Given this context, it’s not surprising that when a product called “Tavist-D” started to be marketed heavily in late 1992, the baby name Tavist debuted on the U.S. baby name charts the very next year:
1994: 10 baby boys named Tavist
1993: 16 baby boys named Tavist [debut]
Tavist-D, an antihistamine-decongestant, had been available in the U.S. by prescription since 1983. In early 1992, manufacturer Sandoz got permission from the FDA to sell Tavist-D over the counter. The drug became available to the public a few months later. It was introduced with a $40 million ad campaign. (For perspective, the company took in over $100 million in sales the first year.)
Though Tavist-D commercials continued to air until late 1990s, the name Tavist dropped off the baby name list after just two years. Why? Maybe because the name Travis was falling out of fashion by then. Or maybe because the brand name had become too well known. Ironically, the drug isn’t even around anymore; it was pulled from pharmacy shelves in 2000.
A reader named Heather has a 2-year-old named Tucker David (nn Tuck) and is expecting twin boys. She writes:
We were thinking of Henry Edward and Andrew William (we would call him Drew for short) as names because all 4 are family names, but think they might be a bit too traditional and might flow with Tucker. We are looking for some suggestions. Nothing starting with the letter T, please. We have nephews named Travis and Timothy and our dogs name begins with T as well – haha!
Two or three syllables would be best. 1 syllable can be kind of short considering our last name is only 1 syllable.
Our heritage is English, Irish and Czech. We are not bound to that, but typically are drawn to it as a preference. :)
(Their surname sounds like Hoyt, but starts with an F.)
I think Henry and Andrew sound good with Tucker. I know some parents prefer that their children’s names “match” on a stylistic level, but I think non-matching sibsets sound just fine, so long as they don’t go too far in the other direction (e.g. Abdul-Aziz, Rodolphe & Bud).
I’m also a big fan of family names, so I like Henry and Andrew (and Edward and William) for that reason as well.