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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter K

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Looking for an uncommon K-name for your baby girl? Here’s the next installment of rare female names collected from very old films (released from the 1910s to the 1940s). For those names that saw enough usage to register in the national data set, I’ve included links to the popularity graphs.

Kabirah
Kabirah was a character played by actress Emily Seville in the film Kismet (1920).

Kalaniweo
Kalaniweo was a character played by actress Enid Markey in the film Aloha Oe (1915).

Kalora
Kalora was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the film The Slim Princess (1915) and by actress Mabel Normand in the remake The Slim Princess (1920).

Kaluna
Kaluna was a character played by actress Betty Schade in the short film Isle of Abandoned Hope (1914).

Kamamamalua
Kamamamalua was a character played by actress Hilo Hattie in the film Miss Tatlock’s Millions (1948).

Kameela
Kameela was a character played by actress Ann Rork in the film The Notorious Lady (1927)

Karamaneh
Karamaneh was a character played by either of two actresses, Joan Clarkson and Dorinea Shirley, in various short films, including The Shrine of the Seven Lamps and The Cafe L’Egypte, during the 1920s.

Karanina
Karanina “Nina” Novak was a character played by actress Anne Shirley in the film Four Jacks and a Jill (1942).

Karin
Karin Touzac was a character played by actress Merle Oberon in the film This Love of Ours (1945).

  • Usage of the baby name Karin.

Karsha
Karsha was a character played by actress Florence Bates in the film Kismet (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Karsha.

Katha
Katha was a character played by actress Helen Twelvetrees in the film All Men Are Enemies (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Katha.

Kathe
Kathe was a character played by actress Dorothy Tree in the film Sky Murder (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Kathe (which debuted in the data the year Sky Murder came out).

Kathlyn
Kathlyn Williams was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1930s. She was born in Montana in 1879. Her birth name was Kathleen Mabel Williams. Kathlyn was also a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the film The City of Purple Dreams (1918).

Katina
Katina Paxinou was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1970s. She was born in Greece in 1900. Her birth name was Ekaterini Konstantopoulou. Katina was also a character played by actress Sonja Henie in the film Iceland (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Katina.

Katinka
Katinka was a character name in multiple films, including The Seven Sisters (1915) and The Seventh Day (1922).

Katrin
Katrin was a character name in multiple films, including The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) and I Remember Mama (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Katrin.

Katrine
Katrine Van Ryn was a character played by actress Connie Marshall in the film Dragonwyck (1946).

Katuma
Katuma was a character played by actress Tsuru Aoki in the short film A Relic of Old Japan (1914).

Katyusha
Katyusha Maslova was a character played by various actresses (such as Florence Lawrence, Pauline Frederick, Dolores del Rio, Lupe Velez) in various movies called Resurrection, all based on the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy.

Kawista
Kawista was a character played by actress Edith Storey in the short film Return of Ta-Wa-Wa (1910).

Kay
Kay Laurel was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1890. Her birth name was Ruth Leslie. Kay Aldridge was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. Aldridge was born in Florida in 1917. Kay was also a character name in multiple films, including The Scarlet Honeymoon (1925) and Mrs. Miniver (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Kay.

Kazia
Kazia was a character played by actress Madlaine Traverse in the film Fruits of Desire (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Kazia.

Kealani
Kealani was a character name in multiple films, including The Sea Flower (1918) and Isle of Lost Men (1928).

Kedzie
Kedzie Thropp was a character played by actress Wanda Hawley in the film We Can’t Have Everything (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Kedzie.

Keema
Keema was a character played by actress Gloria Roy in the film Mr. Moto Takes a Chance (1938)

  • Usage of the baby name Keema.

Kee-on-ee
Kee-on-ee was a character played by two actresses, Marie Walcamp and Lule Warrenton, in the short film The Werewolf (1913), which is considered the first-ever werewolf film.

Kelcey
Kelcey Dale was a character played by actress Carmel Myers in the film The Understanding Heart (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Kelcey.

Kentucky
Kentucky was a character played by actress Anita Page in the film Our Modern Maidens (1929).

Keok
Keok was a character played by actress Anna May Wong in the film The Alaskan (1924).

Ketty
Ketty Galanta was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. Her birth name was Ekaterina De Galantha.

  • Usage of the baby name Ketty.

Kettisha
Kettisha was a character played by actress Doris Lloyd in film Phantom Lady (1944)

Kichimatsu
Kichimatsu was a character played by actress Clara Kimball Young in the short film Jack’s Chrysanthemum (1913).

Kiki
Kiki was a character name in multiple films, including Kiki (1931) and The Dude Goes West (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Kiki.

