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Popularity of the Baby Name Clotilde


Posts that Mention the Name Clotilde

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: C (Part 2)

Looking for a rare girl name with a retro feel? Here are dozens of ideas, all from very old films (1910s-1940s).

The names below are the second half of the C-list (Ci- to Cy-). The first half has the Ca- to Ch- names.

Enjoy!

Cicely
Cicely was a character name in multiple films, including The Hoyden’s Awakening (1913) and Next Time We Love (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Cicely.

Cicily
Cicily was a character name in multiple films, including The Cat Creeps (1930) and The Cat and the Canary (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Cicily.

Ciel
Ciel was a character played by actress Evelyn Dumo in the film The Black Butterfly (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Ciel.

Ciglia
Ciglia was a character played by actress Camilla Horn in the film Eternal Love (1929).

Cina
Cina Burton was a character played by actress Julia Swayne Gordon in the short film The Troublesome Step-Daughter (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Cina.

Cinders
Cinders was a character played by actress Marie Doro in the film Lost and Won (1917).

Cissie
Cissie was a character name in multiple films, including Twinkletoes (1926) and Experiment Perilous (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Cissie.

Cissy
Cissy Fitzgerald was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in England in 1873. Her birth name was Marie Kathleen Kipping. Cissy was also a character name in multiple films, including Just Cissy’s Little Way (short, 1913) and Sunny Side Up (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Cissy.

Citronella
Citronella Dedough was a character played by actress Ethel Teare in the short film Ham the Detective (1915).

Clairette
Clairette Montieth was a character played by actress Linda Arvidson in the short film A Fair Rebel (1914).

Clarabell
Clarabell Brooks was a character played by actress Betty Furness in the film The 3 Wise Guys (1936).

Clarabella
Clarabella was a character played by actress Ona Munson in the film Wild Geese Calling (1941).

Clarabelle
Clarabelle was a character name in multiple films, including Keystone Hotel (1935) and George White’s Scandals (1945).

Clarette
Clarette Clare was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s.

Claribel
Claribel was a character name in multiple films, including The Magic Bon Bons (1915) and Strike Me Pink (1936).

Claribell
Claribell Lotsadough was a character played by actress Gale Henry in the film Marble Heads (1917).

Clarice
Clarice was a character name in multiple films, including A Question of Identity (1914) and The Family Upstairs (1926).

Clarine
Clarine Seymour was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1898.

Clarita
Clarita was a character name in multiple films, including The Ruling Passion (1910) and Three Keys (1925).

Clary
Clary was a character name in multiple films, including Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) and The Law West of Tombstone (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Clary.

Claudette
Claudette Colbert was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in France in 1903. Claudette was also a character played by actress Glenda Farrell in the film Traveling Saleslady (1935).

Claudine
Claudine was a character name in multiple films, including The Nut (1921) and Fifth Avenue (1926).

Clelia
Clelia Matania was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was born in England in 1918.

  • Usage of the baby name Clelia.

Clelie
Clelie Gordon was a character played by actress Fredi Washington in the film Ouanga (1936).

Clemency
Clemency Warlock was a character played by actress Kay Francis in the film Cynara (1932).

Clementina
Clementina was a character name in multiple films, including The Glory of Clementina (1922) and The Desert Song (1929).

Cleone
Cleone Meredith was a character played by various actresses (like Madge Stuart and Elissa Landi) in various films called The Amateur Gentleman, all based on the novel of the same name by Jeffrey Farnol.

Cleopatra
Cleopatra was a character name in multiple films, including Cleopatra – Queen of Egypt (1912) and Oh! Oh! Cleopatra (1931).

Click
“Click” Stewart was a character played by actress Glenda Farrell in the film Exposed (1938).

Clo-clo
Clo-Clo was a character played by actress Margo in the film The Leopard Man (1943).

Clodah
Clodah Harrison was a character played by actress Dorothy Cumming in the film The Female (1924).

Clorinda
Clorinda was a character name in multiple films, including The Lifted Veil (1917) and A Lady of Quality (1924).

Clothilde
Clothilde was a character name in multiple films, including The Breath of Araby (1915) and The Count of Monte Cristo (1934).

Clotilda
Clotilda was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film Kisses for Breakfast (1941).

Clotilde
Clotilde de Marelle was a character played by actress Angela Lansbury in the film The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947).

