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Is There Any Hope for the Names of the '40s and '50s?

Is There Any Hope for the Names of the '40s and '50s? | Name News | Scoop.it
Mid-century names are a fashion blind spot we don't even think about. Are any of them ready for a comeback?
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The Arrival of Allyson –

The Arrival of Allyson – | Name News | Scoop.it
June Allyson The names Alison and Allison had been in the U.S. baby name data for decades by the time the names Alyson and Allyson popped up, one after the other, in the mid-1940s: YearAllyson usag…
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The Height of Harolyn –

The Height of Harolyn – | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Harolyn saw peak usage in the U.S. in 1945: 1947: 28 baby girls named Harolyn1946: 19 baby girls named Harolyn1945: 45 baby girls named Harolyn13 born in New York6 born in Pennsylvani…
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The Baby Name Nyoka –

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The curious name Nyoka [pronounced nye-OH-kah] first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1941. Usage of the name peaked two years later: 1946: 20 baby girls named Nyoka1945: 26 baby girls named …
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Our First Taste of Taffy… –

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Taffy Tucker …in the baby name data! Taffy isn’t just a type of candy — it’s also a name, and it debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1943: 1947: 12 baby girls named Taffy1…
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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: A (part 1) –

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: A (part 1) – | Name News | Scoop.it
Looking for an under-the-radar girl name with a retro feel? Check out this post and the rest of the “early cinema” series, featuring thousands of uncommon female names collected from ol…
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Cliff Dwelling: Additional Names

GIRLS
Ambia
Judia
Lizena - middle name, but it caught my attention so I wanted to include it
Myrl - this was a middle name, but it was an interesting spelling so I wanted to include it
Mytrolene
Plymouth

BOYS
Albon - his father was named this as well
Chalmers
DeHart
Donorell
Egerton
Hall
Jeremyer - this was a middle name, but since the spelling resembles the way Jeremiah sounds in some places I thought it was good to include it
Kemper
Lather - son of Vertis, below
Legolian
Mayo
Prather
Vertis - father of Lather, above
Virnal - I thought this was an interesting spelling of Vernal

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Cliff Dwelling: Names from the book

GIRLS
Ezella 
Maudelle
Quinetta 

BOYS
Birdius
Caska
Delmo 
Doc - his son was a jr. and was given this name as well
Graves
Harsba
Lenine
Letchen 
Linwood
Love  
Lovelace
Macon
Narris
Rector
Spearing - This was his middle name but the name he went by
Subbeal
Tandy - his father's name was Tandy as well

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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: A (part 2) –

Looking for an uncommon A-name for your baby girl? Here’s half of the final installment of names  from the early cinema series. The other half of the A-list will go up in a few weeks. * Amabel…
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Dale, Bobbie, Ruby, and 37 Other 1940s-Inspired Baby Names You'll Love

From Franklin D. Roosevelt to Thelma and Louise, the 1940s gave us some of the most famous political and social figures - and, in some cases, many of our favorite classic names.
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Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: B –

Rare Girl Names from Early Cinema: B – | Name News | Scoop.it
Time for more unusual female names from old films! This is the “B” installment, meaning that we are almost done with the series. (I’ve been going backwards since starting with Z i…
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The Debut of Darrylin –

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Years before the boy name Darryl was at the height of its trendiness (in the early ’60s), the Darryl-based, Marilyn-like name Darrylin debuted in the baby name data: 1955: unlisted 1954: 6 ba…
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The Start of Scheherazade –

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The name Scheherazade (sheh-hehr-uh-zahd) comes to us from classic literature: Scheherazade was the wife of the sultan Shahryar in The Arabian Nights*, the collection of Middle Eastern and Indian f…
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The Debut of Darina –

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In 1948, the baby name Darina first appeared in the U.S. baby name data: 1950: 5 baby girls named Darina1949: unlisted1948: 7 baby girls named Darina [debut]1947: unlisted1946: unlisted Where did i…
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Casablanca Baby Names: Ilsa & Rick –

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“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…she walks into mine.” Who is “she”? Ilsa Lund, the ex-lover of Rick Blaine in the classic film Casablanca, whi…
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The Arrival of L’Tanya –

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L’Tanya Griffin w/ daughter L’Tanya. In the late ’40s, long before the name Tanya (a diminutive of Tatiana) reached peak trendiness in the ’70s, some specific Tanya-based na…
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The First Appearance of Fabienne –

The First Appearance of Fabienne – | Name News | Scoop.it
The name French name Fabienne debuted in the U.S. baby name data in 1949. The very next year, it saw its highest-ever usage, and the similar names Fabiene and Fabian (typically a male name) both po…
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The Revitalization of Laura –

The Revitalization of Laura – | Name News | Scoop.it
In the early 1880s, Laura was a top-20 name in the United States. From the mid-1880s onward, though, the name slowly sank in popularity. It even slipped out of the top 100 for a decade. But then, i…
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Cliff Dwelling: More names from 1942

GIRLS
Omolofi - mother to Orishatukeh below. She was of the Yoruba people.
Robertann
Santalia - 
Thyra

BOYS
Binga - this was his mother's maiden name
Breckenridge
Burghardt - this was his middle name but the name he went by. The famous W.E.B. Dubois.
Burrell
Carrington
Countee - the poet Countee Cullen
Elegy
Galaway
Grand Pre - This was a middle name but it caught my eye. Arthur Grand Pre Falls. Physician. Turns out that Grand Pre was his mother's maiden name, though of course, I thought of the Grand Prix race in France. His mother's first name was Santalia, so I've included her above. It also looks like he had a Jr.
Holman
Kirksey
Noy
Orishatukeh - He was of the Yoruba people.
Primas - this was his father's name also
Treston - his son was named this also
Vattel
Wiley

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Cliff Dwelling: From "Who's Who" volume 6 (1942)

GIRLS Marva Matalene - possibly a variant spelling of Madeline. It was the lady's middle name, but the spelling was interesting.
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The Two Debuts of Durelle –

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Radio Guide, Sept. 1936 You could say that the name Durelle debuted in the U.S. baby name data twice — first as a girl name in the ’30s, next as a boy name in the ’50s. The name&#…
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The Introduction of Tawn –

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© 1947 Life The baby name Tawn debuted as a girl name in the U.S. baby name data in 1948: 1950: unlisted1949: 6 baby girls named Tawn1948: 12 baby girls named Tawn1947: unlisted The name Dawn no do…
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Charmin’ Sharman –

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Sharman Douglas © 1947 LIFE The name Sharman was the fastest-rising baby name of 1948, the second-fastest of 1949, and saw its highest usage in 1950: 1953: 44 baby girls named Sharman1952: 63 baby …
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