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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter M (part 2)

merna kennedy, actress, cinema, nameLooking for a rare girl name with a retro feel? Here are dozens of ideas. All came straight from very old films that were released from the 1910s to the 1940s.

This is part of a series of posts featuring female names from early cinema. The names below are the second half of the M-list (Me- to My-). The first half includes all the Ma- names.

Enjoy!

Medelina
Medelina was a character played by actress Laura La Varnie in the short film The Nurse at Mulberry Bend (1913).

Meena
Meena was a character played by actress Dorothy Gish in the film Little Meena’s Romance (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Meena.

Menne O Wa
Meene O Wa was a character played by actress Gertrude Robinson in the short film Before the White Man Came (1912).

Meenie
Meenie Van Winkle was a character played by actress Gertrude Messinger in the film Rip Van Winkle (1921).

Meetah
Meetah was a character played by actress Soledad Jimenez in the film Forbidden Valley (1938).

Meggie
Meggie was a character played by actress Jean Cadell in the film Jassy (1947).

  • Usage of the baby name Meggie.

Mehitable
Mehitable was a character played by actress Eugenie Forde in the film The Road to Divorce (1920).

Melahi
Melahi was a character played by actress Maria Montez in the film South of Tahiti (1941).

Melba
Melba was a character name in multiple films, including Mind Your Own Business (1936) and Pinky (1949).

  • Usage of the baby name Melba.

Melisande
Melisande was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film The Big Parade (1925).

Melisse
Melisse was a character played by actress Eugenie Besserer in the short film Partners (1912).

Melissy
Melissy was a character played by actress Ethel Wales in the film Lovers’ Lane (1924).

Melitta
Melitta was a character name in multiple films, including The Alcalde’s Conspiracy (short, 1912) and The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City (1929).

Mellitta
Mellitta was a character played by actress Lya De Putti in the film Phantom (1922).

Mem
Remember “Mem” Steddon was a character played by actress Eleanor Boardman in the film Souls for Sale (1923).

Memory
Memory Baird was a character played by actress Fritzi Brunette in the film Jacques of the Silver North (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Memory.

Menote
Menote was a character played by actress Francelia Billington in the short film The Pride of Angry Bear (1913).

Mera
Mera Donovan was a character played by actress Vola Vale in the film The Iron Rider (1920).

  • Usage of the baby name Mera.

Merapi
Merapi was a character played by actress Maria Corda in the film The Moon of Israel (1924).

Mercedita
Mercedita was a character played by actress Margaret Cullington in the film Tropical Love (1921).

Merceita
Merceita Esmond was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1869.

Mercia
Mercia was a character name in multiple films, including Another Man’s Shoes (1922) and The Sign of the Cross (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Mercia.

Merle
Merle Oberon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1970s. She was born in British India in 1911. Her birth name was Estelle Merle Thompson.

  • Usage of the baby name Merle.

Merna
Merna Kennedy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Illinois in 1908. Her birth name was Maude Kahler.

  • Usage of the baby name Merna.

Merope
Merope was a character played by actress Mrs. A. C. Marston in the short film Madelaine Morel (1916).

Merrilla
Merrilla was a character played by actress Annette Kellerman in the film Queen of the Sea (1918).

Merta
Merta Sterling was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Wisconsin in 1883.

  • Usage of the baby name Merta.

Mertice
Mertice Kenare was a character played by actress Francelia Billington in the short film The Father (1915).

Meryllyn
Meryllyn was a character played by actress Ollie Kirby in the short film The Barnstormers (1915).

Mesquite
Mesquite was a character played by actress Marin Sais in the short film The Big Horn Massacre (1913).

Messalina
Messalina was a character name in multiple films, including Safety in Numbers (1930) and I, Claudius (1937).

Meta
Meta was a character name in multiple films, including Misbehaving Ladies (1931) and Out of the Past (1947).

  • Usage of the baby name Meta.

