How popular is the baby name Lencola in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Lencola and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Lencola.
The first and only time the baby name Drene made it onto the SSA’s list was 1946:
- 1947: unlisted
- 1946: 6 baby girls named Drene [debut]
- 1945: unlisted
Drene shampoo…kind of.
Drene, the first shampoo to use synthetic detergent instead of soap, had been introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1934. So the product had been on the market for more than a decade by the mid-1940s.
What drew people’s attention to Drene in 1946 specifically, then?
“Drene Time,” a late-night radio variety show sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The 30-minute program, which featured singing and comedy, is where the sketch comedy series The Bickersons (starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford) got its start.
“Drene Time” only lasted from mid-1946 to mid-1947, but that gave it enough time to influence the baby name charts, if only slightly.
Drene shampoo continued to be sold until the 1970s, at which point P&G stopped production in the U.S.
Source: Drene Shampoo, Medium, 3 oz. | National Museum of American History
In 1980, the baby name Lencola hit the SSA’s baby name list for the first and only time:
- 1979: not listed
- 1980: 10 baby girls named Lencola [debut]
- 1981: not listed
Because of beauty queen Lencola Sullivan.
In August of 1980, Lencola Sullivan became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Arkansas.
In September, she went on to become the first African-American woman to place in the top five at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. (She was 4th runner-up.)
Where is Lencola Sullivan these days? “Well I’m living in The Netherlands now, happily married, I work for Shell Oil Company.” If you’d like to say hello, she’s @lencola on Twitter.
Source: Where Are They Now?: Lencola Sullivan