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.
|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|
It’s likely that the baby Lindberghs born prior to May of 1927 simply remained nameless until the event occurred. At that time it wasn’t uncommon for American parents to wait months (or sometimes years) to settle on a name. Emancipation Proclamation Coggeshall wasn’t named until she was two and a half, for instance.
I spotted a Lindbergh (right) in a mid-1932 issue of North Carolina Christian Advocate. His age wasn’t mentioned, but I’d bet he was born about 1927.
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.