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Popularity of the Baby Name Bavan


Posts that Mention the Name Bavan

Interesting One-Hit Wonder Baby Names

They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. If this content looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen it before! I’ve just put it in a new spot. :)

Where did the baby name Bavan come from?

Yolande Bavan
Yolande Bavan

The interesting name Bavan was a one-hit wonder in the baby name data in the mid-1960s:

  • 1966: unlisted
  • 1965: unlisted
  • 1964: 5 baby girls named Bavan
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Jazz singer Yolande Bavan.

She was born Yolande Woolf in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1942. She moved to London in the early ’60s to launch a career in entertainment. She was primarily acting in stage roles when a friend (Indian film director Waris Hussein) recommended she start going by “Yolande Bavan.”

Not long after that, she was asked to replace “Ross” in the famous jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. (Annie Ross was leaving due to health issues.) Yolande joined in mid-1962, and thereafter the trio was known as Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan.

Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan
Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan

The trio performed at major jazz festivals, put out three albums, and made various TV appearances* together before disbanding in mid-1964.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Bavan? (Do you like it more or less than, say, the Irish name Bevin?)

*The trio performed on a late 1962 episode of To Tell the Truth — right after a segment in which Yolande was a contestant.

Sources: Singing the truth – The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka), Yolande Bavan pines for home – The Island (Sri Lanka), Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan (February 22, 1963) – Jazz Casual [vid]