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Popularity of the Baby Name Phajja

Posts that Mention the Name Phajja

Interesting one-hit wonder names in the U.S. baby name data


They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more.



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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add the names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. You might also be interested in this list of the top one-hit wonder baby names since 1880

Where did the baby name Phajja come from in 1998?

Phajja album "Seize the Moment" (1997)
Phajja album

The unusual name Phajja has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just once so far:

  • 2000: unlisted
  • 1999: unlisted
  • 1998: 7 baby girls named Phajja [debut]
  • 1997: unlisted
  • 1996: unlisted

Where did it come from?

The R&B group Phajja (pronounced fah-jah).

The female trio — Kena, Nakia, and Karen — released their debut album, Seize the Moment, in 1997. The album produced two singles, including their most successful song, “So Long (Well, Well, Well),” which peaked at #87 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart and #30 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

The group’s name, according to the press, was based on an Arabic word meaning “new beginning.” My guess is that this Arabic word was fajr, which means “dawn.” (The “dawn prayer” recited by Muslims is the salat al-fajr.)

What are your thoughts on the baby name Phajja?