How popular is the baby name Tchanavian 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 Tchanavian.

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Popularity of the baby name Tchanavian

Posts that mention the name Tchanavian

Where did the baby name Tijwana come from in 1981?

Tijwana Lester as the "Beauty of the Week" in Jet magazine (July, 1981).
Tijwana Lester in “Jet

The name Tijwana was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1981. In fact, it was the highest-hitting one-hit wonder of the year.

  • 1983: unlisted
  • 1982: unlisted
  • 1981: 18 baby girls named Tijwana [debut]
  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: unlisted

What gave the name such a boost that year?

A model named Tijwana Lester.

In July of 1981, she was featured as a “Beauty of the Week” in Jet magazine, which ran a full-page color photo of her (wearing a purple bathing suit) and included a short description of the Chicago-born model (who enjoyed swimming and dancing, and who was “studying to become a dentist” at that time).

Further research reveals that Tijwana Lester’s father was Robert Lester, a founding member of the Chicago vocal group The Chi-Lites.

What are your thoughts on the name Tijwana?

(Other “Beauty of the Week”-influenced baby names include Meyosha and Tchanavian.)


Image: © 1981 Jet

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

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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.


  • 2020: Jexi













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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?

Image: Adapted from Solitary Poppy by Andy Beecroft under CC BY-SA 2.0.

[Latest update: Apr. 2024]

Where did the baby name Tchanavian come from in 1986?

Tchanavian Cowles as the "Beauty of the Week" in Jet Magazine (August, 1986).
Tchanavian Cowles in “Jet

The unusual name Tchanavian was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1986:

  • 1988: unlisted
  • 1987: unlisted
  • 1986: 5 baby girls named Tchanavian [debut]
  • 1985: unlisted
  • 1984: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Same place as Meyosha: Jet magazine. A mid-1986 issue featured Tchanavian Cowles as the “Beauty of the Week.” Tchanavian — an Aries from Las Vegas — was “a student majoring in communications” at the time.

What are your thoughts on the eye-catching name Tchanavian?

Source: “Beauty of the Week.” Jet 4 Aug. 1986: 43.
Image: © 1986 Jet