Where did the baby name Tareva come from in 1985?

Tareva Henderson's first appearance on the TV show "Star Search" (1985)
Tareva Henderson

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.”

In fact, Tareva was featured on eight different episodes of the show. 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 popping up in the U.S. baby name data the same year Tareva Henderson began appearing on Star Search:

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

Though it was only in the data for a total of three years, it did give rise to a pair of variant spellings, Tereva and Tavera, both of which were one-hit wonders in 1986.

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Image: © 1985 Star Search (Screenshot of Star Search)

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