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.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Halloween

Number of Babies Named Halloween

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Halloween

More Babies Named Halloween

pumpkinsDozens 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?)

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!


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

Halloween Baby Named Halloween

pumpkinsFirst 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+.