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Here’s something funny I spotted in a newspaper from 1911:
The present Lord Desart is now one of the British members of the International court of arbitration at The Hague, and was for many years public prosecutor. He rejoices in the altogether appalling Christian name of Agmondisham, which was borne by the father of the first Lord Desart, and also by the latter’s maternal grandfather, Col. Agmondisham Muschamp of Cromwell’s Roundhead army, through whom he inherited a considerable amount of property.
That would make a great title, wouldn’t it? Don’t be surprised if you see a list-post here one day entitled “Altogether Appalling Names.” I certainly see enough of them.
The original Agmondesham, Agmondesham Muschamp, lived from 1564 to 1642. He was knighted in 1620 by James I (the guy Guy Fawkes tried to kill). Apparently his name did not impress the King:
Mrs. Muschamp, then a widow, held her first court at East Horsley in 1620 (7th James L); and on her death, July the 20th, the same year, the estate descended to her son, Admondesham Muschamp. That gentleman was knighted by James the First, who finding some difficulty in pronouncing the name of the new knight, coarsely exclaimed, “By —, the Devil must have been his Godfather.”
So where did this devilishly appalling appellation come from?
It was Agmondesham Muschamp’s mother’s maiden name. Ultimately it comes from a location: Agmondesham, nowadays spelled Amersham, is a town 27 miles north-west of London.
- La Marquise de Fontenoy (pseudonym of Marguerite Cunliffe-Owen). “Loses Last Member of Home Rule Party.” Times Dispatch [Richmond, VA]. 3 Mar. 1911: 4.
- Brayley, Edward Wedlake. A Topographical History of Surrey. Vol. 2. London: G. Willis, 1850.
P.S. This name reminds me of several other unwieldy A-names: Aldaberontophoscophornia, Armageddon, Annexation.
You guys know the world is ending in two weeks, right?
At least, that’s how popular culture has misinterpreted the ending of the 13th b’ak’tun of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar on December 21, 2012.
If your due date is December 21, why not commemorate the date with an end of the world-inspired baby name?
No, I’m not suggesting you go with something ridiculous like Armageddon or Apocalypse. (Though I have seen both used as names. Examples: Rev. Armageddon James Margerum, born in England in 1833, and Ulysses Apocalypse Johnson, born in California in 1992.)
Instead, try a name with a less obvious EotW connection. Perhaps one of these:
- Maya – the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is most commonly associated with the Maya
- Jeremiah – ending sounds like Maya
- Nehemiah – ending sounds like Maya
- Deedee – short for doomsday
- Ann – short for annihilation
- Catherine – inspired by cataclysm
- Arma – short for armageddon
- Armand – inspired by armageddon
- Armando – inspired by armageddon
- Gideon – inspired by armageddon
- Don – inspired by armageddon
Or try one of the dozens of names that happen to contain the word end (short for end of the world, of course).
- Enda (a masculine Irish name, e.g., Enda Kenny)
What other end of the world baby names can you think of?