If we ignore all the 1989 names — which are only truncated spelling variants caused by the great baby name glitch of 1989 — the real #1 one-hit wonder becomes Meghaan.
Here’s what I can tell you about some of the above: Shastelyn, Jocell, Madelis and Raengel were inspired by Mexican beauty queens; Aidsa and Yaindhi were inspired by the TV show Objectivo Fama; Eshanti was inspired by singer Ashanti; Nykeba was inspired by a mention in Ebony magazine.
Can you come up with explanations for any of the others?
The Social Security Administration’s annual baby name list only includes names given to 5 or more U.S. baby girls (or baby boys) per year.
Most rare names never make the list, but a select group have appeared a single time. I like to call these the one-hit wonder baby names.
One-hit wonders tend to pop up with a relatively low number of babies — 5 or 6 — but a handful are given to dozens of babies…only to disappear again the next year! Intriguing, no?
Below are the highest-charting one-hit wonder names for every year on record before 2013. (We won’t know which 2013 names are one-hit wonders until later lists come out.) The format is: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.”
Puerto Rican TV show Objectivo Fama, which ran for 6 seasons, was a singing contest not unlike American Idol.
I’ve found a bunch of baby names that were inspired by Objectivo Fama on the SSA’s baby name list. Por ejemplo…
Season 1 (2004)
Janayra, from contestant Janayra Reyes. The baby name Janayra debuted on the SSA’s list in 2004 with 12 baby girls.
Kany, from contestant Kany Garcia. She was disqualified from season 1 (due to a car accident) but won “Best New Artist” at the Latin Grammys in 2008. The baby name Kany debuted in 2008 with 7 baby girls.
Season 3 (2006)
Elionaid, from contestant Elionaid Iñiguez. The baby name Elionaid debuted in 2006 with 11 baby boys.
Jenilca, from contestant Jenilca Giusti. The baby name Janilca debuted in 2006 with 7 baby girls.
Season 4 (2007)
Aidsa, from contestant Aidsa Rodríguez. The baby name Aidsa debuted in 2007 in 30 baby girls.
Season 5 (2008)
Yaindhi, from contestant Yaindhi Alvarez. The baby name Yaindhi debuted in 2008 with 29 baby girls.
Jometh, from contestant Jometh Andujar. The baby name Jometh debuted in 2008 with 23 baby boys.
Yerly, from contestant Yerly Burgos. The baby name Yerly debuted in 2008 with 7 baby girls.
Other names, such as Jayro, were already on the list but given a boost thanks to Objectivo Fama.