Cluny
Cluny Brown was a character played by actress Jennifer Jones in the film Cluny Brown (1946).

Clyne
Clyne Dacia was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1922.

Clytemnestra
Clytemnestra was a character played by actress Helen Kelly in the film M’Liss (1918).

Clytie
Clytie was a character name in multiple films, including The Danger Game (1918) and The Heart Line (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Clytie.

Cobina
Cobina Wright was an actress who appeared in films in the 1940s. She was born in New York in 1921.

  • Usage of the baby name Cobina (which debuted in the data in 1939).

Colomba
Colomba was a character played by actress Eily Malyon in the film The White Angel (1936).

Columbine
Columbine was a character name in multiple films, including A Harlequinade Let Loose (1912) and The Tidal Wave (1920).

Comfort
Comfort was a character played by actress Mary Boland in the film The Pursuit of Happiness (1934).

Concha
Concha was a character name in multiple films, including The Canyon of Light (1926) and The Devil Is a Woman (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Concha.

Conchita
Conchita Montenegro was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in Spain in 1911. Her birth name was Concepción Andrés Picado. Conchita was also a character name in multiple films, including A Branded Soul (1917) and Border Romance (1929).

Concordia
Concordia Selander was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Sweden in 1861.

Connaught
Connaught O’Brien was a character played by actress June Collyer in the film Hangman’s House (1928).

Connemara
Connemara Moore was a character played by actress Marie Prevost in the film Bobbed Hair (1925).

Constantia
Constantia was a character name in multiple films, including The Conquest of Constantia (1915) and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).

Constantina
Constantina Ivaneska was a character played by actress Tala Birell in the film The Power of the Whistler (1945).

Consuelo
Consuelo was a character played by actress Norma Shearer in the film He Who Gets Slapped (1924).

Cordova
Cordova was a character played by actress Mona Barrie in the film When a Girl’s Beautiful (1947).

Corie
Corie was a character played by actress Nydia Westman in the film Two Alone (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Corie.

Corinna
Corinna Mura was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1950s. She was born in 1909. Corinna was also a character played by actress Jacqueline Logan in the film The House of Youth (1924).

Corliss
Corliss Palmer was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Georgia in 1902. Corliss was also a character played by actress Gloria Grey in the film Unknown Dangers (1926).

Cornelia
Cornelia was a character name in multiple films, including Drugged Waters (1916) and Cover Girl (1944).

Corunna
Corunna was a character played by actress Louise Platt in the film Captain Caution (1940).

Creola
Creola was a character played by actress Lillian Yarbo in the film Wives Under Suspicion (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Creola.

Creota
Creota was a character played by actress Rose Dione in the film It Happened in Paris (1919).

Cressy
Cressy was a character played by actress Blanche Sweet in the film Fighting Cressy (1919).

Cristobella
Cristobella was a character played by actress Anna Demetrio in the film Born to Be Wild (1938).

Croessa
Croessa was a character played by actress Gina Marangoni in the film Cabiria (1914).

Croisine
Croisine Bouhouhorts was a character played by Edith Barrett in the film The Song of Bernadette (1943).

Cuca
Cuca was a character played by actress Armida in the film Fiesta (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Cuca.

Curly
Curly Flagg was a character played by actress Miriam Hopkins in the film She Loves Me Not (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Curly.

Cyd
Cyd Charisse was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1970s. She was born in Texas in 1922. Her birth name Tula Ellice Finklea.

  • Usage of the baby name Cyd.

Cymba
Cymba Roget was a character played by actress Helen Gardner in the film The Sleep of Cymba Roget (1920).

Cynthy
Cynthy was a character played by actress Peggy Hyland in the film The Rebellious Bride (1919).

Cyprienne
Cyprienne Marcey was a character played by actress Billie Burke in the film Let’s Get a Divorce (1918).

Cyrilla
Cyrilla Drew was a character played by actress Caroline Cooke in the film Roses of Yesterday (1913).

Which of the above do you like best?

The Ephemeral Mateel

Kansas newspaper editor Edgar Watson “E. W.” Howe published his first novel, The Story of a Country Town, in his own newspaper, the Atchison Daily Globe, in 1883.

Encyclopedia Britannica said the novel “was the first realistic novel of Midwestern small-town life,” but an early 20th-century review said that the realism wasn’t, in fact, very realistic at all: “[T]he test of veracity fails in the unrelieved gloom of the story, which is bereft of all sunshine and joyousness, and even of all sense of relation to happier things.”

