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The first and only time the baby name Drene made it onto the SSA’s list was 1946:
1946: 6 baby girls named Drene [debut]
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 (NBC), the Sunday night radio series sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The 30-minute variety show featured singing and comedy and was co-hosted by Don Ameche and Frances Langford. It only lasted from mid-1946 to mid-1947, but that gave it enough time to influence the baby name charts, if only slightly.
Don Ameche and Frances Langford went on to co-star in the sketch comedy radio series The Bickersons (1947-1951), which featured characters they’d played on Drene Time.
Drene shampoo continued to be sold until the 1970s, at which point P&G stopped production in the U.S.
Days ago, a UK judge ruled that a 5-month-old boy should be taken away from his parents in part because he had no first name:
“His father has refused to give him a name,” said Mrs Justice Parker in her ruling.
“I think ideally the mother independently would not have taken that view.”
The judge said the boy was starting to acquire language, and added: “Every child needs a name.”
She went on: “I truly think that it is emotionally harmful not to give a child a name.”
A century ago, it was common for parents to wait weeks, months, sometimes years before naming a baby. A handful of people (like Tifft and Gatewood) went their entire lives without a given name.
While most parents today name their babies soon after birth, some still choose to wait. Ben Harper and Laura Dern didn’t name their daughter Jaya until she was 3 months old. Picabo Street’s name wasn’t official until she was 3.
Do you agree or disagree with Mrs Justice Parker that it is “emotionally harmful not to give a child a name”? If your answer depends upon the age of the child, at what age do you think namelessness become dangerous?
P.S. “Mrs Justice” is the judge’s title. I couldn’t track down her given name.
In 1998, the baby name Picabo appeared on the SSA’s list for the first and (so far) only time. Five baby girls were given the first name Picabo that year.
And I’m sure you know why. That’s the year U.S. skier Picabo Street won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
(I also found a handful of babies named Picabo in 1994 — the year Street won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.)
How did Picabo get her name? Here’s what ESPN says:
Picabo Street was born at home, the second of two children in Triumph, Idaho, on April 3, 1971 to two counterculture parents, Stubby and Dee Street, who initially named their daughter “Baby Girl.” Three years later, when Stubby, a stonesman by trade, took his family with him to Central America working a variety of odd jobs, she was re-named Picabo after a nearby Idaho town. (The word means “shining waters” in the language of Sho-Ban, a Native American tribe that once inhabited the region.)
[“Sho-Ban” = Shoshone-Bannock]
Here’s how Picabo told the story in an interview from the mid-1990s:
Well, what happens is I think my mother called me Picabo ever since I was a little tiny baby. And on my birth certificate it says Baby Girl. The original plan was for my parents to let my brother and I name ourselves. I turned 3, he turned 5, we went to get passports to travel to Mexico, and they were like, “No, Baby Girl’s not gonna work, folks.” So, my mom wanted the name Picabo, but my dad did not want to spell it like the game, because he figured, you know we’ll be bailing her out of the principal’s office way too often if we give her that name. So there’s a town down south of where I live, about 20 miles south, called Picabo, spelled the way I spell my name. And you know I think the Indians settled there way back and there’s a world famous trout fishing stream that goes through there called Silver Creek, and it’s very wide and placid, and the Indians are simple, sun hits it, “shining waters.”
At the age of 4, she was given the option to change her name. She opted to stick with Picabo.
Was it easy to growing up with the name Picabo?
“A lot of people made so much fun of my name, so much. They said some of the meanest things, cause you know you can add Peek-a-dot, dot, dot. You fill in the blank,” she remembered. “You can pretty much add anything you want in there and I heard it all”… Street said once she got a little older and put on a little more weight, “I was fighting and yelling at people all the time for making fun of my name, or what I did…but having a name that nobody else had–I liked that.”