Unusual Real Names – Feramorz, Goyn, Trevanion, Whitehead

Here’s another batch of uncommon names. All of the men below have been mayors of U.S. cities.

  • Abdiel Daily Crossman (1804-1859) – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1846 to 1854.
  • Alcaeus Hooper (1859-1938) – mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from 1895 to 1897.
  • deLesseps Story Morrison (1912-1964) – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1946 to 1961.
  • Feramorz Little (1820-1887) – mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 1876 to 1882. Seems to have been named for a Kashmirian poet.
  • Friend Humphrey (1787-1854) – mayor of Albany, New York from 1843 to 1845 and from 1849 to 1850.
  • Glendy Burke – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1865. The Stephen Foster song Glendy Burke is about a steamboat that was probably named for the mayor.
  • Goyn A. Sutton (1816-1886) – mayor of Springfield, Illinois from 1860 to 1864.
  • Hempstead Washburne (1852-1919) – mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1891 to 1893.
  • Kindred Jenkins Morris (1819-1884) – mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1869 to 1871.
  • LeBreton Dorgenois – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1812.
  • Powhaten Woolridge Maxey (1810-1876) – mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1843 to 1844.
  • Thorowgood Smith (1744-1810) – mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from 1804 to 1808.
  • Trevanion W. Hugo (1849-1923) – mayor of Duluth, Minnesota from 1900 to 1903.
  • Volckert Petrus Douw (1720-1801) – mayor of Albany, New York from 1761 to 1770.
  • Wellington Webb (born in 1941) – mayor of Denver, Colorado from 1991 to 2003.
  • Whitehead Hicks (1728-1780) – mayor of New York City, New York from 1766 to 1776.

Former Denver mayor Quigg Newton almost made the list, but his first name was actually James.

Did I miss any other unusual mayoral monikers?


2 thoughts on “Unusual Real Names – Feramorz, Goyn, Trevanion, Whitehead

  1. I was going to suggest Parris Nelson Glendenning, the very recent governor of Maryland – but when I looked him up, I realized that he never served as mayor en route to Annapolis. And Parris might not be stunningly unusual, except he was born in 1942. No clue how we got his name, but I’ve always enjoyed it!

  2. Hi! Just leaving a message in regards to your list above. Glad to see someone else showing interest in strangely named American politicians! My reason for posting is that I have recently established a Yahoo group dedicated to American politicians with very unusual or strange names. The list the the site is based on stands at over 2100 individuals who have served our nation in a political capacity since the country’s founding. I’d like to encourage anyone with an interest in the factually trivial or strange names to stop by and have a look. The site mainly features photographs of the aforementioned people, and is organized by their state of origin (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, etc.)

    The address is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uspoliticalstrangenames/

    Before I go, here are some other strangely named politicians that might be of interest to anyone who visits here:

    Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825-1893), U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior under Cleveland.

    Rhamanthus Menville Stocker (1848-1917), candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

    Parkinson Isaiah Bonebrake (1835-1920), State Auditor of Kansas, serving from 1876 to 1883 (sadly I can’t find a picture of this fellow.)

    Jerothmul Bowers Barnaby (1830-1889), candidate for governor of Rhode Island in 1877.

    and another mayor for your list, Orange Noble (1817-1899), Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania from 1867-1870.

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