The Baby Name Alize

the baby name alizePassion fruit-flavored liqueur Alizé Gold Passion was introduced to the U.S. market in 1986.

The next year, the name Alize debuted on the SSA’s baby name list, though it remained rare.

  • 1986: not listed
  • 1987: 5 baby girls named Alize [debut]
  • 1988: not listed
  • 1989: 6 baby girls named Alize
  • 1990: not listed

During the early 1990s, usage of the baby name Alize picked up steam…

  • 1991: not listed
  • 1992: 5 baby girls named Alize
  • 1993: 12 baby girls named Alize
  • 1994: 24 baby girls named Alize

…but it wasn’t until 1995 that the numbers really started climbing.

  • 1995: 143 baby girls and 30 baby boys [debut] named Alize
  • 1996: 282 baby girls and 44 baby boys named Alize
  • 1997: 274 baby girls and 53 baby boys named Alize
  • 1998: 311 baby girls and 44 baby boys named Alize

Why?

The Alizé website spells it out for us:

Alizé reached great heights with substantial features in music lyrics and videos. Alizé was mentioned in 30 top 10 singles from artists such as 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z & Queen Latifah.

A huge pop-culture push in the mid-1990s, in other words.

Alizé was mentioned in Tupac’s “Thug Passion” (1996), Biggie’s “Juicy” (1994), Jay-Z’s “Can I Get A…” (1998), and by Queen Latifah in a popular remix of Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down” (1994-ish).

The brand name Alizé comes from the French word alizé, the name of a local trade wind.

[The baby name Adidas has a similar explanation — urban music popularizing a brand name as a baby name.]


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