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Unusual baby names are discussed regularly online, in entertainment magazines, even on late night TV. But I don’t often see the topic come up in old newspapers, which is why I was surprised to find the following in a 1942 issue of the Spokane Daily Chronicle:
News pictures recently gave publicity to a baby who was born during a practice air-raid blackout and whose mother hit on the expediency of naming her Dawn Siren. Another baby has been named Victory Pearl Harbor.
These names did not impress our anonymous reporter:
Herewith is a brief for all children whose parents give them unusual mirth-provoking or humiliating names. The offending fathers and mothers may be well meaning enough and in some cases the names have significance at the time they are given, but before long the child is hanging his head in shame under the storm of derision of his playmates, or blushing when he gives his name for the roll at school.
Dawn and Victory seem tame nowadays…makes me wonder what this person would have had to say about Aussie, Crimson and Marijauna.
Source: “What’s in a name? Plenty.” Spokane Daily Chronicle 6 Jan. 1942: 4.
Last week’s post on Crimson Tide, the Alabama baby who was named after a football team, reminded me of two UK babies who were also named in honor of football teams. (Well, soccer teams.)
McCarthy Campbell, born in 2004, was named after Mick McCarthy, who was the manager of Sunderland A.F.C. from 2003 to 2006. The baby’s dad had originally wanted his son’s initials to be S.A.F.C., but mom nixed that idea and suggested McCarthy instead.
Imogen Chloe Vetch Price, also born in 2004, was named in part after Vetch Field, which was the home of Swansea City A.F.C. from 1912 to 2005. The field was named for the vetch that had once grown there.
If Imogen had been born a few years later, she could have been named for Liberty Stadium, which is where Swansea now plays. Liberty might not be as significant a location as Vetch, but it certainly makes a prettier name.