Where did the baby name Datra come from in 1989?

D'Atra Hicks' self-titled album (1989)
D’Atra Hicks album

The name Datra appeared in the U.S. baby name data for four successive years, peaking in 1990:

  • 1993: unlisted
  • 1992: 7 baby girls named Datra
  • 1991: 12 baby girls named Datra
  • 1990: 33 baby girls named Datra [peak]
  • 1989: 22 baby girls named Datra [debut]
  • 1998: unlisted

Where did it come from?

My guess is singer D’Atra (pronounced dee-ah-trah) Hicks, who released her self-titled debut album in 1989. That year, her most successful song, “Sweet Talk,” reached #8 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B Singles chart and #24 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Disco Club Play chart.

D’Atra — who, earlier in her career, spelled her first name “Deitra” — was also playing the lead role of Doris Winter in the successful off-Broadway gospel musical Mama, I Want To Sing! during this time period (1986-1990).

More recently, D’Atra was featured in the Bravo reality show Your Husband is Cheating On Us (2018).

Do you like the name D’atra?

Sources: D’Atra Hicks – Wikipedia, D’Atra Hicks – AllMusic

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