How popular is the baby name Naturi in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Naturi.

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Popularity of the baby name Naturi

Posts that mention the name Naturi

Where did the baby name Naturi come from in 2001?

3LW's self-titled album (2000)
3LW album

In 2001, the name Naturi debuted in the U.S. baby name data with a dozen baby girls:

  • 2003: 16 baby girls named Naturi
  • 2002: 11 baby girls named Naturi
  • 2001: 12 baby girls named Naturi [debut]
  • 2000: unlisted
  • 1999: unlisted

Where did it come from?

New Jersey-born singer Naturi (pronounced na-TUR-ee) Naughton, who was a member of the girl group 3LW.

The group’s most successful single, “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right),” peaked at #23 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart in April of 2001.

How did Naughton come to have the unusual first name “Naturi”? Here’s how she explained it during a recent interview:

Naturi actually means nature’s girl, natural woman. It was a name that actually my parents kind of made by merging two names together. It has African [descent] but I don’t know what language. It’s almost spelled, as you can see, like the word nature. I love my name. You know, people messed it up a lot in the beginning. It was so frustrating but now I think everyone’s getting the hang of it.

I think it’s plausible that her parents created the name by altering the English word “nature” to make it look/sound more like any of various African names, such as Ngozi (Igbo), Imani (Swahili), or Mbali (Zulu).

Naturi Naughton left 3LW in mid-2002. She went on to have a successful acting career, appearing, for instance, in the film Fame (a remake of the original Fame from the early ’80s) and on the TV series Power.

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