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Popularity of the Baby Name Priscilla


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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Letter J

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Looking for an off-the-radar J-name for your baby girl? Here’s the latest installment of rare female names collected from very old films (released from the 1910s to the 1940s).

For the names that saw enough usage to register in the U.S. data, I’ve included links to the popularity graphs.

Jacala
Jacala Auehli was a character played by actress Priscilla Dean in the film The Brazen Beauty (1918).

Jacinta
Jacinta was a character played by actress Nanci Price in the film In Gay Madrid (1930).

Jacintha
Jacintha was a character played by actress Lule Warrenton in the film White Lies (1920).

Jacynth
Jacynth was a character played by actress Malvina Longfellow in the film Holy Orders (1917).

Jahala
Jahala Chandler was a character played by actress Pauline Starke in the film Dance Magic (1927).

  • Usage of the baby name Jahala (which debuted in the data the year Dance Magic came out, but never returned, making it a one-hit wonder).

Jalna
Countess Jalna was a character played by actress Edith Roberts in the film The Man from Headquarters (1928).

Jamilla
Jamilla was a character played by actress Marlene Dietrich in the film Kismet (1944).

Jania
Jania was a character played by actress Lupe Velez in the film Stand and Deliver (1928).

  • Usage of the baby name Jania.

Janina
Janina was a character played by actress Myrtle Stedman in the film Chickie (1925).

  • Usage of the baby name Janina.

Janira
Janira was a character played by actress Tsuru Aoki in the short film The Beckoning Flame (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Janira.

Jantje
Jantje was a character played by actress Eva Moore in the film Power (1934).

Jassy
Jassy was a character played by actress Margaret Lockwood in the film Jassy (1947).

Jaynie
Jaynie Stevens was a character played by actress Lynn Bari in the film Orchestra Wives (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Jaynie (which debuted in the data the year Orchestra Wives came out).

Jazzbo
Jazzbo Gans was a character played by actress Edna Murphy in the film Dancing Sweeties (1930).

Jeanie
Jeanie was a character name in multiple films, including What Shall I Do? (1924) and Parole Girl (1933).

  • Usage of the baby name Jeanie.

Jeanne
Jeanne d’Alcy was an actress who appeared in films from the 1890s to the 1900s. She was born in 1865 in France. Her birth name was Charlotte Lucie Marie Adèle Stephanie Adrienne Faës. Jeanne Eagels was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in 1890 in Missouri. Her birth name was Amelia Jean Eagles. Jeanne Aubert was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1960s. She was born in 1900 in France. Jeanne was also a character name in multiple films, including The Phantom’s Secret (1917) and The Flower of the North (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Jeanne.

Jeannette
Jeannette was a character name in multiple films, including The Greatest Thing in Life (1918) and Devil’s Island (1926).

Jeannine
Jeannine was a character name in multiple films, including Lilac Time (1928) and Assignment in Brittany (1943).

Jeantine
Jeantine was a character played by actress Merceita Esmond in the film The Beautiful Adventure (1917).

Jellia
Jellia Jamb was a character played by actress Glenna Vaughn in the film The Land of Oz (1932).

Jeneka
Princess Jeneka was a character played by actress Terza Bey in the film The Slim Princess (1915).

  • Usage of the baby name Jeneka.

Jennitt
Jennitt Hicks was a character played by actress Patricia Dane in the film Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941).

Jemmy
Jemmy Milligan was a character played by actress Shirley Mason in the film The Winning Girl (1919).

  • Usage of the baby name Jemmy.

Jerri
Jerri Vail was a character played by actress Lynne Roberts in the film Lightnin’ in the Forest (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Jerri.

Jerry
Jerry was a character name in multiple films, including The Office Scandal (1929) and Merrily We Live (1938).

  • Usage of the baby name Jerry.

Jesda
Jesda was a character played by actress Bessie Eyton in the short film In the Tents of the Asra (1912).

Jessamine
Jessamine Wilton was a character played by actress Helen Dunbar in the short film The Fable of the Two Sensational Failures (1915).

Jesseva
Jesseva was a character played by actress Bobbie Gould in the film The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914).

Jetta
Jetta [pronounced ZHET-eh] Goudal was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in 1891 in the Netherlands. Her birth name Juliette Henriette Goudeket.

