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Spanish Baby Given Scottish Names

In November of 1936, during the Siege of Madrid, many people sought refuge in the city’s foreign embassies.

But only the British Embassy saw the arrival of a baby boy.

He was born to British Embassy cook Josefina Ruiz Torrubiano, who named him Mariano Fernandez [sic?] Alexander Duncan Torrubiano Y Ruiz.

Why “Alexander” and “Duncan”?

The third and fourth names commemorate the assistance of members of the Scottish ambulance corps during the delivery.

And I’m assuming his second name was actually Fernando, even though all the newspapers wrote it “Fernandez.”

Which of the four given names do you like best: Mariano, Fernando, Alexander, or Duncan?

Source: “War Baby Born in British Embassy.” Evening Independent [St. Petersburg] 28 Nov. 1936: 1.

Popular Baby Names on the Isle of Man, 2018

According to the Civil Registry of the Isle of Man, the most popular baby names on the island in 2018 were Grace/Gracie and Harry.

The press release didn’t assign rankings to the rest of the top names, so I’ll give them to you in the order in which they were listed…

Girl Names

  • Grace
  • Sophia
  • Amelia
  • Isla
  • Ava
  • Phoebe

Boy Names

  • Harry
  • Alexander
  • Charles
  • George
  • Theodore

Interestingly, neither Olivia nor Oliver (the top names of 2017) made it into the top 5 in 2018.

Source: Isle of Man’s most popular baby names in 2018 revealed as Harry and Grace

The Ephemeral Mateel

Kansas newspaper editor Edgar Watson “E. W.” Howe published his first novel, The Story of a Country Town, in his own newspaper, the Atchison Daily Globe, in 1883.

Encyclopedia Britannica said the novel “was the first realistic novel of Midwestern small-town life,” but an early 20th-century review said that the realism wasn’t, in fact, very realistic at all: “[T]he test of veracity fails in the unrelieved gloom of the story, which is bereft of all sunshine and joyousness, and even of all sense of relation to happier things.”

mateel, baby name, book, 1920s
Mateel Howe

One of the characters in the novel was pretty-but-shallow Mateel Shepherd, the daughter of a Methodist minister (named Rev. Goode Shepherd, naturally).

E. W. Howe must have liked the name “Mateel” quite a bit, because he named one of his children Mateel in 1883.

Readers must have like it, too, becase the number of U.S. babies named Mateel rose in the 1880s and was at its highest from the 1890s to the 1910s, judging by the records I’ve seen.

But the rare name Mateel didn’t appear in the U.S. baby name data until 1927, and it only stuck around for a single year:

  • 1929: unlisted
  • 1928: unlisted
  • 1927: 6 baby girls named Mateel [debut]
  • 1926: unlisted
  • 1925: unlisted

Why?

Well, Mateel Howe went on to become a writer like her father. Her career seems to have peaked with her debut novel, Rebellion, which won the Dodd, Mead & Co. and Pictorial Review “First Novel Prize” of $10,000 in 1927.*

What was Rebellion about? Essentially, the book was about “the difficulties of a daughter living with a depressed, authoritative and demanding father.” (Hm…)

Though both Edgar and Mateel publicly denied that the characters and conflict were inspired by real life, Edgar cut Mateel out of his will soon after the book was published. Here’s how Time put it:

Left. By Editor-Author Ed Howe, an estate valued at $200,000; in Atchison, Kans. To Society Editor Nellie Webb of his Globe, he left $1,500. To Niece Adelaide Howe he left $50,000. To Sons Eugene Alexander and James Pomeroy he left the remainder except for $1, which went to Daughter Mateel Howe Farnham who in 1927 won a $10,000 prize for Rebellion, a novel in which she satirized her father.

Old-timey drama aside, I’m still left wondering about the name Mateel. Did E. W. Howe create it for the character, or discover it somewhere? (I do see a couple of early Mateels in Louisiana. “Cloteal” was often used for Clotilde there, so I wonder if “Mateel” arose as a form of Matilde…?)

What are your thoughts on the name Mateel?

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*The very same year, author Mazo de la Roche also won $10,000 in a novel-writing contest…

Top Baby Names in Northern Territory (Aus.), 2018

According to the government of Northern Territory, Australia, the most popular baby names in NT in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Jack.

Here are Northern Territory’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 20 baby girls
  2. Evelyn, 14 (tie)
  3. Isla, 14 (tie)
  4. Olivia, 13
  5. Amelia, 12 (tie)
  6. Ruby, 12 (tie)
  7. Abigail, 10 (6-way tie)
  8. Isabella, 10 (6-way tie)
  9. Matilda, 10 (6-way tie)
  10. Mia, 10 (6-way tie)
  11. Sophia, 10 (6-way tie)
  12. Zoe, 10 (6-way tie)

Boy Names

  1. Jack, 20 baby boys
  2. Oliver, 18
  3. Michael, 17
  4. Noah, 15
  5. Alexander, 14 (tie)
  6. Ethan, 14 (tie)
  7. William, 13
  8. Cooper, 12 (4-way tie)
  9. John, 12 (4-way tie)
  10. Joseph, 12 (4-way tie)
  11. Thomas, 12 (4-way tie)

Evelyn and Isla, tied for 2nd/3rd on the girls’ side, weren’t even in the top 10 the year before. And Michael, ranked #3 for boys, didn’t figure in the top 20 in 2017.

Source: Popular Baby Names – NT.gov.au

Popular Baby Names in New South Wales, 2018

According to data released NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in New South Wales, Australia, in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Oliver.

Here are NSW’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte, 530 baby girls
  2. Amelia, 488
  3. Olivia, 474
  4. Mia, 471
  5. Ava, 430
  6. Isla, 372
  7. Grace, 361
  8. Chloe, 358
  9. Harper, 325
  10. Emily, 317

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 616 baby boys
  2. William, 567
  3. Noah, 539
  4. Jack, 517
  5. Henry, 405
  6. Thomas, 404
  7. Lucas, 394
  8. Liam, 383
  9. Leo, 375
  10. Alexander, 370

In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Emily replace Zoe (now ranked 14th) and Ella (17th).

In the boys’ top 10, Liam and Leo replace James (now ranked 11th) and Ethan (12th).

Source: NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages – Popular Baby Names – 2018 (PDF)