How Many Babies Have Been Named Sephora?

Sephora, the French cosmetics store, opened its first U.S. location in New York in 1998. By late 1999, close to 40 Sephoras had opened. Today there are over 250 Sephora stores and over 200 “Sephora inside JCPenney” stores in the U.S.

How many U.S. babies have been named Sephora in the last couple of decades? Let’s check it out:

  • 2009: 37 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2008: 37 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2007: 24 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2006: 30 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2005: 17 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2004: 15 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2003: 17 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2002: 18 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2001: 20 baby girls named Sephora
  • 2000: 11 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1999: 11 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1998: 7 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1997: 14 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1996: unlisted
  • 1995: 8 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1994: 5 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1993: 7 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1992: 7 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1991: 5 baby girls named Sephora
  • 1990: unlisted

Nearly 250 baby Sephoras since 1998. That’s almost a baby per store. (Makes me wonder if any of these Sephoras have brothers named MAC.)

According to the company, its name is a blend of Zipporah and sephos, an ancient Greek term for “pretty.” I’m not so sure about that second part, though. I know of sophos, “clever,” and psephos, “pebble,” but I’ve never come across sephos before. I’d be curious to know if the word even exists…

Sources: About Sephora, Looks Matter

8 thoughts on “How Many Babies Have Been Named Sephora?

  1. Hmm, true. Looking online for sephos just turns up a bunch of people talking about Sephora. That’s not convincing. Hope someone with lots of Greek knowledge is reading!

    Also, I’m trying to let this ruin Tziporah for me…..

  2. This is really cool, not trying to sound crazy but I must be the 1st person in America to be named Sephora. I was born in 1981 and according to this site I must be. I have yet to meet another Sephora in person.

    The name Sephora is the French spelling of Zipporah whcih is in the Bible. Exodus chapter 2 verse 22 it your looking. Zipporah is actually herbrew which means beautiful bird and wise one.

    i love having such an original name. when I was young I hated it because it was too different and when your a kid you want to be “normal” but now I wear it like a badge of honor.

  3. Hi Sephora, thanks for the comment!

    The data indicates that the name started picking up steam in the ’90s, but not that no one ever got the name before that point. :)

    In fact, records show that dozens — maybe hundreds — of U.S. women were named Sephora long before the 1990s. (The earliest I’ve found so far in the U.S. was born circa 1809.)

  4. My name is a Sephora also. I was born in 1975. My mom loved the name because she was watching the 10 Commandments with Charlton Heston when she was pregnant and it is in the beginning credits. It does mean” little bird” in Hebrew. I think it is an awesome name for a baby I try to get all my friends to consider it whenever I can! Although my name is spelled with the O, we don’t use it. We pronounce my name like “Sefra”. Just thought I would share that with you all.

  5. Hey Sephora piper:

    My name is a Sephora also. I was born in 1974 in Brazil. My grandmother loved the name when she watched the 10 Commandments with Charlton Heston and suggested to my mom. Yes, it means ” little bird” in Hebrew.

    True, not the easiest name when you are a child but after i grew up i started loving it!

  6. Hi, it looks like I’m the oldest sephora in the world after Moses. I was born in 1964. Actually my name is spelled séfora because the original catholic bible spells séfora. Actually séfora means a female bird flying and it’s a popular name among the Jewish. Some bible spell zipora. No doubt that the brand took after the biblical name. I always loved my name. I há?ek come across 3 people called séfora so far. All of them younger than me. I love my name. Never passes without a comment . Before it was different, exotic, some people though it was ugly, but now it’s posh!! Chic!

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