Where did the baby name Tiemeyer come from in 1981?

The Lakeside album "Fantastic Voyage" (1980).
Lakeside album

The name Tiemeyer has popped up in the U.S. baby name data twice, the first time in 1981:

  • 1983: unlisted
  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: 10 baby boys named Tiemeyer [debut/peak]
  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: unlisted

Where did it come from?

My guess is singer Tiemeyer (pronounced TEE-mier) McCain, who was one of the nine members of the funk band Lakeside.

Lakeside had one of R&B’s most exciting live shows of the late ’70s and early- to mid-’80s, but in the studio, the Dayton, OH, band generally didn’t go that extra mile.

Today they are best remembered for their single “Fantastic Voyage” (1980), which peaked at #55 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in February of 1981.

(If that song title sounds familiar to you, it may be due to Coolio. His version of “Fantastic Voyage” — which heavily sampled the original — peaked at #6 on the Hot 100 in mid-1994.)

I have to imagine that Tiemeyer McCain’s first name was based on the North German surname Tiemeyer, which originally referred to “a tenant farmer…whose land was near a meeting place.”

What are your thoughts on Tiemeyer as a given name?


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