Kiliki
Kiliki was a character played by actress Maida Vale in the film Vengeance of the Deep (1923).

Kissmoia
Kissmoia was a character played by actress Tsuru Aoki in the short films A Tragedy of the Orient (1914) and The Curse of Caste (1914).

Kit
Kit Lamson was a character played by actress Maxine Elliott Hicks in the film East Side – West Side (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Kit.

Kittens
Kittens Reichert was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1910. Her birth name was Catherine Alma Reichert. Kittens was also a character played by actress Dorothy Abril in the film Rouge and Riches (1920).

Kittie
Kittie Swasher was a character played by actress Madge Kennedy in the film The Girl with the Jazz Heart (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Kittie.

Kitty
Kitty Gordon was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in England in 1878. Her birth name was Constance Blades. Kitty was also a character name in multiple films, including Five Star Final (1931) and The Challenge (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Kitty.

Klari
Klari was a character played by actress Lynn Bari in the film The Baroness and the Butler (1938).

Kleopatra
Kleopatra “Kleo” Johnson was a character played by actress Etta McDaniel in the film Life with Henry (1940).

Klondike
Klondike was a character played by actress Thelma Todd in the film Klondike (1932).

Klyda
Klyda was a character played by actress Ormi Hawley in the short film A Thief in the Night (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Klyda.

Knudka
Knudka was a character played by actress Nina Campana in the film Call of the Yukon (1938).

Konia
Konia Markham was a character played by actress Betty Compson in the film The White Flower (1923).

Korah
Korah Harley was a character played by actress Elissa Landi in the film Knowing Men (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Korah.

Kostina
Kostina was a character played by actress Margaret Gibson in the short film When the Gods Forgive (1914).

Kuulei
Kuulei De Clercq was an actress who appeared in two films in 1937. She was born in Hawaii in 1927. Her sister was Nalani.

  • Usage of the baby name Kuulei.

Kye
Kye Allen was a character played by actress Constance Bennett in the film Sin Town (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Kye.

…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

Contrarian Baby Names: Cliff, Janet, Steve, Wanda…

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“Everly” is hot…”Beverly” is not. It’s a one-letter difference between fashionable and fusty.

If you’re sensitive to style, you’ll prefer Everly. It fits with today’s trends far better than Beverly does.

But if you’re someone who isn’t concerned about style, or prefers to go against style, then you may not automatically go for Everly. In fact, you may be more attracted to Beverly because it’s the choice that most modern parents would avoid.

If you’ve ever thought about intentionally giving your baby a dated name (like Debbie, Grover, Marcia, or Vernon) for the sake of uniqueness within his/her peer group — if you have no problem sacrificing style for distinctiveness — then this list is for you.

Years ago, the concept of “contrarian” baby names came up in the comments of a post about Lois. Ever since then, creating a collection of uncool/contrarian baby names has been on my to-do list.

Finally, last month, I experimented with various formulas for pulling unstylish baby names out of the SSA dataset. Keeping the great-grandparent rule in mind, I aimed for names that would have been fashionable among the grandparents of today’s babies. The names below are the best results I got.

