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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter M (part 1)

maris wrixon, movie, name, 1940sHere’s the next installment of rare female names collected from old films (1910s-1940s).

The list of M-names was long, so I split it in two. The second half will be posted in a few weeks.

Maartje
Maartje Poole was a character played by actress Gladys Brockwell in the film So Big (1924).

Mab
Mab was a character played by actress Mignon Anderson in the short film Lost: A Union Suit (1914).

Mabella
Mabella was a character played by actress Eva Novak in the film The Man from Hell’s River (1922).

Mabs
Mabs was a character played by actress Doris Lloyd in the film The Careless Age (1929).

Macushla
Macushla Westmacott was a character played by actress Jean Adrienne in the film Father O’Flynn (1935).

Madelinette
Madelinette was a character played by actress Agnes Ayres in the film The Lane That Had No Turning (1922).

Madelon
Madelon was a character name in multiple films, including as Fanchon, the Cricket (1915) and The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931).

Madge
Madge Evans was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in New York in 1909. Her birth name was Margherita Evans. Madge Kennedy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1970s. She was born in Illinois in 1891. Madge was also a character name in multiple films, including The Tragedy of Ambition (short, 1914) and The Peace of Roaring River (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Madge.

Madlaine
Madlaine Traverse was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Ohio in 1875.

Mado
Mado was a character played by actress Lana Turner in the film Dramatic School (1938).

Mady
Mady Christians was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1940s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Austria) in 1892. Her birth name was Marguerite Maria Christians.

  • Usage of the baby name Mady.

Mafalda
Mafalda was a character played by actress Paulette Duval in the film No Other Woman (1928).

Magda
Magda Foy was a child actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in New York in 1905. Her birth name was Magdalena Patricia Foy. Madga was also a character played by actress Gertrude Michael in the film I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Magda.

Magdalen
Magdalen was a character played by actress Julia Swayne Gordon in the film The Battle Cry of Peace (1915).

Maggia
Maggia was a character played by actress Lydia Yeamans Titus in the film A Burglar for a Night (1918)

Mahaly
Mahaly was a character played by actress Florence Short in the film Kildare of Storm (1918).

Mahbubah
Mahbubah was a character name in multiple films, including Chu-Chin-Chow (1925) and Chu-Chin-Chow (1934).

Mahina
Mahina was a character played by actress Raquel Echeverría in the film Waikiki Wedding (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Mahina.

Mahlee
Mahlee was a character played by actress Alla Nazimova in the film The Red Lantern (1919).

Mahwissa
Mahwissa was a character played by actress Eulalie Jensen in the short film West Wind (1915).

Mahyna
Mahyna was a character played by actress Betty Compson in the film She Got What She Wanted (1930).

Mai
Mai Wells was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in California in 1862. Mai was also a character played by actress Myrna Loy in the film Don Juan (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Mai.

Maida
Maida was a character name in multiple films, including The Grey Sisterhood (short, 1916) and The Island of Intrigue (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Maida.

Maidel
Maidel Turner was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Texas in 1888.

Maimiti
Maimiti was a character played by actress Mamo Clark in the film Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).

Mait
Mait Stanley was a character played by actress Leila Hyams in the film Sandra (1924).

Maizee
Maizee was a character played by actress Winnie Lightner in the film She Had to Say Yes (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Maizee.

Malbro
Malbro was a character played by actress Bette Davis in the film The Rich Are Always with Us (1932).

Maletta
Countess Maletta was a character played by actress Claire Trevor in the film The Desperadoes (1943).

Maleva
Maleva was a character played by actress Maria Ouspenskaya in the films The Wolf Man (1941) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).

Malissa
Malissa Milton was a character played by actress Marguerite Courtot in the short film Fate’s Midnight Hour (1914).

Malita
Malita was a character played by actress Rafaela Ottiano in the film The Devil-Doll (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Malita.

Malmama
Malmama was a character played by actress Ormi Hawley in the short film Women of the Desert (1913).

Malva
Malva was a character played by actress Lya De Putti in the film Malva (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Malva.

Malvina
Malvina Longfellow was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1889. Malvina Polo was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. She was born in California in 1903. Malvina was also a character name in multiple films, including Ann Vickers (1933) and Let’s Make Music (1941).

Malvolia
Malvolia Brown was a character played by actress Juanita Quigley in the film National Velvet (1944).

Mamie
Mamie was a character name in multiple films, including Public Enemy (1931) and You Live and Learn (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Mamie.