Metta
Metta was a character played by actress Muriel Ostriche in the film The Dormant Power (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Metta.

Michelna
Michelna Libelt was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film The Trouble Buster (1917).

Mici
Mici was a character played by actress Marguerite Clark in the film The Seven Sisters (1915).

Mickey
Mickey was a character played by actress Mabel Normand in the film Mickey (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Mickey.

Mida
Mida was a character name in multiple films, including Grand Central Murder (1942) and Mystery Broadcast (1943).

  • Usage of the baby name Mida.

Midge
Midge was a character name in multiple films, including The Two-Fisted Sheriff (1925) and Time Out for Romance (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Midge.

Mifanwy
Mifanwy was a character name in multiple films, including Mifanwy: A Tragedy (1913) and A Welsh Singer (1916).

Mignon
Mignon Anderson was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Maryland in 1892. Mignon was also a character name in multiple films, including The Drive for a Life (short, 1909) and Mignon (short, 1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Mignon.

Mignonne
Mignonne Golden was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. She was born in England in 1904.

Miki
Miki was a character played by actress Olga San Juan in the film Rainbow Island (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Miki.

Milada
Milada Mladova was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1950s. She was born Oklahoma in 1921. Her birth name was Annabel Milada Mraz. Milada was also a character played by actress Luise Rainer in the film Hostages (1943).

  • Usage of the baby name Milada.

Mima
Mima was a character played by actress Dorothy Lamour in the film Road to Singapore (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Mima.

Mimba
Mimba was a character played by actress Mathilde Comont in the film The Sea Bat (1930).

Mimi
Mimi was a character name in multiple films, including The Call of the Traumerei (1914) and Who’s Your Lady Friend? (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Mimi.

Mimitta
Mimitta was a character played by actress Iris Ashton in the film The Dancer of the Nile (1923).

Mimsey
Mimsey was a character played by actress Virginia Weidler in the film Peter Ibbetson (1935).

Mimsi
Mimsi was a character played by actress Elsie Ferguson in the film Forever (1921).

Min
Min was a character name in multiple films, including The Fringe of Society (1917) and Min and Bill (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Min.

Minetta
Minetta was a character played by actress Jessie Ralph in the film The Kid from Texas (1939).

Minette
Minette Bunker was a character played by actress Viola Dana in the film The Great Love (1925).

Minna
Minna Grey was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in England in 1877. Minna Gombell was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Maryland in 1892. Minna was also a character name in multiple films, including Perils of the Secret Service (1917) and The Oath (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Minna.

Minnetake
Minnetake was a character played by actress Hedda Nova in the film The Gold Hunters (1925).

Minnette
Minnette Christiewas a character played by actress Edna Murphy in the film Ermine and Rhinestones (1925).

Minta
Minta Durfee was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1970s. She was born in California in 1889. Her birth name was Araminta Estelle Durfee.

Minty
Minty Sharpe was a character played by actress Beatriz Michelena in the film A Phyllis of the Sierras (1915).

Miora
Lady Miora was a character played by actress Kate Lester in the film Beau Brummel (1924).

Mirabel
Mirabel was a character played by actress Frances Dee in the film The Gay Deception (1935).

Mirah
Mirah was a character played by actress Ethel Kauffman in the short film Gwendolin (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Mirah.

Mirami
Mirami was a character played by actress Alma Rubens in the short film Banzai (1913).

Mirandy
Mirandy was a character name in multiple films, including Mirandy Smiles (1918) and His Buddy’s Wife (1925).

Mirella
Mirella was a character played by actress Dria Paola in the film Mr. Desire (1934).

Miriamne
Miriamne Esdras was a character played by mononymous actress Margo in the film Winterset (1936).

Mirza
Mirza was a character played by actress Anna Q. Nilsson in the short film The Second Commandment (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Mirza.

Mississippi
Mississippi was a character name in multiple films, including Out in Happy Hollow (1914) and Red Barry (1938).

