The pretty name Amoreena debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1971 and was used most often during the 1970s:
- 1974: 10 baby girls named Amoreena
- 1973: 17 baby girls named Amoreena
- 1972: 15 baby girls named Amoreena
- 1971: 14 baby girls named Amoreena
- 1970: unlisted
- 1969: unlisted
Where did it come from?
The Elton John song “Amoreena.” It was never released as a single, but was featured on the album Tumbleweed Connection, “a loose concept record about the Old West written by two people [composer Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin] who had never even been to America.” The record came out in October of 1970.
According to one source, the song was a nod to Joe Cocker’s “Delta Lady” (1969). “Both songs paint lyrical images of a lusty country girl in a pastoral setting.”
So how did Bernie Taupin come up with the name?
No one knows. One theory is that it’s based on amor, which means “love” in several Latin-based languages (including Spanish).
But we do know that the wife of Ray Williams (Elton John’s first manager) was pregnant at the time, and that Taupin suggested “Amoreena” as a potential baby name. Amoreena Joanne Williams was born during the first half of 1970, months before the album was released.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Amoreena?
- Bernardin, Claude and Tom Stanton. Rocket Man: Elton John from A-Z. CT, Westport: Praeger Publishers, 1996.
- I discovered Sir Elton – Daily Mail
- Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Elton John Deep Cuts
P.S. More than a decade later, the Elton John song “Nikita” had a similar influence on the name Nikita.