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Popularity of the Baby Name Jalna


Posts that Mention the Name Jalna

More Literary Baby Names: Alayne, Jalna, Renny

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Alayne Archer, character in the movie Jalna (1935)

Canadian writer Mazo de la Roche found fame in her late 40s when her third novel, Jalna, won first prize (and $10,000) in the first “Atlantic Novel Contest” in 1927. The book was serialized in Atlantic Monthly, then released as a standalone volume.

The book’s main characters were members of the prosperous Whiteoak family. They lived at an estate in southern Ontario called Jalna. The estate had been built by family patriarch Capt. Philip Whiteoak, a retired officer of the British Army in India. He’d named it “Jalna” after the garrison town in India where he’d met his Irish wife, Adeline.

The book was a top-10 bestseller in the U.S. in both 1927 and 1928. It was such a big commercial success that the author kept writing novels about the Whiteoaks. She ended up with a total of 16 books, now known as the “Whiteoak Chronicles,” which cover four generations (1850s-1950s) of the fictional family.

Many of de la Roche’s character names — which included Finch, Pheasant, and Wakefield/”Wake” — came directly from from gravestones in Ontario’s Newmarket cemetery.

Given the popularity of the book, and the distinctiveness of the character names, it’s not too surprising that Jalna had an influence on U.S. baby name data in the ’20s and ’30s…

Alayne

Character Alayne Archer was introduced in Jalna when Eden Whiteoak, an aspiring poet, traveled to New York City to meet with a publisher. Alayne was the publisher’s assistant, and she and Eden became romantically involved.

The debut of the baby name Alayne in 1929 was due to the much-anticipated follow-up book, Whiteoaks of Jalna — specifically, to the book reviews that ran in newspapers throughout the U.S. during the second half of 1929. Many of them mentioned Alayne.

  • 1937: 19 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1936: 23 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1935: 16 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1934: 9 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1933: 5 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1932: 5 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1931: 9 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1930: 7 baby girls named Alayne
  • 1929: 11 baby girls named Alayne [debut]
  • 1928: unlisted

Notice how usage rose during the mid-1930s. This was due to a related reason: the movie Jalna (1935), which was based on the first book and featured actress Kay Johnson as Alayne. (By 1935, five of the 16 books were out.)

Jalna & Renny

The year after the movie came out, two more Jalna-inspired names emerged in the data. One was Jalna itself, which didn’t stick around long:

  • 1938: unlisted
  • 1937: 9 baby girls named Jalna
  • 1936: 6 baby girls named Jalna [debut]
  • 1935: unlisted

(You could compare to Jalna to Tara, the plantation in Gone with the Wind.)

The other was Renny, from Eden’s half-brother Renny Whiteoak, who became Alayne’s love interest after Alayne and Eden grew apart.

  • 1941: 8 baby boys named Renny
  • 1939: 5 baby boys named Renny
  • 1937: 8 baby boys named Renny
  • 1936: 9 baby boys named Renny [debut]
  • 1935: unlisted

Another factor that could have given Renny a boost that year was the fifth book in the series, Young Renny, which focused on that character specifically.

…So how did Mazo de la Roche come by her own unique name?

She was born “Mazo Louise Roche” in Ontario in 1879. She added the “de la” not (necessarily) to sound noble, but to reflect the historical spelling of the family name. And here’s what she said in her autobiography about her first name:

When my father saw me he said to my mother, “Let me name this one and you may name all the others.” And so he named me and there were never any others. Mazo had been the name of a girl to whom he once had been attached.

For more baby names inspired by old books, check out the posts on Trilby and on Nedra, Gerane, Doraine, etc.

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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter J

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Looking for an off-the-radar J-name for your baby girl? Here’s the latest installment of rare female names collected from very old films (released from the 1910s to the 1940s).

For the names that saw enough usage to register in the U.S. data, I’ve included links to the popularity graphs.

Jacala
Jacala Auehli was a character played by actress Priscilla Dean in the film The Brazen Beauty (1918).

Jacinta
Jacinta was a character played by actress Nanci Price in the film In Gay Madrid (1930).

Jacintha
Jacintha was a character played by actress Lule Warrenton in the film White Lies (1920).

Jacynth
Jacynth was a character played by actress Malvina Longfellow in the film Holy Orders (1917).

Jahala
Jahala Chandler was a character played by actress Pauline Starke in the film Dance Magic (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Jahala (which debuted in the data the year Dance Magic came out, but never returned, making it a one-hit wonder).

Jalna
Countess Jalna was a character played by actress Edith Roberts in the film The Man from Headquarters (1928).

Jamilla
Jamilla was a character played by actress Marlene Dietrich in the film Kismet (1944).

Jania
Jania was a character played by actress Lupe Velez in the film Stand and Deliver (1928).

  • Usage of the baby name Jania.

Janina
Janina was a character played by actress Myrtle Stedman in the film Chickie (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Janina.

Janira
Janira was a character played by actress Tsuru Aoki in the short film The Beckoning Flame (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Janira.

Jantje
Jantje was a character played by actress Eva Moore in the film Power (1934).

Jassy
Jassy was a character played by actress Margaret Lockwood in the film Jassy (1947).

