How popular is the baby name Latrenda in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Latrenda.
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The baby name Tatia debuted impressively in the U.S. baby name data in 1965. It was second only to Latrenda that year.
1967: 58 baby girls named Tatia
1966: 211 baby girls named Tatia [peak usage]
1965: 43 baby girls named Tatia [debut]
Where did it come from?
A single episode of the TV show I Spy (1965-1968), which starred Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as characters Kelly and Scotty, a pair of undercover agents.
The episode aired on November 17, 1965, and was called “Tatia,” after the character Tatia Loring (played by Laura Devon). Tatia, whose name was pronounced ta-sha, was a freelance photographer in Tokyo who Kelly was attracted to, but Scotty was suspicious of.
The year after the episode aired, the baby name Tatia was boosted into the top 1,000 for the first (and so far only) time. The phonetic spelling Tasha fared even better: It hit the top 1,000 and stuck around until the 1990s.
Several other baby names also got a boost from single-episode I Spy characters. Examples include Tonia (from the January 1967 episode “Tonia”) and Shana (from the March 1968 episode “Shana”).
I’m a baby name blogger, but sometimes I feel more like a baby name detective. Because so much of my blogging time is spent doing detective work: trying to figure out where a particular baby name comes from, or why a name saw a sudden jump (or drop) in usage during a particular year.
If a name itself doesn’t make the answer obvious (e.g., Lindbergh) and a simple Google search hasn’t helped, my first bit of detective work involves scanning the baby name charts. I’ve learned that many search-resistant baby names (like Deatra) are merely alternative spellings of more common names (Deirdre).
If that doesn’t do it, I go back to Google for some advanced-level ninja searching, to help me zero in on specific types of historical or pop culture events. This is how I traced Irmalee back to a character in a short story in a very old issue of the once-popular McCall’s Magazine.
But if I haven’t gotten anywhere after a few rounds of ninja searching, I officially give up and turn the mystery baby name over to you guys. Together we’ve cracked a couple of cases (yay!) but, unfortunately, most of the mystery baby names I’ve blogged about are still big fat mysteries.
Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)
I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!