Gale Storm Named Baby After TV Character

Singer/actress Gale Storm* had four children–three boys and a girl. Her daughter, born in 1956, was named Susanna after Susanna Pomeroy, the character Gale portrayed on The Gale Storm Show from 1956 to 1960.

*Yes, “Gale Storm” was a stage name. Her real name was Josephine Owaissa Cottle. The middle name, chosen by an older sister, can be traced back to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha” (1855):

In the thickets and the meadows
Piped the bluebird, the Owaissa,
On the summit of the lodges
Sang the robin, the Opechee,
In the covert of the pine-trees
Cooed the pigeon, the Omemee;

According to A Concise Dictionary of the Ojibway Indian Language (1903), available at, Longfellow got the Ojibwe words for robin and pigeon about right, but the word for bluebird sounds more like “ozahwunoo.”

Source: “First Daughter.” Chicago Tribune 13 Nov. 1956: 3.

2 thoughts on “Gale Storm Named Baby After TV Character

  1. …and MY middle name was chosen after Ms. Storm. My middle name is Gale. I have always had to correct the spelling from the traditional “Gail”. I was born in 1959. My Mom loved Gale Storm. My Dad always said he preferred the Gale spelling becaused I came into their lives like a storm.

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