What was her name?

Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan was her name. At least, that's how I learned it. Almost everyone who sings this old camp song has their own set of verses and a slightly different name for Catalina. If you have heard a variation of her name that's not listed in the book (see below) or some verse variations, I'd love to hear from you. Click here and send me your version. I'll post them below as often as possible!

Reader contributions:

Christina 11/5/07 --I heard:

Oh Catalina Madelina Roonsteiner Walkenbiener, Hogan Bogan Logan was her name.

She had a daughter ten feet tall
Slept in the kitchen with her feet in the hall oh Catalina Madelina Roonsteiner Walkenbeiner Hogan Bogan Logan was her name

She had two lips
Shaped like weiners
Used them round the house
Like a vaccuum cleaner
Oh Catalina Madelina Roonsteiner Walkenbeiner Hogan Bogan Logan was her name

She had ten hairs
Upon her greasy head
Five were alive
And the other five dead

Oh Catalina Madelina
Roonsteiner Walkenbeiner
Hogan Bogan Logan was her name

I heard this song over 22 years ago and I remember it from childhood.


Diane  10/11/07 --This is what my girl scout cousins taught me many years ago.

Madelina Catelina Rubensteinen Wallendinen Hogan Bogan Logan was her name....

She had 20 hairs on top of her head, 10 were alive and 10 were dead
Her feet were just like bathroom mats, twice as furry and just as flat
She was shaped like a record, what a sight to see, 78,45 and 33
In the middle of her face she had a nose, shaped like a faucet and dripped like a hose
She had 2 eye in the middle of her head, one was purple and the other was red
She had 2 hips like sailing ships, one stood still while the other took trips
She had 12 teeth, or so the story goes, eight in her mouth and 4 in her nose

Those are all I can remember.. love some of the others on the site.. I will add them to my collection !


Brenda, 10/30/2006 --I was surprised to find that the version my mother taught me wasn't in here! The verses are much the same, but the name I learned was: "Catalina Madalina Lubestina Walladina Hoka Poka Loka was her name." ("ee" sound on the "i" in the first two names, "I" on the second two") Also, the last verse was a little different in our version. We sang, very slowly and sadly, "A two-ton truck hit our Madeline", and then very quickly and cheerfully, "...and that was the end of that machine!" :)


Ray, 12/10/05 --Hagdalena Magdalena Hootensteiner Walkendina Hogan Logan Mogan was her name.

She had some hair on her head, the tops were gone and the roots were dead.

She had two eyes in her head one was yellow and the other was red.

She had some hair on her chest, the robins used it as a nest.

She had twelve toes on her feet she always walked so they would meet.


Dori, 11/29/2005--Catalina Madalina looksana walksana holka polka loka was her name what a shame!


Rachel, 11/29/2005 --I googled this site at the request of my son, who wanted to learn more than the two verses that I could remember. I learned it as "Catalina Madalina looks and-a walks and a hoka-poka-loka was her name, what a shame!" one of the verses I learned was "She had two teeth in her mouth, one pointed north and the other pointed south."


Maranda, 11/28/05 --I have a verse I didn't see listed that I always loved at Jewish Day camp in Chattanooga, TN:

She had to feet at the bottom of her legs, a chicken must if laid ‘em cuz they looked like eggs…


Jessica, 11/26/2005 -- My mom taught me "Catalina Madelina Oom Scalla Walla Walla Walla Oogy Boogy Woogie was her name"


Jaimie, 11/24/05 --I'm so glad I found this site, so I could refresh my grandpa's memory of the other 50 verses. However, her real name is Hagalina Magalina Lufinstiena Walaminea Hogen Logen Bogen that's how My cousins and I learned it at least. Enjoy!

The head on her shoulders was quite a joke...they say it was made of solid oak.. OH...Hagalina Magalina Lufinstiena Walaminea Hogen Logen Bogen was her name!


Kari, 11/15/2005 -- I remember it as Adelina Madelina Hoopersteiner Whopperliner Hoke and Poke and Stoke it was her name... Great looking at others' versions!


Mandi, 11/23/2005 -- At school my class learned this song. We made pictures for it too.: (corus: Magalena Hagalena Ooka Taka Waka Taka Oka Moka Poka was her name.) She had two teeth in the middle of her mouth. One pointed north and the other pointed south. (chorus) She had two eyes in the middle of her head. One eye was green and the other eye was red. (chorus) She had ten hairs on the top of her head. Five were alive and the other five were dead. (chorus) She had a neck like a ten foot pole. In the middle of her neck was a great big mole. (chorus) She had three golden rings in each ear. The rings were so big she couldn't even hear. (chorus) A poor engineer ran over Magalena. The poor engineer had to buy a new machina. (chorus).


