John Tyler became the unexpected 10th president of the United States upon the sudden death of William Henry Harrison.
He wasn’t a particularly impressive commander-in-chief, but he was notable for at least one thing: having more legitimate children than any other U.S. president.
He married this first wife, Letitia Christian, in 1813. They had eight children:
Mary (b. 1815)
Robert (b. 1816)
John (b. 1819)
Letitia (b. 1821)
Elizabeth (b. 1823)
Anne Contesse (1825-1825) – John Tyler’s paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Contesse.
Alice (b. 1827)
Tazewell, called “Taz” (b. 1830) – He “was named by the older children after the Tyler family’s close friend, Littleton W. Tazewell.”
Letitia had a stroke in 1839, and died in 1842.
John married his second wife, Julia Gardiner, in 1844. They had seven more children:
David (b. 1846)
John (b. 1848)
Julia (b. 1849)
Lachlan (b. 1851) – Julia’s mother’s maiden name was McLachlan.
Lyon (b. 1853) – Probably named in honor of Julia’s ancestor Lion Gardiner.
Robert Fitzwalter, called “Fitz” (b. 1856) – He was “[n]amed Robert Fitzwalter in honor of Julia Tyler’s ancestor of thirteenth-century England.” (I found several contenders, but my guess is this guy.)
Pearl (b. 1860) – She “was originally to be named Margaret, but she was christened Pearl instead.”
Over at The Public Domain Review, I found a collection of 51 novelty playing cards — several incomplete decks, mixed together — from 1916 that feature the images and names of popular movie actresses from that era.
Below are all the first names from those cards, plus where those names happened to rank in the 1916 baby name data. (Two-thirds of them were in the top 100, and over 95% fell inside the top 1,000.)
Earlier this year, singer Ed Sheeran welcomed a baby girl named Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran. She wasn’t actually born at sea — “Seaborn” is her mother’s surname — but did you know that many of the babies named “Seaborn” throughout history were in fact born at sea?
And it doesn’t stop at “Seaborn.” These sea-born babies got all sorts of interesting names hinting at the circumstances of their birth. Here’s a round-up of what I’ve spotted in the records…
Seaborn (The earliest American example I know of is Seaborn Cotton, born in August of 1633 while as his parents were traveling from England to New England. Notably, he was the uncle of Cotton Mather.)
Sea-Mercy (This one comes from Sea-Mercy Adams, a man who got married in Philadelphia in 1686.)