Mamo
Mamo Clark, often credited simply as Mamo, was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in Hawaii in 1914.

Manette
Manette was a character name in multiple films, including Monsieur Nikola Dupree (short, 1915) and An Obvious Situation (1930).

Manon
Manon was a character name in multiple films, including When a Man Loves (1927) and Lady of the Tropics (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Manon.

Manora
Manora Thew was an English actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in India in 1891.

Manya
Manya was a character name in multiple films, including The Wedding Night (1935) and Paris Honeymoon (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Manya.

Marah
Marah was a character played by actress Lila Leslie in the short film Marah, the Pythoness (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Marah.

Marama
Marama was a character name in multiple films, including The Adorable Savage (1920) and The Hurricane (1937).

Marcel
Marcel was a character name in multiple films, including Silent Years (1921) and Crossed Wires (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Marcel.

Marcelle
Marcelle Corday was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Belgium in 1890. Marcelle Hontabat was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1916. She was born in New York in 1897. Marcelle was also a character name in multiple films, including The Way Out (1918) and 50 Million Frenchmen (1931).

Marcene
Marcene Elliot was a character played by actress Pauline Starke in the film The Broken Butterfly (1919).

Marcolina
Marcolina was a character played by actress Paulette Duval in the film Blarney (1926).

Marda
Marda was a character name in multiple films, including Ramona (1928) and Blame the Woman (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Marda.

Marea
Marea was a character played by actress Florence Turner in the film As Ye Repent (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Marea.

Marga-Jane
Marga-Jane Hastings was a character played by actress Adele Mara in the film I, Jane Doe (1948).

Marge
Marge was a character name in multiple films, including Merry-Go-Round (1932) and Charter Pilot (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Marge.

Marget
Marget MacTavish was a character played by actress Mary Pickford in the film The Pride of the Clan (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Marget.

Margia
Margia Dean was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was born in Illinois in 1922. Her birth name was Marguerite Louise Skliris.

  • Usage of the baby name Margia.

Margit
Margit was a character name in multiple films, including Double Wedding (1937) and Moonlight Sonata (1937).

  • Usage of the baby name Margit.

Margolotte
Margolotte was a character played by actress Leontine Dranet in the film The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914).

Margy
Margy was a character played by actress Marie Prevost in the film The Runaround (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Margy.

Marianela
Marianela was a character played by actress Marquita Madero in the film Two Latins from Manhattan (1941).

Mariata
Mariata was a character played by actress Eugenie Forde in the short film Jim’s Atonement (1913).

Maribelle
Maribelle was a character played by actress Adele Mara in the film Grissly’s Millions (1945).

Marienka
Marienka was a character played by actress Lillian Leighton in the film The Hostage (1917).

Marietta
Marietta was a character name in multiple films, including The Van Warden Rubies (short, 1913) and Naughty Marietta (1935).

Mariette
Mariette was a character name in multiple films, including Rouged Lips (1923) and The Doctor and the Girl (1949).

Marija
Marija was a character played by actress Alice Marc in the film The Jungle (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Marija.

Marilla
Marilla was a character name in multiple films, including Anne of Green Gables (1919) and Anne of Green Gables (1934).

Mariposa
Mariposa Ginsbotham was a character played by actress Barbara Jo Allen in the film Priorities on Parade (1942).

Maris
Maris Wrixon was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Washington in 1916. Her birth name was Mary Alice Wrixon.

  • Usage of the baby name Maris.

Marise
Marise La Noue was a character played by actress Enid Bennett in the film The Red Lily (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Marise.

Mariska
Mariska was a character played by actress Betty Blythe in the film The Undercurrent (1919).

Marita
Marita was a character played by actress Ann Blyth in the film Top o’ the Morning (1949).

  • Usage of the baby name Marita.

Maritana
Maritana was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the film Don Caesar de Bazan (1915).

Mariusha
Mariusha was a character played by actress Julia Faye in the film The Volga Boatman (1926).

Marja
Marja was a character played by actress Rosemary Theby in the short film Playing with Fire (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Marja.

Marjanah
Marjanah was a character played by actress Pearl Argyle in the film Chu-Chin-Chow (1934).

Marna
Marna was a character name in multiple films, including The Quality of Faith (1916) and Rough Romance (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Marna.

Marny
Marny was a character played by actress Barbara Bedford in the film Old Loves and New (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Marny.

Maroussia
Maroussia Dimitrevitch was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1950s.

