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Popularity of the Baby Name Eclipse

Number of Babies Named Eclipse

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Eclipse

43 Unique Noun-Names

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:

  1. Bandit
  2. Cape Cod
  3. Captivity
  4. Celerie (celery)
  5. Danger
  6. Eclipse
  7. Emancipation Proclamation
  8. Emirates
  9. Eiffel Tower
  10. Facebook
  11. Fourth
  12. Freeway
  13. Funeral
  14. Golden Palace
  15. Halloween
  16. Helsinki
  17. Jeep
  18. Joker
  19. Key West
  20. Knuckles
  21. Legal Tender
  22. Metallica
  23. Oleomargarine
  24. Opera House
  25. Orbit
  26. Peaches
  27. Pebbles
  28. Peppermint
  29. Prohibition
  30. Rainbow
  31. Shotgun
  32. Skylab
  33. Soccer City
  34. Sou’Wester
  35. Strawberry
  36. Suffrage
  37. Tahiti
  38. Trooper
  39. Tsunami
  40. Union Jack
  41. Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
  42. Wilmot Proviso
  43. Zeppelin

Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!

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Later additions…

  1. Sputnik, 10/4
  2. Nintendo, 10/22
  3. Annexation, 10/25
  4. Windchime, 11/9
  5. Oregon Territory, 11/22
  6. Gold Dust, 11/29

Babies Named for Eclipses

lunar eclipseThis Saturday’s lunar eclipse will be the last total lunar eclipse until 2014, so I guess now is the time to post about people with the name Eclipse!

Below are people with Eclipse as either a first or a middle name. I’ve matched as many as possible with specific historical lunar eclipses and solar eclipses listed on NASA’s website. Here’s the result:

1700s

1800s

  • Emma Eclipse Earl, born in England on 7 September 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 26 May 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 24 October 1874, the day before a total lunar eclipse.
  • Ida/Ada Eclipse Wade, born in Massachusetts on 25 October 1874, the day of a total lunar eclipse. (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 29 July 1878, the day of a partial solar eclipse.
  • Marvin Eclipse Wallace, born in Bryan, Brazos, Texas [30° 39′ N, 96° 22′ W] on 29 July 1878, the day of total solar eclipse.
  • Sanford Eclipse Gantt, born in Paris, Lamar, Texas [33° 39′ N, 95° 32′ W] on 29 July 1878, the day of a total solar eclipse.
  • May Eclipse Glass, born in England circa 1890.
  • Essie Eclipse McGill, born in Tennessee on 29 January 1892.
  • Eclipse Blackman, born in Georgia circa 1898.

1900s

  • Eclipse Eley, born in Georgia circa 1900.
  • Eclipse Ruth Green, born in Mississippi circa 1914.
  • Vivian Eclipse Cubine, born in Oklahoma on 2 May 1920, the day before a partial lunar eclipse.
  • Eclipse Deutschman, born in New York circa 1925.
  • Eclipse De Marco, born in Rhode Island circa 1925.
  • Angelina Eclipse Ramos, born in Hawaii on 5 May 1941.
  • Jennifer Eclipse Kerr, born in Texas on 6 July 1982, the day of a total lunar eclipse.
  • Kathleen Eclipse Hernandez, born in Texas on 11 Jul 1991, the day of a partial solar eclipse.
  • Kathleen Eclipse Long, born in Texas on 12 Jun 1992, three days before a partial lunar eclipse.

And 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 there in June of 2001.

Image: Eclipse 2006 – Nkanfoa, Ghana 3 by Steve and Ruth Bosman

Terrible Baby Names – Adolf, Annular, Batman, Eclipse Glasses

According to mental floss, these are 6 baby names you should avoid:

  1. Batman
  2. Eclipse Glasses
  3. Naaktgeboren
  4. Vladimir Ashkenazy
  5. Yazid
  6. Adolf

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”).