Where did the baby name Korver come from in 2008?

Basketball player Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver

The name Korver debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 2008, and, notably, all of that usage occurred in the state of Utah:

  • 2012: 20 baby boys named Korver
    • 12 born in Utah
  • 2011: 14 baby boys named Korver
    • 12 born in Utah
  • 2010: 16 baby boys named Korver
    • 14 born in Utah
  • 2009: 23 baby boys named Korver
    • All 23 born in Utah
  • 2008: 17 baby boys named Korver [debut]
    • All 17 born in Utah
  • 2007: unlisted
  • 2006: unlisted

Where did the name Korver come from, and why has it been particularly popular in Utah?

The influence is professional basketball player Kyle Korver, who has been in the NBA since 2003 and is known for his ability to sink 3-point shots.

He played for the Utah Jazz from 2007 to 2010, at a time when the Jazz was consistently making it to the playoffs. He even had a second stint with the Jazz (2018-19 season).

The surname Korver can come from either German (in which case it’s an “occupational name for a basketmaker”) or from Dutch (“occupational name for a herring fisher”).

What are your thoughts on Korver as a first name?


  • Kyle Korver – Wikipedia
  • Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

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