What if Celebrities Gave Gifts for Baby Names?

Kay Kyser was a famous bandleader whose radio program, Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge, was broadcast from 1937 through 1949. Dozens of babies were named after Kyser during this era. And, according to a newspaper article from mid-1939, Kyser acknowledged at least one of his namesakes by sending a gift:

The 40th baby was named after Kay Kyser last week…The maestro sent the enthusiastic Brooklyn parents a rattle shaped like the four-cornered college professor cap he wears when he works.

I wonder how the baby-naming landscape would change if today’s top celebrities started sending gifts to the babies who received their names.

I also wonder what kinds of crazy gifts today’s celebs would send…

Source: Stevenson, L. L. “Lights of New York.” San Jose Evening News, 26 May 1939, pages 26-27.


3 thoughts on “What if Celebrities Gave Gifts for Baby Names?

  1. Here’s another famous person who gave a gift to a namesake:

    Miamian just back from Israel says a daughter was born to the Yunis family who live in the Arab village of Arara. Father named his daughter “Golda” — in honor of you-know-who. Responded Prime Minister Golda Meir, who sent the baby a gold good-luck charm: “It is an expression of the growing integration of Israeli-Arabs into the life of the country.”

    Source: “Arab-born baby named for Golda” by Herb Rau, in The Miami News on 20 September 1971, page 8-B.

  2. And another example:

    A baby boy born in June, 1903 to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Bergner was named Sir Thomas Lipton Bergner in honor of merchant/yachtsman Sir Thomas Lipton. The parents wrote a letter to Lipton about it, and he sent each of their three children “a gold stickpin with a Shamrock on the face.” (Lipton’s yachts were all named Shamrock.)

    Source: “Baby Named for Lipton.” Pittsburgh Press 18 July 1903: 11.

  3. Pennsylvania family doctor John Beans Carrell, who died in mid-1950 at the age of 99, bequeathed $100 to each baby he delivered that was named after him.

    This case doesn’t involve a national (or international) celebrity, so it’s not quite the same as the examples above, but it does involve giving gifts to namesakes.

    Source: “Doctor Bequeaths $100 To Each Baby Named After Him.” The Hartford Courant 13 Oct. 1950: 5.

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