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