In 1987, the most impressive debut name for girls was Jaleesa.
The next-most impressive debut? The name Adilene:
- 1990: 166 baby girls named Adilene
- 1989: 158 baby girls named Adilene
- 1988: 133 baby girls named Adilene
- 1987: 72 baby girls named Adilene [debut]
- 1986: not listed
The name Adilene has managed to stay within the 100-to-200 babies-per-year range all the way to 2010, in fact.
Where did it come from?
…I don’t know. (Argh.)
The other mystery names I’ve written about so far — Wanza (1915), Nerine (1917), Laquita (1930), Djuna (1964) — have been older. I didn’t feel too bad asking for help on these.
But Adilene is relatively recent. I’m frustrated that I can’t come up with an explanation for this one.
What I do know is this: most of the 1987 Adilenes have Spanish surnames. So the inspiration could have been something Spanish-language. Perhaps an obscure 1986/1987 telenovela…?
Do you know the answer?
UPDATE: I think the mystery is solved! Looks like Adilene was inspired by “Adilene,” a song by Los Yonics. Big thank you to Laura and Adi for helping me out!
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