Marquitta
Marquitta was a character played by actress Marie-Louise Iribe in the film Marquitta (1927).

Marsa
Marsa was a character played by actress Pauline Frederick in the film Her Final Reckoning (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Marsa.

Marsari
Princess Marsari was a character played by actress Marguerite Snow in the short film The Heart of the Princess Marsari (1915).

Masha
Masha was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film Redemption (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Masha.

Marsinah
Marsinah was a character name in multiple films, including Kismet (1920) and Kismet (1930).

Marthe
Marthe was a character played by actress Dorothy Mackaill in the film One Year to Live (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Marthe.

Marthy
Marthy was a character name in multiple films, including Anna Christie (1923) and Anna Christie (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Marthy.

Martie
Martie Beemish was a character played by actress Sarah Edwards in the film People Will Talk (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Martie.

Martita
Martita Hunt was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Argentina in 1899.

Marty
Marty McKenzie was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film You Never Saw Such a Girl (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Marty.

Marua
Marua was a character played by actress Dorothy Sebastian in the film The Isle of Forgotten Women (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Marua.

Maruja
Maruja de Costa was a character played by actress Rosita Marstini in the film The Moral Law (1918).

Marvel
Marvel Rea was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Nebraska in 1901.

  • Usage of the baby name Marvel.

Marya
Marya was a character name in multiple films, including The Yellow Ticket (1931) and Dracula’s Daughter (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Marya.

Maryan
Maryan Garner was a character played by actress Helen Twelvetrees in the film Swing High (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Maryan.

Maryana
Maryana was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film The Cossacks (1928).

Marybelle
Marybelle was a character name in multiple films, including The Mask (1918) and Laughter in Hell (1933).

Maryeruth
Maryeruth Boone was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1932.

Mary-‘Gusta
Mary-‘Gusta was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film A Petticoat Pilot (1918).

Maryla
Maryla Sokalska was a character played by actress Ketty Galanta in the film Empty Pockets (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Maryla.

Maryland
Maryland was a character name in multiple films, including The Heart of Maryland (1915) and The Heart of Maryland (1927).

Marylee
Marylee Depue was a character played by actress Gloria Joy in the film The Midnight Burglar (1918).

Mary-Will
Mary-Will Tellfair was a character played by actress Marjorie Daw in the film Fifty Candles (1921).

Mata
Mata was a character played by actress Mary Treen in the film Tahiti Nights (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Mata.

Matafay
Matafay was a character played by actress Lou-Scha-Enya in the film Whoopee! (1930).

Mataoka
Mataoka was a character played by actress Cleo Madison in the film Unseen Hands (1924).

Mathilde
Mathilde was a character played by actress Lois Meredith in the film The Seats of the Mighty (1914).

Matrona
Matrona Pavlovna was a character played by actress Jessie Ralph in the film We Live Again (1934).

Maud
Maud Allan was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1915. She was born in Canada in 1873. Her birth name was Beulah Maude Durrant. Maud was also a character played by actress Miriam Cooper in the film Daughters of the Rich (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Maud.

Maude
Maude was a character name in multiple films, including Prisoners of Conscience (1916) and We’re Rich Again (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Maude.

Maudie
Maudie Dunham was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in England in 1902. Maudie was also a character name in multiple films, including Tell Your Children (1922) and Night After Night (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Maudie.

Maui
Maui was a character played by actress Gale Storm in the film Lure of the Islands (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Maui.

Mauna
Mauna was a character played by actress Valerie Hobson in the film Strange Wives (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Mauna.

Mauree
Mauree was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film West of the Pecos (1934).

Maurine
Maurine was a character name in multiple films, including Mother and Son (1931) and Rhythm of the Saddle (1938).

Maurya
Maurya was a character played by actress Sara Allgood in the short film Riders to the Sea (1935).

  • Usage of the baby name Maurya.

Mavity
Mavity Bence was a character played by actress Inez Ranous in the film The Power and the Glory (1918).

Maxene
Maxene Andrews, one of the Andrews Sisters, was a singer and actress who appeared in films from the 1940s. She was born in Minnesota in 1916.

  • Usage of the baby name Maxene.

Maxie
Maxie Carewe was a character played by actress Vivienne Osborne in the film So You Won’t Talk (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Maxie.

Maybelle
Maybelle was a character name in multiple films, including The Wedding Gown (short, 1913) and Rings on Her Fingers (1942).

