How popular is the baby name Nahum 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 Nahum.
Boston’s Central Burying Ground was established in 1756, so it’s newer than the other Boston cemeteries I’ve blogged about (
King’s Chapel, Granary, and Copp’s Hill). Nevertheless, it still contains some pretty interesting names:
A: Aderline, Alford, Alona, Alpheus, Alsendorf, Annjulett, Antice, Anstice, Arodi, Artemis, Asadel
B: Barstow, Barzillia, Belcher, Benaset
C: Calista, Christeena, Clarena, Clarentine, Cumming
E: Ede, Elbridge, Elhanah, Eliakim, Emely
F: Fletcher, Freelove
G: Giles, Gilman, Gustavus
H: Hannahretta, Hawkes, Hepzibah, Hermione, Hezekiah, Hitty
I: Ichabod, Ignatius, Iphigenia
J: Jaazaniah, Jennet
L: Lendall, Llewlwyn, Loms, Lot, Lyman
M: Manasseh, Mansfred, Marayanna, Marston, Mayday, Mehitable, Micajah, Milla, Mindwell, Minerva
N: Nabby, Nahum
P: Pamelia, Percival, Phebee, Philander, Pliny
R: Rodolth, Rosalinda, Rosamund, Ruhamah
S: Sally, Salome, Seiba, Shubael, Shubel, Sibley, Silence, Silvanus, Sophronia, Sukey, Sylvanus
T: Tamer, Ternon, Theophilus, Tristam, Tryphena
W: Waverly, Wentworth, Worham, Winthrop
Z: Zabiah, Zebiah, Zeal, Zephaniah, Zilpah
Vivia would appeal to modern parents looking for an alternative to Olivia and/or Vivian.
Which of the above do you like best? How about least?
Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground (1917) by Ogden Codman
Jessie Jensen published her annual
Mormon baby names post a few weeks ago. Some highlights:
Dallin/ Dallen, tied for “Most Mormon name.” Dallin H. Oaks is a prominent member of the LDS church and a former president of BYU.
Rexalyn: “Ask your doctor if Rexalyn™ is right for you.”
Roczen, which has popped up in Australia recently as well. The influence is probably German motorcycle racer Ken Roczen.
Tannin, the “Absolute Worst Name This Year” thanks to the Biblical sea monster association. (For what it’s worth, I thought Zoei was worse.)
One commenter mentioned the historical Malan family of Ogden, Utah. Most of the 16 children were given alphabetical names:
Alexis Bartholomew (b. 1873)
Claudius Daniel (b. 1875)
Ernest Francis (b. 1876)
Jeremiah (b. 1878)
Gideon Highly (b. 1879)
Inez Jane (b. 1881)
Kit (b. 1883)
Lawrence Maxwell (b. 1884)
Nahum Oscar (b. 1886)
Parley Quince (b. 1888)
Ray Stephen (b. 1890)
Teresa Una (b. 1890)
Verna Winona (b. 1893)
X Y Zella (b. 1895)
Benjamin (b. 1896)
Louise Pauline (b. 1898)
Another commenter mentioned an aunt “named OE, it was pronounced oh-EEE, just like the letters,” who was born in Utah in early 1900s. (Reminds me of
Have you come across any interesting Mormon names lately?
Granary Burying Ground, Boston
Last month I posted about interesting names that can be found at
King’s Chapel Burying Ground, one of the two cemeteries on Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Today let’s check out interesting names that can be found at the
other cemetery on the Trail, Granary Burying Ground (est. 1660).
Here’s what I spotted (using a book of inscriptions):
A: Azor, Appoline, Adelbart, Adino, Adna, Affia, Albion, Alfrena, Alithere (female), Alletta, Angalesa, Anjennette, Areton, Aroline, Atsey, Avid B: Barachiah, Bethulia, Buttolph C: Cassander, Clarenia, Collford, Cornwall, Crispus ( Crispus Attucks), Cushing D: Danforth, Dering, Duty (male) E: Egatha, Electa, Eudoxa, Euphaime, Eustis F: Fessenden, Fitzwilliam, Fear, Fidealia G: Gad, Geradine, Grisell J: Jacquith, Jenevie, Jennet, Jocastia K: Knight L: Laban, Lately, Lisley, Llewellyn, Lodusky (female), Loungo M: Mahala, Malvina, Maranda, Melatiah (female), Metcalf, Moody N: Nahum O: Olimpia, Olander, Onesiphorus, Orinda, Ozias P: Patterick, Peace (male), Pearly, Peletiah, Pepperell, Peregrin, Person, Philobeth (male), Phineas, Pilgrim, Plummer, Prosillo (female) R: Rasilla, Reconcile, Roxana (“from Roxbury”) S: Samartha, Seath, Seferanna, Sophronia, Stoddard, Stanhope, Sylvender T: Tamer, Theophilus, Thusia, Trueman W: Waitstill, Welthea, Wilhelmina, Winthrop Z: Zera, Ziba (male)
All of the above were listed just once. Notable names that appeared more than once in the book include Almira/Elmira, Bathsheba, Dewitt, Doritha, Elbridge, Epes (relatives of
Epes Sargent), Gamaliel, Gershom, Gillam, Increase, Jotham, Keziah, Louisiana, Mehitable/Mehetable, Nabby, Pamelia/Permelia, Persis, Rozamond/Rozamund, Silence, Sylvanus and Tamzen.
Gravestone inscriptions and records of tomb burials in the Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Mass. (1918) by Ogden Codman