Exactly 85 years ago today, 25-year-old Air Mail pilot Charles Lindbergh was in the middle of his non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
His successful journey from New York City to Paris, which lasted from about 8 am on May 20 until about 10:30 pm on May 21, 1927, earned Lindbergh the $25,000 Orteig Prize and made him world-famous virtually overnight.
Hundreds of babies were named Lindbergh and Lindy that year:
|Year||Babies named Lindbergh||Babies named Lindy|
|1930||31 boys||64 boys, 6 girls|
|1929||41 boys||84 boys, 14 girls|
|1928||71 boys||176 boys, 16 girls|
|*1927*||115 boys||234 boys, 27 girls|
|1926||12 boys||30 boys|
|1925||7 boys||11 boys, 8 girls|
|1924||? boys||6 boys, 6 girls|
Variant spellings Lindberg, Lindburgh [debut] and Lindburg [debut] also got a boost.
And, of course, many babies were given the first-middle combo “Charles Lindbergh.” The following Charles Lindbergh babies made the news:
- Charles Lindbergh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Lindbergh of Cambridge, MA
- Charles Lindbergh Bohannon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bohannon of La Jolla, San Diego, CA
- Charles Lindbergh Erickson, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Carl W. Erickson of Worcester, MA
- Charles Lindbergh Hurley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hurley of Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY
A few years later, in 1931, a Canadian baby who made headlines for being born in an airplane was also named after Lindbergh.
- “3 Babies Are Given Name of Air Ace.” Painesville Telegraph 23 May 1927: 1.
- “New Born Baby Gets Lindbergh’s Name.” Border Cities Star [Windsor, Ontario, Canada] 23 May 1927: 14.
- “San Diego Baby Is Named for Aviator.” Prescott Evening Courier 8 Jun. 1927: 1.