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The Cinema-Inspired Baby Name Zudora

Zudora movie advertisement
Zudora ad in Motion Picture World (Dec. 1914)

On November 23, 1914 — just over 100 years ago — the first episode of the 20-episode silent film Zudora was released by motion picture studio Thanhouser. The film starred actress Marguerite Snow as protagonist Zudora.

Here’s a synopsis from late 1914:

Zudora is left an orphan at an early age. Her father is killed in a gold mine he has discovered. Half and hour after learning of the death of her husband, Zudora’s mother–a tight-rope walker with a circus–is stricken with vertigo, falls and is killed.

Zudora and the fortune from the mine, which grows to be worth $20,000,000, are left in the guardianship of Frank Keene, brother of Zudora’s mother. Zudora, giving promise of great beauty, reaches the age of 18. The uncle, who has set himself up as a Hindu mystic and is known as Hassam Ali, determines in his greed that Zudora must die before she can have a chance to come into her wealth, so that it will be left to him.

The 20 installments came out once a week until April 5, 1915.

While Thanhouser insisted that the serial was “a colossal success!” in ongoing advertisements, Zudora was not actually a hit with audiences. One reason for this was that Thanhouser had miscast James Cruze, the hero of their previous (and legitimately successful) serial The Million Dollar Mystery, as the villain in Zudora.

But the film did manage to make an impression on parents. Or at least the title did. The baby name Zudora shows up on the SSA’s baby name list for five consecutive years starting in 1914:

  • 1919: unlisted
  • 1918: 5 baby girls named Zudora
  • 1917: 6 baby girls named Zudora
  • 1916: 7 baby girls named Zudora
  • 1915: 28 baby girls named Zudora (5 in Texas specifically)
  • 1914: 5 baby girls named Zudora
  • 1913: unlisted

Numbers from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) are similar:

  • 1919: 2 people named Zudora
  • 1918: 4 people named Zudora
  • 1917: 6 people named Zudora
  • 1916: 5 people named Zudora
  • 1915: 28 people named Zudora (plus one more with Zudora as a middle)
  • 1914: 9 people named Zudora
  • 1913: none

Interestingly, according to Moving Picture World, one of those 1914 Zudoras was the niece of the late Charles J. Hite, who had been the president of Thanhouser from 1912 until he died in an automobile accident in mid-1914.

The film may have also had an influence on poet Conrad Aiken, whose 1916 chapbook Turns and Movies includes a poem called “Zudora.”

So what does the name Zudora mean? The sources I checked claimed it meant “laborer,” but each gave a different origin (e.g., Arabic, Indian, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu). Finally, on a random belly dancing site, I stumbled upon a plausible etymology:

Zudora a Variant Form of the Sanskrit Sudra, Meaning “Menial Laborer.” a Sudra Is a Member of the Fourth and Lowest Hindu Caste.

Shudra, also spelled Sudra, is indeed the lowest Hindu class — below the Brahmins, Kshatriya, and Vaishya, but above the Dalits (the untouchables). “The Shudra have classically lived lives of service. Slaves were often classified as Shudra, as were cobblers, blacksmiths, maids, cooks, and so forth.”

What’s your opinion of the name Zudora?

(And, if you’d like to check it out, here’s Zudora episode #2 “The Mystery of the Sleeping House.”)

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Baby Name Battle – Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, Tamar

Between 1966 and 1977, Michael and Evelyn Braxton had 6 children:

  • Toni Michelle (a.k.a. Toni Braxton)
  • Michael Conrad
  • Traci Renee
  • Towanda Chloe
  • Trina Evette
  • Tamar [TAY-mar] Estine

Which Braxton family girl name do you like best?

I like:

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P.S. Tamar’s son’s name is Logan Vincent, specifically for the initials LV. “It gives me lots of reasons to buy Louis Vuitton,” she said recently on the talk show Bethenny.

Source: Tamar Braxton shares Vincent Herbert love story

Holiday Baby Name: Merry Christmas

merry christmas bulbConrad and Nellie Miller built Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, in the early 1950s. It’s now “one of the top attractions in Interior Alaska,” according to the website.

Con and Nellie also had three children, the third of which was a daughter born in 1961. She was named Merry Christmas Miller.

A name like “Merry Christmas” might have made sense for the proprietors of Santa Clause House, but what about for the rest of us? Have any other parents named their children “Merry Christmas”?

