Where did the baby name Lencola come from in 1980?

Lencola Sullivan, Miss Arkansas 1980
Lencola Sullivan

In 1980, the baby name Lencola hit the SSA’s baby name list for the first and only time:

  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: unlisted
  • 1980: 10 baby girls named Lencola [debut]
  • 1979: unlisted
  • 1978: unlisted


Because of beauty queen Lencola Sullivan.

In August of 1980, Lencola Sullivan became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Arkansas.

In September, she went on to become the first African-American woman to place in the top five at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. (She was 4th runner-up.)

Where is Lencola Sullivan these days? “Well I’m living in The Netherlands now, happily married, I work for Shell Oil Company.” If you’d like to say hello, she’s @lencola on Twitter.

Source: Where Are They Now?: Lencola Sullivan

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