Missouri
Missouri Martin was a character played by Glenda Farrell in the film Lady for a Day (1933).

Missy
Missy Rose was a character played by actress Victoria Spivey in the film Hallelujah (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Missy.

Mitchette
Mitchette Dubois was a character played by actress Winifred Allen in the film The Long Trail (1917).

Mitsi
Mitsi was a character played by actress Mary Philbin in the film The Rose of Paris (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Mitsi.

Mittie
Mittie was a character played by actress Dorothy Tree in the film While the Patient Slept (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Mittie.

Mitty
Mitty Whipple was a character played by actress Fanny Midgley in the film The Heart of Youth (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Mitty.

Mitzel
Mitzel was a character played by actress Betty Compson in the film Love Me and the World Is Mine (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Mitzel.

Mitzi
Mitzi was a character name in multiple films, including The Enemy (1927) and My Weakness (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Mitzi.

Mizzi
Mizzi was a character name in multiple films, including The Marriage Circle (1924) and A Sister of Six (1926).

M’liss
M’liss was a character name in multiple films, including M’Liss (1918) and The Girl Who Ran Wild (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Mliss.

Moala
Moala was a character played by actress Lucille Moulton in the film The Adorable Savage (1920).

Modesta
Modesta was a character played by actress Goldie Colwell in the film The Yaqui (1916).

Modiste
Modiste was a character played by actress Betty Blythe in the film Stolen Love (1928).

Moina
Moina Robina was a character played by actress Margaret Gibson in the short film The Mystery of the Hidden House (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Moina.

Moitle
Moitle Perry was a character played by actress Fay Tincher in the short film Foiled Again (1914).

Molee
Molee was a character played by actress Linda Perry in the film The Great Garrick (1937).

Molla
Molla Hansen was a character played by actress Blanche Sweet in the film Why Women Love (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Molla.

Momba
Momba was a character played by actress Winifred Greenwood in the film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910).

Mombi
Mombi was a character name in multiple films, including The New Wizard of Oz (1914) and The Land of Oz (1932).

Monaei
Monaei Lindley was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s.

Monah
Monah was a character played by actress Mary Charleson in the short film The Ancient Bow (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Monah.

Monelle
Monelle Picart was a character played by actress Dany Robin in the film Monelle (1948).

Monika
Princess Monika was a character played by Kathleen Vaughan in the film The Prince and the Beggarmaid (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Monika.

Moonlight
Moonlight was a character played by actress Ruth Roland in the short film The Loneliness of the Hills (1912).

Moonyean
Moonyean was a character played by actress Jeanette MacDonald in the film Smilin’ Through (1941).

Moonyeen
Moonyeen was a character name in multiple films, including Smilin’ Through (1922) and Smilin’ Through (1932).

Morag
Morag Lannon was a character played by actress Madge Stuart in the film A Gamble with Hearts (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Morag.

Morella
Morella was a character name in multiple films, including Beyond the Rocks (1922) and Quicker’n Lightnin’ (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Morella (which debuted in the data the year after Beyond the Rocks came out).

Morgianna
Morgianna was a character played by actress Gertrude Messinger in the film Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1918).

Morn
Morn Light was a character played by actress Ora Carew in the film Loot (1919).

Morna
Morna Dabney was a character played by actress Susan Hayward in the film Tap Roots (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Morna.

Mousali
Mousali was a character played by actress Leah Baird in the film The Miracle (1912).

Movita
Movita was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Arizona in 1917. Her birth name was Maria Castaneda.

  • Usage of the baby name Movita.

Moya
Moya was a character name in multiple films, including Forked Trails (short, 1915) and My Wild Irish Rose (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Moya.

Moyna
Moyna MacGill was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Ireland in 1895. Her birth name was Charlotte Lillian McIldowie. Moyna was also a character played by actress Colleen Moore in the film Come on Over (1922).

Moyra
Moyra was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the short film The Shaughraun (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Moyra.

Mozelle
Mozelle Britton was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s. She was born in Oklahoma in 1912.

