Where did the baby name Tynisa come from in 1976?

The Major Harris album "Jealousy" (1976)
Major Harris album

The name Tynisa debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1976, but it wasn’t just any old debut — it was the most impressive debut of the year with a whopping 79 baby girls:

  • 1978: 19 baby girls named Tynisa
  • 1977: 32 baby girls named Tynisa
  • 1976: 79 baby girls named Tynisa [debut] [peak usage]
  • 1975: unlisted
  • 1974: unlisted

Two-thirds of those 79 Tynisas were born in just four states: New York (18), California (14), Pennsylvania (13), and Ohio (7).

Where did the come from all of a sudden?

The Major Harris song “Tynisa (Goddess Of Love),” which was one of the tracks on his 1976 album Jealousy.

“Tynisa” wasn’t a single, but the album was popular (reaching #33 on the R&B charts in early 1976), so a number of people would have heard the song regardless.

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Source: Major Harris – Billboard

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