Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Aristotle, Artist, Boss, Brave, Couture, Czar, Dandy, Emperor, Fancy, Fantasy, Great, Hercules, Legacy, Ninja, Peerless, Pride, Pristine, Ritzy, Romeo, Royalty, Sassy.
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When I first spotted Suave on the SSA’s baby name data, I immediately thought of the Gerardo song “Rico Suave” (1990), but that wasn’t the explanation — the song was released two years after Suave debuted:
1992: 7 baby boys named Suave
1991: 8 baby boys named Suave
1990: 6 baby boys named Suave
1989: 7 baby boys named Suave
1988: 17 baby boys named Suave [debut/peak]
So where did Suave come from?
The inspiration was singer Suavé (born Waymond Anderson), who scored a top 40 hit in 1988 with his cover of The Temptations’ “My Girl.” (Nothing to do with the 1991 movie of the same name.)
The word “suave” comes from the Latin suavis, meaning “sweet.”