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Where did the baby name Tamarick come from in 1993?

Football player Tamarick Vanover
Tamarick Vanover

The name Tamarick debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1993:

  • 1996 13 baby boys named Tamarick
  • 1995 9 baby boys named Tamarick
  • 1994 8 baby boys named Tamarick
  • 1993 19 baby boys named Tamarick [debut]
    • 9 born in in Florida
  • 1992: unlisted
  • 1991: unlisted

What put it there?

Wide receiver Tamarick (pronounced tah-MAHR-ik) Vanover, who spent most of his years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs (1995-1999).

But the name debuted several years before his professional career began. And many of those babies were born in Florida specifically. Why?

Because of Tamarick’s successful (if short) college career. He was a key member of Florida State’s football team in 1993 — the year the Seminoles won their first national championship.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Tamarick? (Not to be confused with the name Tamarisk from earlier this week!)

Sources: Tamarick Vanover – Wikipedia, SSA

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