The baby name Rawnie appeared on the SSA’s baby name list just twice in the late 1930s:
- 1940: not listed
- 1939: 6 baby girls named Rawnie
- 1938: 8 baby girls named Rawnie [debut]
- 1937: not listed
Where did it come from?
It was inspired by a character named Rawnie in the movie Rascals, which was released in mid-1938. The film is about a young woman suffering from amnesia. A group of gypsies take her in, name her Rawnie (“which means “lady” in the Gypsy language”) and teach her how to tell fortunes.
I did some research on the word rawnie and, though I wasn’t expecting it to, it really does mean “lady” in Romany. I’m also seeing it spelled rawni, raunie and rauni in various Romany dictionaries.
What do you think of the name Rawnie?
Source: Rascals (1938) – TCM.com
P.S. Rochelle Hudson was a WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931.