The Emergence of Maravene

The unusual name Maravene popped up in the U.S. baby name data just twice, both times in the 1910s:

  • 1918: unlisted
  • 1917: 6 baby girls named Maravene
  • 1916: unlisted
  • 1915: unlisted
  • 1914: unlisted
  • 1913: 5 baby girls named Maravene [debut]
  • 1912: unlisted

The source?

Ohio-born author Maravene Kennedy Thompson, whose short stories were being published in magazines like McClure’s, The American Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and Harper’s Weekly in the 1910s.

She also put out multiple books, many of which were made into movies. Her 1916 book Persuasive Peggy, for instance, was adapted for the screen in 1917. (The book in the image, The Secret Love House, didn’t come out until 1926.)

The similar name Marvene debuted in 1913 as well.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Maravene? Which name do you prefer, Maravene or Marvene?

Sources: Maravene Thompson – IMDb, Standard Index of Short Stories, 1900-1933

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