Where did the baby name Valdine come from?

Young Canadian pianist Valdine Condé (in the 1930s).
Valdine Condé

The rare name Valdine was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in the late 1930s:

  • 1940: unlisted
  • 1939: unlisted
  • 1938: 5 baby girls named Valdine [debut]
  • 1937: unlisted
  • 1936: unlisted

What put it there?

My best guess is a piano prodigy from Winnipeg.

In the summer of 1938, Valdine Condé, “9-year-old Canadian pianist, made a highly successful debut as [a] soloist with the New York Civic Orchestra.” She played Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor. Glowing reviews of the concert ran in the New York newspapers.

Canadian pianist Valdine Condé

Valdine — whose first name was sometimes spelled “Valdina,” and whose surname was sometimes spelled “Condie” — had been playing for audiences in Canada since the age of five. She went on to play for audiences in various parts of the world until the mid-1940s. I’m not sure what became of her after that.

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