The baby name Dollinda has appeared in the U.S. baby name data twice:
- 1960: unlisted
- 1959: 12 baby girls named Dollinda
- 1958: 18 baby girls named Dollinda [debut]
- 1957: unlisted
That’s an impressive debut — just a few babies away from Tequila, which appeared the same year thanks to a hit song.
But I can’t figure out what gave Dollinda a boost. I don’t see the name anywhere in typical pop culture places (e.g., TV) and I also don’t see any telling similarities among the late-’50s Dollindas I’ve found online (e.g., birthplaces, middle names).
One interesting fact is that the spelling “Dolinda” is nowhere to be seen in the data. It’s just Dollinda. This makes me think two things. First, the source must have had a visual component in order to anchor the spelling. Second…is there some sort of “doll” association here? Was this the name of a toy? Hm.
Any thoughts on this one?