Where did the baby name Raiana come from in 1989?

Raiana Paige's single "Open Up Your Heart" (1988).
Raiana Paige single

The name Raiana first surfaced in the U.S. baby name data in 1989:

  • 1991: unlisted
  • 1990: 5 baby girls named Raiana
  • 1989: 5 baby girls named Raiana [debut]
  • 1988: unlisted
  • 1987: unlisted

Where did it come from?

My guess is Latin freestyle singer Raiana Paige.

Like Sa-Fire, Raiana was born in Puerto Rico, but raised in New York.

Her first single, “Open Up Your Heart” (1988), was also her most successful. Though the song didn’t manage to make Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, it did reach #10 on the dance chart.

Here’s the music video:

What are your thoughts on the name Raiana?

Sources: Raiana Paige – Open Up Your Heart – AllMusic, Raiana Paige – Rare and Obscure Music, Raiana Paige – The Isle of Deserted Pop Stars, SSA

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