Bottled water became increasingly trendy in the U.S. during the final decades of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the mid-to-late ’90s, though, that major players in the beverage industry finally hopped on the bandwagon: Pepsi launched Aquafina in 1994, and Coca-Cola followed with Dasani in 1999.
While I’ve never* seen “Aquafina” used as a human name, Dasani popped up in the U.S. baby name data right on cue in 1999. In fact, in was a rare dual-gender** debut that year:
- 2004: 63 baby girls + 19 baby boys named Dasani
- 2003: 67 baby girls + 18 baby boys named Dasani
- 2002: 105 baby girls + 28 baby boys named Dasani
- 2001: 94 baby girls + 60 baby boys named Dasani
- 2000: 58 baby girls + 37 baby boys named Dasani
- 1999: 9 baby girls + 9 baby boys named Dasani
- 1998: unlisted
- 1997: unlisted
People are having a lot of fun guessing the origin of the name DASANI. One Coca-Cola executive jokingly said it sounded like a “Roman god of water.” Actually, the name DASANI is an original creation. Consumer testing showed that the name is relaxing and suggests pureness and replenishment.
Similarly, an article from early 1999 explained that “the name Dasani isn’t derived from any existing word, English or foreign, but is meant to evoke the idea of freshness and purity.”
What are your thoughts on the baby name Dasani?
*I’ve seen Aquafina used as a stage name, though: Awkwafina (born Nora Lum).
- “‘Coke’ to introduce U.S. bottled water.” Telegraph-Herald 20 Feb. 1999: 9A.
- How Bottled Water Became America’s Most Popular Beverage