Contrarian Baby Names: Girls

Alberta
Anita
Ann
Annetta
Annette
Bambi
Becky
Benita
Bertha
Bessie
Beth
Betty
Beverley
Beverly
Blanche
Bobbie
Bobby
Bonita
Candy
Caren
Carlene
Carol
Carole
Cary
Caryn
Cathleen
Cathy
Charla
Charlene
Charmaine
Cheri
Cherie
Cheryl
Chris
Christi
Cindy
Claudette
Coleen
Colleen
Connie
Dale
Danette
Danita
Darlene
Dawn
Dawna
Deanne
Debbie
Debora
Debra
Deirdre
Delores
Denice
Denise
Diane
Dianna
Dianne
Dollie
Dolores
Dona
Donna
Doreen
Dori
Doris
Dorthy
Eddie
Edwina
Ernestine
Ethel
Gail
Gayle
Gena
Geralyn
Germaine
Gilda
Glenda
Glenna
Harriett
Jackie
Janet
Janice
Janis
Jayne
Jean
Jeanette
Jeanie
Jeanine
Jeanne
Jeannette
Jeannie
Jeannine
Jeri
Jerri
Jerry
Jill
Jimmie
Jo
Joan
Joann
Joanne
Jodi
Jody
Joellen
Joni
Juanita
Judi
Judy
Juli
Kandi
Karin
Kathie
Kathy
Kay
Kaye
Kerrie
Kerry
Kim
Kimberley
Kitty
Kris
Kristi
Ladonna
Laureen
Lauretta
Laurie
Lavonne
Lee
Leesa
Lois
Lorene
Lori
Lorie
Lorinda
Lorna
Lorraine
Lorrie
Lou
Louann
Lu
Luann
Luanne
Lucretia
Lupe
Lyn
Lynda
Lynn
Lynne
Madonna
Marcia
Marcy
Margie
Mariann
Marianne
Marla
Marsha
Maryjo
Maureen
Meg
Melba
Melinda
Melva
Michele
Migdalia
Mitzi
Myrna
Nanette
Nelda
Nicki
Nita
Norma
Pamela
Patrice
Patsy
Patti
Patty
Pauline
Peggy
Pennie
Phyllis
Randy
Reba
Rene
Rhonda
Rita
Robbie
Robbin
Roberta
Robin
Rochelle
Ronda
Rosanne
Roseann
Roxane
Roxann
Sandy
Saundra
Sharon
Sheila
Shelia
Shelley
Shelly
Sheri
Sherri
Sherry
Sheryl
Shirley
Sondra
Sue
Susanne
Suzan
Suzanne
Tammie
Tammy
Tena
Teri
Terri
Terry
Thelma
Theresa
Therese
Tina
Tonia
Tonya
Tracey
Traci
Tracie
Tracy
Treva
Trina
Trudy
Velma
Verna
Vicki
Vickie
Vicky
Wanda
Wendy
Willie
Wilma
Yolanda
Yvonne

Contrarian Baby Names: Boys

Adolph
Al
Alford
Alphonso
Arne
Arnie
Arnold
Artie
Barry
Barton
Bennie
Bernard
Bernie
Bert
Bill
Billie
Bob
Bobbie
Brad
Bradford
Brent
Bret
Britt
Bud
Buddy
Burl
Burt
Butch
Carey
Carleton
Carlton
Carmen
Carroll
Cary
Cecil
Chester
Chuck
Clarence
Claude
Cletus
Cleveland
Cliff
Clifford
Clifton
Columbus
Curt
Curtiss
Dale
Dan
Dana
Dannie
Darrel
Darryl
Daryl
Dave
Davie
Del
Delbert
Dell
Delmer
Denny
Derwin
Dewey
Dirk
Don
Donnie
Donny
Doug
Douglass
Doyle
Duane
Dudley
Duwayne
Dwain
Dwaine
Dwane
Dwight
Earl
Earnest
Ed
Edsel
Elbert
Ernie
Farrell
Floyd
Fred
Freddie
Fredric
Gale
Garland
Garry
Garth
Gene
Geoffrey
Gerard
Gerry
Gilbert
Glen
Glenn
Greg
Gregg
Greggory
Grover
Guy
Hal
Haywood
Herbert
Herman
Homer
Horace
Howell
Hubert
Irwin
Jackie
Jame
Jeff
Jefferey
Jeffry
Jerald
Jerold
Jess
Jim
Jimmie
Jodie
Jody
Johnie
Johnnie
Karl
Kelly
Ken
Kenney
Kennith
Kent
Kermit
Kerry
Kim
Kirk
Kraig
Kurt
Laurence
Lawrance
Len
Lenard
Lennie
Les
Leslie
Lester
Lindell
Lindsay
Lindsey
Linwood
Lloyd
Lonnie
Lonny
Loren
Lorin
Lowell
Loyd
Lynn
Marion
Marty
Matt
Maxie
Mel
Merle
Merrill
Mickel
Mickey
Millard
Milton
Mitch
Mitchel
Monty
Neal
Ned
Nicky
Norbert
Norman
Norris
Orville
Perry
Pete
Phil
Ralph
Randal
Randel
Randell
Randolph
Rayford
Rick
Rickey
Rickie
Rob
Robby
Robin
Rock
Rodger
Rogers
Rojelio
Rolf
Ron
Roosevelt
Rudolfo
Rudolph
Rufus
Russ
Rusty
Sal
Sammie
Sandy
Sanford
Scot
Sherman
Sherwood
Skip
Stan
Stanford
Steve
Stevie
Stewart
Stuart
Sylvester
Tad
Ted
Terence
Thurman
Tim
Timmothy
Timmy
Tod
Todd
Tom
Tommie
Toney
Tracey
Tracy
Val
Vernell
Vernon
Waymon
Wendell
Wilbert
Wilbur
Wilford
Wilfred
Willard
Willis
Winfred
Woody

Interestingly, thirteen of the names above — Bobbie, Cary, Dale, Jackie, Jimmie, Jody, Kerry, Kim, Lynn, Robin, Sandy, Tracey, Tracy — managed to make both lists.

