Where did the baby name Vaitiare come from?

While researching the name Tiare on Monday, I discovered another Tahitian name in the U.S. baby name data: Vaitiare, which means “water flower” in Tahitian.

Vaitiare was a one-hit wonder in the data in 1991:

  • 1993: unlisted
  • 1992: unlisted
  • 1991: 5 baby girls named Vaitiare [debut]
  • 1990: unlisted
  • 1989: unlisted

The influence here might have been Tahitian model/actress Vaitiare Hirshon, who dated Julio Iglesias for much of the 1980s.

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