Mayda
Mayda St. Maurice was a character played by actress Eugenie Forde in the film The Courtesan (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Mayda.

Mayflower
Mayflower was a character played by actress Gladys Hulette in the film Secrets of Paris (1922).

Mayme
Mayme Kelso was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Ohio in 1867. Mayme was also a character name in multiple films, including One Hundred Percent American (short, 1918) and The Mighty (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Mayme.

Mayo
Mayo Methot was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in Oregon in 1904.

  • Usage of the baby name Mayo.

Mayre
Mayre Hall was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Ohio in 1895.

  • Usage of the baby name Mayre.

Maysie
Maysie was a character played by actress Adda Gleason in the film Peggy, of Primrose Lane (short, 1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Maysie.

Mazie-Rosie
Mazie-Rosie Carden was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film Little Miss Optimist (1917).

Which of the above do you like best?

Some Single-State Baby Names: Ariza, Barbie, Cruzito…

It’s easy to figure out which baby names appeared on all (or most) of the state-specific baby name lists for 2017. But what about the rare names that only made one or two state lists?

A total of 1,324 names appeared on just one state list, and a total of 1,198 names appeared on two state lists. (I analyzed boy names and girl names separately, though, so several of these names did show up on extra lists as the other gender.)

Here’s a selection of the baby names that appeared on just one state list last year:

  • Neyland, 41 boys in Tennessee (out of 53 nation-wide)
  • Roel, 23 boys in Texas (out of 50 nation-wide)
  • Ariza, 22 girls in Arizona (out of 31 nation-wide)
  • Marty, 21 boys in Ohio (out of 66 boys, and 13 girls, nation-wide)
  • Venice, 20 girls and 5 boys in California (out of 44 and 12 nation-wide)
  • Kinnick, 19 boys in Iowa (out of 29 nation-wide)
  • Benuel, 17 boys in Pennsylvania (out of 26 nation-wide)
  • Barbie, 16 girls in Pennsylvania (out of 29 nation-wide)
  • Kainalu, 16 boys in Hawaii (out of 23 nation-wide)
  • Mahina, 16 girls in Hawaii (out of 22 nation-wide)
  • Taysom, 14 boys in Utah (out of 24 nation-wide)
  • Hatcher, 10 boys in Alaska (out of 40 nation-wide)
  • Talmage, 10 boys in Utah (out of 20 nation-wide)
  • Atlee, 8 boys in Ohio (out of 25 boys and 32 girls nation-wide)
  • Cruzito, 8 boys in New Mexico (out of 25 nation-wide)
  • Nizhoni, 8 girls in Arizona (out of 21 nation-wide)
  • California, 7 girls in California (out of 16 nation-wide)
  • Griffey, 7 boys in Washington state (out of 21 nation-wide)
  • Kodiak, 7 boys in California (out of 30 nation-wide)
  • Rainier, 7 boys in Washington state (out of 24 nation-wide)
  • Alabama, 5 girls in California (out of 16 nation-wide)
  • Boomer, 5 boys in Texas (out of 33 nation-wide)
  • Cleveland, 5 boys in Florida (out of 28 nation-wide)
  • Crockett, 5 boys in Texas (out of 10 nation-wide)
  • Ole, 5 boys in Minnesota (out of 21 nation-wide)

A lot of these have easy explanations (e.g., Neyland Stadium, Kinnick Stadium, Mount Rainier, Taysom Hill) or are logical in some other way (like “Ariza” in Arizona).

Two that I couldn’t figure out, though, were Marty in Ohio and Barbie in Pennsylvania. My assumption regarding Barbie is that it’s popular among the Amish. (Benuel too.) But I have no clue about Marty. Is it college sports…?

And here’s a selection of the baby names that showed up on two state lists in 2017:

  • Hyrum, 36 boys in Utah and 15 in Idaho (out of 88 nation-wide)
  • Ammon, 24 boys in Utah and 6 in Pennsylvania (out of 64 nation-wide)
  • Fannie, 18 in Pennsylvania and 6 in New York (out of 45 nation-wide)
  • Avenir, 11 boys in Washington state and 6 in California (out of 31 nation-wide)
  • Reverie, 8 girls in California and 5 in Illinois (out of 26 nation-wide)
  • Sunshine, 7 girls in Arizona and 7 in California (out of 55 nation-wide)

I was confused about Avenir a few years ago, but I’ve since found the answer: it’s the Russian form of the Biblical name Abner. Avenir has been popping up on West Coast state lists (WA, OR, CA) lately, which makes sense given the fact that several West Coast cities have relatively large Russian-American populations.

