The baby name Clovia debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1949:
- 1952: 5 baby girls named Clovia
- 1951: 5 baby girls named Clovia
- 1950: 13 baby girls named Clovia
- 1949: 22 baby girls named Clovia [debut]
- 1948: unlisted
It was the 4th-highest girl name debut that year after Rainelle, Rainell and Randye.
Where did it come from?
A comic strip. Gasoline Alley characters Skeezix and Nina welcomed a baby girl in May of 1949 and named her Clovia.
Nina got stuck in traffic on the way to the hospital and was forced to give birth in a taxi. On the infant’s wrist was a birthmark in the shape of a four-leaf clover.
And Clovia wasn’t just a comic strip character. For a time, she was also a doll.
In mid-1949, a few weeks after Clovia’s introduction, Clovia dolls became available in retail stores. (Dolls based on comic strip babies had become trendy in the 1940s.)
The baby name Clovia remained on the national baby name list through the 1950s, but usage petered out in the 1960s.
- “Comic Strip Dolls.” Life 19 Oct. 1953.
- Cushman, Philip. Constructing the Self, Constructing America. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press, 1995.
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