Reva, 11/07/2005 --I learned this song at summer camp as follows: Magdalena Catalina Lubensteiner Wobblediner Hogan Logan Blogan was her name...


Kim, 11/06/2005 --Magdalina Magdalina Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Bogan Logan was her name, What a shame!
She had two hairs on her head, one was alive and the other was dead.
She had two eyes in her head, one was black and the other was red.
She had to holes in her nose, one grew a daisy and the other grew a rose.
She had two teeth in her mouth, one pointed north and the other pointed south.
She had two hips like battleships, when she walked they both did the flips.
She had two feet size 20 and a half, one took a shower and the other took a bath.


Eleanor, 10/30/05 --AGALINA MAGALINA WHOOPS A MANA WOKA MANA OKIE POKIE NOKIE WAS HER NAME OR AT LEAST THAT WAS HOW MY TEACHER TAUGHT IT


Mark, 10/21/2005 -- I learned it as Cabalina Mackalina Looma Stanta Wada and a Hogan Bogan Bogan was her name. This was in the mid 1950s in north Georgia.


Michelle, 10/13/2005 --Megalena Pegalena Hoops Daga Diner Liner Hoco Poco Loco was her name... Thats the name I was taught in school in Tustin, California.


Anonymous, 10/09/2005 --What I can remember from third grade music class:

Hagdalena Magdalena Hoopensteiner Walendiner Hogan Bogan Logan was her name....she had two hairs on her head, one was alive and the other was dead....she had two eyes on her head one was black and the other was red...she had two holes in her nose, one held a daisy, the other held a rose...She had two teeth in her mouth, one pointed north and the other pointed south....She had a neck as skinny as a pole, and right in the middle was a big black hole...She had two feet size 20 and a half, one took a shower and the other took a bath....A ten ton truck hit mag-da-le-na, the poor truck driver had to get a new ma-chi-na. Hagdalena Magdalena Hoopensteiner Walendiner Hogan Bogan Logan was her name.


Lindsay, 9/29/2005 --I learned it as a Halloween song back in elementary school. It was a bit different.

"Hagalena Magalena Broomstick Rider had a hugga lugga chugga for a name...."

Then it ended different also-
"One day a two ton truck hit poor Magalena, now she rides on a vacuum cleaner! "


Ann,  09/28/2005 --Agaleena Bagaleena Oom Sky Walka Lina, Hoka Poka Poka was her name...from Minnesota Girl Scout Camp


Stephanie, 09/28/2005 --Hagalina Magdalina Ookatakka Wakataka Oka moka poka was her name (verse every time)- she had two hairs on the top of her head - one alive the other one dead Hagalina... Had two eyes in the middle of her head, one was green the other one Red, Hagalina...was her name, She had two teeth in the middle of her mouth, one north points the other one south..Hagalina...Was her name. A TEN TON TRUCK ran over Hagalina - poor ol' man hada buy a new machina! Hagalina..was her name. (What was Hagalina?) Answer: a stoplight!


Nicole, 09/25/2005  --I learned it... Madelina Cadelina Hoopta Skata Wata Wata Hugga Bugga Bugga was her name, name, name, she had a funny name but she wasn't to blame, she got it from her pappy with the same same name.


Shaina, 9/24/2005 --Catalina Madelina Rubestana Walkadonna Hokey Pokey Longstone was her name

Her neck was as long as a ten foot pole 'n right in the middle was a big fat mole


Esther, 09/24/2005 -- My daughter who is now 19 and in the Army used to sing a song she was taught in preschool at 3 years old. She had us all singing it. Macalina Packalina Rubenstiner Winerdinner was her name


J Enderlein, 09/21/2005 --Hagalina, Bagalina, Heinstein, Holstein, Hogan, Logan, Bogan, was her name. On her face was a big old nose, always dripping like a water hose.


Jodi, 09/17/2005 --  I learned this folk song from my father in the 60's and was as delighted by it as was my daughter in the 90's. Additional verses:

She had to lips as big as wieners
used them around the house like vacuum cleaners...

Magdelina Hagdelina was ten feet tall
slept in the kitchen with her feet in the hall...


darby, 09/09/2005 -- my mother sang this to me as a kid. the way i remember it is: hagalina bagalina hopaskaca wakadoca hoka poka loca was her name, boom boom. i only remember two verses and i came here to learn more because i want to teach my son.


