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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: C (Part 1)

Here’s the next installment of rare female names collected from old films (1910s through 1940s).

I’ve split the list of C-names in two, and the second half will be posted in a few weeks.

Cabiria
Cabiria was a character played by actress Lidia Quaranta in the film Cabiria (1914).

Caecilia
Caecilia was a character played by actress Zasu Pitts in the film The Honeymoon (1930).

Calalou
Calalou was a character played by actress Hattie Peters in the film White Youth (1920).

Calanthe
Calanthe was a character played by actress Ann Little in the film Damon and Pythias (1914).

Cally
Cally was a character played by actress Margaret Lindsay in the film Slim (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Cally.

Calpurnia
Calpurnia was a character played by actress Gertrude Michael in the film Cleopatra (1934).

Capria
Capria was a character played by actress Kathlyn Williams in the short film The Survival of the Fittest (1911).

  • Usage of the baby name Capria.

Caprice
Caprice was a character played by actress Carmen Phillips in the short film The Pipes o’ Pan (1914).

Carreen
Carreen O’Hara was a character played by Ann Rutherford in Gone with the Wind (1939).

Caricia
Caricia was a character played by actress Barbara Bedford in the film The Broken Mask (1928).

Carita
Carita was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film Tin Gods (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Carita.

Carlina
Carlina was a character played by actress Charlotte Burton in the film At the Potter’s Wheel (1914).

Carlita
Carlita was a character played by actress Steffi Duna in the film Flirting with Fate (1938).

Carlotta
Carlotta was a character name in multiple films, including The Laugh that Died (1915) and Dinner at Eight (1933).

Carmel
Carmel Myers was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1970s. She was born in California in 1899.

  • Usage of the baby name Carmel.

Carmelita
Carmelita Geraghty was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Indiana in 1901. Carmelita was also a character name in multiple films, including Carmelita’s Revenge (1914) and The Magnificent Fraud (1939).

Carmencita
Carmencita was the dancer who appeared in the short film Carmencita (1894). Carmencita was also a character name in multiple films, including Man from God’s Country (1924) and Adventurous Knights (1935).

Carmina
Carmina was a character name in multiple films, including The Drop of Blood (1913) and In Gay Madrid (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Carmina (which debuted in the data in 1914).

Carminella
Carminella was a character played by actress Madame Pilar-Morin in the short film Carminella (1910).

Carney
Carney was a character played by actress Evelyn Brent in the film Daughter of the Tong (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Carney.

Carola
Carola was a character name in multiple films, including College Holiday (1936) and Dangerous Partners (1945).

  • Usage of the baby name Carola.

Carole

  • Carole Lombard was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in Indiana in 1908. Her birth name was Carol Jane Peters.
  • Carole Landis was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born in Wisconsin in 1919. Her birth name was Frances Lillian Mary Ridste.

Carole was also a character played by actress Ruth Robinson in the film Ann Carver’s Profession (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Carole.

Carolyne
Carolyne Wright was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s.

Carroll
Carroll Sherridan was a character played by actress Irene Ware in the film Happiness C.O.D. (1935).

Cary
Cary Whipple was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the film Three’s a Crowd (1945).

  • Usage of the baby name Cary.

Caryl
Caryl Lincoln was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in California in 1903. Caryl was also a character name in multiple films, including Caryl of the Mountains (1914) and Fighting Destiny (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Caryl.

Cassy
Cassy Cara was a character played by actress Pauline Frederick in the film The Paliser Case (1920).

  • Usage of the baby name Cassy.

Castelene
Princess Castelene was a character played by actress Fania Marinoff in the short film The Unsuspected Isles (1915).

Catana
Catana Perez was a character played by actress Jean Peters in the film Captain from Castile (1947).

  • Usage of the baby name Catana (which debuted in the data in 1948).

Catterina
Catterina was a character played by actress Sylvia Sidney in the film Thirty-Day Princess (1934).

Cecile
Cecile was a character name in multiple films, including Camille (1915) and Honeymoon Deferred (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Cecile.

Cecy
Cecy Acuña was a character played by actress Leslie Brooks in the film You Were Never Lovelier (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Cecy.

Cédrien
Cédrien was a character played by actress Dale Fuller in the film Volcano! (1926).

Ceinwen
Ceinwen was a character played by actress Ann E. Todd in the film How Green Was My Valley (1941).

Celestine
Celestine was a character name in multiple films, including Dancing Man (1934) and I Want a Divorce (1940).

Celida
Celida was a character played by actress Doris Kenyon in the film The Feast of Life (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Celida.

Celie
Celie Sterling was a character played by actress Eileen Percy in the film Some Liar (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Celie.

