Teetotaler Baby Names – Prohibition, Carrie Nation

Prohibition - Dumping Illegal LiquorSpeaking of Temperance

I’ve discovered three people named Prohibition.

None of them were actually born during the Prohibition, though. They were all born in the 1880s, while the temperance movement was still on the rise.

  • Prohibition Campbell (female) born on June 27, 1882, in Iowa.
  • Ernest Prohibition Manhart (male) born on November 22, 1886, in North Dakota.
  • Albert Prohibition Sparkman (male) born on April 28, 1887, in Tennessee.

I’ve also found nearly two dozen baby girls named Carrie Nation, presumably after radical temperance advocate Carrie A. Nation (1846-1911). They were born around the turn of the century or a little later, and most came from in Texas. Three examples:

  • Carrie Nation Palmer, born on August 8, 1906, in Texas.
  • Carrie Nation Hartzell, born on July 7, 1909, in Indiana.
  • Carrie Nation Brooks, born on December 4, 1901, in Oklahoma.

One thought on “Teetotaler Baby Names – Prohibition, Carrie Nation

  1. Hm, looks like Carrie was more popularly known as Carry…?

    In 1901, Nation changed the official spelling of her name from Carrie to Carry; she claimed that a family Bible indicated the latter as the correct spelling. The name change just happened to provide a catchy slogan for her prohibitionist crusade. When she registered in a Chicago hotel in 1940, she wrote her name as “Carry A. Nation, your loving home defender,” and reportedly told the hotel clerk that she planned to “carry a nation to prohibition and glory.

    So far I’ve only spotted one baby girl named “Carry Nation” — she was born in Texas in 1902.

    Source: Encyclopedia of Women in the American West

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