Where did the baby name Tareva come from in 1985?

Singer Tareva Henderson on the TV talent show "Star Search" in 1985.
Tareva Henderson on “Star Search,” 1985

Toward the end of 1985, Tareva Henderson of Baton Rouge started appearing on the popular TV talent show Star Search. According to one Louisiana newspaper, “She finished out the show Dec. 28 with six wins in the female vocalist category. That’s more than enough to put her in the Search semi-finals.”

Looks like Tareva lasted for a total of eight episodes, actually. Here are the songs she sang:

  • “Saving All My Love For You”
  • “I Knew You When”
  • “Tonight I Give In”
  • “Let Me Be Your Angel”
  • “Come to Me”
  • “You Could Have Been With Me”
  • “Bridge Over Troubled Waters”
  • “The Gift”

The baby name Tareva started appearing in the U.S. baby name list data same year Tareva Henderson began appearing on Star Search:

  • 1988: not listed
  • 1987: 9 baby girls named Tareva
  • 1986: 63 baby girls named Tareva
  • 1985: 13 baby girls named Tareva [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted
  • 1983: unlisted

It only remained on the charts for a total of three years, though.

Spelling variants Tereva and Tavera, both of which popped up a year later, were one-hit wonders:

  • 1988: unlisted
  • 1987: unlisted
  • 1986: 11 baby girls named Tereva & 5 baby girls named Tavera [debuts]
  • 1985: unlisted
  • 1984: unlisted

What do you think of the baby name Tareva?

Source: “Area & some residents find places on the tube.” Advocate [Baton Rouge] 3 Jan. 1986.

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