ORIGIN AND HISTORY
In the United States, Ike was a popular given name in the 19th century, reaching as high as the 184th most popular name for baby boys in 1884. Ike remained moderately popular through the turn of the 20th century, but dropped to the lower ranks of the top 1000 chart by the 1920s. Ike has not appeared on the top 1000 most popular boy's name list since the year 1957.
Ike is more commonly used in the United States as a nickname. Names that are often shortened to Ike are still high on the top 1000 list, including Issac (#42 in 2007), Isaak (#995) and Isaiah (#43 in 2007).
In some parts of the United States, usage of this nickname may suffer from the "Hurricane Effect", after damages from the 2008 Hurricane Ike.
Ike is a moderately popular name in Australia. It ranked highest in recent years at number 533 in 1999, and in 2003 it ranked 545th.
- Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower went by the nickname Ike. This nickname derives from the "eye" sound in his surname, and was given to him by his peers at West Point. Eisenhower's famous campaign slogan was "I like Ike."
- February 13th is recognized as a Name Day for Ike in Estonia.
- Hurricane Ike was a large Category 2 hurricane that caused damages to Houston and several deaths in Cuba in 2008. Although this was only a Category 2 storm, it was made extra dangerous by its immense size, described in the media as being "the size of Texas."
- The Ikettes: backup singers for Ike Turner. The members were Robbie Montgomery, Venetta Fields and Jessie Smith.
- Ike's Farmers Market
- IKE: Internet Key Exchange
- Ike: 1979 film about Dwight Eisenhower
- Ike Altgens: photographer and journalist (born April 28, 1919)
- Ike Barinholtz: comedian (born February 18, 1977)
- Ike Boone: baseball player (born February 17, 1897)
- Ike Brown: baseball player (born April 13, 1942)
- Ike Charlton: football player (born October 6, 1977)
- Ike Clanton: old west gunfighter (born 1847)
- Ike Delock: baseball player (born November 11, 1929)
- Ike Diogu: basketball player (born September 11, 1983)
- Ike Harris: football player and businessman (born November 27, 1952)
- Ike Hilliard: football player
- Ike Mackay: soccer player (born August 2, 1948)
- Ike no Taiga: painter
- Ike Nwachukwu: Nigerian politician (born September 1, 1940)
- Ike Reese: football player and ESPN announcer (born October 16, 1973)
- Ike Reilly: musician
- Ike Taylor: football player (born May 5, 1980)
- Ike Turner: musician (November 5, 1931)
- Ike Willis: musician
Author: Sarena Ulibarri
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