How popular is the baby name Pauline in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Pauline and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Pauline.
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Nope, this isn’t a post about a pink smoothies. “Feminine blend” was a phrase Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken used in his 1921 book The American Language to describe a female name created by blending two other names together. Here are the feminine blends he lists:
(Addie + Lloyd)
(Addison + Nellie)
(Adrienne + Belle)
(Ardelia + Wilhelmina)
(Elizabeth + Christine)
(Birdie + Pauline)
(Charles + Pauline)
(Leila + Elizabeth)
(Luna + Nettie)
(Marjorie + Henrietta)
(May + Elizabeth)
(Ola + Isabel)
(Olive + Louise)
(Romeo + Juliette)
(Rose + Bella)
If you had to use one of the above in real life, which one would you choose?
Back in the 1910s, serial films with female protagonists were very trendy.
Many of these films had titles that followed the same formula: “The (Plural Noun) of (Female Name).”
The Adventures of Kathlyn* (1913-1914)
The Hazards of Helen (1914-1917)
The Perils of Pauline (1914)
The Exploits of Elaine* (1915)
The Mysteries of Myra (1916)
The Adventures of Ruth (1919)
First question: Using the same formula, can you create a serial title with your own name? (You don’t need to have a female name to play along, of course.) The Enigmas of Nancy, The Nuisances of Nancy, The Entanglements of Nancy, The Nail-Biters of Nancy…not that great, but I’m sure you guys can do better.
Second question: Of the six names listed above, which one do you like best?
*The baby names Kathlyn and Elaine saw jumps in usage in 1914 and 1915, respectively.
Three baby names that have been in the news recently:
Pauline, born in March, is the third child of actor Vin Diesel. She was named in honor of Diesel’s “Fast and the Furious” co-star and Paul Walker, though it should be noted that Diesel also happens to have a twin brother named Paul.
Ela Melanie, born March 30th in Brooklyn, is the first-ever baby born in an Uber car. Her name pays tribute to her late paternal grandfather, Melvin.
Doctor James, born in March in Sierra Leone, arrived while his mother was at an Ebola treatment center. He was named after British doctor James Meiring. Both mother and baby ended up testing negative for Ebola, luckily, and were soon discharged.
In early 1916, Photoplay Magazine came up with a list of potential titles for serial films using the formula established by The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Hazards of Helen (1914).
(Just a few months after the above was published, The Mysteries of Myra came out.)
The Dionne Quintuplets — the first set of quints known to survive infancy — were born in Ontario, Canada, on May 28, 1934. But identical sisters Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie and Marie weren’t the only children in the Dionne family. Over the course of 20 years, parents Oliva-Edouard and Elzire Dionne had a total of 14 children — 6 before the quints, 3 after.
In 1872, The Burlington Free Press printed a story about a 98-year-old widow in Vermont who’d given birth to 23 children.
Marie Abert was born in Quebec in 1773 and married her late husband, Francois Peppin, at the age of 17. They left Canada for Vermont in 1838.
It was noticeable, in conversation with the old lady, that while her memory of the names and ages of her elder children was quite distinct, her recollection of the latter ones who have died grew indistinct, after the fifteenth or sixteenth, and the names of four she was unable to give us.
Here are the names of most of her children:
4. Jean Baptise
8. Pauline (twin)
9. Clemence (twin)
16. “After Zoe came four children, two boys and two girls, all of whom died young.”
23. ? (boy)
Marie and Francois also had at least 99 grandchildren and 98 great-grandchildren.
Which of the 23 names — the ones that are known, anyway — is your favorite?