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Popularity of the Baby Name Electra

Number of Babies Named Electra

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Babies Named After the Song “Dardanella”

The popular song “Dardanella” became very trendy in the U.S. after it was published in 1919.

The song tells the tale of a “lonesome maid Armenian” named Dardanella. Here’s the chorus:

Oh sweet Dardanella,
I love your harem eyes.
I’m a lucky fellow
To capture such a prize.

Oh Allah knows my love for you,
And he tells you to be true,
Dardanella, oh, hear my sigh,
My Oriental.

Oh sweet Dardanella,
Prepare the wedding wine,
There’ll be one girl in my harem
When you’re mine.

We’ll build a tent
Just like the children of the Orient.
Oh, sweet Dardanella,
My star of love divine.

One of the songwriters was Fred Fisher, who’d scored a big hit a decade earlier with “Come Josephine In My Flying Machine.”

“Dardanella” inspired dozens of expectant parents to name their baby girls Dardanella in the early 1920s:

  • 1925: unlisted
  • 1924: 6 baby girls named Dardanella
  • 1923: unlisted
  • 1922: 6 baby girls named Dardanella
  • 1921: 15 baby girls named Dardanella
  • 1920: 23 baby girls named Dardanella [debut]
  • 1919: unlisted

Dardanella became the top debut name for baby girls in 1920. The spelling variant Dardenella also appeared for the first and only time on the list that year.

The name in the song is based on the word Dardanelles, which is the name of one of the Turkish straits that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey. The name can be traced back to the mythological figure Dardanus, son of Zeus and Electra.

If you’d like to hear “Dardanella,” check out this 1920 recording by Gladys Rice and Vernon Dalhart.

What do you think of the name Dardanella? Usable nowadays?