Baby Name Warning from 1942

Unusual baby names are discussed regularly online, in entertainment magazines, even on late night TV. But I don’t often see the topic come up in old newspapers, which is why I was surprised to find the following in a 1942 issue of the Spokane Daily Chronicle:

News pictures recently gave publicity to a baby who was born during a practice air-raid blackout and whose mother hit on the expediency of naming her Dawn Siren. Another baby has been named Victory Pearl Harbor.

These names did not impress our anonymous reporter:

Herewith is a brief for all children whose parents give them unusual mirth-provoking or humiliating names. The offending fathers and mothers may be well meaning enough and in some cases the names have significance at the time they are given, but before long the child is hanging his head in shame under the storm of derision of his playmates, or blushing when he gives his name for the roll at school.

Dawn and Victory seem tame nowadays…makes me wonder what this person would have had to say about Aussie, Crimson and Marijauna.

Source: “What’s in a name? Plenty.” Spokane Daily Chronicle 6 Jan. 1942: 4.


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  1. More on the babies:

    Dawn Siren was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Lingerman of Buffalo, New York.

    Victory Pearl Harbor was the son of William and Annie Moore of McComb, Mississippi. (In the SSDI, his name is Victor Moore.)

    Sources:
    “Call Blackout Baby ‘Dawn Siren.” New York Times 29 Dec. 1941.
    “Boy Named Victory Pearl Harbor.” New York Times 2 Jan. 1942.

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