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What Caused the Kalene Spike of ’93?

A couple of months ago, I got an email from someone who wanted to know why the baby name Kalene saw so much usage all of a sudden in 1993.

usage of baby name kalene spiked in 1993

That year, the name reached the the top 1,000 for the first and only time. So did Kaylene.

Other Kalene-like names also saw higher usage in 1993, and at least one of them (Kaylean) was a newbie in the data.

Year Kalene Kaylene Kayleen
1995 41 110 147
1994 85 144 157
1993 204 [peak] 197 [peak] 163
1992 24 91 119
1991 7 77 139

I’d figured out the causes of similar spikes for similar names (Kaleena, Kaelin, Katina), but hadn’t gotten around to Kalene yet.

So I did some research. And I didn’t come up with anything useful until I found myself on the Kalene page of a random baby name site where several people happened to mention the same Hooked on Phonics commercial:

  • “…I seen a Hooked on Phonics Commercial…”
  • “…my mom got it off of the hooked on phonics commercial…”
  • “…I too saw the name on the Hooked On Phonics commercial…”
  • “…My mom got it off the commercial in the 1990’s…”
  • …”My mom named me Kalene because she saw it on tv…”
  • “…my name was originally Christie but my mom saw a ‘hooked on phonics’ commercial about a month after i was born and she changed my name…”

One of my favorite things ever is discovering cheesy pop culture enshrined in the baby name data (excellent example: Kebrina), so finding out that a Hooked on Phonics commercial influenced U.S. baby names was pretty epic for me.

Is this Kalene??
Since that point, I’ve been searching for that specific Hooked on Phonics commercial featuring Kalene.

On YouTube I found a segment of a Hooked on Phonics commercial with a Cindy Brady-esque little girl (at right). She seemed promising…but the segment didn’t include her name on-screen.

That said, I did find a discussion thread from the 1990s — a cool piece of internet history in and of itself — that independently verified the existence of a Hooked on Phonics commercial featuring a girl named Kalene. So that was helpful.

(The search for a decades-old commercial is reminding me of our adventures with Deneen.)

So I’m not sure whether or not we’ve found Kalene yet, but one of the other Hooked on Phonics commercials I saw spotlighted a girl named Kia:

hooked on phonics, kia, 1993
“Hooked on Phonics” Kia

And, like Kalene, the name Kia saw its highest-ever usage in 1993, reaching 648th place in the national rankings. (The first Kia cars that were sold in the U.S. weren’t available until early 1994.)

  • 1995: 211 baby girls named Kia
  • 1994: 229 baby girls named Kia
  • 1993: 344 baby girls named Kia
  • 1992: 247 baby girls named Kia
  • 1991: 253 baby girls named Kia

…So now we have two Hooked on Phonics-influenced baby names. Amazing.

Question of the Day: Do you remember any other names from old Hooked on Phonics commercials? The company was advertising heavily on TV back in the 1990s — that much I remember — but I can’t recall any specific names from the commercials. Please leave a comment if you can think of any!


Did the O. J. Simpson Trial Influence Baby Names?

Kato KaelinToday marks the 19th anniversary of O. J. Simpson’s acquittal.

Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman were murdered on June 12, 1994. The heavily publicized trial began early the next year, and the “not guilty” verdict was handed down on October 3, 1995.

Believe it or not, several baby names saw increased usage in the mid-1990s thanks to the O. J. Simpson murder trial:

  • Arnelle & Arnell, which refer to Arnelle Simpson, O. J. Simpson’s daughter with his first wife.
  • Kaelin & Kato, which refer to Brian Jerard “Kato” Kaelin, the memorable witness who was living on Simpson’s property at the time of the murders. (His nickname comes from the Green Hornet character.)

Here’s how many U.S. babies got each name per year from 1993 through 1997:

Name 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Arnell (girls) 5 21 13 7
Arnelle (girls) 16 15 28 10
Kaelin (boys) 12 63 121 65 44
Kaelin (girls) 38 89 159 119 120
Kato (boys) 6 10 13 15 6

Does this surprise you at all, or would you have expected it?

(And these aren’t the only baby names to be popularized by murders and/or murder trials. Check out Evelyn, Delmas & Delphin, Rainelle & Rainell and Trayvon.)

Source: O. J. Simpson murder case – Wikipedia

Phone Book Fishing on Molokai – Bootie, Grandharva, Iqbal, Wren

Here are some interesting names I found in the Molokai phone book, which consists of a mere 12 pages:

Ador
Ameron
Arizona
Arleone
Arvo
Aulii
Balbino
Bettygene
Bibiana
Bootie
Burrelle
Burridge
Carnation
Castle
Cheiko
Chiemi
Chikara
Constantino
Cookie
Dartagnon
Davidette
Dedric
Democrito
Dionisio
Eddiemar
Egmedio
Eladio
Estanislao
Ewart
Felicidad
Fiette
Filiga
Filumena
Flordeliza
Geneva
Grandharva
Hajime
Halia
Herminio
Hiroshi
HollyCleo
Honda
Honorato
Hoomalu
Ikaika
Ilika
Ililani
Iolani
Iqbal
Irenio
Irmalynn
Jeness
Jersula
Jimelo
Justiniano
Kachan
Kaelin
Kaeo
Kahala
Kahikina
Kaipo
Kakai
Kamakana
Kanaiaupuni
Kanani
Kapua
Kapuaola
Kauila
Kaulananapua****
Kazumi
Kealoha
Kelson
Kinisimere
Kiva
Kraig
Kui
Kulani
Lahela
Lavarius
Lega
Leimomi
Mahiki
Maka
Makaahoa
Makia
Maleka
Malu
Manuai
Manono
Maunaloa
Mauntrese
Mapuana
Maunalani
Meilin
Mele
Melecio
Melorine
Mercury
Mihana
Mihpel
Minka
Moana
Monteflor
Mosese
Myrnamae
Nahiwa
Nalani
Napua
Nelita
Noa
Nobby
Noelani
Ochie
Olisaemeka
Paciencie
Paiea
Pecoraro
Pierluigi
Pelin
Perfecto
Perpetua
Policarpio
Princess
Prosper
Pualani
Puanani
Punahele
Remedios
Renalynn
Reveena
Rhinehardt
Roshani
Satoru
Segunda
Siosifa
Takaji
Tante
Theisman
Theopista
Tiborcio
Torao
Uilani
Uldarico
Ululani
Vandale
Vashti
Vilani
Volsha
Wallumore
Wiliama
Wren
Yukitaka
Ziana

****Kaulananapua must have come from the Hawaiian patriotic song “Kaulana Na Pua.” The title translates to “famous are the flowers.”

These 150+ names actually represent a sizeable chunk of the population (estimated at somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 residents).

P.S. One other name I noticed while searching was Deepak Chopra. My first thought was, “Wow, someone has the same name as Deepak Chopra?” Then I did some digging, and it seems that the real Dr. Chopra does indeed have ties to the island. So…if you want to call Deepak Chopra directly, try the Molokai white pages.

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