Mula
Mula was a character played by actress Mathilde Comont in the film The Sea Beast (1926).

Mulie
Mulie Davenant was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film The Wax Model (1917).

Mulvinia
Mulvinia Minchen was a character played by actress Flora Finch in the short film The Mistake in Typesetting (1915).

Muriel
Muriel Ostriche was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1896.

  • Usage of the baby name Muriel.

Murieska
Murieska was a character played by actress Carrie Clark Ward in the film His Hour (1924).

Musa
Musa was a character played by actress Helen Gardner in the short film The Still, Small Voice (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Musa.

Musette
Musette was a character name in multiple films, including La Vie de Boheme (1916) and On Ze Boulevard (1927).

Musidora
Musidora was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in France in 1889. Her birth name Jeanne Roques.

Myone
Myone Madrigal was a character played by actress Betty Francisco in the film Her Night of Nights (1922).

Myrle
Myrle Davis was a character played by actress Heather Angel in the film Time to Kill (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Myrle.

Myrna
Myrna Loy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1980s. She was born in Montana in 1905. Myrna Dell was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1980s. She was born in California in 1924. Her birth name was Marilyn Adele Dunlap. Myrna was also a character name in multiple films, including The Face or the Voice (short, 1912) and Broadway to Cheyenne (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Myrna.

Myrta
Myrta Bonillas was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Massachusetts in 1890. Myrta was also a character played by actress Ollie Kirby in the short film The Trap (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Myrta.

Myrtle
Myrtle Gonzalez was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in California in 1891. Myrtle Stedman was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Illinois in 1885. Myrtle was also a character name in multiple films, including Salvation Nell (1931) and Rackateers in Exile (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Myrtle.

Mystie
Mystie Stafford was a character played by actress Miriam Cooper in the short film Tide of Battle (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Mystie.

Mytyl
Mytyl was a character name in multiple films, including The Blue Bird (1918) and The Blue Bird (1940).

…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

Pop Culture Baby Name Game Results, 2015

Here are the results of Pop Culture Baby Name Game 2015!

Quick disclaimer: Some of these names were already on the rise. Others were likely influenced by multiple pop culture events/people (not just the one listed). So I leave it up to you to judge the degree/nature of pop culture influence for yourself.

Adaline, +737 [ranked 11th on the list of raw-number increases for girl names]

  • Up from 164 baby girls in 2014 to 901 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie The Age of Adaline (2015).

Abel, +659 [ranked 12th on the list of raw-number increases for boy names]

  • Up from 2,557 baby boys in 2014 to 3,216 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: singer Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye (stage name The Weeknd).

Finn, +301 [ranked 47th on the list of raw-number increases for boy names]

  • Up from 1,580 baby boys in 2014 to 1,881 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Taya, +180

  • Up from 93 baby girls in 2014 to 273 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie American Sniper (2014).

Lucille, +142

  • Up from 970 baby girls in 2014 to 1,112 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the death of B. B. King (whose guitars were all called “Lucille”).

Margot, +126

  • Up from 377 baby girls in 2014 to 503 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: actress Margot Robbie.

Atticus, +106

  • Up from 852 baby boys in 2014 to 958 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the book Go Set a Watchman (2015).

Canaan, +104

  • Up from 179 baby girls in 2014 to 283 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the news of Oprah Winfrey’s son, Canaan.

Hakeem, +87

  • Up from 72 baby boys in 2014 to 159 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Empire (2015-).

Annalise, +78

  • Up from 699 baby boys in 2014 to 777 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show How to Get Away with Murder (2014-).

Lola, +57

  • Up from 1,386 baby girls in 2014 to 1,443 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Empire (2015-).

Arlo, +54

  • Up from 518 baby boys in 2014 to 572 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Carter, +53

  • Up from 10,674 baby boys in 2014 to 10,727 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: unsure (suggested in the comments).

