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I recently discovered an old book called Milledulcia: A Thousand Pleasant Things (1857), which is a collection of items from early issues of the periodical Notes and Queries (launched in 1849).
Milledulcia is made up of the Latin elements mille (meaning “thousand”) and dulcia (meaning “sweets” or “sweet things”).
The word is pretty and name-like (similar to Millicent and Dulcinea), it has a pleasant definition, and either side of it could be turned to a nickname (like Millie or Dulcie).
So here’s my question: Do you think Milledulcia might make a good baby name?
P.S. Other names I’ve spotted in N&Q: Actsapostles, Adnil, Elmadoras, Gloxinia, Louvima, Saba, Togotubuline.
Of the hundreds of baby name stories I’ve posted so far, these are my 40 favorites (listed alphabetically).
- Dee Day
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Frances Cleveland
- Ida Lewis
- Independence & Liberty
- Inte & Gration
- Jesse Roper
- Legal Tender
- Louisiana Purchase
- Maitland Albert
- Maria Corazon
- Mary Ann
- States Rights
- Thursday October
My favorite baby name stories tend to be those that I find most memorable. Several of them (e.g., Aku, Karina, Maitland) even taught me something new. In a few cases, it’s not the original story I like so much as something that happened later on in the tale (as with Georgia, Salida, Speaker).
Here’s a story I’ve spotted a couple of times:
Thomas and Elizabeth Pegden of Kent, England, had four sons named Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then they had a fifth son. They were out of evangelists, so what did they name baby #5? Acts of the Apostles, after the next book in the New Testament.
Is it a true story?
A man named Actsapostles Pegden was indeed born in Kent back in 1795. (He went by the nickname “Actsy.” He married in 1826, and passed away in 1865.)
And his parents were named Thomas and Elizabeth Pegden.
And he did have at least four older brothers.
But the brothers I’ve found were named Thomas (b. 1787), Philip (b. 1789), Isaac (b. 1791) and Christopher (b. 1793) — not Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
So how did he get his name?
I’m not sure.
The only two other people I’ve come across with this name — Acts of the Apostles Kennett (b. 1833), son of Richard and Phoebe Kennett, and Acts of the Apostles Tong (b. 1850), son of Henry and Mary Tong — were both born in Kent, just like Actsy. This makes me think the name has more to do with regional religious fervor than anything else.
- “A Curious Christian Name.” New York Times 16 Apr. 1899: 24.
- Bardsley, Charles Wareing Endell. Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature. London: Chatto & Windus, 1897.
- “‘Acts-Apostles’ as a Name.” Notes and Queries 3 Mar. 1866: 175.