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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter L

leatrice, actress, cinema, nameLooking for an uncommon girl name with a retro feel?

Here’s a list of rare female L-names associated with the earliest decades of cinema (1910s to 1940s).

And I’ve included links to popularity graphs for the names that have seen enough usage to appear in the SSA data.

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Labela
Labela was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the short film Hawaiian Love (1913).

Laetitia
Laetitia Bonaparte was a character played by actress May Whitty in the film Conquest (1937).

Lahleet
Lahleet was a character played by actress Bessie Love in the film Tongues of Flame (1924).

Laissabeth
Laissabeth Powys was a character played by actress Una Venning in the film A Welsh Singer (1916).

Lala
Lala was a character name in multiple films, including A Soul Astray (short, 1914) and The Rustle of Silk (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lala.

Lali
Lali was a character name in multiple films, including The Translation of a Savage (1913) and Behold My Wife! (1920).

  • Usage of the baby name Lali.

Lalia
Lalia Fleming was a character played by actress Gerda Holmes in the short film The Strength of the Weak (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Lalia.

Laline
Laline Coxheim was a character played by actress Marie Walcamp in the short film The Mysterious Contragrav (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Laline.

Laloe
Laloe Berchmans was a character played by actress Julie Suedo in the film The Woman from China (1930).

Lamentina
Lamentina was a character played by actress Nancy Brown in the film Red Wagon (1933).

Lammchen
Emma “Lammchen” Pinneberg was a character played by actress Margaret Sullavan in the film Little Man, What Now? (1934). Lammchen means “little lamb” in German.

Laraine
Laraine Day was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1960s. She was born in Utah in 1920. Her birth name was La Raine Johnson.

Laramie
Laramie Winters was a character played by actress Ruth Terry in the film Man from Music Mountain (1943).

Lark
Lark Ingoldsby was a character played by actress Teresa Wright in the film Enchantment (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Lark.

Lasca
Lasca was a character name in multiple films, including Lasca (1919) and Lasca of the Rio Grande (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Lasca.

Laska
Laska Winter was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Missouri in 1905.

Latona
Latona was a character played by actress Anna Demetrio in the film Call of the South Seas (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Latona.

Laurabelle
Laurabelle Ronson was a character played by actress Gloria DeHaven in the film The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).

Lauralee
Lauralee Curtis was a character played by actress Wendy Barrie in the film Wings Over Honolulu (1937).

Laurella
Laurella Consadine was a character played by actress Ricca Allen in the film The Power and the Glory (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Laurella (which debuted in the data the year The Power and the Glory came out).

Lauretta
Lauretta was a character name in multiple films, including A Bad Egg (short, 1914) and I Was to Blame (1937).

Laurette
Laurette Taylor was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1884. Her birth name was Loretta Cooney. Laurette was also a character played by actress Molly Lamont in the film Scared to Death (1947).

Laurine
Laurine was a character name in multiple films, including The Key to the Past (1915) and Expensive Husbands (1937).

Lavara
Lavara was a character played by actress Mae Clarke in the film Lady from Chungking (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavara.

Laverne
LaVerne LaPeer was a character played by actress Kathryn Keys in the short film Radio Runaround (1943).

Lavina
Lavina was a character name in multiple films, including Why Smith Left Home (1919) and Young Tom Edison (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavina.

Lavita
Lavita was a character played by actress Marie Burke in the film After the Ball (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavita.

Lavolia
Lavolia was a character played by actress Etta McDaniel in the film Magnificent Brute (1936).

Leatrice
Leatrice Joy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Louisiana in 1893. Leatrice Joy Gilbert (Leatrice Joy’s daughter) was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in California in 1924.

Leda
Leda was a character name in multiple films, including The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933) and Cleopatra (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Leda.

Ledda
Ledda Perrin was a character played by actress Alyce Mills in the film Faint Perfume (1925).

Lelia
Lelia Dodson was a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film Lying Lips (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Lelia.

Lemona
Lemona Reighley was a character played by actress Alma Rubens in the film Reggie Mixes In (1916).

Lenie
Lenie Retief was a character played by actress Caroline Frances Cooke in the film De Voortrekkers (1916).