Celimena
Celimena Moore was a character played by actress Emily Fitzroy in the film Bobbed Hair (1925).

Celinda
Celinda was a character played by actress Virginia Brown Faire in the film The Temptress (1926).

Cella
Cella Stuart was a character played by actress Sunday Wilshin in the film An Obvious Situation (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Cella.

Cenci
Cenci Prohaska was a character played by actress Patricia Medina in the film Waltz Time (1945).

Cerise
Cerise was a character played by actress Patsy De Forest in the short film A Day on the Force (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Cerise.

Cesca
Cesca was a character name in multiple films, including Scarface (1932) and Tortilla Flat (1942).

Chaddie
Chaddie Green was a character played by actress Dorothy Devore in the film The Prairie Wife (1925).

Chadyeane
Chadyeane Fairfax was a character played by actress Claire Windsor in the film Born Rich (1924).

Chala
Chala was a character played by actress Amalia Rivera in the film The Tents of Allah (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Chala.

Chameli
Chameli Brentwood was a character played by actress Aileen Pringle in the film The Tiger’s Claw (1923).

Charisse
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.

Charmaine
Charmaine was a character name in multiple films, including What Price Glory? (1926) and Those Three French Girls (1930).

Charmian
Charmian was a character name in multiple films, including Queenie of the Nile (1915) and Mister Dynamite (1925).

Charmion
Charmion was a character name in multiple films, including The Darling of the Rich (1922) and Cleopatra (1934).

Charmis
Charmis Graham was a character played by actress Florence Turner in the film The Ugly Duckling (1920).

Cheema
Cheema was a character played by actress Steffi Duna in the film Panama Lady (1939).

Cheeta
Cheeta was a character played by actress Steffi Duna in the film River’s End (1940).

Cherie
Cherie was a character name in multiple films, including The Destroyer (1915) and Her Man o’ War (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Cherie.

Cherokee
Cherokee Lansing was a character played by actress Susan Hayward in the film Tulsa (1949).

Cherry
Cherry was a character name in multiple films, including The Silver Horde (1930) and As Good as Married (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Cherry.

Cheryl
Cheryl Walker was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s and 1940s. She was born in California in 1918.

  • Usage of the baby name Cheryl.

Chichita
Chichita was a character played by actress Elsie Ferguson in the film The Avalanche (1919).

Chilita
Chilita was a character played by actress Louise Fazenda in the short film Mike and Jake in Mexico (1913).

China
China Valdés was a character played by actress Jennifer Jones in the film We Were Strangers (1949).

  • Usage of the baby name China.

Chinta
Chinta was a character played by actress Cora Drew in the film The Moral Law (1918).

Chiquita
Chiquita Hart was a character played by actress Carmen Miranda in the film Something for the Boys (1944).

Chita
Chita was a character name in multiple films, including Flaming Love (1925) and Girl from Havana (1940).

Chonita
Chonita Alvarado was a character played by actress Edith Storey in the film The Tarantula (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Chonita (which debuted in the data in 1917).

Chook-Ra
Chook-Ra was a character played by actress Edith Roberts in the film The Son of the Wolf (1922).

Christabel
Christabel was a character name in multiple films, including Robin Hood (1912) and A Man of Honor (1919).

Christiane
Christiane Mandelys was an actress who appeared in films in the early 1900s. She was born in France in 1873.

Chulita
Chulita was a character played by actress Frances Drake in the film The Trumpet Blows (1934).

Chyra
Chyra was a character played by actress Nina Quartero in the film One Stolen Night (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Chyra.

Which of the above do you like best?

Why Were So Many Caroles Born in 1942?

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Carole Lombard

Ever wonder why the baby name Carole — already on the rise in the ’30s and ’40s — saw such a big jump in usage in 1942 specifically?

  • 1944: 6270 baby girls named Carole
  • 1943: 6506 baby girls named Carole
  • 1942: 8409 baby girls named Carole*
  • 1941: 4964 baby girls named Carole
  • 1940: 4788 baby girls named Carole

At that time, there were two famous movie actresses named Carole: Carole Lombard and Carole Landis.

Lombard was the funny one — the “world’s champion attractive screwball,” according to Life magazine — while Landis was more of a traditional Hollywood starlet.

The main cause of that 1942 spike was no doubt the sudden death of Carole Lombard, who was the highest paid actress of her time. She had finished a successful War Bonds promotion tour in the Midwest in mid-January and was flying back to California when her plane crashed into the side of the Mount Potosi in Nevada (near Vegas). All 22 people on board were killed.

