Mystery baby name: Dainette

Graph of the usage of the baby name Dainette in the U.S. since 1880
Usage of the baby name Dainette

Here’s a name I can’t quite figure out: Dainette. It popped up in the mid-1950s, dropped out of the data the next year, and never came back. It ended up as the highest-hitting one-hit wonder of 1955.

  • 1957: unlisted
  • 1956: unlisted
  • 1955: 14 baby girls named Dainette [debut]
  • 1954: unlisted
  • 1953: unlisted

Names with -ette and -etta endings (like Danette) were trendy at the time, but this doesn’t account for why Dainette would have appeared with more than a dozen babies and then disappeared just as suddenly.

I’ve checked all the usual sources — movies, TV shows, new stories, etc. — but so far I have zero theories about Dainette.

Does anyone out there have any ideas?

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