Carli, +36

  • Up from 110 baby girls in 2014 to 146 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: soccer player Carli Lloyd.

Margo, +36

  • Up from 152 baby girls in 2014 to 188 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Paper Towns (2015).

Bjorn, +35

  • Up from 63 baby boys in 2014 to 98 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Vikings.

Roland, +32

  • Up from 437 baby boys in 2014 to 469 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie By The Sea (2015).

Taraji, +30

  • Up from 200 baby girls in 2014 to 230 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Empire (2015-).

Adonis, +29

  • Up from 327 baby boys in 2014 to 356 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Creed (2015).

Sullivan (as a boy name), +29

  • Up from 631 baby boys in 2014 to 660 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: actor Sullivan Stapleton.

Joy, +28

  • Up from 692 baby girls in 2014 to 720 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Inside Out (2015).

Kylo, +27

  • Up from 8 baby boys in 2014 to 35 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Alex (as a girl name), +25

  • Up from 160 baby girls in 2014 to 185 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: soccer player Alex Morgan.

Rebel, +25 (as a girl name), -3 (as a boy name)

  • Up from 58 baby girls in 2014 to 83 in 2015.
  • Down from 48 baby boys in 2014 to 45 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the Confederate flag debate.
  • Update, 5/12/16: The state-by-state data was just released. Of the 83 baby girls named Rebel, 12 were born in Texas, 9 in California, 8 in Arkansas and 6 in Oklahoma. Of the 45 boys, 7 were born in Texas and 5 in Tennessee.

Meghan, +24

  • Up from 214 baby girls in 2014 to 238 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: soccer player Meghan Klingenberg.

Lucious, +18

  • Up from 19 baby boys in 2014 to 37 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Empire (2015-).

Christie, +15

  • Up from 31 baby girls in 2014 to 46 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: soccer player Christie Rampone.

Tobin (as a girl name), re-entered with 14

  • After an absence, returned to the list with 14 baby girls.
  • Pop culture influence: soccer player Tobin Heath.

Alessia, +13

  • Up from 200 baby girls in 2014 to 213 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: singer Alessia Cara.

Lyon, +13

  • Up from 29 baby boys in 2014 to 42 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Empire (2015-).

Kelsea, +12

  • Up from 35 baby girls in 2014 to 47 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: country singer Kelsea Ballerini.

Gigi, +11

  • Up from 27 baby girls in 2014 to 38 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: model Gigi Hadid.

Ragnar, +11

  • Up from 19 baby boys in 2014 to 30 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Vikings.

Rollo, re-entered with 10

  • After an absence, returned to the list with 10 baby boys.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Vikings.

Max (as a girl name), +9

  • Up from 14 baby girls in 2014 to 23 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: Maxima “Max” Chan Zuckerberg, daughter of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

Poe, re-entered with 9

  • After an absence, returned to the list with 9 baby boys.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Denali, +8 (as a boy name) and +7 (as a girl name)

  • Up from 20 baby boys in 2014 to 28 in 2015.
  • Up from 55 baby girls in 2014 to 62 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the renaming of Denali.

Bindi, re-entered with 8

  • After an absence, returned to the list with 8 baby girls.
  • Pop culture influence: Dancing with the Stars contestant Bindi Irwin.

Eilis, re-entered with 6

  • After an absence, returned to the list with 6 baby girls.
  • Pop culture influence: the movie Brooklyn (2015).

Trai, re-entered with 6

  • After an absence, returned to the list with 6 baby boys.
  • Pop culture influence: the TV show Empire (2015-).

Becky, +5

  • Up from 53 baby girls in 2014 to 58 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: soccer player Becky Sauerbrunn.

Bernie, +5

  • Up from 6 baby boys in 2014 to 11 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Saint, +5

  • Up from 32 baby boys in 2014 to 37 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: Saint West, son of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

Serra, +5

  • Up from 12 baby girls in 2014 to 17 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: the canonization of Junipero Serra.

