The unusual name Kawhi debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2013 and has been on the rise ever since.
2016: 42 baby boys named Kawhi
2015: 12 baby boys named Kawhi
2014: 25 baby boys named Kawhi
2013: 7 baby boys named Kawhi [debut]
What put this name on the map?
Professional basketball player Kawhi (pronounced kah-WAI) Leonard, who has had a successful career playing for several NBA teams: the San Antonio Spurs (2011-2018), the Toronto Raptors (2018-2019), and currently the LA Clippers. So far he’s won two NBA championships (2014 & 2019) and, both times, he was named Finals MVP.
Where did his name come from?
Kawhi Leonard told ESPN that his late father, Mark, “said he wanted something that sounded Hawaiian” for his son’s name. (Kawhi, the youngest in the family, has four older sisters.) So the name “Kawhi” is a take on the name of the Hawaiian island Kauai (which is most properly pronounced with three syllables: kuh-WAI-ee).
What are your thoughts on the name Kawhi? (Do you like it more or less than the name Kauai?)
The baby name Dulcey first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1967 and saw peak usage the very next year:
1971: 9 baby girls named Dulcey
1970: 12 baby girls named Dulcey
1969: 14 baby girls named Dulcey
1968: 57 baby girls named Dulcey [peak]
1967: 5 baby girls named Dulcey [debut]
(The spelling Dulcie also saw peak usage in 1968.)
What was the influence here?
A character from the short-lived TV western Cimarron Strip, which aired from September of 1967 to March of 1968.
The series was set in the late 1880s in Cimarron Territory (now the Oklahoma Panhandle), and the protagonist was a U.S. Marshal trying to bring law and order to the region. He often stayed at The Wayfarer’s Inn, which was owned and operated by a young woman from England named Dulcey Coopersmith (played by Jill Townsend).
What are your thoughts on the baby name Dulcey? How would you spell it?
The baby name Brycie was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data, appearing a single time in the 1960s:
1963: 6 baby girls named Brycie [debut]
Where did it come from?
Like the names Toika and Perette, Brycie was inspired by a character created for a single episode of the TV series Route 66. That episode, called “Only by Cunning Glimpses,” aired on December 7, 1962.
In the episode, main characters Tod and Buz encountered a nightclub mentalist named Brycie Koseloff (played by actress Lois Smith). Brycie made a series of dire predictions about Tod’s future — including the prediction that Tod would eventually kill Buz — and, shockingly, her predictions started coming true…
What are your thoughts on the name Brycie?
“Mentalist Makes Shocking Forecast On Route 66.” Daily Herald [Provo, Utah] December 3, 1962: 18.
In 2012, the name Tyrann debuted in the U.S. baby name data:
2020: 10 baby boys named Tyrann
2019: 9 baby boys named Tyrann
2018: 5 baby boys named Tyrann
2017: 8 baby boys named Tyrann
2016: 18 baby boys named Tyrann
10 born in Arizona specifically
2015: 15 baby boys named Tyrann
2014: 8 baby boys named Tyrann
2013: 18 baby boys named Tyrann
2012: 15 baby boys named Tyrann [debut]
Because of football player Tyrann (pronounced tie-rahn) Mathieu.
The name’s debut followed Tyrann’s successful (if short) 2-year college football career with Louisiana State University. In 2011, not only was Tyrann a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, but he also picked up the fantastic nickname “the honey badger.” (That was the year the infamous Honey Badger video went viral.)
He has played in the NFL since 2013, starting with the Arizona Cardinals.
Since 2019, he has been with the Kansas City Chiefs. Notably, the Chiefs voted Tyrann team MVP over quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2019.
In the mid-1970s, the name Tavares suddenly popped up in the U.S. baby name data:
1978: 163 baby boys named Tavares
1977: 169 baby boys (peak) named Tavares
1976: 169 baby boys (peak) / 5 baby girls named Tavares
1975: 162 baby boys / 10 baby girls named Tavares
1974: 60 baby boys / 8 baby girls named Tavares [dual-debut]
What was behind the debut?
Tavares, a soul/R&B music group consisting of the five Tavares brothers: Ralph, Arthur (called “Pooch”), Antone (“Chubby”), Feliciano (“Butch”), and Perry (“Tiny”).
They scored their first hit in 1974 with a cover of the Hall & Oates song “She’s Gone.” The cover reached #1 on Billboard‘s R&B chart and peaked at #50 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. Over the next few years, the brothers put out a string of successful songs, including “It Only Takes a Minute” (1975) and “Whodunit” (1977).
The Tavares brothers were born and raised in New England, but were of Cape Verdean ancestry. Their Portuguese surname was originally a “habitational name from any of at least seven minor places” in Portugal called Tavares.