Tuesday, September 17, 2019


While researching the names in the top 1000 I came across the girls' name Zhavia. It was entering the top 1000 for the first time but that's not what intrigued me. It was the fact that the name had not been given to more than 5 babies ever. I looked and looked and you can not find the name on any of the beyond the top 1000 lists since 1880. For a name to go from never ranking to in the top 1000 is impressive. So of course I needed to do some research on the name.

It seems the Zhavia's popularity is because of the California singer Zhavia Ward. Zhavia came to stardom from the reality show The Four: Battle for Stardom. From there she went on to sign with Columbia Records and to record a song with Zayn Malik for the new Aladdin soundtrack. Her stardom all started in early 2018. 

The name is so new and unique it's hard to find a concrete meaning or origin. One idea is the name is a variant of Xavia/Zavia, both female variants of the name Xavier meaning the new house. There are some other meanings that don't seem to have a source behind them. Some meanings include Perspective in Persian, God's gold in Hebrew, and Having life, alive in Russian. The word alive in Russian is в живых or v zhivykh. I can see resemblance.

Zhavia entered the top 1000 in 2018 at #877 and was given to 306 babies. To put that into perspective the number 1 girls name, Emma, was given to 18,688 babies in 2018. The name was never ranked even in beyond the top 1000 names. In order to be ranked beyond the top 1000 a name has to be given to 5 or more babies. That means that Zhavia was never given to 5 or more babies. 

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