The once-rare baby name Nakia burst onto the scene in 1974, when it was suddenly given to hundreds of babies of both genders:
|Girls named Nakia||Boys named Nakia|
|1976||490 [rank: 414th]||110 [rank: 792nd]|
|1975||972 [rank: 251st]||514 [rank: 337th]|
|1974||1,135 [rank: 226th]||611 [rank: 302nd]|
Where did it come from?
Nakia (pronounced na-KEE-a) Parker, the fictional Navajo deputy sheriff played by actor Robert Forster in both Nakia the TV movie (April, 1974) and Nakia the short-lived TV crime drama (September to December, 1974).
Though the character was Navajo, I’m doubtful that Nakia is a genuine Navajo name. It’s certainly a Navajo word — it means “Mexican” — but I haven’t found any evidence that it has ever used as a Navajo name.
Nowadays, the baby name Nakia is still in use, but it’s not as popular as it once was. Last year, 41 baby girls and 8 baby boys were named Nakia.
Source: Navajo Code Talkers’ Dictionary
P.S. Singer Nakia Reynoso, who appeared on NBC’s The Voice in 2011, was born in 1975.