What gave the baby name Lahoma a boost in 1968?

Lahoma from "Another World"

From 1967 to 1968, the popularity of Lahoma more than quadrupled:

  • 1970: 36 baby girls named Lahoma
  • 1969: 44 baby girls named Lahoma
  • 1968: 109 baby girls named Lahoma
  • 1967: 24 baby girls named Lahoma
  • 1965: 6 baby girls named Lahoma

For long time, I couldn’t find any information on “Lahoma” beyond the town of Lahoma, Oklahoma, or the state of Oklahoma itself.

Finally I uncovered the answer in the world of television. Popular soap opera Another World introduced a character named Lahoma Vane (played by Ann Wedgeworth) in August of 1967.

In one episode of the show, Lahoma even discussed her unusual name:

Russ assured Lahoma he wouldn’t make fun of her name, which was the name of her great-grandmother, a Cherokee Indian. Lahoma didn’t know what her name meant but joked that it sounded like a certain state with a syllable missing.

What do you think of the name Lahoma?

Source: Another World: Weekly Synopses: 1967

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