Have you had a chance to go over the state lists yet? If so, did you spot anything interesting?

Name-Song Tournament: 1950s & 1960s (Round 2)

We started with 64 name-songs in round 1, and now we have 32 going into round 2. Here are the match-ups:

Group 1

Match Song Song
#1 Denise” (1963) by Randy & The Rainbows vs. Carol” (1957) by Chuck Berry
#2 Eddie My Love” (1956) by The Teen Queens vs. Anna (Go to Him)” (1962) by Arthur Alexander
#3 Barbara Ann” (1961) by The Regents vs. Claudette” (1958) by The Everly Brothers
#4 Donna” (1958) by Ritchie Valens vs. Cathy’s Clown” (1960) by The Everly Brothers

Which song is better? (1 of 16)

  • "Carol" by Chuck Berry (58%, 7 Votes)
  • "Denise" by Randy & The Rainbows (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (2 of 16)

  • "Eddie My Love" by The Teen Queens (58%, 7 Votes)
  • "Anna (Go to Him)" by Arthur Alexander (42%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (3 of 16)

  • "Barbara Ann" by The Regents (80%, 8 Votes)
  • "Claudette" by The Everly Brothers (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (4 of 16)

  • "Donna" by Ritchie Valens (55%, 6 Votes)
  • "Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers (45%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Group 2

Match Song Song
#1 Good Golly Miss Molly” (1956) by Little Richard vs. Hit the Road Jack” (1961) by Ray Charles
#2 Just Like Eddie” (1963) by Heinz vs. Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie” (1958) by Eddie Cochran
#3 Hello Mary Lou” (1961) by Ricky Nelson vs. Johnny Angel” (1962) by Shelley Fabares
#4 Johnny B. Goode” (1958) by Chuck Berry vs. Hey Paula” (1962) by Paul & Paula

Which song is better? (5 of 16)

  • "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles (79%, 11 Votes)
  • "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard (21%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Which song is better? (6 of 16)

  • "Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie" by Eddie Cochran (70%, 7 Votes)
  • "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz (30%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (7 of 16)

  • "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson (73%, 8 Votes)
  • "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Which song is better? (8 of 16)

  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry (80%, 12 Votes)
  • "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula (20%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Group 3

Match Song Song
#1 Lucille” (1957) by Little Richard vs. Oh Julie” (1958) by The Crescendos
#2 Maybellene” (1955) by Chuck Berry vs. Nadine” (1964) by Chuck Berry
#3 Peggy Sue” (1957) by Buddy Holly and The Crickets vs. Louie Louie” (1957) by Richard Berry
#4 Marlena” (1963) by The Four Seasons vs. (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame” (1961) by Elvis Presley

Which song is better? (9 of 16)

  • "Lucille" by Little Richard (100%, 13 Votes)
  • "Oh Julie" by The Crescendos (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Which song is better? (10 of 16)

  • "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry (64%, 7 Votes)
  • "Nadine" by Chuck Berry (36%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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Which song is better? (11 of 16)

  • "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets (75%, 9 Votes)
  • "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry (25%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (12 of 16)

  • "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" by Elvis Presley (55%, 6 Votes)
  • "Marlena" by The Four Seasons (45%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Group 4

Match Song Song
#1 Ride on Josephine” (1960) by Bo Diddley vs. Tall Paul” (1959) by Annette Funicello
#2 Sandy” (1963) by Dion vs. Ruby Ann” (1962) by Marty Robbins
#3 Wake Up Little Susie” (1957) by The Everly Brothers vs. Susie Q” (1957) by Dale Hawkins
#4 Runaround Sue” (1961) by Dion vs. Sheila” (1962) by Tommy Roe

Which song is better? (13 of 16)

  • "Ride on Josephine" by Bo Diddley (67%, 6 Votes)
  • "Tall Paul" by Annette Funicello (33%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Which song is better? (14 of 16)

  • "Sandy" by Dion (60%, 6 Votes)
  • "Ruby Ann" by Marty Robbins (40%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (15 of 16)

  • "Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers (54%, 7 Votes)
  • "Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins (46%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Which song is better? (16 of 16)

  • "Runaround Sue" by Dion (82%, 9 Votes)
  • "Sheila" by Tommy Roe (18%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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…Polls for this round close on Monday night. The Sweet 16 round starts on Tuesday morning.

