Where did the baby name Rajanee come from in 1994?

Raja-Neé album "Hot & Ready" (1994).
Raja-Neé album

The curious name Rajanee first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1990s:

  • 1996: 10 baby girls named Rajanee
  • 1995: 41 baby girls named Rajanee [peak usage]
  • 1994: 7 baby girls named Rajanee [debut]
  • 1993: unlisted
  • 1992: unlisted

Where did it come from?

R&B singer Raja-Neé.

(The SSA omits spaces and ignores non-first-letter capitals, which explains why the name is rendered “Rajanee” in the dataset.)

Raja-Neé’s most successful single, “Turn It Up,” was released in the fall of 1994. It was featured on the soundtrack to the 1994 movie A Low Down Dirty Shame, and it peaked at #31 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in mid-December.

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Sources: Billboard, SSA

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