Perfume Names as Baby Names

Perfume Names as Baby NamesWe all know that brand names are being used more and more often as baby names, and that brands associated with luxury or high status (e.g. Bentley, Tiffany) are particularly enticing to expectant parents.

So it’s not too surprising that there are a lot of people out there named after designer fragrances–women’s perfumes in particular, but men’s colognes and unisex fragrances as well. Here are two dozen examples:

Ajee
1994: Ajee perfume introduced by Revlon.
1994: The baby name Ajee debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. (It was the top debut name for girls that year.) Given to at least 301 baby girls and 35 baby boys since then.

Allure
1996: Allure perfume introduced by Chanel.
1997: The baby name Allure debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 193 baby girls since then.

Andron
1981: Andron perfume introduced by Jovan.
1981: The baby name Andron debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 65 baby boys since then.

Aviance
1975: Aviance perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1975: The baby name Aviance debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 439 baby girls since then.

Azuree
1969: Azurée perfume introduced by Estée Lauder.
1975: The baby name Azuree debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 93 baby girls since then.

Celisse
1982: Celisse perfume introduced by Dana.
1982: The baby name Celisse debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 102 baby girls since then.

Chimere
1979: Chimère perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1979: The baby name Chimere debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 817 baby girls and 5 baby boys since then. Cracked the top 1,000 for girls in 1980 and 1981.

Cristalle
1977: Cristalle perfume introduced by Chanel.
1977: The baby name Cristalle debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 64 baby girls since then.

Drakkar
1972: Drakkar cologne introduced by Guy Laroche.
1982: Drakkar Noir cologne introduced by Guy Laroche.
1987: The baby name Drakkar debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 137 baby boys since then.

Enjoli
1978: Enjoli perfume introduced by Revlon.
1978: The baby name Enjoli debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. (It was the top debut name for girls that year.) Given to at least 848 baby girls since then.

Envy
1997: Envy perfume introduced by Gucci.
1999: The baby name Envy debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 212 baby girls and 5 baby boys since then.

Eternity
1988: Eternity perfume introduced by Calvin Klein.
1990: The baby name Eternity debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 929 baby girls since then.

Euphoria
2005: Euphoria perfume introduced by Calvin Klein.
2007: The baby name Euphoria debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 6 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Jadore
1999: J’adore perfume introduced by Christian Dior.
2000: The baby name Jadore debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 183 baby girls and 15 baby boys since then.

Jontue
1975: Jontue perfume introduced by Revlon.
1977: The baby name Jontue debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 34 baby girls and 77 baby boys since then.

Lutece
1984: Lutèce perfume introduced by Houbigant.
1986: The baby name Lutece debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 17 baby girls since then (two-hit wonder).

Nahema
1979: Nahéma perfume introduced by Guerlain.
1981: The baby name Nahema debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 8 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Raffinee
1982: Raffinée perfume was introduced by Houbigant.
1982: The baby name Raffinee debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 38 baby girls since then.

Safari
1990: Safari perfume introduced by Ralph Lauren.
1992: The baby name Safari debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 124 baby girls since then.

Samsara
1989: Samsara perfume introduced by Guerlain.
1991: The baby name Samsara debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 25 baby girls since then.

Senchal
1981: Senchal perfume introduced by Charles of the Ritz.
1982: The baby name Senchal debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 7 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Sensi
2003: Sensi perfume introduced by Giorgio Armani.
2006: The baby name Sensi debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 5 baby girls since then (one-hit wonder).

Toccara
1981: Toccara perfume introduced by Avon.
1981: The baby name Toccara debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 961 baby girls and 14 baby boys since then. Toccara cracked the top 1,000 for girls in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Tresor
1990: Trésor perfume introduced by Lancôme.
1997: The baby name Tresor debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 5 baby girls since then.

Ysatis
1984: Ysatis perfume introduced by Givenchy.
1988: The baby name Ysatis debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 24 baby girls since then.

