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Popularity of the Baby Name Perilla


Posts that Mention the Name Perilla

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 Perilla come from in 1933?

The story "Honeymoon Murder" (1933) by Carolyn Wells
“Honeymoon Murder”

The rare name Perilla first popped up in the U.S. baby name data in 1933:

  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1933: 7 baby girls named Perilla [debut]
  • 1932: unlisted
  • 1931: unlisted

That was the only time it ever appeared in the data, making it a one-hit wonder.

Where did it come from?

A story called The Honeymoon Murder by prolific American author Carolyn Wells. It was serialized in U.S. newspapers in mid-1933.

The tale began with the marriage of young Perilla Fairfax to wealthy Corey Malden. Soon after the wedding, though, Corey suddenly dies. Corey’s mother (of course) blames Perilla, who stands to inherit most of Corey’s money. By the end, though, we learn that the murderer is actually the groom’s best man, who’d wanted both the money and Perilla for himself.

In the first chapter, the author mentions that Perilla’s name was chosen by her mother, who was “of a romantic nature.”

What are your thoughts on the baby name Perilla?

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Where did the baby name Verilea come from in 1936?

The uncommon name Verilea was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data way back in the 1930s:

  • 1938: unlisted
  • 1937: unlisted
  • 1936: 7 baby girls named Verilea [debut]
  • 1935: unlisted
  • 1934: unlisted

In fact, Verilea is tied with Arolyn as the top one-hit wonder girl name of 1936.

I have yet to figure out the source of Arolyn (which looks to me like a cut-off Carolyn), but I do know the source of Verilea.

As with several other rare names from the first half of the 1900s (like Thurley, Thayle, Ortrude, Ardeth, Aletta, Joretta, Elanda, Perilla, and Lorry) the influence was a fictional story printed in the newspapers.

The tale that featured “Verilea” was Unknown Sweetheart by Anne Gardner. It was serialized during the spring of 1936 and the main character was a young woman named Verilea Davis, who began on “a dirty, grinding old bus on the hill-roads of Kentucky” and ended up in “a modernistic New York penthouse high above smart Manhattan.”

Her name may have been inspired by the vocabulary word verily, which means “truly, certainly.”

Do you like the baby name Verilea? Would you use it?

Source: “I Don’t Even Know His Name, But…I Love Him!” Des Moines Tribune 22 Oct. 1935: 9.