Taron, +4

  • Up from 31 baby girls in 2014 to 35 in 2015.
  • Pop culture influence: actor Taron Egerton.

Names that went down:

Names not on the SSA’s list in 2015:

  • Aslaug
  • Bryshere
  • Cookie
  • Dameron
  • DuVernay
  • Empire
  • Furiosa
  • Halsey
  • Jeralean
  • Junipero
  • Jussie
  • Lagertha
  • Rey (as a girl name)
  • Sonoya
  • Trump

Did any of these surprise you?

P.S. Some of the names from the 2014 game that have started/continued to do well: Hazel, Amal, Tauriel, and Wyatt (as a girl name). Elsa and Anna, on the other hand, both saw drops in usage.

Pop Culture Baby Name Game, 2015

pop culture baby name game 2015

Two momentous things happen every year on December 2. First, Britney Spears celebrates her birthday. (Happy b-day, Brit-Brit!) Second, NBN kicks off another round of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game.

Which baby names will see significant movement on the baby name charts in 2015 thanks to popular culture (television, music, movies, sports, current events, products/advertising, video games, etc.)? Comment below with your guesses. Don’t forget to mention the pop culture influence.

Here are a few to start us off:

  • Adaline – the movie The Age of Adaline was released in April
  • Arlo – the movie The Good Dinosaur was released in November
  • Atticus – the book Go Set a Watchman was released in July
  • Bernie – Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign in May
  • Bryshere, Cookie, Empire, Hakeem, Jussie, Lola, Lucious, Lyon, Taraji, Trai – the show Empire debuted in January
  • Denali – the mountain was renamed in August
  • Furiosa – the movie Mad Max was released in May (suggested by Megan)
  • Jeralean – supercentenarian Jeralean Talley died in June (suggested by elbowin)
  • Junipero, Serra – 18th-century priest Junipero Serra was canonized in September
  • Lucille – musician B. B. King died in May (suggested by elbowin)
  • Margo, Quentin – the movie Paper Towns was released in July
  • Misty – ballerina Misty Copeland became the ABT’s first-ever African-American female principal dancer in June
  • Roland, Vanessa – the movie By the Sea was released in November
  • Trump – Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in June

I’ll post the results in mid-May, after the SSA releases the 2015 baby name data. If you don’t want to miss the results post, subscribe!

Previous rounds of the Pop Culture Baby Name Game: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011: #1 & #2, 2010.

Name Quotes for the Weekend #23

River Phoenix quote about his name

River Phoenix, as quoted in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1995:

When I was in first grade everyone made fun of my name, of course. I think it’s kind of a big name to hold up when you’re nine years old. It seemed goofy.

(His birth name? River Bottom.)

From “Name Trouble” at Futility Closet:

In 2004, Sara Leisten of Gothenburg, Sweden, sought to name her baby Superman (Staalman) because he was born with one arm outstretched. A judge blocked her effort, claiming the child would be ridiculed in later life. Swedish MPs pointed out that the law is inconsistent, as the names Tarzan and Batman are allowed.

From “How to Choose Your Very Bad Blog Name” by Tammy Soong:

I like my name — I mean, it’s my name, so the choice is to either like it or go through some massive identity overhaul to get rid of it. But it has definitely been a source of…issues. As a kid, every adult I ran into would — no joke — break into the theme song from a 1960’s TV show called (you guessed it) “Tammy.” That sort of thing never freaks out little kids.

When I got married, it only got worse. My husband’s last name was Thunder, thus giving me the option of becoming “Tammy Thunder.” Tammy Thunder from Reno. I could’ve just opened my own strip joint and been rolling in it by now if it weren’t for, you know, my dignity.

From an 11 Freunde tweet about German soccer player and World Cup-winner Mario Götze:

Dieser Moment, in dem du dachtest: Wenn er den macht, nenne ich meinen Sohn Mario.

(Translation: “This moment, in which you thought: If he makes it, I call my son Mario.”)