  • Usage of the baby name Jetta.

Jimmie
Jimmie Turner was a character played by actress Ruth Stonehouse in the short film Flames of Passion (1923).

  • Usage of the baby name Jimmie.

Jinjur
Jinjur was a character played by actress Marie Wayne in the film The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914).

Jinx
Jinx Falkenburg was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 1940s. She was born in Spain in 1919. Her birth name was Eugenia Lincoln Falkenburg. Jinx was also a character name in the film Juke Box Jenny (1942).

  • Usage of the baby name Jinx.

Jinxy
Jinxy was a character played by actress Sally Eilers in the film Don’t Get Personal (1936).

Joby
Joby Madison was a character played by actress Pauline Moore in the film The Carson City Kid (1940).

  • Usage of the baby name Joby.

Jobyna
Jobyna Ralston was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Tennessee in 1899.

  • Usage of the baby name Jobyna.

Jody
Josephine “Jody” Norris was a character played by actress Olivia de Havilland in the film To Each His Own (1946).

  • Usage of the baby name Jody.

Joie
Joie Malet was a character played by actress Louise Lorraine in the film The Altar Stairs (1922).

  • Usage of the baby name Joie.

Jojo
Jojo Dumont was a character played by actress Evelyn Ankers in the film Parole, Inc. (1948).

  • Usage of the baby name Jojo.

Jolanda
Jolanda Whiple was a character played by actress Dorothy Gish in the film The Country Flapper (1922).

Joline
Joline Hofer was a character played by actress Viola Dana in the film Revelation (1924).

  • Usage of the baby name Joline.

Jonesy
Jonesy was a (female) character name in multiple films, including Hollywood Hotel (1937) and Babes on Broadway (1941).

José
José Collins was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in England in 1887. Her birth name was Josephine Charlotte Collins.

  • Usage of the baby name Jose.

Josephita
Josephita Guerrero was a character played by actress Renée Adorée in the film Tide of Empire (1929).

Josette
Josette Andriot was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1910s. She was born in France in 1886. Her birth name was Camille Élisa Andriot. Josette was also a character played by actress Tala Birell in the film Josette (1938).

Josiana
Duchess Josiana was a character played by actress Olga Baclanova in the film The Man Who Laughs (1928).

Josina
Josina was a character played by actress Alice Hollister in the short film The Alien (1913).

  • Usage of the baby name Josina.

Josseline
Josseline Gaël was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1940s. She was born in France in 1917. Her birth name was Jeannine Augustine Jeanne Blanleuil.

Joyzelle
Joyzelle Joyner was an actress who appeared in films from the 1920s to the 1930s. She was born in Alabama in 1905.

Jubie
Jubie Davis was a character played by actress Virginia Weidler in the film Gold Rush Maisie (1940).

Julanne
Julanne Johnston was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Indiana in 1900.

Juline
Juline was a character played by actress Lillian Yarbo in the film Moon Over Her Shoulder (1941).

  • Usage of the baby name Juline.

Juneau
Juneau MacLean was a character played by actress Aileen Pringle in the film The Wilderness Woman (1926).

  • Usage of the baby name Juneau.

Junella
Junella was a character played by actress Willa Pearl Curtis in the film Mom and Dad (1945).

Junetta
Junetta was a character played by actress Binnie Barnes in the film Love Lies (1931).

Junie
Junie Green was a character played by actress Phyllis Gordon in the short film Saved by Fire (1912).

  • Usage of the baby name Junie.

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…Which of the above names do you like best?

Source: IMDb

Classics on the Decline: Rebecca, Carol, Susan

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In last week’s “lowest ever” boy names post, I mentioned that reader Caitlin had shared her research on downward-trending baby names with me recently. While many girl names hit relative lows in 2017, for instance…

  • Sarah, now ranked 62nd — lowest ranking since 1970.
  • Rachel, now ranked 195th — lowest ranking since 1960.
  • Melissa, now ranked 273rd — lowest ranking since 1949.

…a couple of the names on her list, Rebecca and Catherine, hit their “lowest ever” rankings last year. (Plus there was Katherine, a borderline case of a lowest-ever tie.)

So I set out to find other “lowest ever” girl names.