Now some questions for you…

Do you like any of these names? Would you be willing to use any of them on a modern-day baby? Why or why not?

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter L

leatrice, actress, cinema, nameLooking for an uncommon girl name with a retro feel?

Here’s a list of rare female L-names associated with the earliest decades of cinema (1910s to 1940s).

And I’ve included links to popularity graphs for the names that have seen enough usage to appear in the SSA data.

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Labela
Labela was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the short film Hawaiian Love (1913).

Laetitia
Laetitia Bonaparte was a character played by actress May Whitty in the film Conquest (1937).

Lahleet
Lahleet was a character played by actress Bessie Love in the film Tongues of Flame (1924).

Laissabeth
Laissabeth Powys was a character played by actress Una Venning in the film A Welsh Singer (1916).

Lala
Lala was a character name in multiple films, including A Soul Astray (short, 1914) and The Rustle of Silk (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lala.

Lali
Lali was a character name in multiple films, including The Translation of a Savage (1913) and Behold My Wife! (1920).

  • Usage of the baby name Lali.

Lalia
Lalia Fleming was a character played by actress Gerda Holmes in the short film The Strength of the Weak (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Lalia.

Laline
Laline Coxheim was a character played by actress Marie Walcamp in the short film The Mysterious Contragrav (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Laline.

Laloe
Laloe Berchmans was a character played by actress Julie Suedo in the film The Woman from China (1930).

Lamentina
Lamentina was a character played by actress Nancy Brown in the film Red Wagon (1933).

Lammchen
Emma “Lammchen” Pinneberg was a character played by actress Margaret Sullavan in the film Little Man, What Now? (1934). Lammchen means “little lamb” in German.

Landra
Landra was a character played by actress June Collyer in the film Revenge at Monte Carlo (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Landra.

Laraine
Laraine Day was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1960s. She was born in Utah in 1920. Her birth name was La Raine Johnson.

Laramie
Laramie Winters was a character played by actress Ruth Terry in the film Man from Music Mountain (1943).

Lark
Lark Ingoldsby was a character played by actress Teresa Wright in the film Enchantment (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Lark.

Lasca
Lasca was a character name in multiple films, including Lasca (1919) and Lasca of the Rio Grande (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Lasca.

Laska
Laska Winter was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Missouri in 1905.

Latona
Latona was a character played by actress Anna Demetrio in the film Call of the South Seas (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Latona.

Laurabelle
Laurabelle Ronson was a character played by actress Gloria DeHaven in the film The Thin Man Goes Home (1945).

Lauralee
Lauralee Curtis was a character played by actress Wendy Barrie in the film Wings Over Honolulu (1937).

Laurella
Laurella Consadine was a character played by actress Ricca Allen in the film The Power and the Glory (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Laurella (which debuted in the data the year The Power and the Glory came out).

Lauretta
Lauretta was a character name in multiple films, including A Bad Egg (short, 1914) and I Was to Blame (1937).

Laurette
Laurette Taylor was an actress who appeared in films in the 1920s. She was born in New York in 1884. Her birth name was Loretta Cooney. Laurette was also a character played by actress Molly Lamont in the film Scared to Death (1947).

Laurine
Laurine was a character name in multiple films, including The Key to the Past (1915) and Expensive Husbands (1937).

Lavara
Lavara was a character played by actress Mae Clarke in the film Lady from Chungking (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavara.

Laverne
LaVerne LaPeer was a character played by actress Kathryn Keys in the short film Radio Runaround (1943).

Lavina
Lavina was a character name in multiple films, including Why Smith Left Home (1919) and Young Tom Edison (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavina.

Lavita
Lavita was a character played by actress Marie Burke in the film After the Ball (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lavita.

Lavolia
Lavolia was a character played by actress Etta McDaniel in the film Magnificent Brute (1936).

Leatrice
Leatrice Joy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Louisiana in 1893. Leatrice Joy Gilbert (Leatrice Joy’s daughter) was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in California in 1924.

Leda
Leda was a character name in multiple films, including The Worst Woman in Paris? (1933) and Cleopatra (1934).

  • Usage of the baby name Leda.

Ledda
Ledda Perrin was a character played by actress Alyce Mills in the film Faint Perfume (1925).

Lelia
Lelia Dodson was a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film Lying Lips (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Lelia.

Lemona
Lemona Reighley was a character played by actress Alma Rubens in the film Reggie Mixes In (1916).

Lenie
Lenie Retief was a character played by actress Caroline Frances Cooke in the film De Voortrekkers (1916).