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Mateel Howe

One of the characters in the novel was pretty-but-shallow Mateel Shepherd, the daughter of a Methodist minister (named Rev. Goode Shepherd, naturally).

E. W. Howe must have liked the name “Mateel” quite a bit, because he named one of his children Mateel in 1883.

Readers must have like it, too, becase the number of U.S. babies named Mateel rose in the 1880s and was at its highest from the 1890s to the 1910s, judging by the records I’ve seen.

But the rare name Mateel didn’t appear in the U.S. baby name data until 1927, and it only stuck around for a single year:

  • 1929: unlisted
  • 1928: unlisted
  • 1927: 6 baby girls named Mateel [debut]
  • 1926: unlisted
  • 1925: unlisted

Why?

Well, Mateel Howe went on to become a writer like her father. Her career seems to have peaked with her debut novel, Rebellion, which won the Dodd, Mead & Co. and Pictorial Review “First Novel Prize” of $10,000 in 1927.*

What was Rebellion about? Essentially, the book was about “the difficulties of a daughter living with a depressed, authoritative and demanding father.” (Hm…)

Though both Edgar and Mateel publicly denied that the characters and conflict were inspired by real life, Edgar cut Mateel out of his will soon after the book was published. Here’s how Time put it:

Left. By Editor-Author Ed Howe, an estate valued at $200,000; in Atchison, Kans. To Society Editor Nellie Webb of his Globe, he left $1,500. To Niece Adelaide Howe he left $50,000. To Sons Eugene Alexander and James Pomeroy he left the remainder except for $1, which went to Daughter Mateel Howe Farnham who in 1927 won a $10,000 prize for Rebellion, a novel in which she satirized her father.

Old-timey drama aside, I’m still left wondering about the name Mateel. Did E. W. Howe create it for the character, or discover it somewhere? (I do see a couple of early Mateels in Louisiana. “Cloteal” was often used for Clotilde there, so I wonder if “Mateel” arose as a form of Matilde…?)

What are your thoughts on the name Mateel?

Sources:

*The very same year, author Mazo de la Roche also won $10,000 in a novel-writing contest…

The Top Baby Name Debuts, 1881 to Today

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Though vast majority of the baby names on the Social Security Administration’s yearly baby name lists are repeats, every list does contain a handful of brand-new names.

Below are the highest-charting debut names for every single year on record, after the first.

Why bother with an analysis like this? Because debut names often have cool stories behind them, and high-hitting debuts are especially likely to have intriguing pop culture explanations. So this is more than a list of names — it’s also a list of stories.

Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)

