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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, 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 the 1980s

I’ve already posted a year-by-year list of the top baby name debuts, but I thought it might be fun to look at top debut names decade-by-decade as well.

So let’s start with the ’80s.

Here are all the “100+” debut names of the 1980s. Each went from being given to fewer than 5 babies a year to suddenly being given to more than 100 babies in one particular year. (I’m ignoring the glitch names of ’89.)

  1. Sade: 392 baby girls in 1985
  2. Fallon: 232 baby girls in 1981
  3. Toccara: 182 baby girls in 1981
  4. Cordero: 173 baby boys in 1986
  5. Khiry: 158 baby boys in 1989
  6. Shardae: 129 baby girls in 1985
  7. Sharde: 124 baby girls in 1985
  8. Jaleesa: 116 baby girls in 1987
  9. Sharday: 100 baby girls in 1985

Not surprisingly, all nine can be traced back to pop culture:

  • Sade, Shardae, Sharde & Sharday were inspired by Sade.
  • Fallon was inspired by Dynasty.
  • Toccara was inspired by Toccara perfume.
  • Cordero was inspired by soap opera One Life to Live.
  • Khiry was inspired by The Boys.
  • Jaleesa was inspired by A Different World.

Which decade should we do next?

One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1980s

Each of these baby names made the U.S. top 1,000 list exactly once — sometime during the 1980s.

Girl Names

  • Audriana – ranked 864th in 1989
  • Audrianna – ranked 760th in 1989
  • Britta – ranked 861st in 1986
  • Brittnay – ranked 935th in 1989
  • Cherrelle – ranked 879th in 1986 (influence: singer Cherrelle)
  • Cristen – ranked 970th in 1982
  • Diandra – ranked 904th in 1988
  • Dwan – ranked 877th in 1983
  • Evita – ranked 775th in 1981 (influence: Broadway musical Evita and/or the TV movie Evita)
  • Grecia – ranked 979th in 1988
  • Grisel – ranked 784th in 1984
  • Jalissa – ranked 969th in 1988 (influence: TV show A Different World)
  • Jenilee – ranked 820th in 1982 (influence: TV show Dynasty)
  • Joi – ranked 911th in 1981
  • Kyrie – ranked 960th in 1986
  • Latoyia – ranked 899th in 1981
  • Martine – ranked 794th in 1981
  • Nereida – ranked 984th in 1981
  • Renada – ranked 706th in 1980
  • Sable – ranked 904th in 1986
  • Shardae – ranked 834th in 1986 (influence: singer Sade)
  • Sharde – ranked 875th in 1986 (influence: singer Sade)
  • Sharday – ranked 938th in 1986 (influence: singer Sade)
  • Shatara – ranked 991st in 1986
  • Shenna – ranked 861st in 1984
  • Shira – ranked 988th in 1985 (influence: cartoon character She-Ra)
  • Taja – ranked 727th in 1988 (influence: Taja Sevelle)
  • Tashina – ranked 900th in 1981
  • Teela – ranked 872nd in 1984 (influence: cartoon character Teela)
  • Tenika – ranked 949th in 1982
  • Violeta – ranked 965th in 1985
  • Tai – ranked 937th in 1980

Boys Names

  • Adalberto – ranked 918th in 1981
  • Brantley – ranked 985th in 1988
  • Cordaro – ranked 908th in 1987 (influence: soap opera One Life to Live)
  • Geraldo – ranked 889th in 1988 (influence: Geraldo Rivera)
  • Horacio – ranked 995th in 1980
  • Hung – ranked 957th in 1982
  • Huy – ranked 997th in 1982
  • Joseluis – ranked 970th in 1987
  • Marchello – ranked 844th in 1981
  • Tavaris – ranked 994th in 1984
  • Trumaine – ranked 952nd in 1983

There are actually a few more one-hits from this decade — I call them them the Glitch Names of 1989. I’ll talk more about them tomorrow.

Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…