Many of the names I checked (like Clare, Lea, and Bridget) hit a low in 2017, but it wasn’t their all-time low. Many others (like Pauline, Sara, and Mary) hit a low recently, but not as recently as 2017. Still others (like Yvonne) had to be disqualified because, even though they hit their lowest ranking on record in 2017, they didn’t appear in the data for all 138 years (1880-2017)…an issue I didn’t encounter with any of the boy names.

In the end, I was able to add a dozen thirteen names to the list:

  • Ann. Ranked 1,023rd in 2017; peak was 28th in the 1930s.
  • Barbara. Ranked 908th in 2017; peak was 2nd in the 1930s/1940s.
  • Carol. Ranked 1,814th in 2017; peak was 4th in the 1940s.
  • Catherine. Ranked 198th in 2017; peak was 18th in the 1910s.
  • Celia. Ranked 857th in 2017; peak was 141st in the 1880s.
  • Cynthia. Ranked 637th in 2017; peak was 7th in the 1950s.
  • Elisabeth. Ranked 775th in 2017; peak was 286th in the 2000s.
  • Katherine. Ranked 105th in 2017 + 1938; peak 25th in the 1990s.
  • Kathleen. Ranked 871st in 2017; peak was 9th in the 1940s. (Late addition–thanks Kelly!)
  • Linda. Ranked 708th in 2017; peak was 1st in 1940s/1950s.
  • Priscilla. Ranked 527th in 2017; peak was 127th in the 1940s.
  • Rebecca. Ranked 216th in 2017; peak was 10th in the 1970s.
  • Rosa. Ranked 672nd in 2017; peak was 52nd in the 1880s.
  • Susan. Ranked 963rd in 2017; peak was 2nd in the 1950s/1960s.
  • Teresa. Ranked 720th in 2017; peak was 18th in the 1960s.
  • Tressa. Ranked 9242nd in 2017; peak was 761st in the 1960s.

That makes 15 (or 16, if you count Katherine). I certainly could have missed a few, though, so if you can think of a good candidate, please let me know in the comments and I’ll take a look.

Names in the News: Rocky, Maxima, Ryker Jedi

Three recent baby name stories from the U.S.:

  • Rocky: In August of 2014, a baby boy born to a runner in Philadelphia was named Rocky after the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run.
  • Maxima: In November of 2015, a baby girl named Maxima was born to Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan. Will this one influence baby names nationally?
  • Ryker Jedi: In December of 2015, a baby boy born near Boston the day before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was named Ryker Jedi. The first name, Ryker, is a Star Trek reference.

Sources: Woman Pregnant at Last Year’s Rocky 50K Names Baby Boy Rocky, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to give away 99 percent of their Facebook stock, worth $45 billion, The force is strong with this one: Parents name newborn after Star Wars

Which Lane Sister Name Do You Like Best?

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3 of the 5 Lane Sisters
The Lane Sisters, a singing/acting trio famous during the ’30s and ’40s, actually began as the Mullican sisters. And there were 5 of them, not 3.

The Mullican family of Iowa consisted of parents Lorenzo and Cora and daughters Leotabel (nn Leota), Martha, Dorothy (nn Lola), Rosemary and Priscilla.

Four out of the five daughters pursued careers in entertainment, and three out of the four saw success in film. Along the way they changed their surname to “Lane,” so the final three — Priscilla, Rosemary and Lola — became known as the Lane Sisters.

Which name do you like best?

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P.S. Remember that post about Torchy Blane? Lola Lane, one of the actresses who played Torchy, inspired Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel to create the character Lois Lane.

Source: Lane Sisters – Wikipedia

26 Girl Names from 1916

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).

Not-Yet Serials, Photoplay Magazine, January 1916

(Just a few months after the above was published, The Mysteries of Myra came out.)

Which of those 26 names — Abigail, Bertha, Calpurnia, Delilah, Evangeline, Florence, Garnet, Hazel, Imogene, Jezebel, Kitty, Lizzie, Margaret, Nancy, Orillia, Priscilla, Queenie, Roberta, Sibyl, Theodosia, Ursula, Victoria, Winifred, Xanthippe, Yetta or Zira — do you like best?

And, which of those serials would you be most likely to watch? :)