Where did the baby name Loxi come from in 1942?

The character Loxi Claiborne from the movie "Reap the Wild Wind" (1942).
Loxi Claiborne from “Reap the Wild Wind

The names Loxie and Loxi both debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1942:

  • 1944: 8 baby girls named Loxie (fewer than 5 named Loxi)
  • 1943: 13 baby girls named Loxie, 8 baby girls named Loxi
  • 1942: 9 baby girls named Loxie, 6 baby girls named Loxi
  • 1941: unlisted
  • 1940: unlisted

Where did they come from?

The movie Reap the Wild Wind (1942), which was set in the 1840s and starred Paulette Goddard as headstrong protagonist Loxi Claiborne.

Loxi ran a marine salvage operation in the Florida Keys. Her two love interests were Capt. Jack Stuart (played by John Wayne) and Stephen Tolliver, a lawyer from Charleston.

The movie was based on a story by American novelist Thelma Strabel that had been serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in 1940, from April to June.

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