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Back when ocean liners were the main mode of long distance travel, it was common for babies born at sea to be named after the ship they were born on (e.g., Cleveland, Martello, Numidian).
So it was notable when a baby was born on a ship and not named for that ship.
Case in point, the first baby born aboard the RMS Carmania:
The first baby to be born on board the new Cunard turbine liner Carmania came into the world in midocean last Wednesday. The baby is a boy, the son of Russian parents, who were among the 1,001 steerage passengers arriving here on the Carmania yesterday. The saloon passengers made up a purse of $60 and presented it to the parents. Strange to say, the boy was not christened Carmania. His parents decided that when he grew up he might object.
According to the manifest for that trip, the baby was named Gerschon. (His father’s first and middle names were Abram Gerschon.)
The Biblical name Gerschon/Gershon is a variant of another Biblical name, Gershom, which is thought to mean “[a person in] exile” in Hebrew.
- “First Carmania Baby.” New York Times 5 Mar. 1906.
- Hanks, Patrick, Kate Hardcastle and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of First Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
I’ve collected hundreds of baby name stories from old newspapers over the years. So far, this one is the oldest:
BIRTH ON BOARD A STEAMER. – A lady gave birth to a daughter while on board the steamer “Martello” on her way to Granton on Friday last. The “Martello” is a magnificent steam-ship at present plying between the Moray Firth and Edinburgh in room of the “Isabella Napier.” Mrs. Jago, the stewardess of the latter steamer, was on board the “Martello” at the time the “interesting event” occurred, and, with her well-known attention and kindness, did everything in her power to render the lady as comfortable as possible. The “Martello” arrived at Granton Pier on Saturday morning at four o’clock ; and we are happy to inform our lady readers that both mother and daughter are “doing well.” The child is to be named Martello Grant.
It comes from an 1853 issue of the Inverness Advertiser. (Inverness is in the Scottish Highlands.)
And, yes, it did bring to mind the the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks. :)
Other babies named for boats include Numidian (1892), Burgess (1902), Cleveland (1910), Dante (1919), Cunard (1927), Friedrich (1932), El Nil (1940), Australis (1967), Emera Cay (1988) and Edan Shaw (2009).