Passion 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
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.]