Was it just an accident? Or, given that the U.S. had been attacked at Pearl Harbor just a month earlier, was it something even darker? Had Lombard, the war-effort activist, been sabotaged by German spies?

But we can’t discount the influence of Landis entirely. It just so happens that, the same year, we see the surname Landis bubble up for the first time in the girls’ data:

Year Female usage Male usage
1945 5 baby girls 28 baby boys
1944 (unlisted) 13 baby boys
1943 6 baby girls 22 baby boys
1942 5 baby girls [debut] 13 baby boys
1942 (unlisted) 20 baby boys

Sadly, Carole Landis died later the same decade of an apparent suicide.

So…how did each actress get her stage name?

  • Lombard, born Carol Jane Peters in 1908, chose “Carole” at the suggestion of a numerologist and “Lombard” because it was the surname of a friend.
  • Landis, born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in 1919, “clearly borrowed from Carole Lombard, the first Hollywood star to spell her name that way.” She said she found Landis in the San Francisco telephone directory.

What are your thoughts on the name Carole? Would you use it?

*One of those 1942 Caroles was Carole Jones, later known as actress Carol Lynley. And a 1943 Carole was Carole Penny Marshall, later known as actress/director Penny Marshall.

Sources:

  • Busch, Noel F. “A Loud Cheer for the Screwball Girl.” Life 17 Oct. 1938: 48-50, 62-64.
  • Gans, Eric Lawrence. Carole Landis: A Most Beautiful Girl. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2008.

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: E

Looking for an uncommon girl name with a retro feel?

Here’s a list of rare female E-names associated with the earliest decades of cinema (1910s to 1940s).

For the names that have seen enough usage to appear in the SSA data, I’ve included links to popularity graphs.

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Eadie
Eadie was a character name in multiple films, including The Girl from Missouri (1934) and The Hit Parade (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Eadie.

Editha
Editha was a character name in multiple films, including The Children Pay (1916) and The Burglar (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Editha.

Edwina
Edwina was a character name in multiple films, including The Flight of the Crow (short, 1913) and National Velvet (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Edwina.

Edythe
Edythe Chapman was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in New York in 1863. Edythe Sterling was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Missouri in 1886. Edythe was also a character name in multiple films, including Told in Colorado (1911) and The Repentant (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Edythe.

Effie
Effie Shannon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Massachusetts in 1867. Effie was also a character name in multiple films, including The Big Diamond Robbery (1929) and The Maltese Falcon (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Effie.

Efra
Efra Cavendar was a character played by actress Dorothy Sebastian in the film The Unholy Night (1929).

Eily
Eily Malyon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in England in 1879. Eily was also a character played by actress Gene Gauntier in the film The Colleen Bawn (1911).

  • Usage of the baby name Eily.

Elba
Elba Allen was a character played by actress Beverly Bayne in the short film Every Inch a King (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Elba.

Eleanour
Eleanour was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the film The Ace of Cads (1926).

Electra
Electra was a character played by actress Norma Phillips in the short film The Glow Worm (1913).

Elektra
Elektra was a character played by actress Mary Fuller in the short film Elektra (1910).

Elfie
Elfie was a character name in multiple films, including Regeneration (short, 1911) and The Easiest Way (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Elfie.

Elga
Elga was a character played by actress Camilla Horn in the film The Return of Raffles (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Elga.

Ellabella
Ellabella Jackson was a character played by actress Almira Sessions in the film Dixie Jamboree (1944).

Ellaline
Ellaline Terriss was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1930s. She was born in the Falkland Islands in 1872. Her birth name was Mary Ellaline Terriss.

Ellean
Ellean Tanqueray was a character played by actress Marie Hemingway in the film The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Ellean.

Ellinor
Ellinor was a character played by actress Valda Valkyrien in the film The Unwelcome Mother (1916).

Elmerada
Elmerada de Leon was a character played by actress Zasu Pitts in the film Professional Sweetheart (1933).

Elna
Elna Johnson was a character played by actress Wendy Barrie in the film The Saint in Palm Springs (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Elna.

Elnora
Elnora Comstock was a character played by various actresses (such as Gloria Grey and Dorinda Clifton) in various movies called A Girl of the Limberlost, all based on the novel of the same name by Gene Stratton-Porter.

  • Usage of the baby name Elnora.

Elois
Elois Murree was a character played by actress Julia Swayne Gordon in the film The Painted World (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Elois.

Elspeth
Elspeth Dudgeon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in England in 1871. Elspeth was also a character name in multiple films, including Sentimental Tommy (1921) and The Storm Breaker (1925).

Elvia
Elvia Allman was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1960s. She was born in North Carolina in 1904.

  • Usage of the baby name Elvia.

