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Popularity of the Baby Name Sade


Posts that Mention the Name Sade

The Debut of Sade (shah-day)

Nigerian-born British singer Sade Adu (born Helen Folasade Adu) formed her eponymous smooth jazz band Sade in the early 1980s.

The band went on to see massive success in the mid-1980s with its first two albums: Diamond Life (1984) and Promise (1985). These albums included the popular singles “Smooth Operator” [vid], “Your Love Is King,” “The Sweetest Taboo,” and “Never as Good as the First Time” — each of which reached the U.S. Hot 100 in either 1985 or 1986.

Notably, on the debut album, the band’s record label (Epic) decided to include a suggested pronunciation of the band’s name: shar-day. This pronunciation could be found on all formats of the album, from the vinyl record to the cassette tape to the CD:

“Diamond Life” CD

The problem? Shar-day is the British-English pronunciation of Sade. Brits often drop their R’s — they speak a non-rhotic version of English — so shar-day to a Brit is essentially shah-day to an American.

But the label forgot to account for this dialectical difference when they released the album overseas, and Americans were forced to conclude that Sade, despite not including the letter R, somehow featured an audible R-sound.

Even the Chicago Tribune emphasized this mispronunciation in a December 1985 article entitled, “The Name is Shar-Day“:

Not ”Sahd,” not ”Sayd,” not ”Say-dy.”

”Shar-day.”

The band’s success had a big impact on American baby names. The name Sade was the top debut name of 1985 (in fact, it was one of the top debut names of all time) and it saw peak popularity in 1986. Even more interesting, though, is the sheer number of variant spellings featuring that letter R.

Here are Sade and all the Sade-variants I could find in the mid-1980s U.S. baby name data, sorted by 1986 levels of usage:

Name1984198519861987
Sade393*
[rank: 513th]
1,245
[rank: 213th]
626
[rank: 373rd]
Shardae129*200
[rank: 836th]
99
Sharde124*190
[rank: 876th]
87
Sharday100*170
[rank: 938th]
80
Sharda7011165
Charde67*10544
Chardae50*8151
Shade336141
Shadae29*5841
Shada5264738
Shaday13*4022
Shardai33*3319
Charday24*3219
Charda12*2013
Chade6**185
Shardey5*17
Chadae5*12
Chardai10*1011
Shadai8*106
Folasade5*1011
Shardee11*9
Shadea7*10
Shardea11*610
Shardaye6*5
Chardee5*5
Shawday5*
Chardey5*
Chada5*
Sadea5*

*Debut. (The last 3 names were one-hit wonders.)
**Gender-specific debut only.

Finally, as a reward for making it to the end of the post, here’s a clip of young Sade Adu talking about her name. Be sure to listen to the end, where she laughs and says, “American people tend to go sharrr-day.”

What do think of the name Sade?

Sources: Sade – Wikipedia, Sade Chart History | Billboard

Biggest Baby Name Debuts of All Time: Girls, 10 to 1

biggest baby name debuts of all time, girl names, 10 to 1

The final installment of the top baby name debuts for girls!

From 10 to 1:

Greidys, #10

  • Greidys debuted with 186 baby girls in 2009.
    Inspired by Greidys Gil, winner of the TV beauty pageant “Nuestra Belleza Latina 2009.”

Ayanna, #9

  • Ayanna debuted with 194 baby girls in 1971.
    Inspired by two things: an article on African names in Jet magazine, and Ayanna (b. 1971), baby of comedian/activist Dick Gregory.

Djuna, #8

  • Djuna debuted with 198 baby girls in 1964.
    Inspired by…I’m not sure what. Likely inspired by Djuna Phrayne, a character on the show “Channing.”

Fallon, #7

  • Fallon debuted with 232 baby girls in 1981.
    Inspired by Fallon Carrington, a character on the soap opera “Dynasty.”

Erykah, #6

  • Erykah debuted with 279 baby girls in 1997.
    Inspired by singer Erykah Badu.

Alexandr, #5

Sade, #4

  • Sade debuted with 393 baby girls in 1985.
    Inspired by singer Sade [shah-DAY].

Moesha, #3

  • Moesha debuted with 426 baby girls in 1996.
    Inspired by Moesha Mitchell, a character on the TV sitcom “Moesha.”

Isamar, #2

  • Isamar debuted with 446 baby girls in 1990.
    Inspired by Isamar Medina, a character on the telenovela “La Revancha.”

