One of the top baby name debuts of 1927 was the name Sunya.
Where did it come from?
The Love of Sunya (1927), a silent film that starred Gloria Swanson as Sunya Ashling, a young American woman who uses a crystal ball to see different versions of her future.
The movie wasn’t a commercial success, but it inspired a handful of expectant parents to name their baby girls Sunya nonetheless:
- 1930: not listed
- 1929: 7 baby girls named Sunya
- 1928: 5 baby girls named Sunya
- 1927: 14 baby girls named Sunya [debut]
- 1926: not listed
After this, the name stayed off the list until mid-century. It’s popped back onto the list intermittently ever since.
P.S. Want to watch the film? It’s on YouTube — start here [vid].