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How popular is the baby name Tareva in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Tareva and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Tareva.
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Last year we saw that nearly 75% of the original American Gladiator names (e.g. Blaze, Laze, Siren) had appeared on the SSA’s baby name list. None of them appeared due to the influence of the show exclusively, though.
Not so with Alaetra! In 1991, contestant Alaetra Dorsa appeared on American Gladiators three times before being eliminated. Her name debuted on the SSA’s list the same year:
1993: 6 baby girls named Alaetra
1992: 5 baby girls named Alaetra
1991: 17 baby girls named Alaetra [debut]
This is the only American Gladiators contestant-inspired baby name debut I know of, but I’ll be on the lookout for others. (I thought Tareva was the only Star Search debut when I found it, but I’ve found since found one more…)
P.S. What’s the best American Gladiators contestant name of all time? Purple Roundy, who competed during season three (same as Alaetra Dorsa). Check out the Purple Roundy fan site. There’s even a Purple Roundy definition at Urban Dictionary.
Tareva is the only Star Search baby name I’ve ever come across.
Toward the end of 1985, Tareva Henderson of Baton Rouge started appearing on the popular TV talent show Star Search. According to one Louisiana newspaper, “She finished out the show Dec. 28 with six wins in the female vocalist category. That’s more than enough to put her in the Search semi-finals.”
Looks like Tareva lasted for a total of eight episodes, actually. Here are the songs she sang:
“Saving All My Love For You“
“I Knew You When”
“Tonight I Give In”
“Let Me Be Your Angel”
“Come to Me”
“You Could Have Been With Me”
“Bridge Over Troubled Waters”
The baby name Tareva started appearing on the SSA’s baby name list the same year Tareva Henderson began appearing on Star Search:
1988: not listed
1987: 9 baby girls named Tareva
1986: 63 baby girls named Tareva
1985: 13 baby girls named Tareva [debut]
1984: not listed
It only remained on the charts for three years, though.
Spelling variants Tereva and Tavera, both of which popped up a year later, were one-hit wonders.
1987: not listed
1986: 11 baby girls named Tereva & 5 baby girls named Tavera [debuts]
1985: not listed
What do you think of the baby name Tareva?
Source: “Area & some residents find places on the tube.” Advocate [Baton Rouge] 3 Jan. 1986.