How popular is the baby name Gwendalina in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Gwendalina.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Gwendalina


Posts that Mention the Name Gwendalina

Interesting One-Hit Wonder Baby Names

They came, they went, and they never came back!

These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).

There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more. (Names that aren’t links yet have posts coming soon!)

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. If this content looks familiar, that’s because you’ve seen it before! I’ve just put it in a new spot. :)

Where did the baby name Guendalina come from?

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The pretty name Guendalina appeared for the first and only time in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1960s:

  • 1966: unlisted
  • 1965: unlisted
  • 1964: 5 baby girls named Guendalina [debut]
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: unlisted

It ultimately comes from a 1957 Italian movie called Guendalina, a romantic comedy about an Italian teenager named Guendalina. The movie apparently never saw wide release in the United States.

So…how did a late ’50s foreign film come to affect mid-’60s American baby names?

The answer is television. Various television stations played the film during the first half of the ’60s, according to the TV schedules published in the newspapers. As a result, not only did the name Guendalina rise above that 5-baby threshold to debut in the U.S. data, but the modified version Gwendalina became a one-hit wonder during that period as well (in 1961).

Do you like the name Guendalina, or do you prefer the original Welsh form Gwendolen?

Source: Guendalina (1957) – TCM.com