Name-Song Tournament: 1950s & 1960s (Round 1)

Time for another tournament!

A few years ago, we held a fun 1980s name-song tournament. (Come on, Eileen, you must remember!) This year, let’s go back even further — let’s check out songs with names in the titles from the early rock and roll era (late ’50s and early ’60s).

I’ll explain more about the tournament at the bottom of the post. For now, I’ll just forewarn you that each link opens a video in a new page so that you don’t lose your place on this page, which is pretty long.

Group 1

Match Song Song
#1 Denise” (1963) by Randy & the Rainbows vs. Deserie” (1957) by The Charts
#2 Carol” (1957) by Chuck Berry vs. Dede Dinah” (1958) by Frankie Avalon
#3 Fannie Mae” (1959) by Buster Brown vs. Eddie My Love” (1956) by The Teen Queens
#4 Diana” (1957) by Paul Anka vs. Anna (Go to Him)” (1962) by Arthur Alexander
#5 Barbara Ann” (1961) by The Regents vs. Dusty” (1964) by The Rag Dolls
#6 Claudette” (1958) by The Everly Brothers vs. Bobby’s Girl” (1962) by Marcie Blane
#7 Donna” (1958) by Ritchie Valens vs. Donna the Prima Donna” (1963) by Dion
#8 Be-Bop-A-Lula” (1956) by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps vs. Cathy’s Clown” (1960) by The Everly Brothers

Which song is better? (1 of 32)

  • "Denise" by Randy & the Rainbows (56%, 5 Votes)
  • "Deserie" by The Charts (44%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Which song is better? (2 of 32)

  • "Carol" by Chuck Berry (80%, 8 Votes)
  • "Dede Dinah" by Frankie Avalon (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

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Which song is better? (3 of 32)

  • "Eddie My Love" by The Teen Queens (88%, 7 Votes)
  • "Fannie Mae" by Buster Brown (13%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Which song is better? (4 of 32)

  • "Anna (Go to Him)" by Arthur Alexander (56%, 5 Votes)
  • "Diana" by Paul Anka (44%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Which song is better? (5 of 32)

  • "Barbara Ann" by The Regents (63%, 5 Votes)
  • "Dusty" by The Rag Doll (38%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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Which song is better? (6 of 32)

  • "Claudette" by The Everly Brothers (57%, 4 Votes)
  • "Bobby's Girl" by Marcie Blane (43%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Which song is better? (7 of 32)

  • "Donna" by Ritchie Valens (71%, 5 Votes)
  • "Donna the Prima Donna" by Dion (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Which song is better? (8 of 32)

  • "Cathy's Clown" by The Everly Brothers (56%, 5 Votes)
  • "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (44%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 9

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Group 2

Match Song Song
#1 Good Golly Miss Molly” (1956) by Little Richard vs. Katy Too” (1961) by Johnny Cash
#2 Hit the Road Jack” (1961) by Ray Charles vs. Jimmy Boy” (1963) by The Girlfriends
#3 Jacqueline” (1958) by Bobby Helms vs. Just Like Eddie” (1963) by Heinz
#4 Lana” (1961) by The Velvets vs. Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie” (1958) by Eddie Cochran
#5 Hello Mary Lou” (1961) by Ricky Nelson vs. Jim Dandy” (1956) by LaVern Baker
#6 Johnny Angel” (1962) by Shelley Fabares vs. Judy’s Turn to Cry” (1963) by Lesley Gore
#7 Johnny B. Goode” (1958) by Chuck Berry vs. Hats off to Larry” (1961) by Del Shannon
#8 Hey Paula” (1962) by Paul & Paula vs. Jenny, Jenny” (1956) by Little Richard

Which song is better? (9 of 32)

  • "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard (100%, 6 Votes)
  • "Katy Too" by Johnny Cash (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (10 of 32)

  • "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles (100%, 6 Votes)
  • "Jimmy Boy" by The Girlfriends (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (11 of 32)

  • "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Jacqueline" by Bobby Helms (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (12 of 32)

  • "Jeannie Jeannie Jeannie" by Eddie Cochran (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Lana" by The Velvets (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (13 of 32)

  • "Hello Mary Lou" by Ricky Nelson (71%, 5 Votes)
  • "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Which song is better? (14 of 32)

  • "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Judy's Turn to Cry" by Lesley Gore (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (15 of 32)

  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry (100%, 6 Votes)
  • "Hats off to Larry" by Del Shannon (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (16 of 32)

