Where did the baby name Raymie come from in 1960?

Movie poster for "Raymie" (1960)
“Raymie” poster

The name Raymie first popped up in the U.S. baby name data in 1960:

  • 1962: 12 baby boys named Raymie
  • 1961: 21 baby boys (and 5 baby girls) named Raymie
  • 1960: 8 baby boys named Raymie [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted

Where did it come from?

The sentimental movie Raymie (1960), which followed a young boy named Raymie Boston on his quest to catch “Old Moe,” a giant barracuda who tormented the local fishermen in Raymie’s Southern California town. When Raymie finally managed to land Old Moe, though, he had a change of heart about killing the fish…

Possibly the best-remembered thing about the movie is the theme song, “Raymie,” which was sung (surprisingly well!) by comedian Jerry Lewis.

Raymie Boston — whose first name was likely a nickname for Raymond — was played by David Ladd, the son of actor Alan Ladd (who played Choya in Branded and Jim Bowie in The Iron Mistress).

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Source: Raymie – TCM

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