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More WWI Names – Allenby, Joffre, Pershing, Tasker

The top debut names of 1918 were Foch and Marne, for French general Ferdinand Foch and the Second Battle of the Marne. Of course, Foch and Marne weren’t the only WWI-related baby names to debut during the 1910s. Here are four more:


  • 1918 – 6 baby boys named Allenby

Allenby, which made the SSA’s baby name list only once, comes from British Field Marshal Edmund Allenby (1861-1936). He was given command of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) in mid-1917.


  • 1914 – 6 baby boys named Joffre
  • 1915 – 14 baby boys named Joffre
  • 1916 – 16 baby boys named Joffre
  • 1917 – 37 baby boys named Joffre
  • 1918 – 35 baby boys named Joffre
  • 1919 – 7 baby boys named Joffre
  • 1920 – 6 baby boys named Joffre

Joffre, which debuted in 1914 and peaked in 1917, was inspired by French General Joseph Joffre (1852-1931). He was commander-in-chief of the French Army during World War I.

The SSDI tells me that two of those 1917 babies were named Joffre Pershing and Joffre Haig, and that another Joffre Pershing was born in 1918.


  • 1915 – 10 baby boys named Pershing
  • 1916 – (fewer than 5)
  • 1917 – 53 baby boys named Pershing [ranked 882nd]
  • 1918 – 295 baby boys named Pershing [ranked 334th]
  • 1919 – 103 baby boys named Pershing [ranked 595th]
  • 1920 – 28 baby boys named Pershing

Pershing, which debuted in 1915 and peaked in 1918, was inspired by General John Pershing (1860-1948). He was the only person promoted to the highest rank in the U.S. Army — General of the Armies — during his lifetime (in 1919).


  • 1918 – 7 baby boys named Tasker
  • 1919 – 8 baby boys named Tasker

Tasker, which has been on the list a total of three times, comes from General Tasker Bliss (1853-1930). He was the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1918.

Not surprisingly, WWI names above fell out of favor after the early 1920s. But a few did reappear on the SSA’s list in the early ’40s (during WWII) — Pershing in 1940, Joffre and Tasker in 1942.

WWI Baby Names – Foch and Marne

Ferdinand FochThe names Foch and Marne were the top debut names of 1918. They were inspired by related things, so I thought I’d blog about both at once.

The Second Battle of the Marne was fought in the summer of 1918, just months before the end of World War I. It takes its name from the Marne, a river in France.

The battle was won thanks to an Allied counterattack led by French general Ferdinand Foch, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Armies. Foch later launched the Hundred Days Offensive, which led to the defeat of Germany.

The name Foch, which sounds like “foe” with an sh attached, was given to at least 58 U.S. baby boys in 1918. It was the 873rd most popular boy name in the nation that year, according to SSA data. (The SSDI includes people named Foch Pershing, Pershing Foch, and Victory Foch–all born in 1918.)

The name Marne was given to at least 24 baby girls and at least 17 baby boys in the U.S. in 1918. (Marne was the third-highest debut name for boys, in fact. First and second were Foch and Victory.) In France the river name is pronounced “mahrn” with a French R, but I doubt any Americans named for the battle used this pronunciation.

Photo: LOC