How popular is the baby name Marsheela in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Marsheela and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Marsheela.
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Here’s a crazy coincidence: While I was putting yesterday’s post on Marsheila together, I got an email from a 52-year-old Californian named Marsheela.
Here’s what she said about her name:
My mother gave me the name Marsheela after her grandmother who was Chinook Indian. She told me the name means morning glory. I was the only Marsheela around, all thru school and adulthood, I would get mixed comments from, what a beautiful name to your mother must not have liked you. Luckily my husband loved the name! I will say it was difficult thru school not having a common name.
Thank you, Marsheela!
(Marsheela would have been born in the early ’60s — several years after the 1957 Broken Arrow episode that presented the name as Native American. Was the TV show an influence here? Hard to say, though it does seem possible. Marsheela didn’t mention what her great-grandmother’s birth name was specifically.)
All told, over 60 baby girls got one of these three names in 1957.
Multiple spellings often point to an audio source (e.g., radio, TV) as opposed to a visual source (e.g., book, magazine). Beyond that, though, I don’t have any good theories about where these names came from.
UPDATE, 8/10/15: Frank made quick work of this one! See the first comment below.
Turns out Marsheela was a character from the “Apache Girl” episode of the TV show Broken Arrow. The episode aired in mid-1957, and the character was played by actress Donna Martell.
In the episode, Apache chief Cochise tries to arrange a marriage for his niece Marsheela. In the end, though, he lets her pick a husband for herself.