How popular is the baby name Halloween in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Halloween and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Halloween.
We’ve talked about people named Easter, Fourth (of July), Halloween, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year…what about Thanksgiving? I mean, we’ve already met Dr. Happy Thanksgiving, but are there more?
Yes, at least a few dozen more. As you’d expect, nearly all were born in late November. Here are three examples:
The two most recent Thanksgivings I found were both born in the 1990s.
Dozens of U.S. babies have been named Halloween over the years. We’ve already talked about Halloween Putman. Who are some of the others?
The earliest example I know of is Halloween Hovey. She was 8 months old and living in Michigan at the time of the 1870 census. (North America has only been celebrating Halloween since the mid-1800s, btw.)
The latest example I know of is Halloween Starks. She was born in Florida on Oct. 3, 1952.
Probably my favorite example is Halloween Baggs, whose name reminds me of bags of candy. :) He was 9 and living in Indiana at the time of the 1920 census.
Also memorable is Marigold Halloween Pearlie Cummings. She was born in Hawaii on Oct. 31, 1922.
I even found two people who spelled Halloween with the apostrophe: Henry Hallowe’en Varner (boy, born in Massachusetts on Oct. 31, 1904) and Tommie Hallowe’en Farmer (girl, born in Texas on Oct. 31, 1921)
Have you ever met anyone named Halloween? (If so, did they like their name?)
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
First a spring holiday name, now a fall holiday name…
I saw an article recently about an Oklahoma woman born on Oct. 31, 1924, and named Halloween.
As a child, Halloween Putman (née Williams) was teased about her unusual name:
She was called “Valentine” or “Holiday,” but she continued to go by Halloween until high school, when she began to use her middle name.
As an adult, though, she took pride in it. She got a kick out of “showing her driver’s license and seeing people’s reaction,” for instance.
Now, you’d think that Halloween would be a rare first name — rarer than Pascaline, right? But when I checked the SSDI, I was surprised to find 36 (!) people named Halloween and just 26 named Pascaline. Even more surprising? Some of these Halloweens were neither born nor conceived anywhere near October 31st. Very curious…
Source: Westbrook, Leigh Ann. “Local lady born to celebrate October treat day.” Durant Daily Democrat 31 Oct. 2002: 1A+.