If we ignore all the 1989 names — which are only truncated spelling variants caused by the great baby name glitch of 1989 — the real #1 one-hit wonder becomes Meghaan.
Here’s what I can tell you about some of the above: Shastelyn, Jocell, Madelis and Raengel were inspired by Mexican beauty queens; Aidsa and Yaindhi were inspired by the TV show Objectivo Fama; Eshanti was inspired by singer Ashanti; Nykeba was inspired by a mention in Ebony magazine.
Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?
The Social Security Administration’s annual baby name list only includes names given to 5 or more U.S. babies, of either one gender or the other, per year.
Most rare names never make the list, but a select group have appeared a single time. I like to call these the one-hit wonder baby names.
One-hit wonders tend to pop up with a relatively low number of babies — 5 or 6 — but a handful are given to dozens of babies…only to disappear again the next year! Intriguing, no?
Below are the highest-charting, gender-specific, one-hit wonder names for every year on record before 2013. (We won’t know which 2013 names are one-hit wonders until later lists come out.) The format is: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.”
I don’t know much about Nuestra Belleza Mexico, but I can tell you that the Mexican beauty pageant/TV show has had a small effect on the U.S. baby names.
Name debuts that can be attributed to Nuestra Belleza Mexico include…
Blancaestela, which debuted in 1994 with 5 baby girls. Inspired by 1994 contestant Blanca Estela Padilla Lopez. (So far, it’s a one-hit wonder.)
Banelly, which debuted in 1996 with 6 baby girls. Inspired by 1996 contestant Banelly Carrasco Loya.
Itzanami, which debuted in 1999 with 5 baby girls. Inspired by 1999 contestant Itzanami Bermudez Sanchez.
Jiapsi, which debuted in 2003 with 7 baby girls. Inspired by 2003 contestant Jiapsi Bojorquez Martínez.
Zuszeth, which debuted in 2003 with 5 baby girls. Inspired by 2003 contestant Zuszeth Luna González.
A few of the interesting Nuestra Belleza Mexico names that did not pop up on the U.S. charts are Borinquen, Irantzu and Suslim.
It doesn’t end there, though!
The Mexican show inspired a U.S. version, Nuestra Belleza Latina. It’s much newer — season 6 just ended — but so far it’s had a much bigger impact on U.S. baby names.
Name debuts that can be attributed to Nuestra Belleza Latina include…
Madelis, which debuted in 2007 with 30 baby girls. Inspired by 2007 contestant Madelis Soto.
Raengel, which debuted in 2007 with 22 baby girls. Inspired by 2007 contestant Raengel Solis.
Aideliz, which debuted in 2008 with 91 baby girls. Inspired by 2008 contestant Aideliz Hidalgo. It was the top debut name of 2008. The names Aidelis, Aydeliz and Aydelis also debuted in 2008.
Emeraude, which debuted in 2008 with 34 baby girls. Inspired by 2008 contestant Emeraude Toubia.
(Dayamididn’t debut, but usage increased significantly in 2008 due to contestant Dayami Padron. The name Dayamydid debut, though.)
Greidys, which debuted in 2009 with 186 baby girls. Inspired by 2009 contestant Greidys Gil. It was the top debut name of 2009. The names Greydis, Greidy, Greidis, Greydi, Greydys, Graidys, Greydy and Gradys also debuted in 2009.
Chastelyn, which debuted in 2009 with 150 baby girls. Inspired by 2009 contestant Chastelyn Rodriguez. It was the 2nd-highest debut of 2009. The names Chastelin, Shastelyn, Chasteline, Chastelyne and Shastelin also debuted in 2009.
Adrialys, which debuted in 2011 with 16 baby girls. Inspired by 2011 contestant Adrialys Gutierrez.
Finally, here are two unique names from the 2012 season we might see on the SSA’s 2012 list: Lidislay and Essined.
Update, 1/2021: Setareh got a boost in 2012 thanks to contestant Setareh Khatibi; Essined debuted in 2013 because of contestant Essined Aponte; Aleyda got a boost in 2014 from contestant Aleyda Ortiz; Gloricely debuted in 2015 because of contestant Gloricely Loug; Nadyalee debuted in 2015 from contestant Nadyalee Torres.
Cataleya is from Cataleya, a character played by Zoe Saldana in the movie Columbiana (2011). The character’s name is based on the word Cattleya, which refers to a genus of orchid.
Khaleesi is the Dothraki word for “queen” in the medieval fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. A khaleesi is the wife of a khal, or “king.” The khaleesi featured in the show is character Daenerys Targaryen, played by actress Emilia Clarke.
Zendaya is from Zendaya Coleman, a young singer/actress currently starring in the Disney sitcom Shake It Up.
Quorra is from Quorra, the character played by Olivia Wilde in the movie Tron: Legacy (2010).
Lumen is from Lumen Pierce, a character played by Julia Stiles during the fifth season of Dexter.
Yanilen is from Yanilen Diaz, a contestant on Mexican reality/talent show La Academia 2011.
Can you come up with explanations for any of the others? I’m especially curious about Dim — any ideas?