How popular is the baby name Marigold in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Marigold.
Just a few weeks after Adnil came up in Notes and Queries, another contributor wrote:
“The growing popularity of flower-names is noticeable: Marigold, Rosemary, Iris, Ivy, Primrose, Hazel, Heather and Gloxinia (given to a girl baby very recently).”
Gloxinia! Like Arbutus, a flower name that was totally new to me.
Apparently Gloxinia can refer to either the genus Gloxinia or to several specific flowers called Gloxinia (e.g., Florist’s gloxinia, Creeping gloxinia, Hardy gloxinia) that are not part of the genus.
The name Gloxinia was created in honor of 18th-century German physician and botanical writer Benjamin Peter Gloxin. So far I haven’t had any luck tracking down the etymology of the surname Gloxin (also spelled Glocksin).
Have you ever seen Gloxinia used as a personal name before? What do you think of it?
Source: “Curious Christian Names.” Notes and Queries 19 Mar. 1904: 236.
Image: Adapted from Gloxinia by abelard1005 under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
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?)