Lenita
Lenita Lane was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1901.

  • Usage of the baby name Lenita.

Lenke
Lenke was a character played by actress Julanne Johnston in the film Prisoners (1929).

Leo
Leonore “Leo” Bewlay was a character played by actress Mary Astor in the film Enticement (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Leo.

Leonie
Leonie was a character name in multiple films, including The Sword of Damocles (1920) and Safe in Hell (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Leonie.

Leonora
Leonora was a character name in multiple films, including Susan and God (1940) and The Girl Who Forgot (1940).

Leontine
Leontine Dranet was an actress who appeared in 2 films in the 1910s. Leontine was also a character name in multiple films, including The Closing Net (1915) and The Shielding Shadow (serial, 1916).

Leopoldine
Leopoldine was a character played by actress Luise Rainer in the film Escapade (1935).

Leota
Leota Long was a character played by actress Katherine DeMille in the film Banjo on My Knee (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Leota.

Lescaboura
Lescaboura was a character name in multiple films, including So’s Your Old Man (1926) and You’re Telling Me! (1934).

Letitia
Letitia was a character name in multiple films, including Pretty Mrs. Smith (1915) and 52nd Street (1937).

Lettice
Lettice Musgrave was a character played by actress Vola Vale in the short film Harvest (1915).

Leva
Leva Lemaire was a character played by actress Barbara La Marr in the film Souls for Sale (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Leva.

Levinnia
Levinnia was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film The Dark Horse (1932).

Levisa
Levisa Hatfield was a character played by actress Hope Emerson in the film Roseanna McCoy (1949).

Li Wanna
Li Wanna was a character played by actress Elena Verdugo in the film The Lost Tribe (1949).

Liane
Liane was a character name in multiple films, including Shadows of Paris (1924) and Parisian Life (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Liane.

Lianne
Lianne Demarest was a character played by actress Mae Murray in the film Princess Virtue (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Lianne.

Lida
Lida was a character name in multiple films, including Red and White Roses (short, 1913) and Atlantic Convoy (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Lida.

Liddy
Liddy was a character played by actress Bonita Granville in the film Silver Dollar (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Liddy.

Lihula
Lihula was a character played by actress Marie Walcamp in the short film Tribal War in the South Seas (1914).

Lil
Lil Vanderhoven was a character played by actress Marjorie Rambeau in the film Oh, What a Night! (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lil.

Lilac
Lilac was a character played by actress Julanne Johnston in the film Twinkletoes (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Lilac.

Lilas
Lilas Niles was a character played by actress Sarah Truax in the film Fool’s Gold (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Lilas.

Lilaya
Lilaya was a character played by actress Mona Maris in the film The Man Called Back (1932).

Lilibelle
Lilibelle Bolton was a character played by actress Martha Raye in the film Navy Blues (1941).

Liliha
Queen Liliha was a character played by actress Florence Bates in the film Tahiti Nights (1944).

Lillo
Lillo was a character played by actress May Allison in the short film Lillo of the Sulu Seas (1916).

Lillums
Lillums was a character name in multiple films, including Harold Teen (1928) and Harold Teen (1934).

Lilongo
Lilongo was a character played by actress Nina Mae McKinney in the film Sanders of the River (1935).

Lilya
Lilya Vallon was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1933.

  • Usage of the baby name Lilya.

Lilybeth
Lilybeth was a character played by actress Gladys Blake in the film Scared to Death (1947).

Linee
Linee Hayden was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the short film The Cabaret Dancer (1914).

Linette
Linette was a character name in multiple films, including The Open Road (short, 1913) and The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934).

Linnie
Linnie was a character name in multiple films, including Thrown to the Lions (1916) and The Price of Pleasure (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Linnie.

Lio
Lio Sha was a character played by actress Ressel Orla in the film Die Spinnen (1919 & 1920).

Lione
Lione Brune was a character played by actress Florence Short in the film A Man’s World (1918).

Liseben
Liseben was a character played by actress Gertrude McCoy in the short film The Workman’s Lesson (1912).

Lisetta
Lisetta was a character played by actress Natalie Kingston in the film Street Angel (1928).

