Where did the baby name Apasra come from in 1965?

Miss Universe 1965, Apasra Hongsakula of Thailand.
Apasra Hongsakula

The curious name Apasra first popped up in the U.S. baby name data in 1965:

  • 1967: unlisted
  • 1966: unlisted
  • 1965: 5 baby girls named Apasra [debut]
  • 1964: unlisted
  • 1963: unlisted

The next year it dropped back out of the data, though, and it’s absent ever since, making Apasra a one-hit wonder.

Where did it come from?

The 1965 Miss Universe pageant.

The winner of the pageant in July of that year was a young woman named Apasra Hongsakula from Bangkok, Thailand.

Apasra was the first Thai woman and the second Asian woman (after Akiko Kojima of Japan) to be named Miss Universe.

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