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Popularity of the Baby Name Laline


Posts that Mention the Name Laline

Interesting one-hit wonder names in the U.S. baby name data

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They came, they went, and they never came back!

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.

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As I discover (and write about) more one-hit wonders in the data, I’ll add the names/links to this page. In the meanwhile, do you have any favorite one-hit wonder baby names?

P.S. You might also be interested in this list of the top one-hit wonder baby names since 1880

Name Quotes #27: Macy, Morven, Morwenna

Michael Ende quote

From Michael Ende, author of The Neverending Story:

Nur der richtige Name gibt allen Wesen und Dingen ihre Wirklichkeit. Der falsche Name macht alles unwirklich.

Translation:

Only the right name gives beings and things their reality. The wrong name makes everything unreal.

[Discovered on my never-ending quest to figure out how Michael Ende coined the name Atreyu.]

From a late 1879 issue of Notes and Queries:

I have met a boy named Washington christened General George, a girl named Togotubuline, and, still more extraordinary, a boy called Wonderful Counsellor (from Isaiah ix. 6).

From the BuzzFeed video If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say:

Do you have a normal name too, or just your white name?

From the BuzzFeed video If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say:

Your name is so easy to spell and pronounce. Is it, like, really easy to get a job?

From the BuzzFeed video If Latinos Said The Stuff White People Say:

-How do you say your name again?
-Macy.
-I love how you pronounce it. One more time?
-Macy.
-God, I could never say it like that!

From “High Sounding Names,” an article published in the Cambridge Sentinel in late 1909:

The English society reporter for the last two or three seasons has had to record the doings of debutantes bearing distinguished surnames, prefaced by such disconcerting Christian–rather un-Christian–names as Venetia, Aurea, Ela, Linnie, Eldrydd, Dulcibella, Ganfreda, Laline, Morwenna and Lelgarde.

From the essay “The Joy of Being Called Morven Crumlish” by the awesomely named Morven Crumlish (via British Baby Names):

I like having an unusual name. The Morven part is not so uncommon in Scotland – most people I meet know another Morven, and I know at least half a dozen. I once ended up in the pub with two other Morvens, which got funnier as the night wore on. Added to the Crumlish, though, my name is, I think, unique. “There can’t be more than one Morven Crumlish!” is something I hear a lot, when the different parts of my life accidentally collide, which makes it difficult to misbehave. In the past my name has become an abstraction. “So this is what a Morven Crumlish looks like,” said the porters who wheeled me down to get my tonsils removed, reducing me to an indefinite object.

[Here are some other very Scottish names.]

Where did the baby name Laline come from in 1924?

The character Laline Kingston from the movie "Six Days" (1923).
Laline Kingston from “Six Days

The name Laline has appeared in the U.S. baby name data just once, in the middle of the 1920s:

  • 1926: unlisted
  • 1925: unlisted
  • 1924: 8 baby girls named Laline [debut]
  • 1923: unlisted
  • 1922: unlisted

Where did this one-hit wonder come from?

A silent film called Six Days, which was released in September of 1923.

The main character, Laline Kingston (played by actress Corinne Griffith), was an “American society girl whose scheming and extravagant mother force[d] her into an engagement with Sir Charles Chetwyn, a wealthy Englishman.” While visiting Paris, though, Laline met and fell in love with Dion Leslie, a young sculptor who (of course!) happened to be Chetwyn’s son.

The movie was based on the 1923 novel of the same name by British romance writer Elinor Glyn. The novel was also serialized in at least a few U.S. newspapers in late 1924.

What are your thoughts on the name Laline?

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