Lispeth
Lispeth was a character played by actress Helen Gardner in the short film Vampire of the Desert (1913).

Lissa
Lissa Campbell was a character played by actress Margaret Lockwood in the film A Lady Surrenders (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lissa.

Lita
Lita Grey was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in California in 1908. Her birth name was Lillita MacMurray. Lita was also a character name in multiple films, including Bachelor Apartment (1931) and The Girl from Monterrey (1943).

  • Usage of the baby name Lita.

Liva
Liva Weel was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Denmark in 1897. Her birth name was Olivia Olsen.

  • Usage of the baby name Liva.

Livette
Livette was a character played by actress Simone Bourday in the film Roi de Camargue (1935).

Lizabeth
Lizabeth Anne was a character played by actress Mary Fuller in the short film The Heart of the Hills (1914).

Lizaveta
Lizaveta Ivanova was a character played by actress Yvonne Mitchell in the film The Queen of Spades (1949).

Lize
Lize was a character played by actress Sarah Padden in the film Wild Girl (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lize.

Lizee
Lizee was a character played by actress Adele DeGarde in the film The Triumph of the Weak (1918).

Loana
Loana was a character played by actress Carole Landis in the film One Million B.C. (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Loana.

Loey
Loey Tsing was a character played by actress Helen Jerome Eddy in the film The First Born (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Loey.

Lolah
Lolah was a character played by actress Fritzi Ridgeway in the film Prince of Diamonds (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Lolah.

Lolaire
Lolaire was a character played by actress Evelyn Brent in the film The Shadow of the East (1924).

Lolano
Lolano was a character played by actress Mamo Clark in the film Air Devils (1938).

Lolette
Lolette was a character played by actress Rosemary Theby in the film One Year to Live (1925).

Lolly
Lolly was a character played by actress Joan Davis in the film Too Busy to Work (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Lolly.

Lolomi
Lolomi was a character played by actress Enid Markey in the film The Captive God (1916).

Lona
Lona was a character played by actress Dorothy Lamour in the film Rainbow Island (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lona.

Looloo
Looloo Blake was a character played by actress Lillian Harvey in the film My Weakness (1933).

Loris
Loris Lane was a character played by actress Josephine Dunn in the film Fascinating Youth (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Loris.

Lorita
Lorita was a character played by actress Edith Borella in the short film As a Man Thinketh (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorita.

Lorna
Lorna Gray was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Michigan in 1917. Her birth name was Virginia Pound. Lorna was also a character name in multiple films, including Traffic in Souls (1913) and The Butterfly Girl (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorna.

Lorry
Lorry was a character name in multiple films, including Bed of Roses (1933) and Strange Faces (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorry.

Lory
Lory James was a character played by actress Eileen Percy in the film East Side – West Side (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lory (which debuted in the data as a girl name the year East Side – West Side came out).

Lota
Lota was a character played by actress Kathleen Burke in the film Island of Lost Souls (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lota.

Loti
Loti San was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film The Love of Loti San (1915).

Lotta
Lotta was a character name in multiple films, including One Thousand Dollars (1918) and Black Oxfords (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Lotta.

Lottice
Lottice Howell was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s. She was born in Kentucky in 1897.

Lotti
Lotti Pelgram was a character played by actress Rita La Roy in the film Amateur Daddy (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lotti.

Louella
Louella Parsons was a gossip columnist who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Illinois in 1881.

Louelle
Louelle Fenwick was a character played by actress Dorothy Christy in the film Forbidden Company (1932).

Louisiana
Louisiana Rogers was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film Louisiana (1919).

Loulie
Loulie was a character played by actress May Allison in the film The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915).

Loulou
Loulou was a character name in multiple films, including Kiss Me Again (1925) and Breakfast at Sunrise (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Loulou.

Lou-scha-enya
Lou-Scha-Enya was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1930. She was born in Oklahoma in 1906. Her birth name was Tessie Mobley.

Louvette
Louvette Corbeau was a character played by actress Paulette Goddard in the film North West Mounted Police (1940).

Lovey
Lovey was a character name in multiple films, including Love’s Greatest Mistake (1927) and Blondie Goes Latin (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lovey.

