Common: Hudson (57,111)
The Fabulous Hudson Hornet is world-famous from its racing stint in the early years of NASCAR, but Hudson actually opened shop clear back in 1909 and was a mainstay U.S. automaker for nearly 50 years. Hudson merged with Nash in 1954 to create American Motors Corporation (AMC), with the Hudson name disappearing in 1957.
Common: Devin (64,857)
Aside from being a fairly common boy's name, Devin Enterprises was a niche U.S. automaker through the 1950s and 1960s. The company primarily built cool Cobra-esque roadsters and race cars, utilizing custom bodies with chassis and powertrain components sourced from other manufacturers.
Common: Cooper (77,068)
Sure, we could've just slapped a photo of a Mini Cooper up here and called it a day. The Cooper Car Company, however, didn't just build the iconic rally runabout. It all started with racing, as seen here with this classic Cooper T40 Formula 1 car from the 1950s.
Common: Hunter (164,090)
The name Hunter might be common among men born since the year 2000, but in the automotive realm, it's less known. The Hillman Hunter was a rather unassuming sedan (with a brief run of station wagon variants) built for several markets including the U.K. and Australia from 1967 through 1979.
Common: Austin (167,301)
Austin is synonymous with Britain's auto industry, or at least, it was. The Austin nameplate went away in 1989, but it endured for nearly a century and is credited with mobilizing the U.K. with a range of models, not the least of which being the Mini. Barring other extremely common names that don't necessarily have a strong automotive connection, it's the most common auto-themed name for males in the U.S. born since 2000. The rest of this list will cover the least common.
Uncommon: Alfa (11)
Counting down from highest to lowest, our first step into uncommon names starts with Alfa. The reference, of course, is to Alfa Romeo, but the data shows that only 11 boys were given this name in the last 20 years.
Uncommon: Cadillac (6)
Cadillac is one of the oldest names in the automotive world, dating back to 1902. It was named for French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who established what would become Detroit. Cadillac remains a relatively common surname, but obviously it's quite rare for a first name.
Uncommon: Mercedes (7)
Actually, Mercedes isn't an unusual name. You will see it on our upcoming list of girls' names, in the common section no less. But for boys, it is decidedly very unusual.
Uncommon: Chevrolet (5)
Yes, five boys in the U.S. since 2000 have the first name of Chevrolet. We'll assume it's usually shortened to Chevy and pronounced in the same manner as noted comedian and actor Chevy Chase's name (ch sound as opposed to the sh sound for the automaker's name). It's also tied with the least common auto name in the U.S., which you already know thanks to our headline.
Uncommon: Subaru (5)
In Japanese, Subaru is the name for the Pleiades star cluster – the same cluster of stars you see in Subaru's logo. In America, it's also the first name for five boys born after the year 2000. It's tied with Chevrolet as the least common auto-themed name on this list, but at least the folks named Chevy have some Hollywood star power backing them up. These guys just have nicknames likes Subie or Rex to fall back on.
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