Lenita
Lenita Lane was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1901.

  • Usage of the baby name Lenita.

Lenke
Lenke was a character played by actress Julanne Johnston in the film Prisoners (1929).

Leo
Leonore “Leo” Bewlay was a character played by actress Mary Astor in the film Enticement (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Leo.

Leonie
Leonie was a character name in multiple films, including The Sword of Damocles (1920) and Safe in Hell (1931).

  • Usage of the baby name Leonie.

Leonora
Leonora was a character name in multiple films, including Susan and God (1940) and The Girl Who Forgot (1940).

Leontine
Leontine Dranet was an actress who appeared in 2 films in the 1910s. Leontine was also a character name in multiple films, including The Closing Net (1915) and The Shielding Shadow (serial, 1916).

Leopoldine
Leopoldine was a character played by actress Luise Rainer in the film Escapade (1935).

Leota
Leota Long was a character played by actress Katherine DeMille in the film Banjo on My Knee (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Leota.

Lescaboura
Lescaboura was a character name in multiple films, including So’s Your Old Man (1926) and You’re Telling Me! (1934).

Letitia
Letitia was a character name in multiple films, including Pretty Mrs. Smith (1915) and 52nd Street (1937).

Lettice
Lettice Musgrave was a character played by actress Vola Vale in the short film Harvest (1915).

Leva
Leva Lemaire was a character played by actress Barbara La Marr in the film Souls for Sale (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Leva.

Levinnia
Levinnia was a character played by actress Louise Beavers in the film The Dark Horse (1932).

Levisa
Levisa Hatfield was a character played by actress Hope Emerson in the film Roseanna McCoy (1949).

Li Wanna
Li Wanna was a character played by actress Elena Verdugo in the film The Lost Tribe (1949).

Liane
Liane was a character name in multiple films, including Shadows of Paris (1924) and Parisian Life (1936).

  • Usage of the baby name Liane.

Lianne
Lianne Demarest was a character played by actress Mae Murray in the film Princess Virtue (1917).

  • Usage of the baby name Lianne.

Lida
Lida was a character name in multiple films, including Red and White Roses (short, 1913) and Atlantic Convoy (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Lida.

Liddy
Liddy was a character played by actress Bonita Granville in the film Silver Dollar (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Liddy.

Lihula
Lihula was a character played by actress Marie Walcamp in the short film Tribal War in the South Seas (1914).

Lil
Lil Vanderhoven was a character played by actress Marjorie Rambeau in the film Oh, What a Night! (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lil.

Lilac
Lilac was a character played by actress Julanne Johnston in the film Twinkletoes (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Lilac.

Lilas
Lilas Niles was a character played by actress Sarah Truax in the film Fool’s Gold (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Lilas.

Lilaya
Lilaya was a character played by actress Mona Maris in the film The Man Called Back (1932).

Lilibelle
Lilibelle Bolton was a character played by actress Martha Raye in the film Navy Blues (1941).

Liliha
Queen Liliha was a character played by actress Florence Bates in the film Tahiti Nights (1944).

Lillo
Lillo was a character played by actress May Allison in the short film Lillo of the Sulu Seas (1916).

Lillums
Lillums was a character name in multiple films, including Harold Teen (1928) and Harold Teen (1934).

Lilongo
Lilongo was a character played by actress Nina Mae McKinney in the film Sanders of the River (1935).

Lilya
Lilya Vallon was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1933.

  • Usage of the baby name Lilya.

Lilybeth
Lilybeth was a character played by actress Gladys Blake in the film Scared to Death (1947).

Linee
Linee Hayden was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the short film The Cabaret Dancer (1914).

Linette
Linette was a character name in multiple films, including The Open Road (short, 1913) and The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934).

Linnie
Linnie was a character name in multiple films, including Thrown to the Lions (1916) and The Price of Pleasure (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Linnie.

Lio
Lio Sha was a character played by actress Ressel Orla in the film Die Spinnen (1919 & 1920).

Lione
Lione Brune was a character played by actress Florence Short in the film A Man’s World (1918).

Liseben
Liseben was a character played by actress Gertrude McCoy in the short film The Workman’s Lesson (1912).

Lisetta
Lisetta was a character played by actress Natalie Kingston in the film Street Angel (1928).

Lispeth
Lispeth was a character played by actress Helen Gardner in the short film Vampire of the Desert (1913).

Lissa
Lissa Campbell was a character played by actress Margaret Lockwood in the film A Lady Surrenders (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lissa.

