How popular is the baby name Cleveland in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Cleveland and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Cleveland.
Another batch of long unusual-but-real names:
- Eulavelle: Eulavelle Lee Drake was born in California in 1913.
- Henderina: Botanist/cinematographer Henderina “Rina” Victoria Scott was born in England in 1862.
- Hurieosco: Hurieosco Austill was born in Alabama in 1841.
- Jacquemin: Jacquemin, brother of Jeanne d’Arc, was born in France in the early 15th century.
- Jettabee: Radio scriptwriter Jettabee Ann Hopkins was born in Nebraska in 1905.
- Lianella: Film actress Lianella Carell was born in Italy in 1927.
- Limbania: St. Limbania was born in Cyprus in the 13th century. The Philadelphia Art Museum has a painting of Saint Limbania (1725).
- Lodusky: Lodusky Jerusha Taylor was born in Minnesota in 1856. (According to Cleveland Kent Evans, the name Lodusky was derived from the literature name Lodoïska, which may have been inspired by Louise. The title character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book Lodusky (1877) went by the nickname “Dusk.”)
- Marjabelle: Etiquette expert Marjabelle Young Stewart was born in Iowa in 1924.
- Marmaduke: Shipping magnate Marmaduke Furness was born in England in 1883.
- McKaskia: McKaskia Stearns Bonnifield was born in West Virginia in 1833.
- Mellcene: Mellcene Thurman Smith was born in Missouri in 1872.
- Minervina: Minervina was the first wife of Constantine the Great during the early 4th century.
Which of the above do you like best?
Back when ocean liners were the main mode of long distance travel, it was common for babies born at sea to be named after the ship they were born on (e.g., Cleveland, Martello, Numidian).
So it was notable when a baby was born on a ship and not named for that ship.
Case in point, the first baby born aboard the RMS Carmania:
The first baby to be born on board the new Cunard turbine liner Carmania came into the world in midocean last Wednesday. The baby is a boy, the son of Russian parents, who were among the 1,001 steerage passengers arriving here on the Carmania yesterday. The saloon passengers made up a purse of $60 and presented it to the parents. Strange to say, the boy was not christened Carmania. His parents decided that when he grew up he might object.
According to the manifest for that trip, the baby was named Gerschon. (His father’s first and middle names were Abram Gerschon.)
The Biblical name Gerschon/Gershon is a variant of another Biblical name, Gershom, which is thought to mean “[a person in] exile” in Hebrew.
- “First Carmania Baby.” New York Times 5 Mar. 1906.
- Hanks, Patrick, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of First Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Of the hundreds of baby name stories I’ve posted so far, these are my 40 favorites (listed alphabetically).
- Dee Day
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Frances Cleveland
- Ida Lewis
- Independence & Liberty
- Inte & Gration
- Jesse Roper
- Legal Tender
- Louisiana Purchase
- Maitland Albert
- Maria Corazon
- Mary Ann
- States Rights
- Thursday October
My favorite baby name stories tend to be those that I find most memorable. Several of them (e.g., Aku, Karina, Maitland) even taught me something new. In a few cases, it’s not the original story I like so much as something that happened later on in the tale (as with Georgia, Salida, Speaker).
In 1892, on the eve of the presidential election, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Jervis of Baltimore wrote the names of the major party candidates, Cleveland and Harrison, on two small pieces of paper. They mixed the bits of paper up and put one in the left hand and the other in the right hand of their 6-week-old daughter.
After holding on tightly for about five minutes, baby threw away the slip in her left hand, which on being opened was found to bear the name of Harrison. The baby’s choice was Cleveland.
(The nation’s choice was Cleveland as well.)
The baby was named Frances Cleveland, presumably after Grover Cleveland’s wife, Frances.
Source: “How a Baby Chose Its Name.” New York Times 12 Nov. 1892.
Back in 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaus Kottarsky were traveling by ship from Austria to the United States. They were ultimately bound for Cleveland, Ohio.
What was the name of the ship? The SS Cleveland, coincidentally.
So when Mrs. Kottarsky gave birth to a son during the journey, the couple decided to stick with the theme. They named their baby boy Cleveland.
And that’s not all.
The ship brought 6,000 canaries from the Hartz Mountains, and the man in charge of them gave a fine singer to the parents. Kottarsky said he would name the bird Cleveland also.
Source: “Named the Baby Cleveland.” New York Times 10 Oct. 1910: 20.