Where did the baby name Laline come from in 1924?

The character Laline Kingston from the movie "Six Days" (1923).
Laline Kingston from “Six Days

The name Laline has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just once, in the middle of the 1920s:

  • 1926: unlisted
  • 1925: unlisted
  • 1924: 8 baby girls named Laline [debut]
  • 1923: unlisted
  • 1922: unlisted

Where did this one-hit wonder come from?

A silent film called Six Days, which was released in September of 1923.

The main character, Laline Kingston (played by actress Corinne Griffith), was an “American society girl whose scheming and extravagant mother force[d] her into an engagement with Sir Charles Chetwyn, a wealthy Englishman.” While visiting Paris, though, Laline met and fell in love with Dion Leslie, a young sculptor who (of course!) happened to be Chetwyn’s son.

The movie was based on the 1923 novel of the same name by British romance writer Elinor Glyn. The novel was also serialized in at least a few U.S. newspapers in late 1924.

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