What makes this place unique is the strong focus on historically significant names. My aim here is to discover and document personal names that have something to say about history. This includes…
- names I’ve found via the U.S. SSA baby name data,
- names I’ve found via other U.S. sources (like the U.S. Census),
- names from outside the U.S.,
- and the names of specific individuals (or handfuls of individuals) from all over the place.
So who the heck is writing all this? That would be me, Nancy Man. I’m a Harvard-educated, Colorado-based writer who has been fascinated by names since childhood. The name that kicked things off for me? Flavilla.
Over the years, my name-writing has been cited by a bunch of other publications, including New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Woman’s Day, Redbook, Daily Mail, Mental Floss, HuffPo, Vice, and The Week. My favorite citation so far would have to be the U.S. Census Bureau linking to my post about Emancipation Proclamation Coggeshall.
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P.S. I’m chronicling all the historically significant names I’ve found in the SSA data on the History in the Names timeline. Please note that all of my explanations are theories based on what I think was drawing attention to a particular name/word at a particular time. I only post my theories if I believe they are true, but…I have been proven wrong on a couple of occasions. :)