Kizzy, #1

  • Kizzy debuted with 1,116 baby girls in 1977.
    Inspired by Kizzy Reynolds, a character on the TV miniseries “Roots.”

And there you have it! The top girl name debuts ever, so far. Did any of the names this week surprise you?

Stay tuned for the boys’ list in a couple of weeks.

*The Top 50 Baby Name Debuts for Girls: 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1*

Biggest Baby Name Debuts of All Time: Girls, 20 to 11

biggest baby name debuts of all time, girl names, 20 to 11

Here’s the second-to-last installment of the top baby name debuts for girls. No more ties from here on out.

From 20 to 11:

Azure, #20

  • Azure debuted with 121 baby girls in 1975.
    Inspired by Azure Dee, a character on the TV detective series “Kojak.” (Or by the song “Azure Dee,” inspired by the character and sung by Telly Savalas for that particular episode.)

Sharde, #19

  • Sharde debuted with 124 baby girls in 1985.
    Inspired by singer Sade [shah-DAY].

Shardae, #18

  • Shardae debuted with 129 baby girls in 1985.
    Same reason as #19.

Yamilex, #17

  • Yamilex debuted with 130 baby girls in 1995.
    Inspired by Jamilex, a character on the telenovela “Como Tu, Ninguna.”

Chastelyn, #16

  • Chastelyn debuted with 150 baby girls in 2009.
    Inspired by Chastelyn Rodriguez, a contestant on the TV beauty pageant “Nuestra Belleza Latina 2009.”

Cassandr, #15

Jacqueli, #14

  • Jacqueli debuted with 157 baby girls in 1989.
    Same reason as #15.

Toccara, #13

  • Toccara debuted with 182 baby girls in 1981.
    Inspired by the Avon perfume Toccara.

Yaire, #12

  • Yaire debuted with 184 baby girls in 2001.
    Inspired by singer Yaire.

Ajee, #11

  • Ajee debuted with 185 baby girls in 1994.
    Inspired by the Revlon perfume Ajee.

Several of the names above foreshadow some of the names on tomorrow’s top 10 list.

Care to make any guesses about the names in the top 10?

*The Top 50 Baby Name Debuts for Girls: 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1*

Biggest Baby Name Debuts of All Time: Girls, 30 to 21

biggest baby name debuts of all time, girl names, 30 to 21

And now for the third installment of the top baby name debuts for girls.

From 30 to 21:

Aideliz, Rosangelica & Unnamed, 3-way tie for #30

  • Aideliz debuted with 91 baby girls in 2008.
    Inspired by Aideliz Hidalgo, a contestant on the TV beauty pageant “Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008.”
  • Rosangelica debuted with 91 baby girls in 1993.
    Inspired by Rosangelica, a character on the telenovela “Rosangelica.”
  • Unnamed debuted with 91 baby girls in 1989.
    No inspiration; possibly related to the great baby name glitch of 1989.

Alliyah, #29

  • Alliyah debuted with 94 baby girls in 1994.
    Inspired by singer Aaliyah.

Greydis & Sharday, 2-way tie for #28

  • Greydis debuted with 100 baby girls in 2009.
    Inspired by Greidys Gil, winner of the TV beauty pageant Nuestra Belleza Latina 2009.
  • Sharday debuted with 100 baby girls in 1985.
    Inspired by singer Sade [shah-DAY].

Torey, #27

  • Torey debuted with 102 baby girls in 1959.
    Inspired by the TV sitcom “Peck’s Bad Girl.”

Tennille, #26

  • Tennille debuted with 103 baby girls in 1975.
    Inspired by the duo Captain & Tennille.

Izamar, #25

  • Izamar debuted with 107 baby girls in 1990.
    Inspired by Isamar Medina, a character on the telenovela “La Revancha.”

Kelis, #24

  • Kelis debuted with 108 baby girls in 2000.
    Inspired by singer Kelis.

Cotina, #23

Jaleesa, #22

  • Jaleesa debuted with 116 baby girls in 1987.
    Inspired by Jaleesa Vinson, a character on the TV sitcom “A Different World.”

Turkessa, #21

  • Turkessa debuted with 119 baby girls in 1975.
    Inspired by Turkessa (b. 1975), baby of Supremes singer Mary Wilson.

The final two groups of ten are coming up tomorrow and Friday. Stay tuned!

*The Top 50 Baby Name Debuts for Girls: 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1*