How popular is the baby name Tavares in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Tavares.
The gritty TV police drama
Toma, which starred actor Tony Musante as New Jersey police detective David Toma, started airing in 1973.
The year the show premiered, the baby name
Toma, which had only ever appeared in the data as a girl name, started seeing usage as a boy name. It even cracked the boys’ top 1,000 briefly.
1975: 6 baby girls / 26 baby boys named Toma
1974: 21 baby girls / 84 baby boys [rank: 884th] named Toma
1973: 21 baby girls / 43 baby boys [debut] named Toma
1972: 9 baby girls / x baby boys named Toma
1971: 5 baby girls / x baby boys named Toma
But usage petered out after
Toma was canceled in 1974.
In 1975, a retooled version of
Toma called Baretta came out. The new show, which starred Robert Blake as New York City police detective Tony Baretta, was less violent and included more comic relief than the original. (Baretta had a pet cockatoo named Fred, and one of his informants was a man called Rooster.)
In response, the name
Baretta debuted in the baby name data, and it remained there for the same number of years the Emmy-winning series was on the air (1975-1978).
1978: 8 baby boys named Baretta
1977: 13 baby boys named Baretta
1976: 6 baby girls / 13 baby boys named Baretta
1975: 14 baby girls [debut] / 18 baby boys [debut] named Baretta
Notice how the name debuted on
both sides of the list. Other dual-debut names from the 1970s include Chaffee, Chudney, Khaalis, Shilo, Sundown, and Tavares.
Which name do you like more, Toma or Baretta?
Time for the middle installment of the top boy name debuts.
From 30 to 21:
Kadeem debuted with 52 baby boys in 1988. Inspired by Kadeem Hardison, an actor on the TV sitcom “A Different World.”
Diallo & Draven, 2-way tie for #29
Diallo debuted with 54 baby boys in 1971. Possibly inspired by Diallo Telli, though I’m not totally certain.
Draven debuted with 54 baby boys in 1994. Inspired by Eric Draven, a character in the movie The Crow.
Vadhir debuted with 55 baby boys in 2010. Inspired by Vadhir Derbez, winner of the TV dance show “Mira Quien Baila 2010.”
Mychal debuted with 59 baby boys in 1978. Inspired by basketball player Mychal George Thompson.
Tavares debuted with 60 baby boys in 1974. Inspired by The Tavares Brothers.
Toriano debuted with 62 baby boys in 1970. Inspired by singer Toriano “Tito” Jackson, a member of The Jackson 5.
Jionni debuted with 63 baby boys in 2011. Inspired by Jionni LaValle, boyfriend of reality TV star Snooki Polizzi.
Tajh debuted with 65 baby boys in 1989. Inspired by singer Tajh Abdulsamad, a member of The Boys.
Pharrell & Quindon, 2-way tie for #21
Pharrell debuted with 67 baby boys in 2003. Inspired by singer Pharrell Williams.
Quindon debuted with 67 baby boys in 1996. Inspired by Quindon Tarver, the boy who sang “When Doves Cry” in the movie William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.
More baby name debuts coming up tomorrow!
*The Top 50 Baby Name Debuts for Boys:
50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1*
Did you know that Kilgore Trout lives in Mississippi?
It could be a joke, or it could be a real name. I have no idea. All I know is that I didn’t think anyone would believe me unless I posted a photo. :)
Other interesting names I found in the Hattiesburg section of the Mississippi phone book are below. (As usual, my favorites are in bold.)
And that concludes this (rather extensive) round of phone book fishing. In case you missed them, here are the five earlier posts in the series:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.
P.S. Want to see some literature-inspired names (like Kilgore Trout)? Check out
Unique Baby Names from Literature.