How popular is the baby name Pascaline in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Pascaline and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Pascaline.
First a spring holiday name, now a fall holiday name…
I saw an article recently about an Oklahoma woman born on Oct. 31, 1924, and named Halloween.
As a child, Halloween Putman (née Williams) was teased about her unusual name:
She was called “Valentine” or “Holiday,” but she continued to go by Halloween until high school, when she began to use her middle name.
As an adult, though, she took pride in it. She got a kick out of “showing her driver’s license and seeing people’s reaction,” for instance.
Now, you’d think that Halloween would be a rare first name — rarer than Pascaline, right? But when I checked the SSDI, I was surprised to find 36 (!) people named Halloween and just 26 named Pascaline. Even more surprising? Some of these Halloweens were neither born nor conceived anywhere near October 31st. Very curious…
Source: Westbrook, Leigh Ann. “Local lady born to celebrate October treat day.” Durant Daily Democrat 31 Oct. 2002: 1A+.
I’ve posted about plenty of babies named after the boats on which they were born (e.g. Australis, Burgess, El Nil, Jesse Roper, Numidian) so here’s something new — a baby born on a boat, but named after the holiday on which she was born:
La Champagne, like the Cedric, had a pleasant voyage and reported, as her principal contribution to the news of the day, the fact that on Easter Sunday there had been born on board the liner a little girl to Mme. Boyer, one of the cabin passengers. The baby was named Pascaline.
A much better choice than “Champagne,” certainly.
Pascaline is related to the adjective paschal, which refers to both Passover and Easter. Many babies born around the time of Easter/Passover have been given some form of this name (Pascal/Pascaline, Pascual/Pascuala, Pasquale/Pasquala, etc.)
Source: “Liners’ Good Weather.” New York Times 20 Apr. 1903: 3.
A reader named Nita is having a baby girl. The baby’s first name will be Leah, and Nita is looking for middle name suggestions that work with Leah. She writes:
We want it to start with a consonant and end in a consonant. Since the first name is pretty short, we’d like the middle name to be three or four syllables long. And please, not floral names. (And no names that sound like Beatrice/Beatrix, Margaret or Ursula.)
I think French names are a smart place to start, as many French names are fairly long and begin and end with consonant sounds.
Here are some other possibilities:
Which of the above do you like best with Leah? What other middle names can you come up with for Nita?