When I first spotted the one-hit wonder baby name Tsitsiki, I honestly thought it might have something to do with Greek yogurt.
Turns out the answer is not tzatziki, but more likely Chicago news anchor Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix.
According to the SSA’s baby name list, eight baby girls were named Tsitsiki in 2004. All of these baby girls were born in Illinois.
2004: 8 baby girls named Tsitsiki [debut]
The name had never been on the list before, and it hasn’t made an appearance since.
Tsi-Tsi-Ki Félix is originally from Michoacán, México. Her name is based on the Purépecha word tsitsiki, which means “flower.”
She joined Telemundo Chicago in 2001 as a reporter, was promoted to co-anchor of the 5 p.m. news in 2005, then became solo anchor of both the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. news in 2009. I’m not sure what event boosted her profile in 2004, though…maybe a Telemundo advertising campaign?
Which leads me to a sub-theory: 2004 was the year Mexican-American singer Lila Downs released the folk album Una Sangre/One Blood, which include the Purépecha song “Tirineni Tsitsiki.” The album sold well and earned Downs a Latin Grammy Award the following year. The song may have helped popularize the name Tsitsiki in 2004 specifically.
What are your thoughts on the name Tsitsiki?
P.S. Lila Downs has a son named Benito Dxuladi, dxuladi [shoo-la-dee] being the Zapotec word for “chocolate.”
*I never blogged about these three, so here are the details:
In 2001, Jason Black and Frances Schroeder of New York tried to auction off the name of the their third child (first son) via Yahoo and eBay. They were aiming for a corporate sponsor, so the bidding started at $500,000. No one bid. They ended up naming the baby Zane Black.
In 2002, Bob and Tracy Armstrong from Florida tried to auction off the name of their baby (gender unknown) via eBay. After eBay pulled the auction for the third time, they decided not to try again.
In 2002, Heather and Steve Johnston of Washington state tried to auction off the name of their baby boy via eBay. The bidding started at $250,000. I found no follow-up stories, so I imagine the auction was either pulled or unsuccessful.
Video games on one end, $15,000 on the other…such wildly different values placed on baby names. Kinda fascinating, isn’t it?
In 1938, The Montreal Gazette noted that fascist baby names were all the rage.
There has been a regular epidemic of “Adriens” and the feminine form, “Adreinnes,” among Monteal’s new born babies during the past few months, all the children being named in honor of Adrien Arcand, Supreme Chief of the Quebec Fascists.
Adrien Arcand (1899-1967), a journalist by profession, was also high-profile fascist and anti-Semite of the 1930s. He liked to refer to himself as the Canadian Führer.
Other Montreal babies were named Gabriel and Gabrielle after local fascist leader Gabriel Lambert. One was named Adolph Benito Adrien “in honor of Hitler, Mussolini and Arcand.”
Are you a resident of Potenza, Italy? Are you expecting a baby next year?
If you answered yes to both of the above questions, the Movimento Sociale Fiamma Tricolore (a small neo-fascist political party) would like to suggest the names Benito and Rachele.
Parents who name their babies after either the dictator or his (second) wife will receive $1,940 from the group…so long as they “promise to use the money on cribs, clothes, food or other necessary items for their infants.”