Leimomi, a Hawaiian name that means “pearl lei” or “pearl necklace,” debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1959:
- 1963: unlisted
- 1962: unlisted
- 1961: 6 baby girls named Leimomi
- 1960: unlisted
- 1959: 8 baby girls named Leimomi [debut]
- 5 born in Hawaii specifically
- 1958: unlisted
- 1957: unlisted
The debut was likely inspired by the song “Leimomi,” written by Alvin Kaleolani Isaacs and recorded by Hawaiian foursome The Surfers (Alan Naluai, Clayton Naluai, Patrick Kalani Sylva and Bernie Ching) for their debut album On the Rocks (1958).
The Surfers — like [Don] Ho, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman — were in the first wave of musicians to bring the Islands’ music to the post-statehood Mainland audience.
The name Leimomi has been on and off the SSA’s list since then, last appearing in 1990. What do you think of it?