The most impressive girls' name debut of 2017 was Taishmara. This name went from unknown in the USA (it has never showed up on the chart before) to having 36 namesakes. This is a pretty big jump-- usually when names debut in the top 7000, they clock in with 5-12 instances. Taishmara was probably inspired by Taishmara Rivera, a singer in the group MIX5, who won the competition of Season 2 of La Banda (kind of like a Spanish-Language American Idol). Lending support to this argument is the fact that the name Danelly, the name of the other woman in the group almost tripled in popularity between 2016 and 2017.
|Leslie Uggams as Kizzy in Roots|
Camreigh, however, was far from the biggest debut-- That award goes to Kizzy in 1977, whose name was inspired by the character of the same name in the TV series "Roots." Kizzy had 1116 namesakes in 1977. the next highest debut was Isamar in 1990, with 446. Isamar was possibly inspired by the character Isamar Medina (played by Rosalinda Serfaty) from the Venezuelan-produced but internationally distributed telenovela La Revancha. It could possibly also have had a boost from the 1990 disco house song Amor Suave by Isamar & Compania.