Where did the baby name Qadry come from in 1992?

Football player Qadry Ismail
Qadry Ismail

The curious name Qadry debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1992 and popped up a few more times during the rest of the 1990s:

  • 1996: unlisted
  • 1995: 5 baby boys named Qadry
  • 1994: unlisted
  • 1993: 13 baby boys named Qadry
  • 1992: 10 baby boys named Qadry [debut]
  • 1991: unlisted
  • 1990: unlisted

The similar names Quadry and Quadree* also debuted in 1992.

What was the influence?

College football player Qadry Ismail (pronounced KAH-dree ISS-my-el), a wide receiver who was also known as “The Missile.” This paired nicely with “The Rocket,” the nickname of his older brother Raghib.

In 1992, Qadry was playing his final season for Syracuse Orangemen. That season was a particularly good one for the school — they won the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy that year — and Qadry was a standout player on the team.

He went on to play for various NFL teams, starting with the Minnesota Vikings, from 1993 until the early 2000s.

Do you like the name Qadry? (How would you spell it?)

*We talked about a 1996 Quadree in the Tale of Two Q(u)adrees post…

Sources: Qadry Ismail – Wikipedia, SSA

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