Lowizie
Lowizie Smith was a character played by actress Sarah Padden in the film Private Snuffy Smith (1942).

Loxi
Loxi Claiborne was a character played by actress Paulette Goddard in the film Reap the Wild Wind (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Loxi.

Loyola
Loyola O’Connor was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Minnesota in 1868.

  • Usage of the baby name Loyola.

Loys
Loys Andres was a character played by actress Peggy Pearce in the film The Red-Haired Cupid (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Loys.

Lu
Lu was a character name in multiple films, including The Good Fairy (1935) and Across the Sierras (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lu.

Luana
Luana Walters was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in California in 1912. Luana Patten was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1980s. She was born in California in 1938. Luana was also a character played by actress Dolores del Rio in the film Bird of Paradise (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Luana.

Luani
Luani was a character played by actress Burnu Acquanetta in the film Rhythm of the Islands (1943).

Lucette
Lucette was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film The Going of the White Swan (1914).

Luchia
Luchia Luff was a character played by actress Claire Du Brey in the film Ponjola (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Luchia.

Lucienne
Lucienne was a character played by actress Merle Oberon in the film Berlin Express (1948).

Lucile
Lucile Watson was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Canada in 1879. Lucile Browne was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Tennessee in 1907. Lucile was also a character played by actress Marguerite Snow in the short film Lucile (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Lucile.

Lucilla
Lucilla was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the films The Green Goddess (1923) and The Green Goddess (1930).

Lucindy
Lucindy was a character played by actress Edna Murphy in the film Silver Comes Through (1927).

Lucita
Lucita was a character played by actress Ethel Wales in the film The Bonded Woman (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Lucita.

Lucretia
Lucretia was a character name in multiple films, including Lucretia Lombard (1923) and The Flaming Frontier (1926).

Lucrezia
Lucrezia was a character name in multiple films, including Don Juan (1926) and Private Angelo (1949).

Ludivine
Ludivine Bucaille was a character played by actress Betty Balfour in the film Little Devil May Care (1928).

Luena
Luena Hagen was a character played by actress Billie Dove in the film Sensation Seekers (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Luena.

Luigia
Luigia was a character played by actress Jane Dryden in the film The Man Without Desire (1923).

Lule
Lule Warrenton was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Michigan in 1862.

Lulubelle
Lulubelle (and Lulu Belle) were character names in multiple films, including Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) and Lulu Belle (1948).

Lura
Lura Wood was a character played by actress Gertrude McCoy in the film Miriam Rozella (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Lura.

Lureen
Lureen was a character played by actress Cleo Moore in the film Congo Bill (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Lureen.

Lurene
Lurene Tuttle was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was born in Indiana in 1907.

  • Usage of the baby name Lurene.

Lurline
Lurline was a character played by actress Juanita Hansen in the film The Sea Flower (1918).

Lute
Lute Mae Sanders was a character played by actress Gladys George in the film Flamingo Road (1949).

Lutie
Lutie was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the short film The Fable of Lutie, the False Alarm (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lutie.

Luya
Luya was a character played by actress Edith Roberts in the film Black Cargoes of the South Seas (1928).

Lya
Lya De Putti was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia) in 1897. Her birth name was Amalia Putti.

  • Usage of the baby name Lya.

Lycia
Lycia was a character played by actress Winifred Greenwood in the short film The Beggar Child (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lycia.

Lyda
Lyda Marston was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the short film The Scorpion’s Sting (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Lyda.

Lyddie
Lyddie was a character played by actress Dorothy Rowan in the film Far from the Madding Crowd (1915).

Lyle
Lyle Pennington was a character played by actress Kathryn McGuire in the film Children of the Ritz (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Lyle.

Lynda
Lynda was a character played by actress Marcia Moore in the film The Grip of Jealousy (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynda.

Lynne
Lynne Evans was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the film Dressed to Kill (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynne.

Lynnie
Lynnie Willis was a character played by actress Dorothy Mackaill in the film Twenty-One (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynnie.

Lysbeth
Lysbeth was a character played by actress Manora Thew in the film The Homemaker (1919).

