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Popularity of the Baby Name Apasra

Number of Babies Named Apasra

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Drene, The Shampoo-Inspired Baby Name

Drene Shampoo

The first and only time the baby name Drene made it onto the SSA’s list was 1946:

  • 1947: unlisted
  • 1946: 6 baby girls named Drene [debut]
  • 1945: unlisted

The inspiration?

Drene shampoo…kind of.

Drene, the first shampoo to use synthetic detergent instead of soap, had been introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1934. So the product had been on the market for more than a decade by the mid-1940s.

What drew people’s attention to Drene in 1946 specifically, then?

Drene Time (NBC), the Sunday night radio series sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The 30-minute variety show featured singing and comedy and was co-hosted by Don Ameche and Frances Langford. It only lasted from mid-1946 to mid-1947, but that gave it enough time to influence the baby name charts, if only slightly.

Don Ameche and Frances Langford went on to co-star in the sketch comedy radio series The Bickersons (1947-1951), which featured characters they’d played on Drene Time.

Drene shampoo continued to be sold until the 1970s, at which point P&G stopped production in the U.S.

Source: Drene Shampoo, Medium, 3 oz. | National Museum of American History

Baby Girls Named Apasra in 1965

Apasra Hongsakula
In 1965, the baby name Apasra debuted on the SSA’s list:

  • 1966: unlisted
  • 1965: 5 baby girls named Apasra [debut]
  • 1964: unlisted

The next year it dropped back off the list, and it’s been gone ever since, making Apasra a one-hit wonder.

Where did it come from?

The 1965 Miss Universe pageant.

The winner of the pageant in July of that year was a young woman named Apasra Hongsakula from Bangkok, Thailand.

Apasra was the first Thai woman and the second Asian woman (after Akiko Kojima of Japan) to be named Miss Universe.