One-Hit Wonder Baby Name: Lencola

Lencola Sullivan Miss Arkansas 1980

In 1980, the baby name Lencola hit the SSA’s baby name list for the first and only time:

  • 1979: not listed
  • 1980: 10 baby girls named Lencola [debut]
  • 1981: not listed


Because of beauty queen Lencola Sullivan.

In August of 1980, Lencola Sullivan became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Arkansas.

In September, she went on to become the first African-American woman to place in the top five at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. (She was 4th runner-up.)

Where is Lencola Sullivan these days? “Well I’m living in The Netherlands now, happily married, I work for Shell Oil Company.” If you’d like to say hello, she’s @lencola on Twitter.

Source: Where Are They Now?: Lencola Sullivan

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