  • "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Jenny, Jenny" by Little Richard (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Group 3

Match Song Song
#1 Lucille” (1957) by Little Richard vs. Oh Rose Marie” (1959) by The Fascinators
#2 Mary Ann” (1956) by Ray Charles vs. Oh Julie” (1958) by The Crescendos
#3 Maybellene” (1955) by Chuck Berry vs. Little Latin Lupe Lu” (1963) by The Righteous Brothers
#4 Nadine” (1964) by Chuck Berry vs. Little Diane” (1962) by Dion
#5 Oh! Carol” (1959) by Neil Sedaka vs. Peggy Sue” (1957) by Buddy Holly and The Crickets
#6 Louie Louie” (1957) by Richard Berry vs. Mickey’s Monkey” (1963) by The Miracles
#7 Marlena” (1963) by The Four Seasons vs. My Girl Josephine” (1960) by Fats Domino
#8 (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame” (1961) by Elvis Presley vs. Long Tall Sally” (1956) by Little Richard

Which song is better? (17 of 32)

  • "Lucille" by Little Richard (100%, 7 Votes)
  • "Oh Rose Marie" by The Fascinators (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Which song is better? (18 of 32)

  • "Oh Julie" by The Crescendos (60%, 3 Votes)
  • "Mary Ann" by Ray Charles (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Which song is better? (19 of 32)

  • "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry (80%, 4 Votes)
  • "Little Latin Lupe Lu" by The Righteous Brothers (20%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Which song is better? (20 of 32)

  • "Nadine" by Chuck Berry (60%, 3 Votes)
  • "Little Diane" by Dion (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Which song is better? (21 of 32)

  • "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets (100%, 5 Votes)
  • "Oh! Carol" by Neil Sedaka (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Which song is better? (22 of 32)

  • "Louie Louie" by Richard Berry (60%, 3 Votes)
  • "Mickey's Monkey" by The Miracles (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Which song is better? (23 of 32)

  • "Marlena" by The Four Seasons (60%, 3 Votes)
  • "My Girl Josephine" by Fats Domino (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Which song is better? (24 of 32)

  • "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" by Elvis Presley (60%, 3 Votes)
  • "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Group 4

Match Song Song
#1 Venus” (1959) by Frankie Avalon vs. Ride on Josephine” (1960) by Bo Diddley
#2 Sandy” (1959) by Larry Hall vs. Tall Paul” (1959) by Annette Funicello
#3 Sandy” (1963) by Dion vs. Ruby Baby” (1956) by The Drifters
#4 Ronnie” (1964) by The Four Seasons vs. Ruby Ann” (1962) by Marty Robbins
#5 Wake Up Little Susie” (1957) by The Everly Brothers vs. Sally, Go ‘Round the Roses” (1963) by The Jaynetts
#6 Sherry” (1962) by The Four Seasons vs. Susie Q” (1957) by Dale Hawkins
#7 Runaround Sue” (1961) by Dion vs. Venus in Blue Jeans” (1962) by Jimmy Clanton
#8 Sheila” (1962) by Tommy Roe vs. Susie Darlin’” (1958) by Robin Luke

Which song is better? (25 of 32)

  • "Ride on Josephine" by Bo Diddley (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Venus" by Frankie Avalon (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (26 of 32)

  • "Tall Paul" by Annette Funicello (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Sandy" by Larry Hall (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (27 of 32)

  • "Sandy" by Dion (57%, 4 Votes)
  • "Ruby Baby" by The Drifters (43%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (28 of 32)

  • "Ruby Ann" by Marty Robbins (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Ronnie" by The Four Seasons (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (29 of 32)

  • "Wake Up Little Susie" by The Everly Brothers (57%, 4 Votes)
  • "Sally, Go 'Round the Roses" by The Jaynetts (43%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Which song is better? (30 of 32)

  • "Susie Q" by Dale Hawkins (71%, 5 Votes)
  • "Sherry" by The Four Seasons (29%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 7

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Which song is better? (31 of 32)

  • "Runaround Sue" by Dion (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Venus in Blue Jeans" by Jimmy Clanton (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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Which song is better? (32 of 32)

  • "Sheila" by Tommy Roe (67%, 4 Votes)
  • "Susie Darlin'" by Robin Luke (33%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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…And that’s it for now! Round 2 will start on Friday.

