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Popularity of the Baby Name Jenilee

Number of Babies Named Jenilee

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Kebrina, the Psychic-to-the-Stars Baby Name

Kebrina Kinkade, psychic, infomecial
Kebrina Kinkade in the “Kebrina’s Psychic Answer” infomercial

My favorite pop culture baby names are the ones that refer to incredibly cheesy things like Rambo, Star Search, and Dijonniase.

The baby name Kebrina, in terms of cheesiness, does not disappoint.

It debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1979, and usage peaked in 1993:

  • 1996: unlisted
  • 1995: 7 baby girls name Kebrina
  • 1994: 7 baby girls name Kebrina
  • 1993: 50 baby girls name Kebrina
  • 1992: 30 baby girls name Kebrina
  • […unlisted…]
  • 1979: 5 baby girls name Kebrina [debut]
  • 1978: unlisted

The inspiration?

Kebrina Kinkade, the original “psychic to the stars.”

She was already hobnobbing with celebrities (David Hasselhoff, Bruce Jenner, Dick Van Patten, Lorne Greene, etc.) in the late 1970s, but it wasn’t until 1979, the year she appeared on several TV talk shows, that she achieved enough visibility to influence the baby name charts.

Her name did not make the charts during the ’80s, but it pops up in magazines and newspapers throughout the decade. She’s mentioned in a 1982 People article about a missing person investigation, for instance. (They misspelled her name Kabrina Kincaid.) She also came up in a 1987 newspaper article about how the predictions made by America’s “38 top astrologers and psychics” the year before were mostly incorrect.

Expectant parents didn’t take notice of her name again until the infomercial for “Kebrina’s Psychic Answer” — a psychic hotline that costed callers $3.99 per minute — started airing on television in 1992. The spot, hosted by actors Erik Estrada and Jenilee Harrison, ran until 1994.

I’m not sure what Kebrina Kinkade is up to these days, but I’m sure she’d be happy to know that she’s got dozens of namesakes. (I wonder if she could have predicted it…?)

What do you think of the name Kebrina?

Sources:

  • Blodgett, Ralph. “A few hits, many misses in seers’ 1986 predictions.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 5 Jan. 1987: 17.
  • Gioia Diliberto, Gioia. “A Soldier Disappears, and His Family Launches a Nine-Year Investigation That Ends in Grief” People 11 Jan. 1982.

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1980s

I’ve saved the best for last!

Each of these baby names made the U.S. top 1,000 list exactly once — sometime during the 1980s.

Girls

  • Audriana ranked 864th in 1989
  • Audrianna ranked 760th in 1989
  • Britta ranked 861st in 1986
  • Brittnay ranked 935th in 1989
  • Cherrelle ranked 879th in 1986 – influence: singer Cherrelle
  • Cristen ranked 970th in 1982
  • Diandra ranked 904th in 1988
  • Dwan ranked 877th in 1983
  • Evita ranked 775th in 1981 – influence: Broadway musical Evita
  • Grecia ranked 979th in 1988
  • Grisel ranked 784th in 1984
  • Jalissa ranked 969th in 1988 – influence: TV show A Different World
  • Jenilee ranked 820th in 1982
  • Joi ranked 911th in 1981
  • Kyrie ranked 960th in 1986
  • Latoyia ranked 899th in 1981
  • Martine ranked 794th in 1981
  • Nereida ranked 984th in 1981
  • Renada ranked 706th in 1980
  • Sable ranked 904th in 1986
  • Shardae ranked 834th in 1986 – influence: singer Sade
  • Sharde ranked 875th in 1986 – influence: singer Sade
  • Sharday ranked 938th in 1986 – influence: singer Sade
  • Shatara ranked 991st in 1986
  • Shenna ranked 861st in 1984
  • Shira ranked 988th in 1985 – influence: She-Ra: Princess of Power
  • Taja ranked 727th in 1988 – influence: Taja Sevelle
  • Tashina ranked 900th in 1981
  • Teela ranked 872nd in 1984 – influence: TV show He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Tenika ranked 949th in 1982
  • Violeta ranked 965th in 1985
  • Tai ranked 937th in 1980

Boys

  • Adalberto ranked 918th in 1981
  • Brantley ranked 985th in 1988
  • Cordaro ranked 908th in 1987 – influence: soap opera One Life to Live
  • Geraldo ranked 889th in 1998 – influence: Geraldo Rivera
  • Horacio ranked 995th in 1980
  • Hung ranked 957th in 1982
  • Huy ranked 997th in 1982
  • Joseluis ranked 970th in 1987
  • Marchello ranked 844th in 1981
  • Tavaris ranked 994th in 1984
  • Trumaine ranked 952nd in 1983

There are actually a few more one-hits from this decade, but they’re a little different. I’ll talk about them tomorrow.

UPDATE: Here they are! The Great Baby Name Glitch of 1989 – Christop, Alexandr, Elizabet

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