Where did the baby name Tchanavian come from in 1986?

Tchanavian Cowles as the "Beauty of the Week" in Jet Magazine (August, 1986).
Tchanavian Cowles in “Jet

The unusual name Tchanavian was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1986:

  • 1988: unlisted
  • 1987: unlisted
  • 1986: 5 baby girls named Tchanavian [debut]
  • 1985: unlisted
  • 1984: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Same place as Meyosha: Jet magazine. A mid-1986 issue featured Tchanavian Cowles as the “Beauty of the Week.” Tchanavian — an Aries from Las Vegas — was “a student majoring in communications” at the time.

What are your thoughts on the eye-catching name Tchanavian?

Source: “Beauty of the Week.” Jet 4 Aug. 1986: 43.
Image: © 1986 Jet

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