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.
A while ago I found a book called “A Collection of Original Acrostics on Ladies’ Christian Names” that was published in Toronto in 1888.
I won’t post any of the poems, which are all pretty cheesy, but author George J. Howson does include an intriguing selection of names. He notes that he wrote acrostics for “all the most popular feminine christian names of the day, and many more that, while not in common use, are known to exist in actual life.”
Here’s the list:
Have any favorites?
Hulda/Huldah is one I like. It’s one of those names that I always see on old New England gravestones but never come across in real life. Wonder when that one will become stylish again.
BTW, has anyone ever seen a good name acrostic? Like, one that’s actually well-written and/or thought-provoking? Because I don’t think I ever have.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rank my name a 7.5” says Laura, a 27-year-old who lives near Boston, MA.
Laura’s name is derived from the Latin name Laurus, which refers to the laurel tree. The year Laura was born, her name was the 20th most popular baby name in the nation. (In 2005, though, her name ranked 145th.)
What does Laura like about her name?
What I like most about my name is its obvious femininity and its simplicity. It is hard to mess up the pronunciation and spelling (besides the occasional “Lora”). Most people have heard of it and have seen it spelled at least once before. It’s an “easy” name to carry.
I also find that it makes a good name in business settings. This is hard to explain; but in my experience, let’s just say that I have found it to be a respectable name for a career woman.
What does Laura not like about her name?
Its relative popularity: I was lucky to have grown up without any Laura’s in my class, so up through high school, I never had to deal with anyone else with the same name. However, in college, my class contained a lot of Lauren’s and a few other Laura’s. So I was confused with others and called Lauren many, many times. That was annoying.
Relatedly, Laura isn’t a unique or interesting name, per se. This can be a good thing, but for someone who likes unique and interesting things and people, I consider it to be unfortunate.