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Popularity of the Baby Name Golden

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Unusual American Names – Free Silver, Gold Standard

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Puck‘s take on gold vs. silver in 1900

The Free Silver Movement gave the baby name Silver a boost during the 1890s, as we saw in yesterday’s post. But the story doesn’t end there.

Some parents got even more specific with their babies’ names, opting for the full phrase “Free Silver”:

  • Free Silver Hopkins, born in Oklahoma in 1894
  • Free Silver Kasler, born in Oklahoma in 1895
  • Goldie Freesilver Crawford, born in Oklahoma in 1897
  • Free Silver Waters, born in Georgia in 1898
  • Free Silver Watts, born in West Virginia in 1895

Then there were the people on the other side of the issue. They supported the gold standard, and a handful of them named their babies accordingly:

  • Goldstandard G. Anderson, born in Kansas in 1898
  • Gold Standard Kirkwood, born in Mississippi in 1890
  • Gold Standard Gunn, born in West Virginia in 1897
  • Goldstandard T. Rowlett, born in Oklahoma in 1898

Names from the same decade that included both metals, such as Goldie Freesilver, are harder to interpret. These names could be more about novelty than about politics (i.e., not a nod to bimetallism).

  • Goldie Silvery Budd, in Ohio in 1896
  • Golden Silver Colley, born in Kentucky in 1896
  • Goldie Silverada Hoffman, born in Colorado in 1899
  • Silver Gold Kay, born in Arizona in 1893

Today’s question: If you had to choose either Gold or Silver (or some variant thereof, like Goldie or Silverene) as your baby’s name, which metal would you choose?

Image: The survival of the fittest – LOC

Would You Sell the Right to Name Your Baby?

Several years ago, Melissa Heuschkel of Connecticut sold the right to name her fourth baby to online casino In exchange for about $15,000, she named her daughter Golden Palace (nn Goldie).

If a stranger offered you double that — $30,000 — for the right to name your next child, what would you say?

Remember, this person would have free rein. The name could be Andrew, Gretel, Justice, YanniLiveAtTheAcropolis…anything at all. You’d never have to use the name, but it must appear on the birth certificate.

If you’d say yes: Why? (And, what would you do with the money?)

If you’d say no: Why not? (And, would you change your mind if the amount were higher?)

Source: “Golden Palace Benedetto.” Day [New London] 30 Apr. 2005: B5.