Speaking of Desira, here’s another baby name that was influenced by a Flash Gordon comic strip character. This one is Darlia, and it was a one-hit wonder in 1946. In fact, it was the top one-hit wonder of 1946. More than a dozen baby girls were named Darlia that year:
- 1948: unlisted
- 1947: unlisted
- 1946: 13 baby girls named Darlia [debut]
- 1945: unlisted
- 1944: unlisted
Darlia appeared in a storyline called “The Atomic Age,” which ran in papers from October of 1945 to March of 1946.
The installment featured identical twin sisters: Queen Evila (the bad twin) and Darlia (the good twin). For much of the story, the wrongdoers had Flash convinced that Evila was Darlia and vice versa. In the end, though, the truth came out just in time for Flash to save the day. But not in time to save the sisters. In fact, Darlia had to save him: she “courageously sacrifice[d] her own life by stepping into the line of fire” that otherwise would have killed Flash. Evila, on the other hand, died by falling off a ledge while trying to escape from an infirmary.
Do you like the name Darlia? Do you like it more or less than Desira?
Source: Blogging Austin Briggs’ Flash Gordon – Part Twelve, “The Atomic Age”
One thought on “Where did the baby name Darlia come from in 1946?”
I think Darlia is a lot better than Desira. If for no other reason than since it’s close to both Darla and Darleen it is easier to know how to pronounce.
I have to say the creators of Flash Gordon don’t seem to have put a lot of effort into naming some of their characters… just add or swap in an “a” at the end of what ever word you want to use to describe your character and voila, a name.