The unusual name Kawhi debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2013 and has been on the rise ever since.
2016: 42 baby boys named Kawhi
2015: 12 baby boys named Kawhi
2014: 25 baby boys named Kawhi
2013: 7 baby boys named Kawhi [debut]
What put this name on the map?
Professional basketball player Kawhi (pronounced kah-WAI) Leonard, who has had a successful career playing for several NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs (2011-2018), the Toronto Raptors (2018-2019), and currently the LA Clippers. So far he’s won two NBA championships (2014 & 2019) and, both times, he was named Finals MVP.
Where did his name come from?
Kawhi Leonard told ESPN that his late father, Mark, “said he wanted something that sounded Hawaiian” for his son’s name. (Kawhi, the youngest in the family, has four older sisters.) So the name “Kawhi” is a take on the name of the Hawaiian island Kauai (which is most properly pronounced with three syllables: kuh-WAI-ee).
What are your thoughts on the name Kawhi? (Do you like it more or less than the name Kauai?)
In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded Ireland’s now-famous Guinness Brewery.
A couple of years later, in 1761, he married his wife Olivia. She had 21 pregnancies — 10 live births and 11 miscarriages. (“It is a testament to her solid constitution that she survived 21 pregnancies in an era when so many women died in childbirth.”)
Here are the names of their ten children (4 girls, 6 boys):
Elizabeth (born in 1763)
Arthur II (1768)
William Lunell (1779)
John Grattan (1783)
Mary Anne (1787)
Three of Arthur’s sons — Arthur II, Benjamin, and William Lunell — ended up working in the family business.
I don’t know where the middle name “Lunell” came from, but “Grattan” was a surname on Olivia’s side of the family. It was her mother’s maiden name, and it was also the surname of distant cousin/politician Henry Grattan, “through whose lobbying major changes in the fiscal status of beer were eventually secured, most dramatically with the abolition of the excise duty on beer in 1795.”
The baby name Dulcey first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1967 and saw peak usage the very next year:
1971: 9 baby girls named Dulcey
1970: 12 baby girls named Dulcey
1969: 14 baby girls named Dulcey
1968: 57 baby girls named Dulcey [peak]
1967: 5 baby girls named Dulcey [debut]
(The spelling Dulcie also saw peak usage in 1968.)
What was the influence here?
A character from the short-lived TV western Cimarron Strip, which aired from September of 1967 to March of 1968.
The series was set in the late 1880s in Cimarron Territory (now the Oklahoma Panhandle), and the protagonist was a U.S. Marshal trying to bring law and order to the region. He often stayed at The Wayfarer’s Inn, which was owned and operated by a young woman from England named Dulcey Coopersmith (played by Jill Townsend).
What are your thoughts on the baby name Dulcey? How would you spell it?
The baby name Brycie was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data, appearing a single time in the 1960s:
1963: 6 baby girls named Brycie [debut]
Where did it come from?
Like the names Toika and Perette, Brycie was inspired by a character created for a single episode of the TV series Route 66. That episode, called “Only by Cunning Glimpses,” aired on December 7, 1962.
In the episode, main characters Tod and Buz encountered a nightclub mentalist named Brycie Koseloff (played by actress Lois Smith). Brycie made a series of dire predictions about Tod’s future — including the prediction that Tod would eventually kill Buz — and, shockingly, her predictions started coming true…
What are your thoughts on the name Brycie?
“Mentalist Makes Shocking Forecast On Route 66.” Daily Herald [Provo, Utah] December 3, 1962: 18.