What gave the baby name Devera a boost in 1966?

Actors Vince Edwards and Kathy Kersh
Vince Edwards and Kathy Kersh

The baby name Devera saw peak usage in the middle of the 1960s:

  • 1968: 12 baby girls named Devera
  • 1967: 22 baby girls named Devera
  • 1966: 35 baby girls named Devera [peak]
  • 1965: 6 baby girls named Devera
  • 1964: 15 baby girls named Devera


Because of a celebrity baby.

In late December, 1965, TV actor Vince Edwards (star of the medical drama Ben Casey) and his estranged wife, actress Kathy Kersh, welcomed a baby girl. They named her Devera.

The couple had gotten married (in secret) in June of 1965, but Kathy filed for divorce just four months later.

I’m not sure how they came up with the name, but it does remind me of the Hebrew name Devorah, meaning “bee.”

Do you like the name Devera?


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