The Coming of Carmindy

carmindy, baby name, 2000s, television
Carmindy of WNTW

The baby name Carmindy debuted in the SSA data in 2006 and hung around until 2011:

  • 2012: unlisted
  • 2011: 6 baby girls named Carmindy
  • 2010: 12 baby girls named Carmindy
  • 2009: 7 baby girls named Carmindy
  • 2008: 8 baby girls named Carmindy
  • 2007: 9 baby girls named Carmindy
  • 2006: 8 baby girls named Carmindy [debut]
  • 2005: unlisted

TLC’s What Not to Wear (2003-2013) is one of the few reality TV shows that I’ve ever watched with any sort of regularity, so I knew the source of this one right away: Carmindy, WNTW’s on-air make-up artist.

I don’t know the story behind Carmindy Bowyer’s first name, but I do know that the stress is on the first syllable (CAR-min-dee).

The variant Karmindy also appeared in the data (just once) while the popular makeover show was on the air.

What are your thoughts on the name Carmindy?

P.S. On the show, Carmindy turned her first name into a verb: carmindize. Here’s how she described carmindizing in a blog post: “Next, you will want to Carmindize your face by applying a cream highlighter on the brow bone, on the inner corners of the eyes and on tops of your cheekbones.”


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