Louise, 09/08/2005 -- I was looking for the verson that said every thing most like what you had but said she had a one Heart of Gold in her chest Catalina Magdalina my best freind


KimBerLey, 09/04/2005 -- just wanted to share how i learned it. oh, magelina hagelina oppa takka wakka takka oko mokko pokko was her name ole. she had seven hairs in the middle of her head, four were alive and the other were dead. oh,( magelina verse again) she had two teeth in the middle of her mouth, one pointed north and the other pointed south. Oh(verse again). She had two eyes in the middle of her head, one was green and the other was red. Oh, (verse). She had two feet like a bathroom mat. everybody asked how they got like that. oh(verse again). Sad thing, one day a truck driver hit magelina, the poor truck driver had to buy a new machinea. oh, (verse one last time).


Traciann, 08/30/2005 -- I sang this at Girl Scout camp every year. Thanks for the fun memory jolt!

Magalina Hagalina Oops Swalla Walla Walla Oka Poka Noka was her name...boom boom!

She has two eyes on the front her head. One was green and the other was red.

Magalina Hagalina Oops Swalla Walla Walla Oka Poka Noka was her name...boom boom!


Mrs. Engle, 08/12/2005--I learned it as: Catalina, Batalina, Ooka, Sonna, Donna, Wonna, Oka, Poka, Noka was her name.


Riven, 08/08/05--I learned it as "Hagdalina Magdalina Boonstaga Whatstaga Hugga Mugga Mugga was her name" She had ten hairs on her head, five were alive and the other five dead ... two eyes in her head, one was purple and the other was red ... two holes in her nose, one was open and the other was closed ... two teeth in her mouth, one pointed north and the other pointed south ... two frogs in her throat, one would swim and the other would float ... two hips like battleships, one stayed afloat and the other took a dip (or a trip) ... two knees above her shin, one pointed out and the other pointed in ... two warts on her knee, one served coffee and the other served tea ... two feet as flat as a mat, forgot to ask how they got like that ....... a two ton truck hit magdaline ... poor maggie had to buy a new machine!" fill in the appropriate places with her name. Enjoy!


Rosa, 08/02/2005--Catalina Matalina Hooperstein Wallstein Hoga Loga Poga was her name
She had two hairs in the middle of her head, one was sick and the other was dead.
She had two eyes in the middle of her head, one was blue and the other was red.
She had two holes in the middle of her nose, one was open and the other was closed.
She had two teeth in the middle of her mouth, one pointing north and one pointing south.
She had two arms like candy bars, one was Snickers and the other was Mars.
She had two hips like battleships, one stayed home and the other took trips.
She had two knees like bumblebees, one had lice and the other had fleas.


Anonymous, 08/02/2005--Adelina Madelina Hoopasteina Wopelina Hokum Stokum Bokum was her name.


Anonymous, 07/24/2005--Madelina Katelina Hoopensteiner Wallendiener Hogen Bogen Mogen was her name.
(Been trying to remember this song so I could teach it to my grandkids and gross out their mother.)


Sian, 07/26/2005-- Magalina hagalina ooka chucka wocka chucka oka moka poka was her name.


Scott, 07/16/2005-- Cataline Magdaleena Lucasteina Walladyna Hoco Poco Loco was her name.


Janice, 07/15/2005--We sing this at Halloween: Hagdalena Magdalena Ocka Tocka Wocka Tocka Oka Moka Poka was her name YEEHAW!

One different verse:
She had two hands at the ends of her arms,
one wore rings and the other wore charms.


Jenn, 06/10/2005 --Madalina Catalina Rosadina Waltadina Hogan Bogan Logan was her name.


Natalie, 06/06/2005--in either campfire kids in detroit or girl scouts in denver i learned it this way: matalina catalina hoopenstiener wallendiner hogan brogan logan was her name!


Kristine, 05/26/2005--Catalina Matalina Lukenstina Wallendina Hocum Locum Pocum


Lillian, 05/26/05--I Learned it this way; Catilina Magdalina Oopsadona Whatsadona Hoky Poky Loky was her name!


Bill, 05/26/2005-- I learned about 50 years ago, that Catalina's name was this,
Catalina Madelina Hootensteiner Waterbottle Hogan Logan Bogan ....was her name! 

My favorite line was always,
Her feet were so big that instead of shoes, Catalina Madelina wore canoes.


Anonymous, 05/13/2005 --magalena hagalena ooka walka talka walka yoka poka noka was her name.


Bryant Family, 05/22/2005-- Madelina Cadelina Hootinanny Waltz, Polka Loka Moka was her name.


Karen, 05/24/2005-- My cousin would take my brother & I to the lake on weekends and we would sing this in the car. Our version went: Madalina Catalina Hookensteiner Walkenheiner Hoken Poken Loken was her name.


Kato, 5/5/05--Learned in Japan: Madalina Catalina Rupensteina Walladina Hoken Poken Loken was her name!


