Where did the baby name Korver come from?

Kyle Korver card

The name Korver debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2008, and, notably, all of that usage occurred in the state of Utah:

  • 2012: 20 baby boys named Korver
    • 12 born in Utah
  • 2011: 14 baby boys named Korver
    • 12 born in Utah
  • 2010: 16 baby boys named Korver
    • 14 born in Utah
  • 2009: 23 baby boys named Korver
    • All 23 born in Utah
  • 2008: 17 baby boys named Korver [debut]
    • All 17 born in Utah
  • 2007: unlisted
  • 2006: unlisted

Where did the name Korver come from, and why has it been particularly popular in Utah?

The influence is professional basketball player Kyle Korver, who has been in the NBA since 2003 and is known for his ability to sink 3-point shots.

He played for the Utah Jazz from 2007 to 2010, at a time when the Jazz was consistently making it to the playoffs. He even had a second stint with the Jazz (2018-19 season).

The surname Korver can come from either German (in which case it’s an “occupational name for a basketmaker”) or from Dutch (“occupational name for a herring fisher”).

What are your thoughts on Korver as a first name?

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Where did the baby name Andreika come from?

Advertisement for Andreika on the back of a horoscope magazine in the music video for "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty (1989).
Andreika ad (“I will cast a spell for you!”) in Tom Petty video

I have the late Tom Petty to thank for this one.

While watching the video for his 1989 song “Free Fallin’,” I noticed an interesting name — Andreika — at about the 2-minute mark. The name was part of an advertisement on the back cover of a horoscope magazine.

So…has the name Andreika ever popped up in the U.S. baby name data?

Yes! For four years, sequentially:

  • 1989: unlisted
  • 1988: 10 baby girls named Andreika
  • 1987: 8 baby girls named Andreika
  • 1986: 9 baby girls named Andreika
  • 1985: 13 baby girls named Andreika [debut & peak]
  • 1984: unlisted
  • 1983: unlisted

My guess is that these years correspond to the period of time that “Andreika” advertisements were running in various magazines, particularly tabloids.

I’m not sure if all the ads were the same but, in the one version I was able to find online, spell-caster Andreika described all the different spells she could cast, emphasized her magical prowess, and offered her backstory:

I can cast a spell to make one love another, or cause a person to change his mind about a relationship, or bring two people together.

I can do all these things because I have the combined powers of my mother who was a sorceress, and my father, one of the most powerful warlocks who passed on his secrets to me moments before he moved on to a different world.

My magical powers are beyond your imagination. I can cast a spell [on] your behalf regarding a relationship, your financial situation, future events, or whatever is important to you. I have the power and I use the power.

I am Andreika and I can change the course of destiny. Pay me and I shall cast a spell in your favor. Tell me what it is you want and I shall go about my work. Is it someone or something you desire to have? Do you want wealth or happiness or a mate?

I will cast only one spell at a time. Do not ask for more. My energies must be massed toward one specific target; otherwise, my powers are lessened. Send me your most important desire and I shall work my powers in your favor.

Andreika is still around to today, believe it or not — here’s her website. Her Facebook page notes that she’s been “casting magic spells for clients since 1984.”

What are your thoughts on the baby name Andreika? Do you like it more or less than, say, Kebrina?

Source: Degh, Linda. American Folklore and the Mass Media. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Where did the baby name Durville come from?

Actor D'Urville Martin in the opening credits for the movie "Dolemite" (1975).
D’Urville Martin

The unique name Durville appeared in the U.S. baby name data for the first and only time in the mid-1970s:

  • 1977: unlisted
  • 1976: unlisted
  • 1975: 5 baby boys named Durville [debut]
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: unlisted

What was the influence?

Actor D’Urville Martin, who’d been in movies (primarily in supporting roles) since the 1960s.

In the mid-1970s, he was appearing in various blaxploitation films such as The Get-Man (1974), Sheba, Baby (1975) and Dolemite (1975) — which he also directed.

D’Urville was born in New York City in 1939. So far I haven’t been able to track down the story behind his name, but I can tell you that it ultimately comes from a French surname that refers to any of several places in France called Urville.

What are your thoughts on D’Urville as a baby name?

Where did the baby name Cazzie come from?

cazzie russell, basketball, baby name,

The jazzy name Cazzie appeared in the U.S. baby name data for the first time (out of a total of three times) in 1967:

  • 1972: unlisted
  • 1971: 5 baby boys named Cazzie
  • 1970: 7 baby boys named Cazzie
  • 1969: unlisted
  • 1968: unlisted
  • 1967: 5 baby boys named Cazzie [debut]
  • 1966: unlisted

The influence? Chicago-born professional basketball player Cazzie Russell, who stood 6′ 5″ and who opted for basketball despite the fact that his father (Cazzie Russell, Sr.) wanted him to play professional baseball.

Cazzie was the NBA’s #1 overall draft pick in 1966 and spent a total of twelve seasons in the league.

During his first five seasons (1966–1971) he was with the New York Knicks, helping them win their first NBA championship in 1970.

He played for the Golden State Warriors for the next three seasons (1971-1974), during which time he participated in the 1972 NBA All-Star game alongside Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain.

Sources: Cazzie Russell – Wikipedia, Basketball great Cazzie Russell also starred on the diamond

What gave the baby name Troylene a boost?

Candy Barr and daughter Troylene, 1963
Candy Barr & Troylene, 1963

The rare name Troylene has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just three times total. It debuted in 1951, then popped up again twice in the 1960s:

  • 1966: unlisted
  • 1965: 5 baby girls named Troylene
  • 1964: unlisted
  • 1963: 13 baby girls named Troylene [peak]
    • 6 born in California
  • 1962: unlisted
  • […unlisted…]
  • 1952: unlisted
  • 1951: 5 baby girls named Troylene [debut]
  • 1950: unlisted

The peak usage in 1963 is easy to explain, so we’ll start there.

In the early ’60s, Dallas burlesque dancer “Candy Barr” (birth name: Juanita Dale Slusher) served over three years of a fifteen-year prison sentence for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Just after she was released in April of 1963, a few photographs of Candy and her 7-year-old daughter Troylene ran in the newspapers. (Troylene’s father was Candy’s second husband, Troy Phillips.)

…So that explains the ’60s. What about the ’50s?

The reason for the debut is trickier to pinpoint — and there may not be a specific reason at all. (“Troylene” may have emerged organically as a variant of trendy names like Darlene and Charlene.)

That said, I do have two theories:

  • First, a New Mexico cowgirl named Troylene Boykin (b. 1943). She participated in various kids’ rodeos during the early ’50s, so her name periodically popped up in Southern newspapers starting around 1951. (Sadly, Troylene Boykin died of a heart ailment in 1956.)
  • Second, a Texas baby named Zanneta Troylene McKnight (b. 1951). Her twin brother, Clifton Troyce McKnight, was born with an “upside down” stomach (congenital diaphragmatic hernia) and required major surgery soon after they were born in mid-November. They were both highlighted in the local news at that time.

It’s interesting to note that most of the 20th-century Troylenes I found records for were born in Texas, and a good number of them had fathers named Troy. The twins’ father was a Troy, for instance.

What do you think of the baby name Troylene?

Sources:

  • Cartwright, Gary. “Say “Cheesecake”.” Texas Monthly Jan. 1986: 280.
  • “Winters Baby’s ‘Upside Down’ Stomach Set Right by Surgery.” Abilene Reporter-News 8 Dec. 1951: 25.