Mystery Baby Name – Ondina

The name Ondina appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for one year only:

  • 1969: unlisted
  • 1968: 15 baby girls named Ondina [debut]
  • 1967: unlisted

Why? I have no clue.

Conspicuously high one-time hits like this are sometimes attributable to magazine covers (Theonita is an example of this) but I haven’t found an Ondina on the cover of anything from 1968.

A different version of the name, Ondine, did pop up a few times during my search. Ondine had been the title of a Broadway play in the 1950s and the name of both a Warhol “superstar” and a race-winning yacht, Ondine III, in the 1960s. (Here’s more on Ondine from baby name blog Appellation Mountain.)

But Ondina is still a mystery to me. Do you have any ideas?

(While researching, I stumbled upon another interesting name: Trebisonda. Trebisonda “Ondina” Valla was the first Italian woman to win an Olympic gold medal, in 1936. Her birth name was inspired by the Turkish city of Trabzon, which is Trebisonda in Italian, and her nickname was suggested by a journalist when she was in her teens.)

7 Responses to Mystery Baby Name – Ondina

  1. There is a Swedish popstar by this name. Had a rare hit in the late 90s that was re-released in 2005 – “Into The Night”, I believe.

  2. Hotel was built in 1967:


    In googling the currently named Ondina’s many of them have Hispani last names, so my guess is the one episode of the tv show in 1968….

  3. Thank you, Diana and Sharalyn!

    I agree about the TV episode being the best bet so far. I wasn’t sure how many markets in the US had Spanish-language TV back then, but it looks like at least a few did. (The first US Spanish-language TV channel was created in way back in 1955, in San Antonio.)

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