Where did the baby name Towana come from in 1940?

The character Towana from the movie "Wolf Call" (1939).
Towana from “Wolf Call

The name Towana first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1940:

  • 1942: unlisted
  • 1941: unlisted
  • 1940: 5 baby girls named Towana [debut]
  • 1939: unlisted
  • 1938: unlisted

Where did it come from?

The film Wolf Call (1939), which featured a female character named Towana (played by actress Movita).

The protagonist of the movie was spoiled New York City playboy Michael Vance. His father sent him to the remote Canadian Northwest to evaluate a family-owned radium mine (and also to change his ways). While there, he fell in love with native girl Towana, whose name he didn’t quite get when they first met:

Towana: “I am Towana”
Michael: “Towana? What’s that?”
Towana: “It’s a name.”

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