How popular is the baby name Erasmus in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Erasmus and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Erasmus.
I wrote about Idawalley Zoradia Lewis a few years ago, but didn’t talk about the source of her unusual name.
She was named for her mother, Idawalley Zoradia Willey (1815-1879), who was born and raised in Rhode Island along with eight unusually named siblings and half-siblings — nearly all girls.
While I don’t know the names of all nine Willey children, I have tracked down these six:
- Alzada Roslyn (her daughter was also named “Alzada Roslyn”)
- Erasmus Darwin (apparently named for Erasmus Darwin, grandfather of Charles Darwin)
- Cordelia Joanna
- Octavia Lodiska
- Idawalley Zoradia
- Laura E. (probably Effigenia, as her daughter was named “Laura Effigenia”)
Given the names above, what do you think the other three daughters in the Willey family might have been called?
Something fun for the end of the week! The following names never fail to brighten my day:
- Archibald Constable (1774-1827) – Scottish publisher.
- Cornthwaite Ommanney (1736-1801) – grandfather of Erasmus, below.
- Cotton Tufts (1734-1815) – U.S. physician.
- Endicott Peabody (1920-1997) – U.S. politician.
- Erasmus Ommanney (1814-1904) – English explorer.
- Fabiana Bravo (b. 1969) – Argentine opera singer.
- Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) – Supreme Court justice.
- Felix Kirk Zollicoffer (1812-1862) – U.S. politician.
- Filippo “Lippo” Lippi (1406-1469) – Italian painter.
- Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974) – Swiss astronomer.
- Gillespie Montgomery (1920-2006) – U.S. politician.
- Gonzaga Gonza (d. 1886) – Ugandan martyr.
- Gustavus Vasa Fox (1821-1883) – U.S. politician.
- Halifax Shackleton – 16-year-old girl born in Halifax, Yorkshire, according to the 1911 England and Wales census.
- Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) – U.S. dancer.
- Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908) – U.S. banker.
- Nellie Melba (1861-1931) – Australian opera singer.
- Otto van Veen (1556-1629) – Dutch painter.
- Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) – English painter.
- Stirling Silliphant (1918-1996) – U.S. screenwriter.
- Tranquilino Luna (1849-1892) – U.S. politician.
- Wambly Bald (1902-1990) – U.S. writer/columnist.
- Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534) – French printer. (The surname refers to a location in France, not words on the page, but it’s a great name anyway.)
Do you have any favorite names?
Estelle wrote to me recently with a tall order:
I’m having quads (!!!) in 4 weeks and I need names! I’m having one boy and three girls. My 4 year old son’s name is Cosmo. My husband and I like spacey, whimsical and weird names.
In fact, they “don’t have any limits on how weird a name can be.”
One girl name they’re considering is Ione, which is a family name.
The combination of Cosmo and the adjective “spacey” made me think of star and constellation names right off the bat:
One nice thing about these is that several together probably wouldn’t scream “star names” to the average person. Unlike, say, a group of flower names. (Though I’m sure stargazers would catch on pretty quickly.)
And here’s what we have for non-galactic suggestions:
Those were the girl names, these are the boy names:
What other whimsical names can you come up with for Estelle? And, can you put together any good combinations of 1 boy and 3 girl names?
Update: The babies have arrived! Scroll down to see what names Estelle selected.