  • 1881: Adell & Celeste, 14; Brown & Newell, 14
  • 1882: Verda, 14; Cleve, 13
  • 1883: Laurel, 12; Brady, Festus, Jewell, Odell & Rosco, 8
  • 1884: Crystal & Rubie, 11; Benjamen, Jens, Oakley & Whitney, 9
  • 1885: Clotilde, 13; Arley & Terence, 9
  • 1886: Manuelita, 10; Terrence, 10
  • 1887: Verlie, 13; Myles, 11
  • 1888: Ebba, 18; Carlisle, Hughie & Orvel, 9
  • 1889: Garnett, 12; Doyle, 9
  • 1890: Verena, 11; Eduardo & Maggie, 10
  • 1891: Gayle, Idabelle & Zenia, 9; Sheridan, 14
  • 1892: Astrid, Dallas & Jennett, 9; Corbett, 23
  • 1893: Elmyra, 12; Estel, Mayo, Shelley & Thorwald, 8
  • 1894: Beatriz, Carola & Marrie, 9; Arvel, Erby & Floy, 8
  • 1895: Trilby, 12; Roosevelt, 12
  • 1896: Lotus, 11; Hazen, 11
  • 1897: Dewey, 13; Bryon, Frankie, Mario & Rhoda, 7
  • 1898: Manilla, 35; Hobson, 38
  • 1899: Ardis & Irva, 19; Haven, 9
  • 1900: Luciel, 14; Rosevelt, 20
  • 1901: Venita, 11; Eino, 9
  • 1902: Mercie, 10; Clarnce, 9
  • 1903: Estela, 11; Lenon & Porfirio, 7
  • 1904: Magdaline, 9; Adrain, Arbie, Betty, Desmond, Domenic, Duard, Raul & Severo, 8
  • 1905: Oliver, 9; Eliot & Tyree, 9
  • 1906: Nedra, 11; Domenico & Ryan, 10
  • 1907: Theta, 20; Taft, 16
  • 1908: Pasqualina, 10; Robley, 12
  • 1909: Wilmoth, 9; Randal & Vidal, 9
  • 1910: Ellouise, 12; Halley, 12
  • 1911: Thurley, 12; Colie, 16
  • 1912: Elynor, Glennis, Mariann, 12; Woodroe, 25
  • 1913: Wilba, 18; Vilas, 24
  • 1914: Floriene, 14; Torao, 17
  • 1915: Wanza, 33; Audra, 18
  • 1916: Tatsuko, 14; Verdun, 14
  • 1917: Nerine, 43; Delwyn, 14
  • 1918: Marne, 24; Foch, 58
  • 1919: Tokie, 12; Juaquin, 11
  • 1920: Dardanella, 23; Steele, 11
  • 1921: Marilynne, 13; Norberto, 14
  • 1922: Evelean, 14; Daren, 35
  • 1923: Nalda, 15; Clinard & Dorland, 9
  • 1924: Charis, 14; Melquiades, 13
  • 1925: Irmalee, 37; Wayburn, 11
  • 1926: Narice, 13; Bibb, 14
  • 1927: Sunya, 14; Bidwell, 14
  • 1928: Joreen, 22; Alfread & Brevard, 9
  • 1929: Jeannene, 25; Donnald, Edsol, Rhys & Wolfgang, 8
  • 1930: Laquita, 68; Shogo, 11
  • 1931: Joanie, 12; Rockne, 17
  • 1932: Carolann, Delano & Jenine, 11; Alvyn, Avelardo, Elena, Mannon & Wenford, 7
  • 1933: Gayleen, 23; Skippy, 10
  • 1934: Carollee & Janean, 12; Franchot, 9
  • 1935: Treasure, 16; Haile, 11
  • 1936: Shelva, 89; Renny & Shelva, 9

This is where the numbers start becoming more accurate. Why? Because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data.” (SSA)

Now back to the list:

I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!

*If you ignore the Great Baby Name Glitch of 1989, the top debut names of 1989 are actually Audreanna and Khiry.

Baby Name Needed – What Do You Think of Phineas?

A reader named Virginia is expecting a baby in September. For a boy, she’d selected the name Phineas. She liked “that it was unusual without being bizarre,” and that it started with ph. But now she’s not so sure about the name:

All was fine and dandy until I read an article about violence in the Bible. It vaguely mentioned Phineas as a name from the Bible used as a talisman by white supremacists. What!?!

That was a shock to me too. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Phineas Priesthood is “a violent credo of vengeance that has gained some popularity among white supremacists and other extremists in recent years.” I’d never heard of the Phineas Priesthood before–not even when Julia Roberts named her son Phinnaeus a few years ago.

Virginia doesn’t want to give up her favorite name, but she also “can’t live with such an association,” so she was hoping for some name suggestions. Other names she’s considering include Joel and Samuel (for boys) and Sigrid, Phoebe, Elisabeth, and Anne (for girls). All are family names.

First, a few thoughts:

  • I doubt many people are aware that white supremacists use Phineas as a code word. It’s an odious association, but maybe it’s also obscure enough that it’s not worth worrying about…?
  • I really like Sigrid and Phoebe–they’re both significant and unusual. Especially Sigrid. (Phoebe is being used more and more every year, so it might not be unusual for long.)

And now, name suggestions. Here are some unusual-but-not-bizarre boy names that I think Virginia might like:

Amos
Barnabas
Baxter
Ephraim
Ezra
Felix
Horatio
Humphrey
Lazarus
Matthias
Maximilian
Moses
Peregrine
Ralph
Raphael
Rufus
Silas
Simeon
Ulysses
Zephaniah

And some girl names:

Clotilde
Cybele
Daphne
Dagny
Delphine
Drusilla
Esther
Fabiola
Georgia
Josephine
Lucretia
Ophelia
Penelope
Phyllis
Ruth
Salome
Seraphina
Talulla
Tryphena
Verena

What other names would you suggest to Virginia? (And, what’s your take on the Phineas dilemma?)

Update: The baby has arrived! Click here to learn the baby’s name.