Lahoma was going to be one of last week’s mystery names, but as I was writing the post I figured out the source, so…mystery solved!
From 1967 to 1968, the popularity of Lahoma more than quadrupled (24 baby girls to 109 baby girls). But, for long time, I couldn’t find any information on “Lahoma” beyond the town of Lahoma, Oklahoma, or the state of Oklahoma itself.
Finally I uncovered the answer in the world of television. Popular soap opera Another World introduced a character named Lahoma Vane (played by Ann Wedgeworth) in August of 1967. In one episode of the show, Lahoma even discusses her name:
Russ assured Lahoma he wouldn’t make fun of her name, which was the name of her great-grandmother, a Cherokee Indian. Lahoma didn’t know what her name meant but joked that it sounded like a certain state with a syllable missing.
(FWIW, the Choctaw word Oklahoma was coined in 1866 and means “red people” or “red nation.”)
What do you think of the name Lahoma?