A type of acrylic fabric called Civona, which was being advertised heavily around that time. The ads often compared the feel of Civona to that of merino wool. Civona’s tagline was: “the touch-me look.”
Like Antron and Qiana, Civona was invented by DuPont. It was put on the market in 1975.
What are your thoughts on the baby name Civona?
Image: Lady Markell Advertisement. San Bernardino Sun 13 Nov. 1977: 35.
The name Antron began appearing in the U.S. baby name data in 1962:
1969: 11 baby boys named Antron
1968: 6 baby boys named Antron
1967: 7 baby boys named Antron
1966: 5 baby boys named Antron
1962: 6 baby boys named Antron [debut]
This one, like Qiana and Trevira, can be traced back to a rather unusual source: synthetic fiber.
In 1960, DuPont trademarked the brand name “Antron” for a new nylon fiber. In DuPont’s Annual Report from 1960, the company explained that, “because of its unusual clover cross-section, [Antron] improves the luster and coverage of many types of apparel and home furnishing fabrics.”
Later the same year, the word Antron started showing up in newspaper and magazine advertisements.
By the second half of the ’60s, the name was regularly appearing in the baby name data — not surprising, as more and more ads were mentioning Antron. An issue of the New York Times from August of 1965, for instance, included a 20-plus-page DuPont advertising supplement called “The Great American Knits” that showcased Antron along with two other DuPont-created synthetic fibers, Orlon and Dacron.
Expectant parents may have found “Antron” more enticing than options like “Orlon” and “Dacron” because it was similar to traditional boy names like Antoine and Anton.
These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).
There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)