In the mid-1970s, the name Tavares suddenly popped up in the U.S. baby name data:
- 1978: 163 baby boys named Tavares
- 1977: 169 baby boys (peak) named Tavares
- 1976: 169 baby boys (peak) / 5 baby girls named Tavares
- 1975: 162 baby boys / 10 baby girls named Tavares
- 1974: 60 baby boys / 8 baby girls named Tavares [dual-debut]
- 1973: unlisted
What was behind the debut?
Tavares, a soul/R&B music group consisting of the five Tavares brothers: Ralph, Arthur (called “Pooch”), Antone (“Chubby”), Feliciano (“Butch”), and Perry (“Tiny”).
They scored their first hit in 1974 with a cover of the Hall & Oates song “She’s Gone.” The cover reached #1 on Billboard‘s R&B chart and peaked at #50 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Over the next few years, the brothers put out a string of successful songs, including “It Only Takes a Minute” (1975) and “Whodunit” (1977).
The Tavares brothers were born and raised in New England, but were of Cape Verdean ancestry. Their Portuguese surname was originally a “habitational name from any of at least seven minor places” in Portugal called Tavares.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Tavares?
- Tavares (group) – Wikipedia
- Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
P.S. Butch was married to Lola Falana from 1971 to 1975.