While researching the name Tiare on Monday, I discovered another Tahitian name in the U.S. baby name data: Vaitiare, which means “water flower” in Tahitian. It was a one-hit wonder on the list in 1991:
- 1993: unlisted
- 1992: unlisted
- 1991: 5 baby girls named Vaitiare [debut]
- 1990: unlisted
- 1989: unlisted
The influence here might have been Tahitian model/actress Vaitiare Hirshon, who dated Julio Iglesias for much of the 1980s.