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The art and science of names
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I was casually perusing other years' debut stats and stumbled upon the influence of the rapper Kwamé Holland, whose self-titled album in 1989 led to a big rise in his name (or rather, Kwame, as the SSA strips out accents). However, it also led to the following new names debuting:debuts1989.txt:Quamaine,35debuts1989.txt:Kwamane,31debuts1989.txt:Kwamaine,29debuts1989.txt:Quamane,12debuts1989.txt:Kwamain,7debuts1989.txt:Kwamel,7debuts1989.txt:Quarmaine,6debuts1989.txt:Quamain,5In the immediately following years, we also have the party joined by Kwamayne and Quamayne... but it takes until the noughties to launch Kwamae and Quamae, which would to me be the most obvious alternate spellings of Kwamé.So what I'm curious about is whether the universality of the -n (with the lone exception of Kwamel) is an attempt to clarify the the right vowel sound (either in particular accents where the n is de-emphasied, or just to broadly prevent Kwame without the accent from being rhymed with flame)... or whether it's an attempt to add an -n to more clearly indicate the masculinity of the name (these are all boys, without exception)? Or should these be regarded as mashups of Kwame with Jermaine, which was itself at an all-time peak at the time?It's definitely the first time I've seen so many spelling riffs based on something which is not itself the pop culture trigger, but an elaboration of it.
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