Baby Name Story – Auden, by way of Bernstein

On 23 February 1950, a pregnant woman from Connecticut was in New York City to hear the New York Philharmonic perform Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, under the direction of Bernstein himself.

The symphony had been inspired by W. H. Auden’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poem The Age of Anxiety (1947).

As the woman rode home on the train that night, her labor pains began. She made it to the hospital just in time for the birth.

She named her baby girl Auden.


  • Dempsey, David. “In and Out of Books.” New York Times 2 Apr. 1950: 184.
  • Downes, Olin. “Bernstein Offers His Own Symphony.” New York Times 24 Feb. 1950: 26.

6 thoughts on “Baby Name Story – Auden, by way of Bernstein

  1. Ahh a female Auden!!! Nancy I don’t know what going on but I had 2 comments for my quints posts and it won’t let me post them! It says awaiting moderation :(

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