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H. L. Mencken's
Unusual Names For Girls

 
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H. L. Mencken, that great collector of oddities of the American language, listed several hundred girls' names that were found in newspapers of the 1930s and 1940s, mainly in the South and Southwest. Here are some of the especially remarkable ones: 

Armadilla
Attaresta
Ava Marie
Buena Vista
Cementa
Cherubim
Chlorine
Coita
Credilla
Dardanella
Gloriola
G'Ola
Gommeray
Halloween
Hygiene
Iceyphobia
Jaann
Jennyberry
Johnny-v
Kewpie
Kiwanis
La Duska
Ladye
La Lahoma
Larceny
(pronounced lar-CEE-nee)
Delector
Dewdrop
Dicey Mae
Dinette
Dreamy
Dullere
Echo
Elicious
El Louise
Endamile
Livera
Locust
Lush
Madame
Malta Jean
Mecca
Navelle
Nordamyrth
Okla
Ova
Pencilla
Phalla
Pleasantina
Polo
Qay
Ravola
Roseola
Exum
Fairy
Faucette
Febe
Flouzelle
Flowanna
Fra
Fragoletta
Gazelle
Glanda
Rumba Jo
Satyra
Sing
Swan
Twitty
Ulyssia
Ureatha
Vasoline
Venajulia
Windi
Wroberta
Zdenka
Zoya
Zula Bell
Zylphia
Zzelle

Charlton Laird, in Language in America, adds the following:

Acid
Charm
Dawn Robin
Delyte
(also a name for men, one of whom became a university president)
Dimple
Dovey
Kitty Bit
Lance Amorus
Mary Sunshine
Orchid Favia
Pixianne
Satire
Tyty

Hook, J. N. The Book of Names, A Celebration of Mainly American Names: People, Places, and Things. Franklin Watts, 1983. 

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