The Baby Name Annazette

jive magazine, cover girl, annazette, 1960s
“Cover Girl: Annazette Williams”
© 1962 Jive

In the early 1960s, the name Annazette appeared for just two years in the national data set:

  • 1964: unlisted
  • 1963: 13 baby girls named Annazette
  • 1962: 7 baby girls named Annazette [debut]
  • 1961: unlisted

What gave it a boost?

Annazette Williams, the bathing beauty featured on the cover of Jive magazine in February of 1962. It’s likely that images of her were appearing in various publications around this time, and that this accounts for the name’s two-year showing.

She went on to become an actress (under the name Annazette Chase) and appeared both on TV and in the movies during the rest of the ’60s and throughout the ’70s. Her films include The Mack (1973), Truck Turner (1974), and The Greatest (1977) with Muhammad Ali.

One of the Annazettes born in 1962 was Chicago politician Annazette Collins.

Source: McCann, Bob. Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010.

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