Lysette
Lysette DeJon was a character played by actress Ruth Clifford in the film The Storm Breaker (1925).

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…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

The Height of Alfie in America

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These days, the baby name Alfie sees a lot more usage overseas than it does in America. That said, Alfie (and Alfy) were doing some interesting things on the U.S. baby name charts in the mid-1960s:

Year Alfie usage Alfy usage
1969 34 baby boys unlisted
1968 57 baby boys [ranked 968th] unlisted
1967 62 baby boys [ranked 915th] unlisted
1966 16 baby boys 15 baby boys [debut]
1965 unlisted unlisted
1964 unlisted unlisted

(There was some female usage of Alfie during this time as well, but I didn’t include it in the table.)

Alfie‘s influence is easy enough to pinpoint, so let’s start there. In 1966, the well-received British movie Alfie came out — in March in the UK, and in August in the US. Michael Caine had the starring role as womanizer Alfie, and this proved to be the breakthrough role of his career.

The film — with lots of help from the theme song “Alfie,” which was recorded and released by multiple artists, including Dionne Warwick — pushed the baby name Alfie into the top U.S. 1,000, where it stuck around for just two years.

The explanation behind the sudden appearance of Alfy, a distinct spelling (and also the top one-hit wonder name for boys in 1966), took me a lot longer to figure out.

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Alfy

This one came from the short-lived teen soap opera Never Too Young, which aired on September of 1965 to June of 1966. It was set in Malibu and was narrated by the character Alfy, owner of the local beach hangout. He was played by British actor David Watson (whose first American TV appearance was on Rawhide with Clint Eastwood, aka Rowdy Yates).

One thing I find curious is that two fictional British characters named Alfie/Alfy emerged around the same time in American pop culture. The movie was an adaptation of the 1963 play Alfie by Bill Naughton…perhaps the play influenced the writers of the TV show as well?

Which spelling do you like more, Alfie or Alfy?

Source: Never Too Young – Wikipedia

The Arrival of Axl

guns n roses, album, axl, baby name, 1980sWe’re well into November, and while I don’t typically experience “November Rain” — usually just November snow — now’s a good time to talk about Axl, the name of the guy who sang “November Rain.”

Axl debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1988:

  • 1992: 29 baby boys named Axl
  • 1991: 23 baby boys named Axl
  • 1990: 25 baby boys named Axl
  • 1989: 21 baby boys named Axl
  • 1988: 9 baby boys named Axl [debut]
  • 1987: unlisted

The next year, the names Axle and Aksel both debuted, while the already-in-use name Axel (which can be traced back to the biblical name Absalom) more than doubled in usage.

The influence? Axl Rose, lead singer of the rock band Guns N’ Roses.

The band’s debut album Appetite for Destruction was released in July of 1987. It became a commercial success the next year, after the band started touring and releasing singles such as “Sweet Child o’ Mine” (peaked at #1 in Sept. 1988), “Welcome to the Jungle” (#7 in Dec. ’88), and “Paradise City” (#5 in Mar. ’89).

Axl Rose grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, with the name William “Bill” Bailey. As a teen, he discovered that his surname at birth had been Rose, so he started using it. Not long after that, he adopted the first name Axl:

One of the short-lived local bands he’d sung with was called AXL, which then became his moniker. When the band broke up, he kept using the name, and styled himself “W. Axl Rose.”

And in early 1986, right before signing with Geffen Records, he legally changed his name to “W. Axl Rose.”

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W. Axl Rose grave from the “Don’t Cry” music video (1991)

Unexpectedly, the name is more popular today than ever before:

  • 2017: 335 baby boys named Axl [rank: 716th]
  • 2016: 305 baby boys named Axl [rank: 778th]
  • 2015: 313 baby boys named Axl [rank: 760th]
  • 2014: 266 baby boys named Axl [rank: 842nd]
  • 2013: 111 baby boys named Axl
  • 2012: 102 baby boys named Axl

This is probably thanks to another singer, Fergie, who welcomed a baby boy in August of 2013 and named him Axl after Axl Rose. (Some ’80s trivia for you: Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson was on Kids Incorporated with Marta “Martika” Marrero.)

