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Popularity of the Baby Name Jodeci

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The Baby Name Tsianina

Tsianina
Tsianina
One day, while wasting time on Pinterest, I discovered a name I’d never seen before: Tsianina [pronounced cha‑nee‑nah].

The pin was a photo of a Cherokee/Creek woman named Tsianina Redfeather, a performer (mainly singer) who was famous during the 1910s and 1920s. She was born Florence Evans on an Oklahoma Indian reservation in 1882, but “she was known to family and friends by her Creek name, Tsianina.”

Of course I had to check to see if her name had ever appeared on one of the SSA’s baby name lists. Turns out it has. Tsianina appeared only once, in the late 1990s:

  • 1999: unlisted
  • 1998: 5 baby girls named Tsianina [debut]
  • 1997: unlisted

The inspiration here is an entirely different Tsianina: actress and fitness model Tsianina Joelson.

In 1998, Joelson was one of the co-hosts of MTV’s The Daily Burn — a re-brand of The Grind (1992-1997) that lasted only about a year.

These days, Joelson is best known for portraying Queen Varia during season six of Xena: Warrior Princess. In an interview with a Xena fansite, here’s what Tsianina had to say about her name:

Q: I did have a question about your name. I’ve tried to look up exactly how to say it….

A: (laughs) It’s pronounced Cha-neena like c-h-a Cha-neena.

Q: That’s what I thought. Was it hard on you growing up with people spelling it and saying it wrong all the time?

A: From the time I was a little girl I was always very proud of my name, I don’t know why. I liked that it was different. Every day I get asked so I’m very used to it and it doesn’t bother me at all and it never has. When I was little I was more apt to correct you on saying my name properly and now people mess it up all the time and – whatever. I answer to pretty much anything. I’ve always liked having a different name. I love my name. When I first moved out here, my manager said you need to change your name. Like, no. She wanted me to change the spelling so it sounded phonetically, you know, the way it’s spelled. It’s actually Cree [sic] Indian, and it means wildflower. I like it. It’s different.

Q: I think it’s a very pretty name. Yeah, once you figure out how to say it.

A: Thank you. Yeah, exactly, I know. On my resume, I have it phonetically and even then people don’t get it.

I’ve seen the “wildflower” definition elsewhere as well, but haven’t been able to verify it.

Even though only 5 Tsianinas are accounted for on the SSA’s list, dozens of other women have gotten the name. Most of these Tsianinas, like Tsianina Redfeather, were born in Oklahoma. Here are a couple of examples I particularly liked:

  • Tsianina Tobacco (b. 1952 in Montana)
  • Tsianina Jodeci Harris (b. 1994 in Texas)

What are your thoughts on the name Tsianina?

Sources:

  • Bataille, Gretchen M. and Laurie Lisa, eds. Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. New York: Routledge, 2001.
  • Pauelle, Florence Jessica and Brianna Leigh. “Interview with Tsianina Joelson.” Whoosh! Sept. 2004.

Update, 4/2016: Just noticed that the baby names Tsianna and Tatsiana were also one-hit wonders in 1998.


How Many Babies Were Named After Jodeci?

Jodeci albumWe know there are people out there named after Bon Jovi, Danity Kane and Roxette. Even Starship. So how about Jodeci?

Yup. In 1990, the four-man R&B group Jodeci was formed by Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Donald “DeVante Swing” DeGrate, Dalvin “Mr. Dalvin” DeGrate, and Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey. The name of the band was pieced together from the the jo of JoJo, the de of DeGrate, and the ci of K-Ci.

Jodeci’s first album, the successful Forever My Lady, was released in 1991. Sure enough, that’s the year we start seeing babies named Jodeci:

  • 1996: 29 girls, 13 boys named Jodeci
  • 1995: 32 girls, 15 boys named Jodeci
  • 1994: 19 girls, 23 boys named Jodeci
  • 1993: 33 girls, 29 boys named Jodeci
  • 1992: 77 girls, 94 boys named Jodeci
  • 1991: 13 girls, 12 boys named Jodeci [debut]
  • 1990: unlisted

The group put out a second album in 1993, a third in 1995, then went on hiatus in 1996. After they stopped releasing new material, usage of the name declined.

A related name that was used around this time was K-Ci:

  • 2001: unlisted
  • 2000: 6 boys named K-Ci
  • 1999: 6 boys named K-Ci
  • 1998: 5 boys named K-Ci
  • 1997: unlisted
  • 1996: unlisted
  • 1995: 7 boys named K-Ci [debut]
  • 1994: unlisted

This one was helped along by the band K-Ci & JoJo, formed by two Jodeci members around 1996.

The names Jodeci and K-Ci may be down, but don’t count them out. In about a month, a reality TV show starring K-Ci and JoJo will premiere on TVOne. Also, there’s a talented high school football player out there named Jodeci Mays. (He scored seven touchdowns a couple of weeks ago.) Visibility often leads to usage, so the TV show and/or the athlete could help revive the names, you never know…