Friday, October 28, 2011
From the Dustbin: Homer
From 1880 until 1915, Homer was a top-100 name in the US. It went through a long, slow decline over most of the 20th century, finally dropping out of the top 1,000 in 1984.
Three years later, The Simpsons debuted as a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Creator Matt Groening named the dad, Homer, after his own father.
Today, Homer is synonymous with the jaundiced, bumbling doofus, rather than the classical poet. Unfortunately, I think that association will be insurmountable for at least the next century.
See also: Kermit.