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Popularity of the Baby Name Cobina

Number of Babies Named Cobina

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

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Babies Named for the Original Celebutante

Brenda FrazierLike Cobina Wright, Jr., Brenda Diana Duff Frazier (1921-1982) was a wealthy American débutante who rose to fame toward the end of the Great Depression.

Her coming-out party, held at the Ritz-Carlton in December of 1938, attracted a remarkable amount of media attention. In anticipation of the event, LIFE made her a cover girl in mid-November.

The name Brenda had already been on the rise, but the buzz around Brenda Frazier kicked the name into high gear in 1939:

  • 1935 – 132 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1936 – 164 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1937 – 232 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1938 – 677 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1939 – 2,756 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1940 – 5,442 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1941 – 6,332 baby girls named Brenda
  • 1942 – 7,237 baby girls named Brenda

(This was also the year that Walter Winchell coined the word celebutante — celebrity + débutante — to describe Frazier in his society column.)

The baby name Brenda went on to become one of the most popular of the mid-20th century.

By that time, though, Brenda Frazier’s popularity had long since faded. She went on to suffer from eating disorders, become addicted to drugs and alcohol, divorce twice and attempt suicide multiple times before passing away “a virtual recluse” in 1982.

In 2007, New York Magazine ranked the top 20 socialites of all time. Frazier came in 16th.

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The Baby Name Cobina

cobina wrightEsther Cobb (1887-1970) was an ambitious gossip columnist known professionally, and later legally, as Cobina Wright.

She had her only child, Cobina Carolyn Wright, in 1921.

Cobina Sr. made sure to groom Cobina Jr. “for a film career capped by a spectacular marriage.”

Cobina Jr. ended up becomeing one of the glamour girls of her era:

By 1938, [Cobina Jr.] was already under contract with 20th Century Fox while also modelling and singing in nightclubs. The next year, she won the title of Miss Manhattan and was named “most attractive and talented New York girl of the 1939 season.”

She was even wooed by Prince Philip in the late 1930s.

In the early 1940s, she appeared in several films (e.g. Week-End in Havana) and made the cover of Life Magazine (17 February 1941).

While Cobina was at the height of her fame, her name appeared on the SSA’s baby name list twice:

  • 1942: unlisted
  • 1941: 7 baby girls named Cobina
  • 1940: unlisted
  • 1939: 8 baby girls named Cobina [debut]
  • 1938: unlisted

In late 1941, at the age of 19, she got married. Several years after that, Cobina Jr. retired from acting.

Source: Eade, Philip. “The romances of young Prince Philip.” Telegraph 4 Jun. 2001.

Phone Book Fishing on Kauai – Flordeliz, Kuuipo, Scottland, Zenichi

I’ve been on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for the past few days, and — in between checking out various canyons, waterfalls, and lava-rock pools — I scanned the Kauai phone book for cool first names.

Here are the most interesting I found:

Alouette
Ariston
Asipeli
Benhur
Bienvenido
Bonifacio
Buenaventura
Buenoflora
Butac
Castro
Charming
Clisson
Cobina
Corazon
Danalan
Danvic
Delpidio
Dominador
Edelwisa
Ederline
Eleuterio
Emiteria
Ercelly
Estanislao
Eufracio
Eugemar
Expedita
Fakhry
Filsann
Flavra
Florafina
Flordeliz
Framil
Franchot
Fredinita
Fredlynn
Fualupe
Germilin
Geronimo
Gingerlynn
Granatanne
Guadencio
Haunani
Hedelisa
Heifara
Hermogenes
Huilani
Hulukape
Ilaise
Irvharc
Iwalani
Jhoane
Judhvir
Kai-nani
Kalani
Kananaikahaku
Katalika
Keikilane
Keohokui
Kilaina
Kuuipo*
Kuulei
Laninbwij
Laukona
Leialoha
Leimomi
Leilani
Leodigario
Lichelle
Linekona
Lockwood
Lodring
Loisi
Mariamagdalena
Masanori
Mavourneen
Memory
Michael-Michael
Milimili
Mimsy
Mitsuji
Monalisa
Myloyce
Nandanie
Naokichi
Nargis
Nathrene
Necoal
Nolemana
Norvin
Olegario
Oric
Otusia
Petroline
Porfiria
Primrose
Puanani
Rikito
Rizal
Rudra
Rustico
Sadhunathan
Sailor
Saturnina
Scottland
Shigenori
Shyronjon
Sioux
Sojourner-Truth
Surachat
Texas
Thanawat
Tirunathan
Tootsie
Trinidad
Trink
Utahua
Villamor
Vitaliama
Vrushali
Waihang
Waldemar
Wannapha
Warlito
Watoru
Welerico
Wiphada
Woonteng
Zenichi

The names in boldface are my favorites.

*Kuuipo is based on a Hawaiian word meaning “my sweetheart.” I’ve been seeing a lot of it in jewelry stores, engraved on rings, bracelets and pendants.

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