Where did the baby name Derith come from in 1923?

The character Derith Keogh from the movie "The Strangers' Banquet" (1922)
Derith from “The Strangers’ Banquet

The curious name Derith first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1923:

  • 1925: unlisted
  • 1924: 5 baby girls named Derith
  • 1923: 5 baby girls named Derith [debut]
  • 1922: unlisted
  • 1921: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A silent film called The Strangers’ Banquet, which was released in December of 1922.

One of the film’s main characters was a young woman named Derith Keogh (played by actress Claire Windsor). She’d inherited a shipyard from her late father, but struggled to manage it due to worker unrest.

The movie was based on a 1919 novel of the same name by Irish writer Donn Byrne.

What are your thoughts on the name Derith?

Sources: The Strangers’ Banquet – Wikipedia, Stranger’s Banquet – TV Guide, SSA
Image: “Some of those present.” Picture-Play Magazine Feb. 1923: 79.

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