Elvina
Elvina Grey was a character played by actress Marguerite Snow in the film The Veiled Woman (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Elvina.

Elvira
Elvira was a character name in multiple films, including The Cuban Love Song (1931) and Moonlight in Vermont (1943).

  • Usage of the baby name Elvira.

Elvire
Elvire was a character played by actress Olga Demidoff in the short film The Death of Don Juan (1911).

Elviry
Elviry was a character played by June Weaver in various films of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Elyane
Elyane Parizot was a character played by actress Maria Corda in the film Madame Wants No Children (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Elyane.

Elyata
Elyata was a character played by actress Juanita Hansen in the film The Lost City (1920).

Elzbieta
Elzbieta was a character played by actress Julia Hurley in the film The Jungle (1914).

Emanuella
Emanuella was a character played by actress Mary Philbin in the film Drums of Love (1928).

Emica
Emica was a character played by actress Yvette Dugay in the film Heavenly Days (1944).

Emillia
Emillia was a character played by actress Carmel Myers in the film No Living Witness (1932).

Ena
Ena Gregory was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Australia in 1906. Ena was also a character played by actress Gloria Payton in the film The Faith of the Strong (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Ena.

Encarnacion
Encarnacion was a character played by actress Lynn Bari in the film Blood and Sand (1941).

Enia
Enia was a character played by actress Edith Storey in the short film Warfare in the Skies (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Enia.

Enid
Enid Stamp-Taylor was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in England in 1904. Enid was also a character name in multiple films, including The Chalice of Courage (1915) and Whatever She Wants (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Enid.

Enna
Enna was a character played by actress Florence La Badie in the film Their Golden Wedding (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Enna.

Enola
Enola Lane was a character played by actress Clara Williams in the short film The Surgeon (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Enola.

Enrichetta
Enrichetta was a character played by actress Alida Valli in the film Two Orphans (1942).

Eponine
Eponine was a character played by actress Frances Drake in the film Les Miserabes (1935).

Erek
Princess Erek was a character played by actress Vera Lewis in the film The Only Thing (1925).

Erie
Erie McCadden was a character played by actress Sally O’Neil in the film The Girl on the Barge (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Erie.

Erina
Erina Rodina was a character played by actress Rose Dione in the film The World and Its Women (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Erina.

Erma
Erma Desmond was a character played by actress Ruth Roland in the film The Matrimonial Martyr (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Erma.

Ermengarde
Ermengarde was a character played by actress Gertrude Short in the film The Little Princess (1917).

Ermina
Ermina was a character played by actress Gene Gauntier in the short film Captain Rivera’s Reward (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Ermina.

Ermine
Ermine was a character played by actress Monaei Lindley in the film Her Secret (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Ermine.

Ermintrud
Ermintrude was a character name in multiple films, including Maytime (1923) and Orchids and Ermine (1927).

Erna
Erna was a character played by actress Bunty Payne in the film A Voice in the Night (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Erna.

Ernestine
Ernestine Gaines was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. Ernestine was also a character name in multiple films, including The Side Show of Life (1924) and Anne of Windy Poplars (1940).

Erni
Erni Gottlinger was a character played by actress Marlene Dietrich in the film Cafe Electric (1927).

Erolinda
Erolinda Vargas was a character played by actress Carmel Myers in the film The Kiss (1921).

Essene
Essene was a character played by actress Nan Christy in the short film A Modern Sphinx (1916).

Essie
Essie was a character name in multiple films, including Welcome Stranger (1924) and Ah, Wilderness! (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Essie.

Estelita
Estelita Rodriguez was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was born in Cuba in 1928.

Esthey
Esthey Roberts was a character played by actress Zasu Pitts in the film Two Alone (1934).

Estrell
Estrell Wynn was a character played by actress Marguerite De La Motte in the film The Nut (1921).

Estrellita
Estrellita Estrada was a character played by actress Elena Verdugo in the film The Big Sombrero (1949).

Ethel

  • Ethel Wales was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in New Jersey in 1878.
  • Ethel Griffies was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1960s. She was born in England in 1878.
  • Ethel Barrymore was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1879.
  • Ethel Clayton was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1940s. She was born in Illinois in 1882.
  • Ethel Grandin was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1894.
  • Ethel Shannon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Colorado in 1898.
  • Ethel Merman was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was born in New York in 1908.

Ethel was also a character played by actress Evelyn Brent in the film Raffles, the Amateur Cracksman (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Ethel.

Etheline
Etheline was a character played by actress Diane Bori in the film Big Town (1932).

Ethelreda
Ethelreda was a character played by actress Elisabeth Risdon in the film Slightly Tempted (1940).

