby names.  (11/27/2011)
The baby names list, 1900-1999.  (5/11/2010)

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