How popular is the baby name Juanita in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Juanita and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Juanita.
More unusual real names! Here are some of the longer ones I’ve seen recently:
- Astyanax: Politician/physician Astyanax M. Douglass was born in Tennessee in 1838.
- Autherine: Activist Autherine Juanita Lucy was born in Alabama in 1929.
- Behethland: Behethland Foote Butler was born in Virginia in 1764.
- Berbiedell: Berbiedell Slate was born in North Carolina in 1930.
- Camoralza: Politician Camoralza Hagler Spahr was born in Ohio in 1826.
- Chichester: Chemist Chichester Bell was born in Ireland in 1848.
- Ciallagalena: Ciallagalena “Lena” Cobb Williams was born in Faubourg Tremé (New Orleans) circa 1900.
- Clairève: Archaeologist Clairève Grandjouan was born in France in 1929.
- Claricia: Claricia was a German illuminator during the 13th century:
- Cleobulus & Cleobulina: Ancient Greek poet Cleobulus, one of the Seven Sages, lived during the 6th century BC. His daughter Cleobulina was also a well-known poet.
- De Sacia: Silent film actress De Sacia Mooers was born in Michigan in 1888.
- De La Mancha: Chicago judge De La Mancha “Mancha” Bruggemeyer was born in England in 1865.
- Diocletian: Exercise advocate Diocletian “Dio” Lewis was born in New York in 1823. (He wrote about the importance of physical training for both sexes in The Atlantic in 1862.)
Which of the above do you like best?
Ever heard of the WAMPAS Baby Stars?
They were young actresses on the cusp of movie stardom back in the 1920s and 1930s.
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 is Jobyna Ralston, named for actress Jobyna Howland, daughter of a man named Joby Howland. Jobyna debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1927.
- Derelys is Derelys Perdue. “Perdue’s boss, future presidential father Joseph P. Kennedy, insisted on changing her name to the more palatable Ann Perdue.” She sued, but lost, and her career never recovered. Derelys was a one-hit wonder on the SSA’s baby name list in 1924.
- Sidney is Sidney Fox, a female who had the name Sidney/Sydney long before the name became trendy for girls.
- Lina is Lina Basquette, who I mentioned in last week’s name quote post.
- One of the Marys is 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 – NYTimes.com