The baby name Judaline has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just once so far, in 1949:
1949: 7 baby girls named Judaline [debut]
Where did it come from?
A song…by way of a movie.
The musical comedy A Date with Judy (1948) — based on the 1940s radio sitcom of the same name — starred Jane Powell as teenager Judy Foster.
In the film, the song “Judaline” [vid] was sung by Judy, alternating with her boyfriend and a male quartet. It was reprised later on as “Judaline Serenade,” [vid] sung outside Judy’s bedroom window by the boyfriend and a different male quartet.
The character wasn’t actually named Judaline, though. (And neither was the original radio character.)
The song “Judaline” was written in 1943, after songwriters Don Raye and Gene de Paul learned that The Wizard of Oz (1939) director Victor Fleming had given Judy Garland the nickname ‘Judaline’ during filming. The song was originally intended for the 1944 movie Broadway Rhythm, but didn’t show up on a soundtrack until A Date with Judy came long at the end of the decade.
What do you think of the baby name Judaline? Do you like it as much as the more popular -line names (e.g., Caroline, Madeline, Adeline)?
These baby names are one-hit wonders in the U.S. baby name data. That is, they’ve only popped up once, ever, in the entire dataset of U.S. baby names (which accounts for all names given to at least 5 U.S. babies per year since 1880).
There are thousands of one-hit wonders in the dataset, but the names below have interesting stories behind their single appearance, so these are the one-hits I’m writing specific posts about. Just click on a name to read more.
Some of the above — Narice (1926), Saford (1941), Gevan (1952) and Jefre (1961) — are also on the top debuts list.
P.S. I’ll come back every few years and update this list with the most recent pairs of names. In the meanwhile, for more one-hit wonder content, check out this list of interesting one-hit wonder baby names…
The movie The Iron Mistress (1952), a fictionalized account of American frontiersman James “Jim” Bowie, who lent his name to the Bowie knife. His love interest in the movie is wealthy New Orleans woman Judalon de Bornay (who, as far as I can tell, never existed in real life).
The roles were played by Alan Ladd and Virginia Mayo.
P.S. The similar name Judaline was one-hit wonder several years earlier…
The Biblical name Jubal jumped into the U.S. baby name data for the first time in 1956:
1958: 9 baby boys named Jubal
1957: 9 baby boys named Jubal
1956: 13 baby boys named Jubal [debut]
What put it there?
The biggest influence was probably the Western film Jubal, which was released in April that year.
The protagonist, a drifter named Jubal Troop, took a job on a ranch and ended up being “caught in the middle of the frustrated desires and desperate deceptions” of the rancher’s wife and other ranch hands.
Jubal was played by actor Glenn Ford (born Gwyllyn Ford). Other Western-tinged character names included Shep, Shem, Pinky, and Reb.
The movie was based on the 1939 book Jubal Troop by Paul Wellman. Wellman also wrote the book that became the movie The Iron Mistress (1952), which gave rise to the one-hit wonder baby name Judalon.
Another influence on the name might have been the short-lived TV Western Frontier (1955-1956), which featured a character named Jubal Dolan (played by Jack Kelly, who went on to star in Maverick) in a single episode (“The Return of Jubal Dolan”) that aired in August of 1956.
The name Jubal comes from the ancient Hebrew root-verb yabal, which means “to flow, run, go forth.” Many sources say the name means “stream” specifically.