Here’s the full tournament schedule:

  • Round 1 (64 songs to 32): Vote March 12-15
  • Round 2 (32 to 16): Vote March 16-19
  • Sweet 16 (16 to 8): Vote March 20-22
  • Elite Eight (8 to 4): Vote March 23-25
  • Final Four (4 to 2): Vote March 26-27
  • Championship (2 to 1): Vote March 28-29
  • Winner (1): Announced on March 30

Polls close at 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on the last day of each round.

And finally, in case you’re wondering how I chose the groups and the pairings: The groups are alphabetical (A to F, G to L, L to P, and R to W). To rank the songs within each group, I used that “total” number of Google search results as a proxy for popularity. Then I created match-ups in true March Madness style: first vs. last, second vs. second-to-last, and so forth.

Name Quotes #50: Rocket, Lenore, Heloise

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Clueless character Cher on the similarity between her name and that of her best friend Dionne:

We were both named after great singers of the past who now do infomercials.

(Dionne’s name comes from Dionne Warwick.)

From a 2007 interview in People with film director Robert Rodriguez (whose kids are named Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue, and Rhiannon):

Asked about his children’s unusual names, Robert attributes them to side effects he sustained from his college years when he subjected himself to medical tests to make extra money.

“Rocket is the first one. And once you name your first kid Rocket, you can’t name your next kid Marty. Racer, Rebel, Rogue…I’m just gonna blame this on the medical experiments. But they do have regular middle names in case they don’t want to start their own wrestling team.”

(An Australian celebrity named Lara Bingle has two sons named Rocket and Racer…perhaps in homage to Robert Rodriguez?)

From Incomplete birth certificates create a bureaucratic morass by Andrew Ryan in the Boston Globe:

A generation ago — when more families had six or more children — babies without official first names were surprisingly common. Overwhelmed new parents would leave the hospital without completing birth certificate paperwork.

But what once seemed like a quaint oddity becomes a serious inconvenience in a world of identity theft and terrorism. Today, governments demand birth certificates.

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, vital statistics offices — including at Boston City Hall — continue to receive a trickle of people whose birth certificates carry no first name. Boston officials estimated that in the 1950s, roughly 1 of every 25 birth certificates lacked a first name.

From the 1970 obituary of actress Lenore Ulric in the New York Times:

Born in the little town of New Ulm, Minn., in 1892, the daughter of Franz Xavier Ulrich, an Army hospital steward, Miss Ulric (she dropped the H from her last name) used to say that she was predestined for the stage. Her father gave her the name of Lenore because of his fondness for Poe’s poem, “The Raven,” and her childhood was devoted to theatrical yearnings.

(She played Wetona on stage in 1916.)

Name expert Kunio Makino, as quoted in What to call baby? by Tomoko Otake in The Japan Times:

“I think people who come up with bizarre names for their children tend to feel that they couldn’t live the life they wanted to, and they feel that they have been hindered by many rules and restrictions. The only freedom they have at their disposal, they think, is the right to name their child.”

From Hi, My Name Is Héloïse by Héloïse Chung (formerly Kathy Bryant):

I leaned toward names made of calm, feminine sounds that never sounded like someone was yelling at you. The harsh K in Kathy conjured up my mother’s words for me: kigibe, keoji, shikkeuro. Korean for girl, beggar, and shut up. But I still wasn’t ready. I switched from Kathy to “Kate,” which felt like a small step, but not one nearly big enough.

[…]

Once the universe gave me the OK, a little space seemed to open up for the name to find me. And so it was that Héloïse fluttered into my head one day, devastatingly perfect. I’m not sure exactly where it came from. Perhaps some derivation of Luisita (a friend) or Elio (a boy I used to babysit). I guess I have a thing for L names. I honed it, trying it with and without the H and with and without the diacritics. I didn’t want them to be an affectation. Is it gauche to use French spelling if you don’t even speak French? Eff it, I went with the French.

From Why and how Ontarians change their names in the 21st century by Eric Andrew-Gee in The Globe and Mail:

Some change their names by truncation, some by hyphenation, others by amalgamation, others by invention. Some changes are banal, done for everyday reasons – a divorce, a marriage, a mistransliteration (an imprecise conversion from one alphabet to another) – while others are poignant, playful, even poetic.

When I asked people about their choice while reporting this story, virtually no one was glib. Many would go on and on, grateful to talk about a decision that cuts to the marrow of who they are. Others became tearful and, in some cases, shuddered audibly at the sound of their birth names. Some even declined to discuss the subject.

For more name-related quotes, check out the name quotes category.