Mystery baby name: Clione

I’ve long been curious about the name Clione.

It debuted rather impressively in the national dataset in 1938, but dropped off the next year and hasn’t been back since.

  • 1940: unlisted
  • 1939: unlisted
  • 1938: 16 baby girls named Clione [debut]
  • 1937: unlisted
  • 1936: unlisted

Clione is similar to the name Cleone, which was in use during the first half of the 20th century, but I doubt it’s a variant because Clione’s single-year appearance doesn’t match up with Cleone’s peak usage (from the mid-1910s to the mid-1920s).

One adorable thing that kept thwarting my search efforts was the genus Clione, which includes floating sea slugs or “sea angels”:

clione - sea angel
Clione limacina

Not the source of the name, but makes a great image for this post. :)

Can anyone offer any clues about Clione?

4 thoughts on “Mystery baby name: Clione

  1. Thanks again for your help!

    I hadn’t found that story. I wonder if it appeared later on in U.S. newspapers? Or maybe this is a set of characters he wrote about a few times? Hm.

    (Oh man, if people only knew how many gazillions of hours I’ve spent trying to figure out certain names… :)

  2. That’s an interesting theory, as the names are pretty close. I tried searching for a person/event involving the name Cliodhna from 1937-1938, though, and didn’t have any luck.

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