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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 Week Of Hair Poll

Let’s wrap up the Week of Hair with a poll. If you were having a daughter, and you had to name her either Shasta, Tamba, Brilliantine, Danderine, Harlene or Venida, which which would it be?

Which name do you like best?

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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.


Week of Hair: Babies Named After Tamba Hair Relaxer

TambaThe 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

Why?

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? “Part of the reason Mama named me RuPaul was to pay homage to her creole roots…Mama always said “the best Gumbo starts with the perfect roux.””

Source: The Perfect Ru – News | RuPaul

The Week of Hair!

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!