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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

Where did the baby name Yuvawn come from?

The curious name Yuvawn was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in the late 1920s:

  • 1930: unlisted
  • 1929: unlisted
  • 1928: 6 baby girls named Yuvawn [debut]
  • 1927: unlisted
  • 1926: unlisted

What inspired it?

As with Myraline from last month, this one came from a precocious child — though this was one was even younger than the first one.

Her name was YuVawn Shotts, and she was a 7-month-old from Birmingham, Alabama.

In July of 1928, the newspapers were calling her an “infant prodigy” because of her advanced speaking skills. They said she could speak like a 6-year-old and had perfect enunciation (her words were “pronounced without the usual baby accent”).

She could say “eat” as a 1-week-old and “Daddy” at 2 weeks. She knew the word “up” at 1 month, but over time this evolved to “I want up,” and then “I want to get up.” As a 7-month-old, she could say things like “little girl,” “look here,” and “eats are good.”

(Incidentally, some of the newspapers also mentioned that YuVawn had a 6-year-old sister, Wylodine, who was an accomplished pianist.)

YuVawn’s name seems to be a form of Yvonne. In fact, “Yvonne” is exactly how the enumerator spelled her name on the 1930 U.S. Census:

A few weeks after YuVawn was in the news, her name was highlighted a second time by syndicated columnist Allene Sumber who, in a piece that poked fun at child prodigies, started off with some name snark:

Concerning this talking baby of Birmingham, whose name, for some reason, known only to her parents, perhaps only to one of them, is YuVawn.

What are your thoughts on the baby name YuVawn?

Sources:

  • “‘Hey, Hey, I Want to Get Up’ Tiny Baby Distinctly Wails When She’s Ready to Arise.” Athens Messenger [Ohio] 3 Jul. 1928: 1.
  • Sumner, Allene. “The Woman’s Day.” Anniston Star 26 Jul. 1928: 5.
  • “Talks at 7 Months like a 6-Year-Old.” Reading Times [Penn.] 3 Jul. 1928: 3.

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.