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Popularity of the Baby Name Tocarro


Posts that Mention the Name Tocarro

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.

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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 Toccara come from in 1981?

Toccara perfume commercial
Toccara perfume commercial

The baby name Toccara debuted very impressively in the U.S. baby name data in 1981. The name became so trendy in the early ’80s, in fact, that it managed to rank among the 1,000 most popular girl names in the nation for three years in a row.

  • 1984: 66 girls named Toccara
  • 1983: 158 girls named Toccara [rank: 942nd]
  • 1982: 358 girls named Toccara [rank: 541st]
  • 1981: 182 girls named Toccara [rank: 857th] [debut]
  • 1980: unlisted
  • 1979: unlisted

A number of spelling variants also got a boost around the same time…

1980198119821983
Takara9195878
Taccara.17 (debut)4025
Tocarra.15 (debut)39
Tacarra.8 (debut)3830
Toccaro.8 (debut)7.
Tacora.7 (debut)711
Toccarra.6 (debut)3016
Toccora.6 (debut)119
Tocara..14 (debut)8
Taccarra7 (debut)7
Tikara..7 (debut).
Tocarro..6 (one-hit)
Takarra5 (debut)15

Where did the name Toccara come from?

It can be traced back to an Avon perfume Toccara (pronounced toh-KAH-rah), which came out in 1981.

Toccara perfume set
Toccara perfume set

Toccara was marketed as “the world’s first renewable fragrance.” Here are the instructions, as per the Tocarra television commercial:

Spray it on, the mystery begins. Stroke the same place, even hours later, and release Toccara’s mystery all over again.

In accordance with the idea of renewing the perfume via touch, the Toccara’s name meant “to touch,” Avon said. The company didn’t specify what language it was drawing from, but I’d assume Italian, because the verb for “touch” in Italian is toccare (pronounced toh-KAH-ray) — very similar to Toccara.

After a few years, the fragrance was discontinued and usage of the name Toccara dropped off.

Popularity graph for the baby name Toccara
Usage of the baby name Toccara

If you look closely at the popularity graph for Toccara, though, you’ll see a minor resurgence in usage a few decades later. What caused the 2005 mini-spike? A television show. Plus-size model Toccara Jones, born in 1981, was a contestant on America’s Next Top Model during the second half of 2004.

What are your thoughts on the name Toccara?

[Latest update: 4/2022]

Source: “Avon product new.” Taos News 15. Oct. 1981: 30.