Destiny, 05/04/2005--smelly belly picky sicky chilly silly icky licky billy sally ricky was her name.


Char, 4/15/05--The only reason I found this site was to settle an argument that there really was a camp song about this! In the early 1960's on our way to Girl Scout Camp we sang her name as: Catalina Madelina Hooten Dooten Whaten Dahten Hogan Bogan Logan was her name!


Carissa, 04/21/2005--The version that I learned from my mom was:

Madelina Catalina Hoopa started walkin down the hoko poko loko was her name. (This is repeated after every verse)

She had a neck like a ten foot pole,
In the middle was a big black hole.

She worked for the doctor, made money quick,
Stood outside and made people sick.


Plimpton, 4/10/05 -- The version I remember is: Hagalina Magalina HoopensTEINer wallaniner hogen mogen logen what's her name? Notice the higher pitched section of her "last name", that was drawn out. 


Katie, 04/05/2005--  
Magalina Hagalina Unkatonka Wankatonka Oka Moka Poka was her name--what a shame
verse:She had 7 hairs on the top of her head, 4 were alive and the other 3 were dead
verse:she had one nose in the middle of her face, it wasn't very pretty, but it took a lot of space
verse:she had 2 hips like a battle ship , one stayed home while the other took a trip. Etc...


Dan, 3/26/05--Catalina Madelina Hoopenstein Awalla Walla Hokem Pokem Sokum was her name!!


Anonymous, 3/23/05--its Agalina Hagalina Ocka Pocka Wocka Tocka Oka Taka Woca was her name.


More verses from Rebecca, 3/14/05--
Oh, she had two lips like big fat wieners
She used them on the floor for a vacuum cleaner!
Catalina Matalina Rubensteiner Wallendeiner Hogan Logan Bogan was her name

She had two eyes in the middle of her head
One was glass and the other was lead!
Catalina Matalina Rubensteiner Wallendeiner Hogan Logan Bogan was her name

She had two ears like the sails on a boat
Her adam's apple wobbled up and down her throat!
Catalina Matalina Rubensteiner Wallendeiner Hogan Logan Bogan was her name

Oh, she sat in the kitchen with her feet in the hall
She couldn't help that 'cause she was so tall!
Catalina Matalina Rubensteiner Wallendeiner Hogan Logan Bogan was her name


Mahesh, 3/13/05--The way I learned it in elementary school: Catalina Madalina Hoopa-Steina Wobble-Hinda Hogan Bogan Logan was her name! My girlfriend, at another elementary school, learned it thusly: Hagdalina Magdalina Whoopensteiner Wallendeiner Hogan Bogan Logan was her name!


Some verses from Suzanne, 3/12--

She liked to polish her finger nails. She bought her polish in ten gallon pails.
One day a truck hit poor Cantileena. The driver had to get a new machinea.
Her lips were as big as wieners. She used them on the floor as a vacuum cleaner.
Her feet were as flat as the bathroom mat. I forgot to ask how the cat liked that.


Rachel, 3/11/05--Catalina Matalina hoopa socka walka talka hoka poka loka was her name, cha cha cha.


Russell, 2/27/05--The version I learned as a camp counselor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was, "Matalina Catalina lived beside the bay, Hocum Locum Mocum was her name."


From Peggy, 2/5/05--This is the way I was taught ,Hagalina Magalina Ootinstiena Waltindiena Hogan Logan Mogan was her name.


From B. B., 12/15/04--I teach first grade and each year, I have sung a song that I learned in Brownies when I was a little girl. It goes, "Hagelina Bagalina Oopstein Walk a Line Hoka Poka Poka was her name.


From Leah, 9/10/04--I just read your book Catalina...and I wanted to share with you Camp Allen's version: Hagalina Magalina Hoopastona Walkathona Hoka Poka Loca was her name.


From the book:

Madalina Catalina Rupesteena Wanna Donna Hoko Poko Poko was her name.

Agdalina Magdalina Hopataka Wakataka Hoka Moka Poka was her name.

Madalina Catalina Whoopastina Wilamina Oopsy Doopsy Woopsy was her name.

Aggalina Maggalina Whoops Now Whoops Now Ooga Booga Booga was her name.

Mac-a-lena Mac-a-lena Rubenstine Walk-a-dime Hokey Pokey Loca was her name.

Catalina Magdalena Hoopensheimer Wobbleheimer Hogan Bogan Logan was her name.

Matalina Catalina Hoopsa-scotta Walka-dotta Hoka Loka Poka was her name.

Magalena Hagalena Oooka Wakka Takka Wakka Oka Moka Poka was her name.


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