Lita
Lita Grey was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in California in 1908. Her birth name was Lillita MacMurray. Lita was also a character name in multiple films, including Bachelor Apartment (1931) and The Girl from Monterrey (1943).

  • Usage of the baby name Lita.

Liva
Liva Weel was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in Denmark in 1897. Her birth name was Olivia Olsen.

  • Usage of the baby name Liva.

Livette
Livette was a character played by actress Simone Bourday in the film Roi de Camargue (1935).

Lizabeth
Lizabeth Anne was a character played by actress Mary Fuller in the short film The Heart of the Hills (1914).

Lizaveta
Lizaveta Ivanova was a character played by actress Yvonne Mitchell in the film The Queen of Spades (1949).

Lize
Lize was a character played by actress Sarah Padden in the film Wild Girl (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lize.

Lizee
Lizee was a character played by actress Adele DeGarde in the film The Triumph of the Weak (1918).

Loana
Loana was a character played by actress Carole Landis in the film One Million B.C. (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Loana.

Loey
Loey Tsing was a character played by actress Helen Jerome Eddy in the film The First Born (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Loey.

Lolah
Lolah was a character played by actress Fritzi Ridgeway in the film Prince of Diamonds (1930).

  • Usage of the baby name Lolah.

Lolaire
Lolaire was a character played by actress Evelyn Brent in the film The Shadow of the East (1924).

Lolano
Lolano was a character played by actress Mamo Clark in the film Air Devils (1938).

Lolette
Lolette was a character played by actress Rosemary Theby in the film One Year to Live (1925).

Lolly
Lolly was a character played by actress Joan Davis in the film Too Busy to Work (1939).

  • Usage of the baby name Lolly.

Lolomi
Lolomi was a character played by actress Enid Markey in the film The Captive God (1916).

Lona
Lona was a character played by actress Dorothy Lamour in the film Rainbow Island (1944).

  • Usage of the baby name Lona.

Looloo
Looloo Blake was a character played by actress Lillian Harvey in the film My Weakness (1933).

Loris
Loris Lane was a character played by actress Josephine Dunn in the film Fascinating Youth (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Loris.

Lorita
Lorita was a character played by actress Edith Borella in the short film As a Man Thinketh (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorita.

Lorna
Lorna Gray was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Michigan in 1917. Her birth name was Virginia Pound. Lorna was also a character name in multiple films, including Traffic in Souls (1913) and The Butterfly Girl (1921).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorna.

Lorry
Lorry was a character name in multiple films, including Bed of Roses (1933) and Strange Faces (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Lorry.

Loru
Loru was a character played by actress Nina Quartero in the film Isle of Escape (1930).

Lory
Lory James was a character played by actress Eileen Percy in the film East Side – West Side (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lory (which debuted in the data as a girl name the year East Side – West Side came out).

Lota
Lota was a character played by actress Kathleen Burke in the film Island of Lost Souls (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lota.

Loti
Loti San was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film The Love of Loti San (1915).

Lotta
Lotta was a character name in multiple films, including One Thousand Dollars (1918) and Black Oxfords (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Lotta.

Lottice
Lottice Howell was an actress who appeared in films in the 1930s. She was born in Kentucky in 1897.

Lotti
Lotti Pelgram was a character played by actress Rita La Roy in the film Amateur Daddy (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Lotti.

Louella
Louella Parsons was a gossip columnist who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in Illinois in 1881.

Louelle
Louelle Fenwick was a character played by actress Dorothy Christy in the film Forbidden Company (1932).

Louisiana
Louisiana Rogers was a character played by actress Vivian Martin in the film Louisiana (1919).

Loulie
Loulie was a character played by actress May Allison in the film The Secretary of Frivolous Affairs (1915).

Loulou
Loulou was a character name in multiple films, including Kiss Me Again (1925) and Breakfast at Sunrise (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Loulou.

Lou-scha-enya
Lou-Scha-Enya was an actress who appeared in 1 film in 1930. She was born in Oklahoma in 1906. Her birth name was Tessie Mobley.

Louvette
Louvette Corbeau was a character played by actress Paulette Goddard in the film North West Mounted Police (1940).

Lovey
Lovey was a character name in multiple films, including Love’s Greatest Mistake (1927) and Blondie Goes Latin (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lovey.

Lowizie
Lowizie Smith was a character played by actress Sarah Padden in the film Private Snuffy Smith (1942).

Loxi
Loxi Claiborne was a character played by actress Paulette Goddard in the film Reap the Wild Wind (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Loxi.

Loyola
Loyola O’Connor was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Minnesota in 1868.

  • Usage of the baby name Loyola.