What are your thoughts on the baby name Axl? Would you use it?

Sources:

P.S. How did the band name “Guns N’ Roses” come to be? It was created from the surnames of two of the founding members, Axl Rose and Tracii Guns (born Tracy Richard Irving Ulrich), essentially. More precisely, it came from the merger of the bands they were in at the time: Hollywood Rose and L.A. Guns.

Name Spotting: Malancthon

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Sign inside Garden of the Gods

My dad came out to visit us in Colorado recently. He loves geology, so we made sure to take him to several different places with impressive rocks/terrain.

One place we visited was Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. In this park we spotted the above sign, which described how the park got its name back in the 1850s:

As they looked over this area of cathedral-like rock spires, one man, Malancthon Beach, commented that the spot would be a great place for a beer garden someday. His friend, a poetic young man named Rufous Cable, replied that it was a place “fit for the Gods.”

It’s a cool story, but, to me, that first name “Malancthon” is way more interesting than the origin of the park name. Where did it come from?

My best guess is that Malancthon is a tribute to 16th-century German theologian Philipp Melanchthon, one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. His surname at birth was Schwartzerd (“black earth” in German), but as a young man he Latinized his name to the classical equivalent Melanchthon (“black earth” in Greek).

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CCC Company 1848

We also saw some names at Red Rocks, which is both a park and a famous amphitheater.

The amphitheater was constructed from 1936 to 1941 by men in the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work relief program that existed during the Great Depression. One display included a photo of 124 of the men in the local CCC. Here are their first names, sorted by frequency:

  • 5: Joe, Raymond
  • 4: Charles
  • 3: Arthur, Clarence, Edward
  • 2: Bill, Byron, Carl, David, Earnest, Edwin, Everett, Jack, James, Leo, Maurice, William
  • 1: Aaron, Albert, Aldine, Alfonso, Allen, Alva, Amos, Ancelmo, Arleigh, Aubrey, Audrey, Barnett, Blaine, Calvin, Celestino, Charley, Claud, Claude, Clayton, Cleston, Dale, Damas, Dan, Darold, Dick, Don, Donald, Ed, Elden, Elias, Elipio, Emerson, Emilio, Eric, Ernest, Eston, Fares, Frank, Fred, Glenn, Grant, Gust, Guy, Horace, Hubert, Irvin, Jake, Jasper, Jesse, Jim, John, Jose, Kenneth, Lawrence, Leland, Leonard, Lester, Louis, Lyman, Manual, Marvin, Max, Merce, Noah, Norman, Orval, Pasqual, Paul, Pete, Richard, Rowland, Rudolfo, Russel, Russell, Sandeford, Trenton, Willard

…What interesting names have you spotted while out and about recently?

The Arrival of Lillette

lillette, song, 1940s, baby nameThe rare name Lillette appeared in the U.S. baby name data for four sequential years from the late ’40s to the early ’50s:

  • 1952: unlisted
  • 1951: 5 baby girls named Lillette
  • 1950: 9 baby girls named Lillette
  • 1949: 9 baby girls named Lillette
  • 1948: 8 baby girls named Lillette
  • 1947: unlisted

Where did the name come from?

A song called “Lillette,” written and composed by Jack Gold in 1948. The same year, it was recorded and released by various vocalists: Nat King Cole, Vic Damone, Bill Lawrence, Jean Sablon, Johnny Desmond, and others.

Billboard preferred the King Cole Trio version:

Cole’s tasty rhythm treatment of the appealing rhythm ballad looks like a good bet for the jukes, the jocks, and the over-the-counter sales. Standout among some half-dozen waxings of the tune, the impeccable Cole treatment brings out the best in the lyric and melody. Worthy of attention, too, is Vic Damone’s Mercury platter of the ditty.

Here’s Nat King Cole’s version of “Lillette”:

I’m not sure where Jack Gold found the name Lillette, but one possibility is jazz vocalist/pianist Lillette Thomas, who was putting out singles on Sterling Records in the mid-1940s.

Do you like the name Lillette?

Source: “Record Possibilities.” Billboard 9 Oct. 1948: 39.