- 1932: 13 baby girls named Arlayne
- 1931: 12 baby girls named Arlayne
- 1930: 25 baby girls named Arlayne [peak usage]
- 1929: 6 baby girls named Arlayne
- 1924: 5 baby girls named Arlayne
What gave the name a boost that year?
A young St. Louis pistol shooter named Arlayne Brown.
In the fall and winter of 1929, at the age of 13, she won over 19 shooting medals and national titles in competition against adults at Camp Perry. From late 1929 through 1930, many newspapers ran photos of and articles about Arlayne. She was also sometimes featured in advertisements.
She went on to become “one of the nation’s foremost exhibition shooters of the mid-1930s and ’40s,” but she also continued to compete. By the age of 18, for instance, she was up to 32 medals and working as part of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus “Wild West” show.
What are your thoughts on the name Arlayne?
- Arlayne I. Brown – Find a Grave
- “Girl, 13, is Champion Pistol Shot.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch 20 Sept. 1930: 16.
- NFM Treasure Gun – Exhibition Shooter Arlayne Brown’s Colt Revolver (video)
- “Sportsmen’s Show to Feature Marksmanship of Young St. Louis Girl.” West Plains Journal 8 May 1930: 6.
- Wilson, Sara. “The Woman’s Angle.” Evening Sun [Baltimore] 23 May 1938: 16.