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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?

Ti-Grace, ‘Tit Carl, and T-Rex – Cajun Nicknames

A number of Cajuns have nicknames prefixed with “Tee” “Ti,” “Tit,” “T,” and so forth — all pronounced tee. This prefix is derived from the French word petit, meaning “small” or “little.” It typically denotes a namesake/junior, or else the youngest child in a family.

In a blog post about Cajun French, writer Ramona DeFelice Long noted that “[o]n the bayou, a T-Rex would not be a dinosaur. T-Rex would be a boy named Rex who was named after his father named Rex.”

Linda Barth, author of The Distinctive Book of Redneck Baby Names, compared the prefix to the diminutive suffix -ie and gave the example of ‘Tit Carl as being “sort of the Cajun version” of Carlie.

Speaking of examples…Ti-Grace Atkinson (b. 1938) played a prominent role in the early radical feminist movement. She was born “Grace” in Baton Rouge, but has always gone by “Ti-Grace.” Here’s why:

My mother’s family was from Virginia. I was named for my Grandmother, whom I adored. My father’s family was from Pennsylvania. I kept the “Ti” which is Cajun, and I kept it because I knew I was going to live in the North and I did not want to forget or let anybody else forget that that was part of my heritage.

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Ti-Grace was mentioned in articles about militant feminism in Life, Newsweek, the New York Times, Esquire, and elsewhere. Though her name never ended up on the SSA’s baby name list, I did find records for two non-Louisiana females born in the early ’70s and named Ti-Grace, thanks to her influence.

Her name came in particularly handy (from her perspective) when she ran away from home as a teenager:

They had hired detectives to find me, but because my first name is so difficult, the detectives kept getting lost. Nobody would ever put it down right, thank God.

Have you ever met someone with a Cajun T- (or Ti-, or Tee-, etc.) nickname?

Sources:

The Baby Name Ramona

Ramona, movie
Dolores del Rio as Ramona
in Ramona (1928)
Actress Dolores del Rio was the star of not one but two silent films with theme songs that influenced the baby name charts.

In 1926 she played Charmaine in What Price Glory?, and two years later she played the titular character in Ramona, which was based on the book Ramona (1884) by Helen Hunt Jackson.

The book is a tragic romance set in mid-19th century Southern California, and the protagonists are Ramona, a mixed-race Scottish–Native American orphan, and her lover Alessandro.

Like Trilby a decade later, Ramona was a bestseller that inspired many namesakes: schools, streets, freeways, even towns (such as Ramona, California). The number of human namesakes is harder to gauge, though the U.S. Census of 1900 indicates that there was a moderate increase in the number Ramonas in 1884.

Still, the book’s impact on baby names can’t compare to the impact of its most successful film adaptation, Ramona (1928)…thanks in large part to the music.

The song “Ramona” was commissioned for the film in 1927, and released later that year — long before the film came out in May of 1928, interestingly. It was a big hit with more than two million copies sold and two different versions reaching #1 on the Billboard charts in 1928: first the Paul Whiteman version for 3 weeks, then the Gene Austin version for 8 more weeks.

This song, the first to borrow a film’s title, became the most successful movie theme song of the decade, and greatly enhanced the success of the film. Its popularity gave Hollywood producers much food for thought about how to publicize movies.

Usage of the baby name Ramona, already on the rise in the late 1920s, increased so much in 1928 that the name nearly reached the top 100:

  • 1931: 1,130 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 164th]
  • 1930: 1,410 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 149th]
  • 1929: 2,036 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 120th]
  • 1928: 2,237 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 117th]
  • 1927: 567 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 277th]
  • 1926: 467 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 307th]
  • 1925: 450 baby girls named Ramona [rank: 313th]

So where does the name Ramona come from?

Ramona and its masculine form, Ramón, are the Spanish versions of Raymond, which is ultimately based on the Germanic words ragin, meaning “advice, decision, counsel,” and mund, meaning “protection.”

Do you like the name Ramona? Would you use it?

Source: MacDonald, Laurence E. The Invisible Art of Film Music: A Comprehensive History. Lanham, MD: Ardsley House, 1998.

Baby Name Needed for Sister of Liam and Brenna

Readers Tracie and Hugh Roarty, who are expecting a baby girl in August, would like a few baby name suggestions.

We have an almost 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter. Their names are Liam Robert and Brenna Kelly. My husband and I are both of Irish American descent. I had loved the name Liam since I was a child (am a bit shocked at how popular it is becoming now!). Their middle names are both family names.

Tracie, Hugh, Liam and Brenna currently live in Belgium, but they’ll be moving back to the U.S. before the baby arrives. They keep track of their travels at Belgian Bloggin, where Tracie recently announced her pregnancy. Tracie mentioned that Brenna would like to name the baby Rapunzel, while Liam would simply like to use the name Brenna again. :)

We have decided that we do not want another very Irish name (I feel like it will start to sound like we wish we lived in Ireland – if that makes sense?).

The names I have been drawn to so far are Margot and Valerie – both French I believe. I think it is the European influence on me. I like that these names are easily recognizable but not extremely popular.

The middle name would be either Patricia or Claire (our mothers names). For the two names so far we like Margot Patricia or Valerie Claire.

I love both Margot and Valerie.

Here are some other names I think Tracie and Hugh might like as well:

Alice
Carla
Caroline
Celeste
Claudia
Charlotte
Diana
Elise/Elisa
Gemma
Johanna
Julia
Marie/Maria
Marion
Matilda
Miranda
Mona
Nicole
Portia
Ramona
Rosalie
Sabine
Sara
Sylvie/Sylvia
Stephanie

Which of the above do you like best for Liam and Brenna’s baby sister? What other names would you suggest?

Baby Names Needed for Fraternal Twins, Boy & Girl

A reader named Abby is expecting fraternal twins, a boy and a girl, in October. She and her husband already have a son named Leo Sebastian.

They’re aiming for vintage names (with kind of a quirky/British feel) that aren’t too popular. These are their favorites so far, top picks in italics.

Boy Names Girl Names
Her Picks: Edward (Teddy)
Henry
Jasper
Jude
Maxwell (Max)
Oliver
Alice
Elsa (Elsie)
Ivy
Juliet
Violet
His Picks: August (Auggie/Gus)
Dashiell (Dash)
Beatrix
Felicity
Matilda
Penelope (Nellie)
Ramona

Abby says, “He thinks mine are slightly boring, I think his are a tad too flamboyant.”

They’d like our opinions on two things:

  1. What other boy and girl names would we suggest?
  2. Out of the current favorites, what are the best pairings?

The twins’ surname will be similar to Waters.

Here are my thoughts…

1. First, name suggestions. Most of these names have a vintage feel, and none of are currently in the top 100 (though several are heading that way).

Boy Names Girl Names
Archer
Byron
Calvin
Elias
Felix
Gideon
Graham
Grant
Heath
Hugh
Niles
Oscar
Pierce
Roman
Rufus
Seth
Silas
Simon
Theodore (Teddy)
Tobias
Adele/Adeline
Camille
Cecily
Celia
Corinne
Daphne
Eloise
Esme
Eugenia
Flora
Hazel
Helena
Iris
Jane
Josephine
Marion
Millicent (Millie)
Nicola
Rosamund
Stella

I didn’t include any w-names, but I was tempted to throw in Willa and Winifred (Winnie). Maybe even Wilhelmina (Minnie).

2. Out of the current favorites, Henry and Penelope are the two I like best for twins. I also like Maxwell and Beatrix (because both have that quirky x).

What other names/pairings would you suggest to Abby?