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How popular is the baby name Jinx in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Jinx and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Jinx.
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The baby name Donivee made the SSA’s baby name list just once, in 1942:
1942: 5 baby girls named Donivee [debut]
Where did this one-hit wonder baby name come from?
It was inspired by Donivee Purkey, an actress who gave Hollywood a shot in the early 1940s.
From mid-to-late 1941, 19-year-old Donivee Purkey of Texas was touted as a talented newcomer to motion pictures. The image of “Pretty Purkey” at right was published in August; Hedda Hopper wrote about her in September; Ann Marsters told readers to “watch for a pretty girl named Donivee Purkey” in October.
By the end of the year, Donivee Purkey’s name had changed twice: first to Lora Lee, then to Donivee Lee.
Despite all the hype and name-changing, though, Donivee Lee’s film career fizzled. Her first movie was supposed to be Cecil B. DeMille’s Reap the Wild Wind, but it’s not listed on her IMDb page. Out of the four movies listed, The Great Moment (1944) is the only one in which she played a credited role.
According to one source, Donivee ended up marrying a Hollywood executive. I’m guessing she stopped pursuing a film career at that point.
Here are some of the baby names that didn’t make the cut: Boomer, Bub, Bubber, Calamity, Cookie, Dainty, Danger, Demon, Fancy, Fester, Jinx, Less, Little, Manly, Notorious, Phuc, Pleasure, Rage, Riot, Savage, Sherlock, Sparky, Tarzan, Tiny.
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Yup. The word jinx means “curse” or “hex,” but that hasn’t stopped parents from using the word as a baby name.
After the silent Western Galloping Jinx came out in 1925, at least 6 baby girls got the name Jinx in 1926.
It was back on the SSA’s baby name list for most of the 1940s and 1950s, even a couple years of the 1960s, thanks to model and actress Eugenia “Jinx” Falkenburg.
For Falkenburg, “Jinx” was a childhood nickname — one that she apparently really liked, as she tried to make her full legal name Jinx in early 1942. Her lawyer argued that a shorter name on the marquee would help support the war effort:
The name Falkenburg requires 150 light bulbs, which in one evening will use enough electrical power to aid in the production of 26,00 [sic] pounds of aluminum or illuminate a city of 105,000 population.
But Judge Emmet H. Wilson “ruled there is no legal precedent to such dramatic shortening” of a name. So Jinx settled for dropping her birth name Eugenia and making her full legal name Jinx Falkenburg.
P.S. Gwili, Sivi and Donivee are three more forgotten Hollywood actresses who left their mark on the U.S. baby name charts.
“Short Name Asked To Help Defense.” St. Petersburg Times 13 Mar. 1942: 19.
“Jinx Falkenburg Name Legal.” New York Times 15 Aug. 1942.