Loys
Loys Andres was a character played by actress Peggy Pearce in the film The Red-Haired Cupid (1918).

  • Usage of the baby name Loys.

Lu
Lu was a character name in multiple films, including The Good Fairy (1935) and Across the Sierras (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lu.

Luana
Luana Walters was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in California in 1912. Luana Patten was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1980s. She was born in California in 1938. Luana was also a character played by actress Dolores del Rio in the film Bird of Paradise (1932).

  • Usage of the baby name Luana.

Luani
Luani was a character played by actress Burnu Acquanetta in the film Rhythm of the Islands (1943).

Lucette
Lucette was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film The Going of the White Swan (1914).

Luchia
Luchia Luff was a character played by actress Claire Du Brey in the film Ponjola (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Luchia.

Lucienne
Lucienne was a character played by actress Merle Oberon in the film Berlin Express (1948).

Lucile
Lucile Watson was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Canada in 1879. Lucile Browne was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1950s. She was born in Tennessee in 1907. Lucile was also a character played by actress Marguerite Snow in the short film Lucile (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Lucile.

Lucilla
Lucilla was a character played by actress Alice Joyce in the films The Green Goddess (1923) and The Green Goddess (1930).

Lucindy
Lucindy was a character played by actress Edna Murphy in the film Silver Comes Through (1927).

Lucita
Lucita was a character played by actress Ethel Wales in the film The Bonded Woman (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Lucita.

Lucretia
Lucretia was a character name in multiple films, including Lucretia Lombard (1923) and The Flaming Frontier (1926).

Lucrezia
Lucrezia was a character name in multiple films, including Don Juan (1926) and Private Angelo (1949).

Ludivine
Ludivine Bucaille was a character played by actress Betty Balfour in the film Little Devil May Care (1928).

Luena
Luena Hagen was a character played by actress Billie Dove in the film Sensation Seekers (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Luena.

Luigia
Luigia was a character played by actress Jane Dryden in the film The Man Without Desire (1923).

Lule
Lule Warrenton was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Michigan in 1862.

Lulubelle
Lulubelle (and Lulu Belle) were character names in multiple films, including Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) and Lulu Belle (1948).

Lura
Lura Wood was a character played by actress Gertrude McCoy in the film Miriam Rozella (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Lura.

Lureen
Lureen was a character played by actress Cleo Moore in the film Congo Bill (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Lureen.

Lurene
Lurene Tuttle was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1980s. She was born in Indiana in 1907.

  • Usage of the baby name Lurene.

Lurline
Lurline was a character played by actress Juanita Hansen in the film The Sea Flower (1918).

Lute
Lute Mae Sanders was a character played by actress Gladys George in the film Flamingo Road (1949).

Lutie
Lutie was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the short film The Fable of Lutie, the False Alarm (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lutie.

Luya
Luya was a character played by actress Edith Roberts in the film Black Cargoes of the South Seas (1928).

Lya
Lya De Putti was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia) in 1897. Her birth name was Amalia Putti.

  • Usage of the baby name Lya.

Lycia
Lycia was a character played by actress Winifred Greenwood in the short film The Beggar Child (1914).

  • Usage of the baby name Lycia.

Lyda
Lyda Marston was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the short film The Scorpion’s Sting (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Lyda.

Lyddie
Lyddie was a character played by actress Dorothy Rowan in the film Far from the Madding Crowd (1915).

Lyle
Lyle Pennington was a character played by actress Kathryn McGuire in the film Children of the Ritz (1929).

  • Usage of the baby name Lyle.

Lynda
Lynda was a character played by actress Marcia Moore in the film The Grip of Jealousy (1916).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynda.

Lynne
Lynne Evans was a character played by actress Virginia Brissac in the film Dressed to Kill (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynne.

Lynnie
Lynnie Willis was a character played by actress Dorothy Mackaill in the film Twenty-One (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Lynnie.

Lysbeth
Lysbeth was a character played by actress Manora Thew in the film The Homemaker (1919).

Lysette
Lysette DeJon was a character played by actress Ruth Clifford in the film The Storm Breaker (1925).

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…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

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

The Rise of the Baby Name Cheryl

Cheryl Walker, Stage Door Canteen (1943)
© LIFE

It’s hard to pinpoint the origin of the name Cheryl (Cherie + Beryl? Cherry + Beryl?) but it’s clear that the name saw a drastic rise in popularity during the first half of 20th century. Cheryl went from a rarity in the early 1900s to one of the most popular girl names in the U.S. by the mid-1950s.

I doubt Cheryl could have achieved this kind of popularity without a series of pop culture boosts — two caused by the same person, interestingly.

