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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Yola d’Avril was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1950s. She was born in France in 1907. Yola was also a character played by actress Sari Maritza in the film Monte Carlo Madness (1932).
Looking for an under-the-radar girl name with a retro feel?
A few years ago I combed though a bunch of IMDb pages looking for interesting female names associated with old films (1910s-1940s).
Most of the names I spotted — names like Mabel, Maisie, Hazel, Hattie, Elsie, Selma, Bessie, and Betty — were ones I expected to see. But I did manage to collect thousands of rarities, many of which have never appeared in the SSA data before.
Want to check out all these unusual names? I thought so! To make things interesting I’ll post the Z-names first and go backwards, letter by letter.
Zabette de Chavalons was a character played by actress Bebe Daniels in the film Volcano! (1926).
Zabie Elliot was a character played by actress Mary Alden in the film The Broken Butterfly (1919).
Zada L’Etoile was a character played by actress Sylvia Breamer in the Cecil B. DeMille-directed film We Can’t Have Everything (1918).
Zena Dare was an actress who appeared in films during the 1920s and 1930s. She was born in England in 1887. Zena Keefe was an actress who appeared in films during the 1910s and 1920s. She was born in California in 1898. Zena was also a character name in multiple films, including The Code of Honor (short, 1916) and The New York Peacock (1917).
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.)