Yup. The word jinx means “curse” or “hex,” but that hasn’t stopped parents from using the word as a baby name.
After the silent Western Galloping Jinx came out in 1925, at least 6 baby girls got the name Jinx in 1926.
It was back on the SSA’s baby name list for most of the 1940s and 1950s, even a couple years of the 1960s, thanks to model and actress Eugenia “Jinx” Falkenburg.
- 1946: 8 baby girls named Jinx
- 1945: 7 baby girls named Jinx
- 1944: 9 baby girls named Jinx
- 1943: 7 baby girls named Jinx (first reappearance)
- 1942: unlisted
For Falkenburg, “Jinx” was a childhood nickname — one that she apparently really liked, as she tried to make her full legal name Jinx in early 1942. Her lawyer argued that a shorter name on the marquee would help support the war effort:
The name Falkenburg requires 150 light bulbs, which in one evening will use enough electrical power to aid in the production of 26,00 [sic] pounds of aluminum or illuminate a city of 105,000 population.
But Judge Emmet H. Wilson “ruled there is no legal precedent to such dramatic shortening” of a name. So Jinx settled for dropping her birth name Eugenia and making her full legal name Jinx Falkenburg.
- “Short Name Asked To Help Defense.” St. Petersburg Times 13 Mar. 1942: 19.
- “Jinx Falkenburg Name Legal.” New York Times 15 Aug. 1942.