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Tuesday’s post about the Victorian-style Tylney Hall Hotel reminded me of a list of Victorian-era names that I’ve had bookmarked forever.
The list was created by amateur genealogist G. M. Atwater as a resource for writers. It contains names and name combinations that were commonly seen in the U.S. from the 1840s to the 1890s. Below is the full list (with a few minor changes).
Which female name and male name do you like best?
Source: Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
Something fun for the end of the week! The following names never fail to brighten my day:
- Archibald Constable (1774-1827) – Scottish publisher.
- Cornthwaite Ommanney (1736-1801) – grandfather of Erasmus, below.
- Cotton Tufts (1734-1815) – U.S. physician.
- Endicott Peabody (1920-1997) – U.S. politician.
- Erasmus Ommanney (1814-1904) – English explorer.
- Fabiana Bravo (b. 1969) – Argentine opera singer.
- Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) – Supreme Court justice.
- Felix Kirk Zollicoffer (1812-1862) – U.S. politician.
- Filippo “Lippo” Lippi (1406-1469) – Italian painter.
- Fritz Zwicky (1898-1974) – Swiss astronomer.
- Gillespie Montgomery (1920-2006) – U.S. politician.
- Gonzaga Gonza (d. 1886) – Ugandan martyr.
- Gustavus Vasa Fox (1821-1883) – U.S. politician.
- Halifax Shackleton – 16-year-old girl born in Halifax, Yorkshire, according to the 1911 England and Wales census.
- Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) – U.S. dancer.
- Morris Ketchum Jesup (1830-1908) – U.S. banker.
- Nellie Melba (1861-1931) – Australian opera singer.
- Otto van Veen (1556-1629) – Dutch painter.
- Simeon Solomon (1840-1905) – English painter.
- Stirling Silliphant (1918-1996) – U.S. screenwriter.
- Tranquilino Luna (1849-1892) – U.S. politician.
- Wambly Bald (1902-1990) – U.S. writer/columnist.
- Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534) – French printer. (The surname refers to a location in France, not words on the page, but it’s a great name anyway.)
Do you have any favorite names?
A reader named Rebecca needs help finding a middle name to go with Henry:
We are Jewish and had picked the name Greyson but my husband now thinks that is too “waspy” sounding. Whatever name we pick can’t start with a vowel. We love names that are old sounding — would love something like Simon but we can’t use that name.
Yup, many surname-names — especially those that are patronymic (e.g. Anderson), occupational (Tucker) or locational (Whitaker) — tend to rate pretty high on the WASPiness scale. :) Luckily, they’re also easy to avoid.
Here are some potential middles I came up with:
Do you guys like any of the above with Henry? What other suggestions would you offer Rebecca?
I find it interesting that some people are given forenames that exactly match their surnames. A few historically significant examples include:
(Ford Madox Ford and Horst P. Horst don’t count. They were born Ford Hermann Hueffer and Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann.)
There are also many forename/surname sets out there that come close to matching, such as:
Have you ever met someone whose first name and last name were identical (or nearly so)? Do you like these sorts of names?
Update – I just found out about Thomas McKean Thompson McKennan, 1794-1852, who served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior for a few weeks in 1850. This is as close to a double double as I’ve ever seen.