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The 4 Most Patriotic Names of All Time?

Happy 4th! To celebrate this year, here are the 4 most patriotic names I’ve ever come across.

1. United States America Cook
United States America CookShe was born in Ohio in 1896. I’ve found people named “United States,” and even more named “America,” but she’s the only “United States America” I’ve ever found.

2. Nephi United States Centennial Jensen
Nephi United States Centennial JensenHe was born in Utah in 1876. Similar to United States America, I’ve seen “United States” more than once, and “Centennial” was downright trendy for babies born circa 1876, but this is the only “United States Centennial” I know of.

3. Star Spangled Banner Osborne
Star Spangled Banner OsborneHe was born in Illinois in 1860. I’ve seen patriotic song titles as names before — “Yankee Doodle” included — but, as far as I can tell, he’s the only “Star Spangled Banner” that exists. In most records, he simply goes by “Banner.”

4. E Pluribus Unum Ford
E. Pluribus Unum FordShe was born in Texas in 1884. This is the only name of the four that isn’t unique; I’ve found a handful people named e pluribus unum, which is the Latin phrase meaning “out of many, one” that many consider a de facto U.S. motto.

Which one of the above would you say is the most patriotic name? Or, if you know of one that could trump these, tell us about it!

Image sources:

  1. Birth register (Belmont County, Ohio)
  2. Death certificate (Utah)
  3. 1870 U.S. Census (Winnebago, Illinois)
  4. Death certificate (Texas)

Unusual Noun-Names

In 1971, the editors of American Heritage asked readers to tell them about people who were “named after places, institutions, and events.” They offered examples like Wilmot Proviso Ragsdale, Legal Tender Coxey, Monongahela de Beaujeau and Illinois Central Wilson.

In 1972, the best of the submitted names were published. Here’s most of that list (with a few extra details):

Boston Raspberry, born circa 1900. While playing in a sandlot baseball game in Florida, he “clubbed the opposing shortstop to death with a bat after an argument over a called third strike.” He was sentenced to life in prison, but was later pardoned by Gov. Millard Fillmore Caldwell, “who said that anybody with a name like Boston Raspberry should have a full pardon.”

Budweiser Hawkins and Falstaff Hawkins. Brothers from Arkansas. Budweiser Hawkins upheld the tradition by naming his children Budweiser Jr., Falstaff, Virginia Dare (wine), Ron Rico (rum), Jose Cuervo (tequila), and Courvoisier (cognac). Bud Jr. is now Dr. Budweiser, and he has a website/blog called Weiser Living.

Carbon Petroleum Dubbs, 1881-1962. Named “Carbon P” at birth by his father, oil magnate Jesse Dubbs. He extended his middle name (the letter P) to “Petroleum” as an adult.

Easter Lily Gates, born on Easter Sunday (April 21) in 1889. She was the Supervisor of Elections in Broward County, FL, from 1929 to 1969. “Hats were her trademark.”

Eiffel Tower Sutherland, born circa 1894. On 10 Oct 1952, the Miami News mentioned her in this one-sentence story: “Danville, Ind. — When Betty Jean Weesney, home from a recent European trip, brought back a souvenir replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it was the logical gift for just one friend–Eiffel Tower Sutherland.”

Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown, 1876-1948. Major League Baseball pitcher from Indiana. Born the year of the centennial. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.

States Rights Gist, 1831-1864, and States Rights Jones, Jr., 1920-2002. The first was a Confederate brigadier general from South Carolina. His father, Nathaniel, was a fan of John C. Calhoun’s nullification politics (i.e. he thought states should have the right to nullify federal laws they deemed unconstitutional). The second was a USMC Colonel from Mississippi.

Through Trial And Tribulation We Enter Into The Kingdom Of Heaven Lindloff, 1881-1947. Known as “Trib.” Son of German immigrants.

Sources:

Baby Named for Opera House, Gargling Oil, Samuel J. Tilden

John Hodge Opera House Centennial Gargling Oil Samuel J. Tilden Ten Brook was born in Olcott, New York, in the early 1870s.

His father had wanted to name him after family friend John Hodge (1837-1895) of Lockport. But, at the christening in 1876, Hodge himself suggested a few more middle names:

  • Opera House – Hodge owned the Lockport, NY, Opera House
  • Centennial – for the Philadelphia Centennial that year
  • Gargling Oil – Hodge was the proprietor of Merchant’s Gargling Oil Company
  • Samuel J. Tilden – Hodge was a “staunch supporter of Samuel J. Tilden and his presidential campaign”

And Ten Brook is a Dutch surname. It means “near the marsh.”

Sources:

  • “Autograph Fans Irk Man of Many Names.” Montreal Gazette 22 Jan. 1938: 9.
  • Miscellany, Mar. 22, 1948.TIME Magazine 22 Mar. 1948.