The name Jomanda appeared in the U.S. baby name data for a string of four years during the early 1990s:
- 1995: unlisted
- 1994: 6 baby girls named Jomanda
- 1993: 10 baby girls named Jomanda
- 1992: 5 baby girls named Jomanda
- 1991: 6 baby girls named Jomanda [debut]
- 1990: unlisted
The similar name Jamanda was in the data even longer, from 1989 to 1994.
The origin of both names? A female R&B vocal trio called Jomanda.
They scored their first hit in 1989 with “Make My Body Rock (Feel It),” which climbed to #6 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart.
Later on, they reached #1 on that chart twice: first with “Got a Love For You” in mid-1991, then with “Don’t You Want Me” in early 1993.
“Got a Love For You” even managed to reach #40 on the Hot 100 during the summer of 1991, officially making it a Top 40 song. Here’s the video:
I don’t know the origin of the name “Jomanda,” but one of the group members was named Joanne — that could have been an influence. (The other two were named Cheri and Renee.)
Do you like the name Jomanda? Would you use it?
P.S. The baby name Nubia saw peak usage in 1993 — the year Jomanda’s second album, Nubia Soul, was released.