Where did the baby name Ginna come from in 1947?

The characters Ginna and Jessica from the movie "My Reputation" (1946).
Ginna and Jessica from “My Reputation

In 1947, the baby name Ginna popped up for the first time in the U.S. baby name data:

  • 1950: unlisted
  • 1949: 5 baby girls named Ginna
  • 1948: unlisted
  • 1947: 5 baby girls named Ginna [debut]
  • 1946: unlisted

Where did it come from?

The 1946 movie My Reputation, which included a secondary character named Ginna (played by actress Eve Arden). Her name was pronounced with a short i, like the “gin” in Virginia.

The movie’s protagonist, Jessica (played by Barbara Stanwyck), was a widow trying to find love again despite various pressures: her gossipy friends, her domineering mother, her teenage sons (named Kim and Keith, btw). Ginna was Jessica’s nice, non-gossipy friend.

Do you like the name Ginna? Do you like it more or less than the more popular name Gina?

(A few years before, Stanwyck played a character named Fiona who also influenced baby names…)