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Search and Rescue Baby Name

In February of 1956, Joyce Atherton of Ugthorpe, England, went into labor. An ambulance from nearby Whitby couldn’t reach her because of the snowdrifts, so helicopter pilot Ron Salt of the No. 275 Squadron RAF (Royal Air Force) flew in, picked her up, and transported her to the hospital.

Days later, a baby girl arrived. She was named Mary Sarah Atherton. Where did her middle name come from? It was inspired by the acronym SARAH, “Search And Rescue And Homing,” as Ron’s group was also known as a Search and Rescue and Homing Squadron.

(SARAH was actually a piece of equipment the squadron pilots used. It was a miniature transmitter developed in the early 1950s to help rescuers locate downed pilots, especially during air-sea rescues.)

Source: “Sarah Named After Her Air Rescuers.” Bulletin and Scots Pictorial 19 March 1956: 5.

Other acronym baby names: Ramsi, Mash, Kytal, Ily, Ilys

Baby Name Story – Baby Named After MASH Unit

And now, after Louis Meadows Brook and Normah, the final installment of the “babies named after hospitals” weekend series. This one is hearsay, but I’ll post it anyway:

In late April, 1957, there was an earthquake in Fethiye, Turkey. According to British sailors who delivered relief supplies to the area, a Turkish baby born amid the ruins was named Mash after a U.S. Army medical unit. (MASH is an acronym for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.)

Source: “Baby Named for Hospital.” Hartford Courant 2 May 1957: 29E.