From the movie Despicable Me 2:

Gru: Goodnight Margo…whoa, hold your horses. Who are you texting?
Margo: My friend Avery.
Gru: Avery. Avery? Is that a girl’s name or a boy’s name?
Margo: Does it matter?
Gru: No, no, it doesn’t matter…unless it’s a boy!

(Gru’s first name is Felonious, btw.)

From “Choosing a Baby Name in France According to French Customs” by french mamma:

American names are no longer popular, as they were overused in the 1990s. In fact, some American names are considered to indicate the child comes from a lower class family. There goes some of my top choice baby names!

(Found via The Art of Naming.)

From “Long Division” by Darryle Pollack:

“If you get the name, then I get to choose the new couch for the family room.”

A few minutes went by and the deal was officially sealed. A few weeks went by and Howard selected the couch for the family room. A few years went by and the marriage ended. I can’t say the naming negotiation caused our split, but it sure didn’t help.

On the other hand the negotiation was worth it from my side. I never did like that couch in the family room, but our son just turned 26 and he’s definitely a Daniel.

From “Names & Faces” by Michael Blowen, in an October 1991 issue of the Boston Globe:

France has ordered its civil registrars — dedicated functionaries whose duties include officially recording the names of newborns — to stop refusing to accept names for infants that float outside the Judeo-Christian mainstream. Anything goes now; parents can name their kids whatever they want. A registrar says he recently accepted the name “Peripherique.” Another reports that a jobless couple named their child “Assedic” — the acronym for Association for Employment in Industry and Commerce, which hands out unemployment benefits.

(Périphérique means “beltway.” Assédic reminds me of Welfare.)

Want to see more? Check out the name quotes category.

Swoosie Kurtz Named After B-17

I don’t know much about actress Swoosie Kurtz (b. 1944), but I recently learned that her name was inspired by a B-17.

Her father, decorated WWII bomber pilot Frank Kurtz, Jr., named her after The Swoose, a famous B-17 now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

the swoose, b-17, airplane, wwii
The Swoose

The plane was originally nicknamed Ole Betsy, but after being damaged and repaired using parts from other planes, it was re-nicknamed The Swoose after “Alexander the Swoose,” the half-swan, half-goose character mentioned in a popular song of the time. (The song was performed by bandleader Kay Kyser, who also inspired a few baby names in his day.)

Whether or not Swoosie is Swoosie Kurtz’s official birth name remains unclear. One news article, from 1949, says this:

Their four-year-old daughter, Margo, Jr., is nicknamed “Swoosey.”

Another, from 1962, says this:

When Kurtz returned to his country at war’s end a daughter was born at Omaha, Neb., and newsmen suggested he name her “Swoosie.”

A nurse, amused at the idea, wrote “Swoosie” on the hospital records–and the parents decided to let the name become official.

In any case, Swoosie certainly wasn’t the first person named (or nicknamed) in honor of an airplane. Earlier plane-inspired baby names include Airlene and Linda Ann.

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UPDATE: Since writing this, I’ve found several sources that suggest Swoosie is indeed Swoosie Kurtz’s birth name.

From a 1982 article in People:

When his daughter was born in 1944, Col. Frank Kurtz was already well-known for piloting the famous Flying Fortress nicknamed “The Swoose” (half swan, half goose). A patriotic nurse wrote the name on the birth certificate, Mom said okay, and the baby forever after became Swoosie Kurtz.

And from a 2012 PopEater.com interview:

Okay, tell the readers of PopEater how you got your unusual name.
Oh God, I was named after a B17 that my father flew in the war. It was called the Swoos after a strange looking bird. There was a song that I think Doris Day sang about a half-swan, half-goose bird. It’s because the plane was kind of a hybrid, made up of parts from different planes.

Did you get teased?
Oh God, yes, constantly. I still do. People still mangle it and want to put a Z in there. I don’t blame them.

Your dad was an amazing man.
Yes, he was the most decorated Air Force pilot of World War II and a diving champion.

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