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How popular is the baby name Calizza in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Calizza and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Calizza.
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The first and only time the baby name Drene made it onto the SSA’s list was 1946:
1946: 6 baby girls named Drene [debut]
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,” a late-night radio variety show sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The 30-minute program, which featured singing and comedy, is where the sketch comedy series The Bickersons (starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford) got its start.
“Drene Time” only lasted from mid-1946 to mid-1947, but that gave it enough time to influence the baby name charts, if only slightly.
Drene shampoo continued to be sold until the 1970s, at which point P&G stopped production in the U.S.
We may not be able to stop the Cheesepocalypse, but while we’re waiting it out, we can talk about how Velveeta isn’t just a product name — it’s also a baby name! The name Velveeta first appeared on the SSA’s baby name list in the 1950s:
1971: 8 baby girls named Velveeta
1966: 5 baby girls named Velveeta
1959: 6 baby girls named Velveeta
1958: 5 baby girls named Velveeta
1957: 7 baby girls named Velveeta [debut]
These numbers don’t give the full picture, though. Usage of the name (and of the product itself) was highest in the middle of the century, but I’ve found people named Velveeta born as early as the 1930s and as late as the 1980s.
So where does the word “Velveeta” come from?
The product was invented in the late 1910s by Swiss-born cheesemaker Emil Frey. The Kraft-Phenix company (later just Kraft) ended up acquiring the processed cheese spread and naming it “Velveeta” for its velvety consistency.
Velveeta was introduced nationally in the late 1920s, right around the start of the Great Depression. Here’s a Velveeta ad from 1929 telling people about the “delicious new cheese product.”
What do you think of the name Velveeta?
Do you know anyone with the name? How do they like it?
Here’s a baby name that might make you hungry: Calizza. It appeared on the SSA’s baby name list in 1986 but never again, making it a true one-hit wonder.
1986: 8 baby girls named Calizza [debut]
Calizza, like Dijonnaise, can be traced back to a new food item and (more importantly) the national marketing campaign associated with that new food item.
In this case, the food item was Pizza Hut’s Calizza — a portmanteau of the words calzone and pizza. It was introduced in early 1986 with the help of commercials like this one:
The Calizza was a six-inch turnover available in two flavors: five-cheese blend and sausage/green pepper.
If you’re curious to try a Calizza, Pizza Hut won’t be able to help you — they unceremoniously discontinued the Calizza a few years after introducing it. But you could always give this blogger-created 3 Cheese Calizza recipe a shot.