How popular is the baby name Philander 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 Philander.
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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:
Yup. A baby girl born in New York in 1814 was named Encyclopedia Britannica Dewey.
Her father was a minister named Timothy Dewey. With his first wife, Anne, he had a baby boy who got a traditional name (George Robert Dewey). But with his second wife, Beulah, he had at least 10 kids, all of whom got more distinctive names:
Anna Diadama Dewey, b. 1802
Philander Seabury Dewey, b. 1803
Franklin Jefferson Dewey, b. 1804
Armenius Philadelphus Dewey, b. 1805
Almira Melphomenia Dewey, b. 1807
Marcus Bonaparte Dewey, b. 1808
Pleiades Arastarcus Dewey, b. 1810
Victor Millenius Dewey, b. 1811
Octavia Ammonia Dewey, b. 1812
Encyclopedia Britannica Dewey, b. 1814
The most notable name of the bunch is certainly Encyclopedia Britannica. Like Prockie, she didn’t use her full name in everyday life but went by a modified form of her middle name: Britannia.
Would you consider giving any of these names to a child nowadays? If so, which one(s)?
Jonathan and Patience Sprague of Douglas, Massachusetts, welcomed a baby boy on October 16, 1790.
They named him Federal Constitution Sprague.
Well, he was born a year after the U.S. Constitution went into effect. (It had been was created in 1787 and ratified in 1788.)
As one source put it, “Federal Constitution Sprague evidently had a father to whom the new nation meant something. He was interested evidently in the document for which he named his son.”
Yes, evidently. :)
None of Federal Constitution’s 13 siblings, nine full siblings and four half-siblings, got a name as notable (or as patriotic) as his:
F.C. ended up having a dozen children, ten from his first marriage and two from his second, but didn’t pass his unique name down to any of them:
I’ve also found a handful of other people named Constitution (or some variation thereof). Most were born in France in the 1790s, around the time France adopted several new constitutions during the French Revolution. Several other Constitutions were from countries in South America. One was born in New South Wales in 1855, the year of the New South Wales Constitution Act.
Crane, Ellery Bicknell. Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Worcester County Massachusetts. New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1907.
Sprague, Augustus B. R. Genealogy in part of the Sprague Families in America. Worcester, MA: Augustus B. R. Sprague, 1902.