Yup.

Merry Christmas Miller is one of only about 40 people that I’ve found so far with the first and middle names Merry Christmas.

Another is Merry Christmas Easter, 1918-2008, of California.

I’ve also discovered about a dozen people with the first and last names Merry Christmas.

Many — though not all — of these Merry Christmases were females born on December 25, just like Merry Christmas Miller.

Source: Williams, Verne. “Santa not in red at $1.50 a letter.” Miami News 29 Nov. 1976: 1A.

More holiday baby names: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Christmas Carol, Christmas Tree, Happy New Year

Names Needed for Tucker’s Twin Brothers

A reader named Heather has a 2-year-old named Tucker David (nn Tuck) and is expecting twin boys. She writes:

We were thinking of Henry Edward and Andrew William (we would call him Drew for short) as names because all 4 are family names, but think they might be a bit too traditional and might flow with Tucker. We are looking for some suggestions. Nothing starting with the letter T, please. We have nephews named Travis and Timothy and our dogs name begins with T as well – haha!

Two or three syllables would be best. 1 syllable can be kind of short considering our last name is only 1 syllable.

Our heritage is English, Irish and Czech. We are not bound to that, but typically are drawn to it as a preference. :)

(Their surname sounds like Hoyt, but starts with an F.)

I think Henry and Andrew sound good with Tucker. I know some parents prefer that their children’s names “match” on a stylistic level, but I think non-matching sibsets sound just fine, so long as they don’t go too far in the other direction (e.g. Abdul-Aziz, Rodolphe & Bud).

I’m also a big fan of family names, so I like Henry and Andrew (and Edward and William) for that reason as well.

Here are a few other ideas:

Bennett (Ben)
Brian
Calvin (Cal)
Colton
Conor
Conrad
Dalton
Deacon
Dexter (Dex)
Dominic (Dom, Nic)
Donovan (Don, Van)
Emmett
Grayson (Gray)
Gregory (Greg)
Jonah
Kevin
Liam
Malachi
Maxwell (Max)
Nathan (Nate)
Nolan
Oliver
Owen
Sebastian
Simon
Warren
Wesley (Wes)
Weston (Wes)
Wyatt
Zachary (Zach)

What do you think about the potential sibset “Tucker, Henry and Andrew”?

What other names would you suggest to Heather?

Baby Names Needed for the Twin Siblings of Beatrix

A reader named Marissa, who has a daughter named Beatrix Penelope (nn Bea), is expecting twins–one boy, one girl. She’s got their middle names narrowed down (Anthony or Alexander for the baby boy, Daphne or Jillian for the baby girl) but she’d like some help with their first names.

Here’s what she’s looking for in a boy name:

For the boy I’d like names that are two syllables long and start and end in a consonant. So far I like Robert, Patrick, Daniel and Fabian. The only one he likes is Fabian, but we’re still not sure.

And here’s what she’s looking for in a girl name:

For the girl I’d like names that are three or four syllables long, and start and end in a vowel. So far I like Anastasia, Ophelia, Elena and Ursula, but he likes none of them.

The babies’ last name will sound something like Thisbe.

Here are some of the boy names I came up with:

Calvin
Clement
Chester
Conrad
Curtis
David
Declan
Dexter
Duncan
Felix
Franklin
Holden
Howard
Jasper
Kenneth
Lincoln
Linus
Lucas
Malcolm
Martin
Maxwell
Miles
Mitchell
Nathan
Nelson
Nigel
Nolan
Philip
Raymond
Reuben
Roland
Roman
Silas
Simon
Stuart
Thomas
Victor
Vincent
William
Winston

And here are some ideas for the girl name:

Acantha
Adela
Adelina
Adriana
Agatha
Alexandra
Alexina
Alicia
Allegra
Althea
Amelia
Annabella
Andrea
Angela
Antonia
Arabella
Araminta
Athena
Augusta
Aurelia
Aurora
Azalea
Eleanora
Eliana
Elisa
Eloisa
Estella
Eugenia
Eulalia
Imelda
Iona
Irena/Irina
Isabella
Isidora
Octavia
Odelia
Odessa
Olivia
Olympia
Ottilia

Which of the above do you like best with Beatrix? (And which ones make the best boy/girl pairings, do you think?)

What other names would you suggest to Marissa?