**Late addition (thanks Julie!):

Charisma
1968: Charisma perfume introduced by Avon.
1968: The baby name Charisma debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 2,934 baby girls since then.

**Another late addition (thanks Blue Juniper!):

Natori
1995: Natori perfume introduced by Avon
1995: The baby name Natori debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 354 baby girls and 6 baby boys since then.

**Two more I’ve discovered (January, 2015):

Antaeus
1981: Antaeus cologne introduced by Chanel.
1981: The baby name Antaeus debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 70 baby boys since then.

Pavi Elle
1983: Pavi Elle perfume introduced by Avon.
1983: The baby name Pavielle debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 131 baby girls since then.

**Five more (May, 2015):

Cachet
1970: Cachet perfume introduced by Prince Matchabelli.
1972: The baby name Cachet debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 285 baby girls since then.

Elan
1968: Elan perfume introduced by Coty.
1969: The baby name Elan debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 666 baby girls since then.

Florecita
2007: Florecita perfume introduced by Revelations.
2007: The baby name Florecita debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 14 baby girls since then.

Lahana
1992: Lahana perfume introduced by Avon.
1992: The baby name Lahana debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 31 baby girls since then.

Odyssey
1981: Odyssey perfume introduced by Avon.
1982: The baby name Odyssey debuted on the SSA’s baby name list. Given to at least 43 baby girls and 5 baby boys since then.

How many babies is that in total? More than 5,700 8,600 9,100 10,400.

And I’m sure that’s not all. Other fragrance names are harder to figure out, though. For instance, names like Aramis, Ciara, Devin, Imari, Jovan, Stetson and Tasha were surely helped out by the corresponding fragrances, even though they existed beforehand. And names like Armani and Fendi could have been inspired by fragrances, or they could have been inspired by something else associated with those particular fashion houses.

Can you think of any other perfumes that might have been used as baby names? Let me know and I’ll look them up!


7 thoughts on “Perfume Names as Baby Names

  1. The perfume baby name that instantly came to mind was Avon’s Charisma, supposedly actress Charisma Carpenter was named after the scent.

    Personally I known a Shalimar, who was named after the perfume, but I don’t know if it counts since the Shalimar Gardens was created in 1641.

  2. Just added Charisma – thanks!

    A 1997 article in the Chicago Tribune quotes Charisma Carpenter as saying that she was named after “a real tacky Avon perfume,” so it looks like she was indeed named after the fragrance. And, by the numbers, it looks like she gave the name Charisma a boost on the baby name charts just like Tocarra Jones have Toccara a boost. Interesting stuff!

    Shalimar is trickier. The perfume was introduced in the early 1920s, but the name didn’t start popping up on the SSA’s list until the 1954. This was the year Debra Paget’s Princess of the Nile came out. In the movie, she plays an Egyptian princess named Shalimar. So it’s hard to know which babies were named for the character, which for the perfume, which for the original gardens (as you mentioned), etc.

    In fact, it’s the same with many of the perfume names above — they were pre-existing words, there’s no way to know how many babies were named after the fragrances specifically. But their names began to be used as names thanks to fragrances, and I think that’s important to note. (Reminds me of all the female Madisons out there. The vast majority weren’t named after the Splash character, but they all have that character to thank for popularizing the name for girls in the first place.)

  3. This is an old post, but I knew a girl with the middle name Azuree, and she said her mother named her that because she liked the smell of the perfume. I thought it was crazy then, but Azuree DOES have a nice sound…

  4. My Life Partner and I have always named our 4 legged babies(dogs) after names of fragrances and their makers. The boys, Ralph Lauren, and Polo. The girls, Safari, Coco, Tresor, Chanel, and Nina. Their names are as memoriable as the love they have instilled upon our hearts in the 17 years my companion and I have been together.

  5. Looks like the baby name Rebelle, which debuted in 2013 with 5 baby girls, was inspired by Rihanna’s perfume Rebelle.

    And her latest perfume, Rogue, will probably end up giving the baby name Rogue a boost.

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