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On April 21, 1935, there was a traffic jam on the High Level Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
In the back of a taxicab stuck on the bridge, a baby girl was born to Mrs. Edward Beauchamp.
The Beauchamps asked the public for help naming the baby, and the Edmonton Journal turned it into a contest, putting up a $5 prize.
Now Mr. Beauchamp has suggested to the Journal that it think of a name for his baby daughter and which is symbolical of the event, and having due regard to the fact that it occurred on the high level bridge.
We thought of Bridget or Bridgette, or maybe “Girda,” but we are leaving it to Journal readers. The successful name, of course, must be acceptable to the parents.
The winning name, suggested by a twelve-year-old girl, was “Poncella” — roughly “this one from the bridge” in French. (The French word for bridge is pont.)
The baby’s full name was Olive Marie Poncella Beauchamp.
Similar name stories: BridgeAnne, Airlene
A reader named Bridgette is having twin girls in October and would like some name suggestions.
The plan is to use the babies’ grandmothers’ names, Eileen and Patricia, as middle names. So Bridgette and her husband are interested in names that sound good in front of either Eileen or Patricia. (Especially Patricia–that’s the one they’re having a hard time with.)
Here are the names currently under consideration:
Bridgette and her husband like different types of names (i.e. one likes unisex, the other prefers feminine, etc.) so it sounds like they’re open to all sorts of suggestions–so long as the suggestions work with Eileen and/or Patricia.
Finally, here’s a cute observation Bridgette made:
Husband’s mostly Irish and says he’d like an Irish name, but seems to gravitate toward French sounding names.
Sounds like she knows him better than he knows himself. :)
Here are some of the name ideas I had, to kick things off:
*It’s the birthstone for October, so I had to throw it in.
Which of the above do you like best? See any good pairings? What other names and name pairings would you suggest to Bridgette?