I don’t vote in my own polls, but if I were going to vote this time, I’d go with Tamba so that I could embarrass my daughter with that “Oo, oo, Tamba!” RuPaul lyric in public on a regular basis.
How popular is the baby name Tamba in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Tamba and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Tamba.
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Popularity of the Baby Name Tamba
Number of Babies Named Tamba Born in the U.S. Since 1880
Posts that Mention the Name Tamba
The baby name Tamba debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1977:
- 1979: unlisted
- 1978: 6 baby girls named Tamba
- 1977: 6 baby girls named Tamba [debut]
- 1976: unlisted
Because that’s the year the makers of liquid hair relaxer Tamba launched a national advertising campaign, with ads appearing prominently in Ebony magazine (among other places).
The product seems to have been on the market only a few years, but it made enough of an impression on RuPaul that he mentioned Tamba in his 1993 song “Back to My Roots”:
This song reached the #1 spot on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, believe it or not.
What do you think of the name Tamba?
P.S. Did you know the “Ru” in RuPaul was inspired by roux, the a flour-and-fat mixture used to thicken sauces? RuPaul’s mother was a Louisiana native, and she chose the name to “pay homage to her creole roots…Mama always said “the best Gumbo starts with the perfect roux.”” She also liked the name’s star-power, proclaiming (rather prophetically): “He’s gonna be a star, ’cause ain’t another m*therf*cker alive with a name like that.”
I like to keep things as quirky as possible around here, so I declare this week the Week of Hair — a week of posts about baby names inspired by hair products.
So far we’ve already talked about Bandoline Fixatrice and Drene, so today through Friday we’ll check out Shasta, Tamba, Brilliantine, Danderine, Harlene and Venida. (Those will become live links as I put the posts up.)
Enjoy it, hairy people!