Names of the Five Moons [Poll]

The Five Moons were five professional ballerinas — all born in the 1920s, all with Native American ancestry, and all with roots in the state of Oklahoma — who achieved international success in the mid-20th century. Their names were:

  • Rosella Hightower
  • Moscelyne [moss-eh-leen] Larkin
  • Maria Tallchief
  • Marjorie Tallchief
  • Yvonne Chouteau

(Maria and Marjorie were sisters.)

“Oklahoma’s five American Indian ballerinas would all premiere with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo: Hightower debuted in 1938, Maria Tallchief in 1942, Chouteau in 1943, Marjorie Tallchief in 1946 and Larkin in 1948.”

Which of their first names do you like the most?

Which "Five Moons" name do you like best?

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Source: Thomas, Fran L. “The legacy of five Oklahoma American Indian ballerinas continues to shape lives.” Oklahoma Gazette 15 Jan. 2009.


Five-Name Friday: Boy Name for Henry’s Brother

I'm having a boy, baby brother to Oliver and Henry, but this time around nothing is really catching our eye. Our top choices right now are Calvin, Felix, Thomas, and Alexander (but we're not in love with any of them).

It’s another Five-Name Friday! Here’s today’s request:

I’m having a boy, baby brother to Oliver and Henry, but this time around nothing is really catching our eye. Our top choices right now are Calvin, Felix, Thomas, and Alexander (but we’re not in love with any of them).

Can you come up with five great baby name suggestions for this person?

Here are the rules:

  • Be independent. Choose your five names before checking out anybody else’s five names.
  • Be sincere. These should be names you’d have no problem recommending to someone in real life.
  • Five names only. If your comment includes more than five names, I will delete the extras. (This includes nickname ideas!)

Which five baby names are you going to suggest?

[You can also comment on previous Five-Name Friday posts, or send me your own 2-sentence baby name request using the contact form.]

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: Q

queenie, movie, 1921It’s the next batch of under-the-radar girl names from old movies! We’re on Q, so the list is short:

Queenie
Queenie Leonard was an actress who appeared in films from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was born in England in 1905. Her birth name was Pearl Walker. Queenie was also a character name in multiple films, including Dad’s Knockout (short, 1918) and Queenie (1921).

Querida
Princess Querida was a character played by actress Carmen Miranda in the film Greenwich Village (1944).

Quirentia
Anna Quirentia Nilsson, often called “Anna Q.,” was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1950s. She was born in Sweden in 1888 (on March 30, the feast day of Quirinus of Neuss).

Quita
Quita was a character played by actress Lule Warrenton in the film Rose of Nome (1920).

  • Usage of the baby name Quita.

Quinetrea
Quinetrea was a character played by actress Rosemary Theby in the film The Reincarnation of Karma (1912).

…Which of these five Q-names do you like best?

Name-Song Tournament: 1950s & 1960s (Final Four)

Jack has indeed hit the road! The classic Ray Charles song got knocked out in the last round.

Now it’s time for the final four. Here are the match-ups:

Group 1 vs. Group 2

  • Group 1 winner: “Eddie My Love” (1956) by The Teen Queens
  • Group 2 winner: “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) by Chuck Berry

Which song is better? (Group 1 vs. Group 2)

  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry (80%, 12 Votes)
  • "Eddie My Love" by The Teen Queens (20%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Group 3 vs. Group 4

  • Group 3 winner: “Peggy Sue” (1957) by Buddy Holly and The Crickets
  • Group 4 winner: “Runaround Sue” (1961) by Dion

Which song is better? (Group 3 vs. Group 4)

  • "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets (57%, 8 Votes)
  • "Runaround Sue" by Dion (43%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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Voting ends tomorrow night. The Championship round starts Wednesday morning.

Name-Song Tournament: 1950s & 1960s (Elite 8)

name-song tournament

Elvis has left the building! The one Elvis song in this tournament — “(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame” — didn’t not survive the Sweet 16 round. But a couple of lesser known songs have made it to the Elite 8: “Eddie My Love” by one-hit wonders The Teen Queens and “Ride on Josephine” by Bo Diddley. Will they be able to hang on?

Over the next three days, we’ll narrow it down to the 4 top contenders. Here are the match-ups:

Group 1

Eddie My Love” (1956) by The Teen Queens vs. Barbara Ann” (1961) by The Regents

Which song is better? (1 of 4)

  • "Eddie My Love" by The Teen Queens (62%, 8 Votes)
  • "Barbara Ann" by The Regents (38%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Group 2

Hit the Road Jack” (1961) by Ray Charles vs. Johnny B. Goode” (1958) by Chuck Berry

Which song is better? (2 of 4)

  • "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry (67%, 10 Votes)
  • "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles (33%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

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Group 3

Lucille” (1957) by Little Richard vs. Peggy Sue” (1957) by Buddy Holly and The Crickets

Which song is better? (3 of 4)

  • "Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly and The Crickets (75%, 9 Votes)
  • "Lucille" by Little Richard (25%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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Group 4

Ride on Josephine” (1960) by Bo Diddley vs. Runaround Sue” (1961) by Dion

Which song is better? (4 of 4)

  • "Runaround Sue" by Dion (73%, 8 Votes)
  • "Ride on Josephine" by Bo Diddley (27%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

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…Polls for this round close on Sunday night. The Final 4 round starts on Monday morning.