Ethelyn
Ethelyn was a character played by actress Josephine Dunn in the film The Sin Sister (1929).

Ethlyne
Ethlyne Clair was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Alabama in 1904.

Ethne
Ethne was a character name in multiple films, including The Four Feathers (1929) and The Four Feathers (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Ethne.

Ethona
Ethona was a character played by actress Florence Turner in the film Indian Romeo and Juliet (1912).

Ethyl
Ethyl Norcrosse was a character played by actress Leila Hyams in the film Spite Marriage (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Ethyl.

Etiennette
Etiennette was a character played by actress Dany Robin in the film Gates of the Night (1946).

Ettie
Ettie was a character name in multiple films, including Werewolf of London (1935) and Heavenly Days (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Ettie.

Eudora
Eudora Mawdle was a character played by actress Ethel Wales in the film Our Leading Citizen (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Eudora.

Eugenia
Eugenia Blondeau was a character played by actress Beverly Bayne in the film Pennington’s Choice (1915).

Eugenie
Eugenie Besserer was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in New York in 1868. Eugenie Forde was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1879. Eugenie was also a character name in multiple films, including The Black Pearl (1928) and Piccadilly Jim (1936).

Eula
Eula Guy was an actress who appeared in films from 1930s to 1950s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1894.

  • Usage of the baby name Eula.

Eulalia
Eulalia was a character played by actress Carmelita Geraghty in the film The Small Bachelor (1927).

Eulalie
Eulalie Jensen was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Missouri in 1884. Eulalie was also character played by actress Eileen Percy in the film The Pleasant Devil (1919).

Eulilah
Eulilah was a character played by actress Kathleen Burke in the film The Lion Man (1936).

Euphemia
Euphemia Jones was a character played by actress Flora Finch in the short film Mr. Bunny in Disguise (1914).

Europena
Europena was a character name in multiple films, including Lovey Mary (1926) and Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934).

Eurydice
Eurydice was a character played by actress Mildred Harris in the film A Love Sublime (1917).

Evadne
Evadne was a character played by actress Katherine Lee in the film The Side Show of Life (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Evadne.

Eveline
Eveline Danvers was a character played by actress Ella Hall in the short film The Mistress of Deadwood Basin (1914).

Evelynda
Evelynda was a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film The Last Warning (1929).

Everild
Everild was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the short film Above the Abyss (1915).

Evvie
Evvie was a character played by actress Blanche Friderici in the film Stolen Love (1928).

  • Usage of the baby name Evvie.

Exquisitia
Exquisitia was a character played by actress Ethel Teare in the short film Adam’s Ancestors (1915).

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Which of the above E-names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

N. Dakota Towns with Female Names

Here’s a newspaper article from the 1930s that features a list of North Dakota towns with feminine names:

When a train conductor calls “Bessie” and “Josephine” in North Dakota he is not addressing passengers by their first names.

For these and other feminine names were given to towns and villages by rugged pioneers.

Prominent among the list is the cow town of Medora in Billings county, known as the ranching headquarters of Theodore Roosevelt.

Others are: Ines, Norma, Olga, Christine, Silvia, Hannah, Frances, Janet, Stella, Willa, Ella, Mary, Flora, Marion, Alice, Elizabeth, Sophia, Beulah, Kathryn, Jessie, Luverne, Juanita, Freda, Cherry and Mona.

(Only Ella is among the top 10 baby girl names in the state right now.)

Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: “Dakota Pioneers Gave Towns Feminine Names.” Miami Daily News-Record [Miami, OK] 2 Feb. 1936: 8.

Brothers Reindeer & Rainbow

Around 1920, a 15-year-old Montana boy named Reindeer Coffman was in the news.

Reindeer’s baby brother had died while Reindeer was babysitting. At first, murder was suspected. Later, it was revealed that Reindeer had simply neglected the baby, who proceeded to accidentally strangle himself. (The baby’s shirt collar got caught on a protruding nail.)

One article about the case included a few lines about Reindeer’s name:

The boy’s unusual name caused [Humane Officer A. E. Decew] to make inquiries as to its genuineness. He found not only that Reindeer was called by his correct name but that there was a still more unusual name in the family. Reindeer has a brother named Rainbow.

Sure enough, both Rainbow and Reindeer (spelled “Rainder”) were listed together on the 1920 U.S. Census:

Their parents were William and Mina, and their siblings had the more common names Warren, Emery, Frances, Iona, Henry, Myrtie, Charles, and Allen.

Source: “Nail catches dress, baby is strangled, is brother’s tale.” Great Falls Daily Tribune 13 Mar. 1920: 13.