The Introduction of Tynisa

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The name Tynisa debuted in the SSA baby name data in 1976, but it wasn’t just any old debut — it was the most impressive debut of the year with a whopping 79 baby girls:

  • 1979: 14 baby girls named Tynisa
  • 1978: 19 baby girls named Tynisa
  • 1977: 32 baby girls named Tynisa
  • 1976: 79 baby girls named Tynisa [debut] [peak usage]
  • 1975: unlisted
  • 1974: unlisted

Two-thirds of those 79 Tynisas were born in just four states: New York (18), California (14), Pennsylvania (13), and Ohio (7).

Where did the come from all of a sudden?

The Major Harris song “Tynisa (Goddess Of Love),” which was one of the tracks on his 1976 album Jealousy.

“Tynisa” wasn’t a single, but the album was popular (reaching #33 on the R&B charts in early 1976), so a number of people would have heard the song regardless.

What are your thoughts on the name Tynisa?

Source: Major Harris – Billboard

The One-Hit Wonder Trinere

The baby name Trinere has appeared a single time in the SSA’s baby name data so far:

  • 1992: unlisted
  • 1991: unlisted
  • 1990: 5 baby girls named Trinere
  • 1989: unlisted
  • 1988: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Miami-based freestyle vocalist Trinere, who saw the most success from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. Although the name was a one-hit wonder, Trinere herself was not — a number of her songs ended up on Billboard’s Hip Hop and Dance Singles charts.

Trinere’s full name at birth was Trinere Veronica Farrington.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Trinere?

Sources: Trinere – Wikipedia, Rare and Obscure Music: Trinere

P.S. Another Latin freestyle singer we’ve talked about before? Lisa Lisa!

Popular Baby Names in Sonoma County, CA, 2019

According to the government of Sonoma, California, the most popular baby names in the county in 2019 were (again) Camila and Mateo.

Here are Sonoma’s top 5 girl names and top 5 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Camila, 29 baby girls
  2. Isabella, 25
  3. Olivia/Sofia (tie), 23
  4. Amelia/Sophia (tie), 22
  5. Charlotte/Mia (tie), 21

Boy Names

  1. Mateo, 32 baby boys
  2. Benjamin, 22
  3. Sebastian, 21
  4. Liam, 20
  5. William/Noah/Isaac/Wyatt/Henry (5-way tie), 19

And what about the names bestowed just once in Sonoma in 2019? Here’s a sampling of the unique baby names from the other end of the list:

Unique Girl NamesUnique Boy Names
Aura, Banjolene, Cordelia, Dalihana, Ender, Finleigh, Grecia, Hazelle, Itabili, Junebelle, Kella, Lumena, Macabiah, Moon, Nizhoni, Ovette, Pemma, Ruriko, Sabine, Sonali, Twyla, Vianna, Waverly, Yamanik, ZalethAonyx, Birke, Caius, Dexon, Eerikki, Farrokh, Gustavo, Hezekiah, Itzael, Javid, Juvenal, Kibou, Lylin, Montanez, Nylex, Osher, Philo, Ryuchi, Sune, Taivaleoa’ana, Talizen, Ventura, Wylder, Yago, Zaeryn

(Check out Patreon for more of Sonoma County’s unique baby names.)

Source: Sonoma County Baby Names

The Baby Name Trevira

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Trevira/Oleg Cassini ad, circa 1968

The name Trevira — not to be confused with the name Tareva — has appeared in the U.S. baby name data only once so far, in 1973:

  • 1975: unlisted
  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: 5 baby girls named Trevira
  • 1972: unlisted
  • 1971: unlisted

What inspired it?

Fabric!

Trevira polyester, like Qiana nylon, was one of the branded synthetic fabrics that became trendy during the 1970s.

Trevira was created in Germany in the late ’50s, and by the end of the ’60s could be seen in American retail advertisements that touted the arrival of “The Trevira Era.”

It seems that Trevira hit peak usage among consumers in the early-to-mid ’70s, when it was used to make 1970s fashion staples like flared-leg trousers.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Trevira?

Source: 1970s Disco Fashion – Fashion-Era.com

Boy Names like Elijah? (Five-Name Friday)

It’s another Five-Name Friday! Here is today’s (slightly edited) baby name request:

Looking for a boy name for our first child, and our favourite names are Theodore and Elijah, but I worry they are too popular (in Australia). Middle name will be William.

Can you come up with five great baby name suggestions for this person?

Here are the rules:

  • Be independent. Choose your five names before looking at anyone else’s comment.
  • Be sincere. Stick to legit recommendations you would offer a real-life friend.
  • Five names total in your comment, please. If you go over, the extras will be deleted.

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[You can also send me your own 2-sentence baby name request using the contact form.]