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Babies Born in (and Named) Captivity

During the 1600s and 1700s, English settlers in New England were periodically attacked by Native Americans (those that were allies of the French). The New Englanders taken captive were then forcibly marched into Canada.

On a few occasions, babies were born to the captives — either during the journey north, or while in Canada. A handful of these babies were given names to reflect their circumstances. Here are the ones I know of:

Canada Wait & Captivity Jennings (1678)

Twenty-one captives were taken during an Indian raid on Hadley, MA, on September 19, 1677.

The party reached Canada in early January.

While there, two members of the group gave birth. Martha Wait had a baby girl on January 22 and named her Canada Wait, and Hannah Jennings had a baby girl on March 14 and named her Captivity Jennings.

The captives were released later that spring.

Both babies lived to adulthood. Canada Wait is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of Sarah Palin, in fact.

Captivity Smead (1746)

Thirty captives were taken during the Siege of Fort Massachusetts on August 20, 1746.

Two days later, captive Mary Smead gave birth to a baby girl and named her Captivity Smead.

The party reached Canada in September.

Mary died in March of 1747, and Captivity died in May. The 14 surviving members of the group were released a couple of months later.

Elizabeth Captive Johnson (1754)

Eight captives were taken during an Indian raid on Fort at Number 4 in New Hampshire on August 30, 1754.

One day later, captive Susanna Johnson gave birth to a baby girl and named her Elizabeth Captive Johnson.

The party reached Canada in September.

In mid-1757, Susanna Johnson and some of her family members were finally released.

Elizabeth Captive lived to adulthood, becoming the great-grandmother of Frederick Billings.

Sources:

  • Judd, Sylvester. History of Hadley. Springfield, Massachusetts: H. R. Huntting & Company, 1905.
  • Niles, Grace Greylock. The Hoosac Valley. New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1912.

Top Baby Names in Alberta, Canada in 2010

The most popular baby names in Alberta, Canada, in 2010 were Liam and Emma:

Boy Names Girl Names
  1. Liam
  2. Ethan
  3. Logan
  4. Alexander
  5. Lucas
  6. Jacob
  7. Noah
  8. Benjamin
  9. Owen
  10. Carter
  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Emily
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Ava and Chloe [tie]
  7. Ella
  8. Abigail
  9. Alexis
  10. Lily

Service Alberta’s press release also mentioned some of the more unusual baby names of 2010. These included Soda, Canada, Universe and Duramax.*

*When I first read “Duramax,” I instantly thought condoms. Turns out Durex is the condom brand, and Duramax is a type of engine. Regardless, the name made me think of condoms. Not a good thing.

Austin and Lauren – Name Story vs. Name Story

I found two interesting name stories in a Toronto Star article this morning. The article was about a couple from Ajax, Ontario with two children, Lauren and Austin.

Austin’s name was inspired by a commercial for Austin Powers. Here’s how his mom tells the story:

“We were out for dinner at Boston Pizza and up on the TV some commercials were running,” says Elaine. “We had actually said `let’s stop arguing over names we like, and let’s make a list of the most ridiculous names possible’ … then this commercial came on for Austin Powers, and we were joking about a shagadelic baby, then we looked at each other and said `Austin.’ It actually works.”

Lauren’s name was undecided until a family ski vacation. Her father “got off the chairlift and noticed that the badge belonging to his son’s ski instructor, Lauren, had fallen off and somehow ended up on the front of his snowboard.” Lauren happened to be one of the names on the short list, so the family took that as a sign and chose Lauren as the baby’s name.

Which name story do you prefer? Why?

Source: Baby name: A born snowboarder