How popular is the baby name Celestia in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Celestia.
Yesterday, a reader named Kristin let me know about a Bagnor Daily News article about the 18-child Rancourt family of Winterport, Maine.
The parents, Harry and Alice, wed in 1909 and went on to have 17 children (and adopt one more):
- Dorothy, born in 1910
- Gaspar, b. 1911
- Mildred, b. 1912
- Leo, b. 1914
- Marion, b. 1916
- Marguerite, b. 1917
- Corinne, b. 1919
- Clara, b. 1920
- Harry, b. 1921
- Leon, b. 1923
- Clayton, b. 1924
- Alton, b. 1926
- Kenneth, b. 1927
- Reginald, b. 1929 (grandson adopted after his mother, Dorothy, died during childbirth)
- John, b. 1930
- Celestia, b. 1931
- Geraldine, b. 1932
- Iris, b. 1933
Which of these 18 names is your favorite?
Want to get a feel for the types of names used on Cape Cod in centuries past? Check out the names at Cape Cod Gravestones.
Most of the names are biblical, of course, and they range from those still used today (e.g., Abigail, Benjamin, Hannah, Joshua, Mary and Samuel) to those that have long since fallen out of favor (e.g., Barzillai, Dorcas, Gamaliel, Mehetabel, Peleg and Zipporah).
Some of the most interesting names listed at the site are:
The two funniest names? Thankful Sweat (female) and Moody Fish (male). Both Thankful and Moody were born in the late 18th century.