Mystery Baby Name: Lavoris


The name Lavoris debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1961:

  • 1966: 6 baby girls named Lavoris
  • 1965: 18 baby girls named Lavoris
  • 1964: 20 baby girls named Lavoris
  • 1963: 28 baby girls named Lavoris
  • 1962: 40 baby girls and 7 baby boys named Lavoris
  • 1961: 36 baby girls and 6 baby boys named Lavoris [debut]
  • 1960: unlisted

Was the name inspired by Lavoris mouthwash?

That’s my only theory so far, but it’s not a great one.

Lavoris mouthwash, which has been around since 1903, was popular in the middle of the 20th century. But this doesn’t explain why dozens of babies suddenly got the name “Lavoris” in 1961. I haven’t found any evidence of a big Lavoris mouthwash advertising campaign in 1960/1961; the ads seem to run consistently throughout the ’50s and ’60s.

Like Toshiba, another name that also happens to be a popular brand, the brand could either be the answer, or be masking the answer (when I do internet searches). Very frustrating.

Any ideas on this one?

Source: Lavoris – Evergreen Brands

2 thoughts on “Mystery Baby Name: Lavoris

  1. People on the internet seem unanimously convinced that Lavorises were named after the mouthwash. I have absolutely no evidence for this theory, but perhaps in the early 1960s hospitals went through a phase of including mouthwash in the hygiene supplies provided to new mothers in the delivery room. If the bottle was one of the first things parents saw after their babies were born, it might have inspired some of them to use Lavoris as a baby name.

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