Where did the baby name Kiwane come from in 1994?

Basketball player Kiwane Garris.
Kiwane Garris (mid-1990s)

The name Kiwane has appeared in the U.S. baby name data a total of four times, all in the 1990s:

  • 1999: unlisted
  • 1998: 5 baby boys named Kiwane
  • 1997: 17 baby boys named Kiwane
  • 1996: 13 baby boys named Kiwane
    • 5 born in Illinois
  • 1995: unlisted
  • 1994: 12 baby boys named Kiwane [debut]
    • 5 born in Illinois
  • 1993: unlisted

Where did it come from?

College basketball player Kiwane (pronounced kee-wahn) Garris, who played point guard for the University of Illinois from 1993 to 1997.

His first season, he finished second-best in scoring. He improved to become the top point-scorer on the team during his final three seasons. By the end of his time at Illinois, he had 1,948 career points and ranked as the school’s second-best scorer of all time.

Kiwane went on to play professionally (mostly in Europe) until 2010.

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Source: Kiwane Garris – Wikipedia

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