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Popularity of the Baby Name Elinor

Posts that Mention the Name Elinor

Starlet Names from the Early 1900s

Ever heard of the WAMPAS Baby Stars?

They were young actresses on the cusp of movie stardom back in the 1920s and 1930s.

WAMPAS baby stars 1928

About 13 Baby Stars were selected by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers every year from 1922 to 1934 (minus 1930 and 1933).

Some of those young women did indeed achieve stardom. Among the Baby Stars were Clara Bow (’24), Mary Astor (’26), Joan Crawford (’26), Fay Wray (’26) and Ginger Rogers (’32).

I thought the names of the Baby Stars — the oldest of whom were born in the final years of the 1800s, the youngest of whom were born in the mid-1910s — would make an interesting set. But I wanted birth names, not stage names, so I tracked down as many birth names as I could. Here’s the result, sorted by frequency (i.e., seven women were named Dorothy).

  • 7: Dorothy
  • 6: Helen
  • 4: Elizabeth
  • 3: Frances, Ruth, Virginia
  • 2: Anita, Ann, Barbara, Betty, Clara, Doris, Dorothea, Eleanor, Evelyn, Gladys, Gwendolyn, Hazel, Jacqueline, Katherine, Laura, Louise, Lucille, Margaret, Maria, Marian, Marie, Marion, Mary, Patricia, Violet
  • 1: Adamae, Alberta, Alma, Anne, Audrey, Augusta, Blanche, Carmelita, Caryl, Constance, Derelys, Dolores, Duane, Edna, Eleanor, Ena, Enriqueta, Ethel, Ethlyne, Evalyn, Flora, Gisela, Gloria, Gretchen, Hattie, Helene, Ina, Ingeborg, Jacquiline, Jean, Joan, Jobyna, Josephine, Juanita, Julanne, Kathleen, Kathryn, Kitty, Launa, Laurette, Lena, Lenore, Lilian, Lola, Lu Ann, Lucile, Madeline, Marceline, Martha, Mildred, Myrna, Natalia, Natalie, Nellie, Neoma, Olive, Olivia, Patsy, Rita, Rochelle, Rose, Sally, Suzanne, Sidney, Toshia, Vera, Vina

And here are the leftover stage names:

  • 5: Sally
  • 4: Mary
  • 3: Joan, June
  • 2: Betty, Jean, Judith, Pauline
  • 1: Alice, Bessie, Boots, Claire, Colleen, Dolores, Dorothy, Elinor, Evelyn, Fay, Frances, Gigi, Ginger, Gladys, Gloria, Gwen, Iris, Janet, Joyce, Julie, Karen, Kathleen, Lila, Lina, Lois, Lona, Loretta, Lucille, Lupe, Marian, Molly, Mona, Natalie, Patricia, Sue

(Often stage names were the real-life middle names of these women.)

Finally, a few interesting details:

  • “Jobyna” was Jobyna Ralston, who was named for actress Jobyna Howland, daughter of a man named Joby Howland. The name Jobyna debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1927.
  • “Derelys” was Derelys Perdue, whose first name at birth was Geraldine. In 1923, Derelys was in the news for obtaining an injunction to prevent film studio FBO from renaming her “Ann.” (FBO was later taken over by future presidential father Joseph P. Kennedy.) The name Derelys was a one-hit wonder on the SSA’s baby name list in 1924.
  • “Sidney” was Sidney Fox, a female who was given the name Sidney long before the name (in particular, the spelling Sydney) became trendy for baby girls.
  • “Lina” was Lina Basquette, who I mentioned in last week’s name quote post.
  • One of the Marys was Mary Astor, who went on to give her daughter a Hawaiian name.

Which of the above names do you like best? Why?

Source: Derelys Perdue – Biography – Movies & TV –

The Baby Names Suellen, Carreen & Melanie

melanie, gone with the wind, movieThis is the last Gone with the Wind post, I swear. :)

In the story, Scarlett O’Hara has two sisters, Suellen (Susan Elinor) and Carreen (Caroline Irene), and a sister-in-law/best friend, Melanie. All three of these names were given a boost after the book and the movie were released in 1936 and late 1939, respectively.


Usage influenced by the book, which was published in mid-1936:

  • 1934: 9 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1935: 9 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1936: 13 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1937: 39 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1938: 53 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1939: 57 baby girls named Melanie

Usage influenced by the movie (Melanie Hamilton was played by Olivia de Havilland):

  • 1940: 200 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1941: 308 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1942: 388 baby girls named Melanie
  • 1943: 406 baby girls named Melanie

The name Melanie is quite old (it comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “black” or “dark”) but its usage was revived by Gone with the Wind. It went on to crack the top 100 for the first time in 1968 and has been popular ever since. It ranked 82nd in 2010.


Usage influenced by the book:

  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1936: 5 baby girls named Suellen [debut]
  • 1937: 30 baby girls named Suellen
  • 1938: 31 baby girls named Suellen
  • 1939: 40 baby girls named Suellen

Usage influenced by the movie (in which Suellen O’Hara was played by Evelyn Keyes):

  • 1940: 141 named Suellen
  • 1941: 159 named Suellen (7 Sueellen)
  • 1942: 144 named Suellen (5 Sueellen)
  • 1943: 138 named Suellen (11 Sueellen)
  • 1944: 113 named Suellen (11 Sueellen)
  • 1945: 106 named Suellen (5 Sueellen)

That 159 in 1941 was as high as it ever got. Over the following decades, usage of the name petered out. The last time Suellen made the SSA’s baby name list was 2007.


Usage influenced by the book:

  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1936: unlisted
  • 1937: 8 baby girls named Carreen [debut]
  • 1938: unlisted
  • 1939: unlisted

Usage influenced by the movie (Carreen O’Hara was played by Ann Rutherford):

  • 1940: 6 baby girls named Carreen
  • 1941: 8 baby girls named Carreen
  • 1942: unlisted

It charted again a few times in the ’60s and ’70s, but that’s it. The last time it made the list was 1975.

Other Gone with the Wind posts: Scarlett, Gone With & Wind, Tara

Huge List of Anagram Baby Names

anagram baby names

Looking for baby names with something in common? Perhaps for a set of twins or triplets? I’ve collected hundreds of anagram baby names for you.

2-Letter Anagram Baby Names

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8-Letter Anagram Baby Names

9-Letter Anagram Baby Names

10-Letter Anagram Baby Names

If you like the idea of anagrams but want to avoid sound-alike sets, I recommend anagrams with different numbers of syllables. Pairs like “Etta and Tate” and “Clay and Lacy” are a far more subtle than pairs like “Enzo and Zeno” and “Mary and Myra.”

(Here are some palindromic names from last month.)