Jaynie
Jaynie Stevens was a character played by actress Lynn Bari in the film Orchestra Wives (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Jaynie (which debuted in the data the year Orchestra Wives came out).

Jazzbo
Jazzbo Gans was a character played by actress Edna Murphy in the film Dancing Sweeties (1930).

Jeanie
Jeanie was a character name in multiple films, including What Shall I Do? (1924) and Parole Girl (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Jeanie.

Jeanne
Jeanne d’Alcy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1890s to the 1900s. She was born in 1865 in France. Her birth name was Charlotte Lucie Marie Adèle Stephanie Adrienne Faës. Jeanne Eagels was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in 1890 in Missouri. Her birth name was Amelia Jean Eagles. Jeanne Aubert was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in 1900 in France. Jeanne was also a character name in multiple films, including The Phantom’s Secret (1917) and The Flower of the North (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Jeanne.

Jeannette
Jeannette was a character name in multiple films, including The Greatest Thing in Life (1918) and Devil’s Island (1926).

Jeannine
Jeannine was a character name in multiple films, including Lilac Time (1928) and Assignment in Brittany (1943).

Jeantine
Jeantine was a character played by actress Merceita Esmond in the film The Beautiful Adventure (1917).

Jellia
Jellia Jamb was a character played by actress Glenna Vaughn in the film The Land of Oz (1932).

Jeneka
Princess Jeneka was a character played by actress Terza Bey in the film The Slim Princess (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Jeneka.

Jennitt
Jennitt Hicks was a character played by actress Patricia Dane in the film Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941).

Jemmy
Jemmy Milligan was a character played by actress Shirley Mason in the film The Winning Girl (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Jemmy.

Jerri
Jerri Vail was a character played by actress Lynne Roberts in the film Lightnin’ in the Forest (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Jerri.

Jerry
Jerry was a character name in multiple films, including The Office Scandal (1929) and Merrily We Live (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Jerry.

Jesda
Jesda was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film In the Tents of the Asra (1912).

Jessamine
Jessamine Wilton was a character played by actress Helen Dunbar in the short film The Fable of the Two Sensational Failures (1915).

Jesseva
Jesseva was a character played by actress Bobbie Gould in the film The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914).

Jetta
Jetta [pronounced ZHET-eh] Goudal was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in 1891 in the Netherlands. Her birth name Juliette Henriette Goudeket.

  • Usage of the baby name Jetta.

Jimmie
Jimmie Turner was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the short film Flames of Passion (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Jimmie.

Jinjur
Jinjur was a character played by actress Marie Wayne in the film The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914).

Jinx
Jinx Falkenburg was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in Spain in 1919. Her birth name was Eugenia Lincoln Falkenburg. Jinx was also a character name in the film Juke Box Jenny (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Jinx.

Jinxy
Jinxy was a character played by actress Sally Eilers in the film Don’t Get Personal (1936).

Joby
Joby Madison was a character played by actress Pauline Moore in the film The Carson City Kid (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Joby.

Jobyna
Jobyna Ralston was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Tennessee in 1899.

  • Usage of the baby name Jobyna.

Jody
Josephine “Jody” Norris was a character played by actress Olivia de Havilland in the film To Each His Own (1946).

  • Usage of the baby name Jody.

Joie
Joie Malet was a character played by actress Louise Lorraine in the film The Altar Stairs (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Joie.

Jojo
Jojo Dumont was a character played by actress Evelyn Ankers in the film Parole, Inc. (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Jojo.

Jolanda
Jolanda Whiple was a character played by actress Dorothy Gish in the film The Country Flapper (1922).

Joline
Joline Hofer was a character played by actress Viola Dana in the film Revelation (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Joline.

Jonesy
Jonesy was a (female) character name in multiple films, including Hollywood Hotel (1937) and Babes on Broadway (1941).

José
José Collins was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in England in 1887. Her birth name was Josephine Charlotte Collins.

  • Usage of the baby name Jose.

Josephita
Josephita Guerrero was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film Tide of Empire (1929).

Josette
Josette Andriot was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1910s. She was born in France in 1886. Her birth name was Camille Élisa Andriot. Josette was also a character played by actress Tala Birell in the film Josette (1938).

Josiana
Duchess Josiana was a character played by actress Olga Baclanova in the film The Man Who Laughs (1928).

Josina
Josina was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the short film The Alien (1913).

  • Usage of the baby name Josina.

Josseline
Josseline Gaël was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in France in 1917. Her birth name was Jeannine Augustine Jeanne Blanleuil.

Joyzelle
Joyzelle Joyner was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Alabama in 1905.

Jubie
Jubie Davis was a character played by actress Virginia Weidler in the film Gold Rush Maisie (1940).

Julanne
Julanne Johnston was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Indiana in 1900.

Juline
Juline was a character played by actress Lillian Yarbo in the film Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Juline.

Juneau
Juneau MacLean was a character played by actress Aileen Pringle in the film The Wilderness Woman (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Juneau.

Junella
Junella was a character played by actress Willa Pearl Curtis in the film Mom and Dad (1945).

Junetta
Junetta was a character played by actress Binnie Barnes in the film Love Lies (1931).

Junie
Junie Green was a character played by actress Phyllis Gordon in the short film Saved by Fire (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Junie.

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…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb