Shaniqua

Shaniqua
Contrary to popular belief, Shaniqua is not a common name for black women. Often used as a stereotype to represent unique names used in the African-American community, it barely reached over 1000 names a year twice in the early 1990s before nearly disappearing. For perspective, if you were named Shaniqua, there is a good chance you were the only one in your entire school or town with that name. Shaniqua (and its spelling varieties) don’t even make the cut in the names database beyond 2010. According to comments on behindthename.com, the name rose to popularity from the 1990 hip hop song “Shaniqua” by Oran “Juice” Jones. Sadly, the name doesn’t have a good reputation these days, prompting one commenter on babynamewizard.com to say, “My name is Shenequia and when I tell people my name , they say ‘well you don’t act like a Shenequia'”. So what exactly is someone named Shaniqua supposed to act like anyway?

Baby name totals for Shaniqua, Shanequa, Sheniqua, Chaniqua, Shanikwa:

Year Total
1970 6
1971 33
1972 33
1973 48
1974 52
1975 83
1976 95
1977 113
1978 130
1979 144
1980 166
1981 163
1982 147
1983 159
1984 193
1985 221
1986 194
1987 203
1988 238
1989 292
1990 1098
1991 1285
1992 934
1993 635
1994 394
1995 280
1996 178
1997 142
1998 101
1999 64
2000 31
2001 27
2002 24
2003 19
2004 16
2005 7
2006 10
2007 5
2008 5
2010 8

Source: Social Security Administration (http://www.ssa.gov/open/data/)

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