How popular is the baby name Prockie in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Prockie and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Prockie.
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)?
Source: Rev Timothy Dewey (1771 – 1850) – Find A Grave Memorial
Image: Old school knowledge by Joi Ito under CC BY 2.0.
The Battle of Gettysburg, which lasted from July 1 to July 3, 1863, was a Civil War battle fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Were any babies named after the battle?
In fact, the earliest two I know of represent the two sides of the conflict — north & south.
First, there’s Anne Gettysburg Veazey, born on July 7, 1863, in Vermont. She was the daughter of Col. Wheelock G. Veazey, who led the 16th Vermont Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Colonel Veazey’s return to his beloved Julia must have been especially joyous, since their first child, a daughter, had been born just four days after the guns fell silent at Gettysburg. They christened the little girl Anne Gettysburg Veazey.
Second, there’s Gettysburg Lee McCarter, born on July 19, 1863, in South Carolina. She went by the nickname Gettie (similar to the way Emancipation Proclamation went by the nickname Prockie). Gettie’s gravestone is below.
I’ve also found records for about 8 other babies named Gettysburg, including a female born into the Battle family of Alabama in 1878 and named “Gettysburg Battle.”
Source: Coffin, Howard. Nine Months to Gettysburg. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, 1997.
Image: Gettie McCarter Cook by Chris Smith