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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

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

Girl Names

  • 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: cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power)
  • Taja – ranked 727th in 1988 (influence: Taja Sevelle)
  • Tashina – ranked 900th in 1981
  • Teela – ranked 872nd in 1984 (influence: cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
  • Tenika – ranked 949th in 1982
  • Violeta – ranked 965th in 1985
  • Tai – ranked 937th in 1980

Boys Names

  • 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 — I call them them the Glitch Names of 1989. I’ll talk more about them tomorrow.

Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…