Where did the baby name Myraline come from in 1924?

Photo of 18-month-old Myraline Allen and her mother (October, 1924).
Myraline Allen and her mother

The uncommon name Myraline was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data mid-1920s:

  • 1926: unlisted
  • 1925: unlisted
  • 1924: 6 baby girls named Myraline [debut]
  • 1923: unlisted
  • 1922: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A precocious toddler from Covington, Kentucky.

Her name was Myraline Allen, and she was an 18-month-old who, according to the newspapers, “already knows the alphabet and identified and plainly spoke each name when asked by different spectators in a recent extensive test.”

I can’t find any other record of Myraline, so I can’t tell you what became of her. But I can make an educated guess that the babies named after Myraline in 1924 were from small towns, as this was a photo distributed by the Autocaster service, which provided content and advertising to rural newspapers.

What are your thoughts on the baby name Myraline?

Source: “Your Baby Can Be Wonder Baby Too, if…” Highland Recorder 3 Oct. 1924: 3.

3 thoughts on “Where did the baby name Myraline come from in 1924?

  1. My name is Myraline. I was named after my aunt born in 1924, in New Orleans. As the story goes, my grandmother befriended a woman in the French Quarter whose name was Myraline, so she named her first born girl Myraline. Not sure of the original pronunciation of the name, I have been called so many different variations of Myraline over the years. As an adult, I decided on the pronunciation of Myra-lean, as in the product known as Vaseline.

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