The first (and smallest) boost happened in 1938:

  • 1940: 285 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 408th] – 42 in CA
  • 1939: 289 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 390th] – 49 in CA
  • 1938: 397 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 312th] – 76 in CA
  • 1937: 145 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 563rd] – 16 in CA
  • 1936: 94 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 688th] – 10 in CA

Many of these babies were born in California specifically.

The cause?

A 19-year-old from Pasadena named Cheryl Walker. In late 1937, she was selected as the 1938 Queen of the Tournament of Roses. Local newspapers (including the Los Angeles Times) talked about Cheryl quite a bit during the last month of 1937 and the first few months of 1938.

She signed a film contract with Paramount around that time, but didn’t have much success in the entertainment industry until five years later.

That’s when she played the romantic lead in the wartime hit Stage Door Canteen, released in the middle of 1943. Dozens of major celebrities — including Tallulah Bankhead, Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, George Jessel, Gertrude Lawrence, Gypsy Rose Lee, Ethel Merman, Paul Muni, Merle Oberon, Mary Pickford, and Johnny Weissmuller — had cameos in the film, which was one of the highest-grossing of the year.

(Notably, several months before Stage Door Canteen came out, LIFE magazine published a series of photos of the actress along with a short article subtitled “Cheryl Walker rises from stand-in for Veronica Lake to stardom.”)

In both 1943 and 1944, the number of babies named Cheryl increased significantly:

  • 1945: 8,150 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 32nd]
  • 1944: 7,970 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 36th]
  • 1943: 2,878 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 102nd]
  • 1942: 590 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 280th]
  • 1941: 439 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 311th]

The name of Cheryl’s character, Eileen, also saw increased usage, as did many variants of Cheryl (asterisks denote debuts):

Name 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946
Cheryl 590 2,878 7,970 8,150 11,525
Sheryl 324 588 949 1,055 1,632
Sherrill 202 207 263 206 250
Cheryle 27 80 176 184 238
Sherryl 49 71 104 140 203
Cheryll 11 41 69 98 120
Sheryle 12 19 26 31 52
Cherryl 9 19 59 58 104
Sharelle** 28* 10
Charyl 24* 27 17 21
Scheryl 11* 11 7 5
Cherril 6 6 7
Sherral 6 6 8
Sherelle 6*
Sheril 5 11 6 9
Chyrl 5* 8 7 10
Cheril 6* 7
Cherl 6* 5 8
Sherryll 5 6 5
Cherill 5*
Cheyrl 5* 5 9
Chyrel 7* 10
Cheryal 6* 5
Cherryle 5*
Sherell 5*
Sherrille 5*
Chryl 9*
Sherryle 7*
Cherel 5*
Cherle 5*
Cherryll 5*
Chyral 5*
Shyrel 5*

**Sharelle was the top debut name of the year in 1943.

Usage of the name Cheryl plateaued in the late ’40s and early ’50s, then began to rise again in 1954:

  • 1956: 21,280 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 18th]
  • 1955: 19,100 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 19th]
  • 1954: 15,000 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 22nd]
  • 1953: 12,271 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 28th]
  • 1952: 12,197 baby girls named Cheryl [rank: 31st]

Why?

It wasn’t Cheryl Walker — she’d retired from acting by this time.

Instead it was a short-lived TV show called Waterfront (1954-1956). The central character, John Herrick, was the captain of a San Pedro Harbor tugboat called the “Cheryl Ann.”

The show also gave a boost to the compound names Cherylann, Cherylanne and Sherylann.

[EDIT, 6/10 – Diana reminded me about Mouseketeer Cheryl, who was on The Mickey Mouse Club from 1956 to 1958. No doubt she contributed to the name’s popularity as well in the mid-to-late ’50s!]

Cheryl became one of the top 20 baby names in the country in 1955, and it remained in the top 20 until 1961, peaking at 13th in 1958.

After that, usage began to decline. Cheryl fell out of the top 50 in 1972, then out of the top 100 in 1980. (This despite a late-1970s uptick inspired by actress Cheryl Ladd, singer Cheryl Lynn, and/or model Cheryl Tiegs.)

[EDIT, 7/7 – Cheryl M. reminded me to include Cheryl Ladd.]

And in 1998, exactly 40 years after nearly reaching the top 10, Cheryl fell out of the top 1,000 entirely.

What are your thoughts on the name Cheryl?

Do you like it more or less than Cherrill?

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P.S. Other WWII-era names: Dorie, Jesse Roper, Sea Bee, MacArthur, Swoosie, Roger, Adolf Hitler.