Mystery baby name: Darwyn

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

Time for another mystery name! Today we have Darwyn, which saw a dramatic spike in usage in 1935:

  • 1937: 14 baby boys named Darwyn
  • 1936: 17 baby boys named Darwyn
  • 1935: 67 baby boys named Darwyn (rank: 752nd) [peak usage]
  • 1934: 12 baby boys named Darwyn
  • 1932: 8 baby boys named Darwyn

In fact, Darwyn was the fastest-rising boy name of 1935. (The equivalent girl name that year was the contest-inspired Norita.)

The more common spelling, Darwin, only saw a slight rise in usage in 1935. So whatever the influence was, it was spelling-specific.

I’ve done my usual pop culture/current events searches — movies, comics, politics, etc. — but so far have come up empty-handed.

Any ideas on this one?

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