How popular is the baby name Eclipse in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Eclipse and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Eclipse.
I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
- Cape Cod
- Celerie (celery)
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Eiffel Tower
- Golden Palace
- Key West
- Legal Tender
- Opera House
- Soccer City
- Union Jack
- Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
- Wilmot Proviso
Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!
- Sputnik, 10/4
- Nintendo, 10/22
- Annexation, 10/25
- Windchime, 11/9
- Oregon Territory, 11/22
- Gold Dust, 11/29
This Saturday’s lunar eclipse will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2014, so I guess now is the time to post about people named Eclipse!
Below are people with Eclipse as either a first or a middle name. I’ve even matched a few with specific historical solar eclipses listed on NASA’s website.
- Emma Eclipse Earl, born in England on September 7, 1820, the day of a partial solar eclipse.
- William Moore Eclipse Reddall, born in England in 1820.
- Eclipse Mitchell, born in South Carolina circa 1828.
- Eclipse Sabourin, born in Quebec circa 1823.
- Eclipse Thomas, born in North Carolina in 1829. (Father of Eclipse J. Thomas, below.)
- Eclipse Northeast, born in England circa 1831.
- Charles Eclipse Bennett, born in England in 1836.
- Maria Eclipse Wilson, born in England in 1836.
- Augusta Caroline Eclipse Golden, born in England in 1837.
- Eclipse Scott, born in Virginia on May 26, 1854, the day of a partial solar eclipse.
- Eclipse Hilsden, born in England circa 1862.
- Eclipse J. Thomas, born in Georgia in 1867. (Son of Eclipse Thomas, above.)
- Eclipse Smith, born in Kentucky circa 1869.
- Eclipse Newton, born in Missouri circa 1871.
- Nina Eclipse Gain, born in Canada circa 1873.
- Luna Eclipse Hill, born in Texas on October 24, 1874. (Daughter of Luna Eclipse Weaver, birth date unknown.)
- Ida/Ada Eclipse Wade, born in Massachusetts in 1874. (I found records for both Ida and Ada — could be a misspelling, or could mean twins.)
- Eclipse Green, born in Mississippi in 1877.
- Lily Eclipse Monks, born in England circa 1878.
- Henry Eclipse Monheim, born in Utah on July 29, 1878, the day of a partial solar eclipse.
- Marvin Eclipse Wallace, born in Texas on July 29, 1878, the day of total solar eclipse.
- Sanford Eclipse Gantt, born in Texas on July 29, 1878, the day of a total solar eclipse.
- May Eclipse Glass, born in England circa 1890.
- Essie Eclipse McGill, born in Tennessee on January 29, 1892.
- Eclipse Blackman, born in Georgia circa 1898.
- Eclipse Eley, born in Georgia circa 1900.
- Eclipse Ruth Green, born in Mississippi circa 1914.
- Vivian Eclipse Cubine, born in Oklahoma on May 2, 1920.
- Eclipse Deutschman, born in New York circa 1925.
- Eclipse De Marco, born in Rhode Island circa 1925.
- Angelina Eclipse Ramos, born in Hawaii on May 5, 1941.
- Jennifer Eclipse Kerr, born in Texas on July 6, 1982, the day of a total lunar eclipse.
- Kathleen Eclipse Hernandez, born in Texas on July 11, 1991, the day of a partial solar eclipse.
- Kathleen Eclipse Long, born in Texas on June 12, 1992.
And, in June of 2001, at least a few kids in southern Africa were given eclipse-related names (like Eclipse Glasses, Annular and Totality) around the time of the total solar eclipse.
Image: Adapted from Eclipse 2006 – Nkanfoa, Ghana 3 by Steve and Ruth Bosman under CC BY 2.0.
According to mental floss, these are 6 baby names you should avoid:
- Eclipse Glasses
- Vladimir Ashkenazy
There are explanations for each in the original blog post, but I especially liked the one for Eclipse Glasses, so I’ll include it here:
In June 2001, a total solar eclipse was about to cross southern Africa. To prepare, the Zimbabwean and Zambian media began a massive astronomy education campaign focused on warning people not to stare at the Sun. Apparently, the campaign worked. The locals took a real liking to the vocabulary, and today, the birth registries are filled with names like Eclipse Glasses Banda, Totality Zhou, and Annular Mchombo.
And, in case you were wondering, annular is indeed related to anus (Latin for “ring”).