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I’m a baby name blogger, but sometimes I feel more like a baby name detective. Because so much of my blogging time is spent doing detective work: trying to figure out where a particular baby name comes from, or why a name saw a sudden jump (or drop) in usage during a particular year.
If a name itself doesn’t make the answer obvious (e.g., Lindbergh) and a simple Google search hasn’t helped, my first bit of detective work involves scanning the baby name charts. I’ve learned that many search-resistant baby names (like Deatra) are merely alternative spellings of more common names (Deirdre).
If that doesn’t do it, I go back to Google for some advanced-level ninja searching, to help me zero in on specific types of historical or pop culture events. This is how I traced Irmalee back to a character in a short story in a very old issue of the once-popular McCall’s Magazine.
But if I haven’t gotten anywhere after a few rounds of ninja searching, I officially give up and turn the mystery baby name over to you guys. Together we’ve cracked a couple of cases (yay!) but, unfortunately, most of the mystery baby names I’ve blogged about are still big fat mysteries.
The name Lavoris debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1961:
1966: 6 baby girls named Lavoris
1965: 18 baby girls named Lavoris
1964: 20 baby girls named Lavoris
1963: 28 baby girls named Lavoris
1962: 40 baby girls and 7 baby boys named Lavoris
1961: 36 baby girls and 6 baby boys named Lavoris [debut]
Was the name inspired by Lavoris mouthwash?
That’s my only theory so far, but it’s not a great one.
Lavoris mouthwash, which has been around since 1903, was popular in the middle of the 20th century. But this doesn’t explain why dozens of babies suddenly got the name “Lavoris” in 1961. I haven’t found any evidence of a big Lavoris mouthwash advertising campaign in 1960/1961; the ads seem to run consistently throughout the ’50s and ’60s.
Like Toshiba, another name that also happens to be a popular brand, the brand could either be the answer, or be masking the answer (when I do internet searches). Very frustrating.
But something tells me that the company/brand didn’t have anything to do with the baby name.
The Japanese company Toshiba has been around for well over a century, it’s been exporting goods (transistors, TVs, ovens, etc.) to the U.S. since long before ’70s, and there wasn’t some big advertising push in 1973/1974.
The brand is so well-established, though, that my internet searches aren’t letting me see anything but the brand. So I can’t get past it to see what the real answer might be.
Was Toshiba a character in a ’70s TV show (like Ibe/Ebay)? Maybe a long-forgotten musician or actor?