Where did the baby name Kanavis come from in 1989?

Football player Kanavis McGhee
Kanavis McGhee

The unique name Kanavis has popped up in the U.S. baby name data a total of twice:

  • 1992: unlisted
  • 1991: 9 baby boys named Kanavis [peak]
  • 1990: unlisted
  • 1989: 5 baby boys named Kanavis [debut]
  • 1988: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Linebacker Kanavis McGhee — both times.

Kanavis (pronounced ka-NAY-vis) played college football for the University of Colorado from 1987 to 1990. His senior year, “he helped lead Colorado to the consensus national championship,” and was also “a candidate for the Butkus and Lombardi awards.”

In the 1991 NFL draft, he was picked in the second round (55th overall) by the New York Giants. He played in New York for three seasons, in Cincinnati for a fourth season, and in Houston (his hometown) for a fifth and final season.

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Sources: Kanavis McGhee – Wikipedia, Kanavis McGhee – Football – University of Colorado Athletics

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