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.
The intriguing name Toika first appeared in the baby name data in 1962:
1963: 6 baby girls named Toika
1962: 6 baby girls named Toika [debut]
Where did it come from?
A single-episode character on the TV show Route 66. The episode was called “One Tiger to a Hill” and aired on September 21, 1962.
In the episode, main characters Tod and Buz traveled to Astoria, Oregon, to work on a fishing boat owned by widow Anna Gustafson. While there, Tod became interested in Anna’s daughter Toika, who was already in a relationship with a moody local fisherman named Karno. Toika was played by actress Laura Devon (born Mary L. Briley).
I’m not sure where the writers got the name Toika, but they may have been inspired by the Finnish surname Toikka, or the Finnish word taika, which means “magic.”
The curious name Rizzo debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2016:
2018: 7 baby boys named Rizzo
2017: 10 baby boys named Rizzo
2016: 7 baby boys named Rizzo [debut]
Because of baseball player Anthony Rizzo. He was a key part of the Chicago Cubs’ successful 2016 season, which was capped with a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians. This famously ended the Cubs’ 108-year drought.
Notably, Rizzo caught the “final out” balls in the final games of both the National League Championship Series (against the Dodgers) and the World Series.
The Italian surname Rizzo is a variant of Riccio, which comes from the Italian word riccio, meaning “curly.” Originally, Riccio was a nickname for someone with curly hair.