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The baby name Rawnie appeared on the SSA’s baby name list just twice in the late 1930s:
1940: not listed
1939: 6 baby girls named Rawnie
1938: 8 baby girls named Rawnie [debut]
1937: not listed
Where did it come from?
It was inspired by a character named Rawnie in the movie Rascals, which was released in mid-1938. The film is about a young woman suffering from amnesia. A group of gypsies take her in, name her Rawnie (“which means “lady” in the Gypsy language”) and teach her how to tell fortunes.
I did some research on the word rawnie and, though I wasn’t expecting it to, it really does mean “lady” in Romany. I’m also seeing it spelled rawni, raunie and rauni in various Romany dictionaries.
They were young actresses on the cusp of movie stardom back in the 1920s and 1930s.
About 13 Baby Stars were selected by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers every year from 1922 to 1934 (minus 1930 and 1933).
Some of those young women did indeed achieve stardom. Among the Baby Stars were Clara Bow (’24), Mary Astor (’26), Joan Crawford (’26), Fay Wray (’26) and Ginger Rogers (’32).
I thought the names of the Baby Stars — the oldest of whom were born in the final years of the 1800s, the youngest of whom were born in the mid-1910s — would make an interesting set. But I wanted birth names, not stage names, so I tracked down as many birth names as I could. Here’s the result, sorted by frequency (i.e., seven women were named Dorothy).
(Often stage names were the real-life middle names of these women.)
Finally, a few interesting details:
Jobyna is Jobyna Ralston, named for actress Jobyna Howland, daughter of a man named Joby Howland. Jobyna debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1927.
Derelys is Derelys Perdue. “Perdue’s boss, future presidential father Joseph P. Kennedy, insisted on changing her name to the more palatable Ann Perdue.” She sued, but lost, and her career never recovered. Derelys was a one-hit wonder on the SSA’s baby name list in 1924.