We may not be able to stop the Cheesepocalypse, but while we’re waiting it out, we can talk about how Velveeta isn’t just a product name — it’s also a baby name! The name Velveeta first appeared on the SSA’s baby name list in the 1950s:
- 1971: 8 baby girls named Velveeta
- 1966: 5 baby girls named Velveeta
- 1959: 6 baby girls named Velveeta
- 1958: 5 baby girls named Velveeta
- 1957: 7 baby girls named Velveeta [debut]
These numbers don’t give the full picture, though. Usage of the name (and of the product itself) was highest in the middle of the century, but I’ve found people named Velveeta born as early as the 1930s and as late as the 1980s.
So where does the word “Velveeta” come from?
The product was invented in the late 1910s by Swiss-born cheesemaker Emil Frey. The Kraft-Phenix company (later just Kraft) ended up acquiring the processed cheese spread and naming it “Velveeta” for its velvety consistency.
What do you think of the name Velveeta?
Do you know anyone with the name? How do they like it?