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Pop Culture Baby Name: Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan wasn’t born with the name Chaka Khan.

The Grammy-winning singer, born in Chicago in 1953, was originally named Yvette Marie Stevens.

During her teens, Yvette “met a Yoruba priest who gave her a new name…based on her orishas, or guiding spirits.” Her new names, in order, were Chaka, Adunne, Aduffe, Yemoja, Hodarhi, and Karifi.

A few years later, she married for the first time and took her husband’s surname, Khan.

Hence, the stage name Chaka Khan.


Chaka joined the funk band Rufus in 1972.

In 1975, they released their fourth studio album, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, which included the popular single “Sweet Thing.”

That year and the next, the baby name Chakakhan appeared on the SSA’s baby name list:

  • 1977: unlisted
  • 1976: 16 baby girls named Chakakhan
  • 1975: 21 baby girls named Chakakhan [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted

Very likely these parents wrote the name with a space — “Chaka Khan” — but the SSA ignores spaces in first names.

The baby name Chaka also became more popular, but only for baby girls (many of whom were probably given Khan as a middle name):

  • 1977: 87 baby girls, 16 baby boys named Chaka
  • 1976: 147 baby girls, 20 baby boys named Chaka
  • 1975: 120 baby girls, 18 baby boys named Chaka
  • 1974: 15 baby girls, 18 baby boys named Chaka

It has since dropped off the list entirely for both genders.

Chaka Khan eventually left Rufus and began a solo career, and in 2011 she was given the 2,440th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Source: Ollison, Rashod D. “Through the Fire.” Sun [Baltimore] 28 Oct. 2003: 1E.

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1970s

Here are the one-hit wonder names of the 1970s:

Girl Names

  • Ariane ranked 886th in 1978
  • Brande ranked 785th in 1974
  • Camisha ranked 815th in 1972
  • Chaka ranked 898th in 1976 – influence: Chaka Khan
  • Corie ranked 973rd in 1977
  • Dyan ranked 980th in 1970 – influence: Dyan Cannon
  • Kamilah ranked 855th in 1977
  • Keena ranked 853rd in 1972
  • Kindra ranked 965th in 1978
  • Pepper ranked 956th in 1975
  • Shandra 999th in 1976
  • Sharee ranked 929th in 1979
  • Shawnna ranked 963rd in 1977
  • Shawnte ranked 744th in 1977
  • Somer ranked 932nd in 1978
  • Tamisha ranked 995th in 1974
  • Tisa ranked 912th in 1970
  • Torie ranked 977th in 1976
  • Treena ranked 995th in 1970

Boy Names

  • Abelardo ranked 983rd in 1972
  • Amin ranked 907th in 1977
  • Demetric ranked 993rd in 1977
  • Diallo ranked 918th in 1972
  • Dimitrios ranked 991st in 1976
  • Hakim ranked 879th in 1976
  • Hasan ranked 952nd in 1978
  • Jabbar ranked 912th in 1972 – influence: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Jerimy ranked 964th in 1976
  • Kareen ranked 982nd in 1975 – influence: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Kinte ranked 839th in 1977 – influence: Roots
  • Kunta ranked 572nd in 1977 – influence: Roots
  • Mauro ranked 995th in 1974
  • Shalon ranked 867th in 1977
  • Toma ranked 884th in 1974
  • Torry ranked 996th in 1976

All one-hit wonder lists: 1880s, 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s.