How popular is the baby name Proclamation 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 Proclamation.
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I’m fascinated by personal names that, out of context, don’t appear to be names at all. Especially when said names are created from everyday nouns and proper nouns — places, foods, animals, objects, brands, ideas, events, institutions, organizations, qualities, phenomena, and so forth.
My fascination kicked into high gear after I wrote about noun-names earlier this year. Ever since, I’ve kept my eyes peeled for noun-names.
So far, I’ve collected hundreds. But it’s going to take me a while to blog about all of them. In the meanwhile, I thought I’d list some of the strangest ones I’ve already talked about:
My favorite baby name stories tend to be those that I find most memorable. Several of them (e.g., Aku, Karina, Maitland) even taught me something new. In a few cases, it’s not the original story I like so much as something that happened later on in the tale (as with Georgia, Salida, Speaker).
Exactly 85 years ago today, 25-year-old Air Mail pilot Charles Lindbergh was in the middle of his non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
His successful journey from New York City to Paris, which lasted from about 8 am on May 20 until about 10:30 pm on May 21, 1927, earned Lindbergh the $25,000 Orteig Prize and made him world-famous virtually overnight.
According to SSA data, hundreds of babies were named Lindbergh and Lindy that year:
Babies named Lindbergh
Babies named Lindy
64 boys, 6 girls
84 boys, 14 girls
176 boys, 16 girls
234 boys, 27 girls
11 boys, 8 girls
6 boys, 6 girls
Though the data makes it look like dozens of babies were named “Lindbergh” and “Lindy” prior to May of 1927, that’s probably not the case. It’s much more likely that these babies simply remained nameless until the event occurred. (At that time it wasn’t uncommon for American parents to wait months, sometimes years, to settle on a name. Emancipation Proclamation Coggeshall wasn’t named until she was two and a half, for instance.)
Here’s similar data from the SSDI (Social Security Death Index):
1930: 15 babies with the first name Lindbergh
1929: 21 babies with the first name Lindbergh
1928: 51 babies with the first name Lindbergh
1927: 70 babies with the first name Lindbergh
1926: 5 babies with the first name Lindbergh
1925: 1 babies with the first name Lindbergh
1924: 0 babies with the first name Lindbergh
I spotted a Lindbergh (right) in a mid-1932 issue of North Carolina Christian Advocate. His age wasn’t mentioned, but he was probably born circa 1927.
The variant spellings Lindberg, Lindburgh and Lindburg also got a boost in 1927. The latter two debuted in the data that year, in fact.
And, of course, many babies were given the first-middle combo “Charles Lindbergh.” The following Charles Lindbergh babies made the news:
Charles Lindbergh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace E. Lindbergh of Cambridge, MA
Charles Lindbergh Bohannon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bohannon of La Jolla, San Diego, CA
Charles Lindbergh Erickson, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Carl W. Erickson of Worcester, MA
Charles Lindbergh Hurley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hurley of Sea Cliff, Long Island, NY
A few years later, in 1931, a Canadian baby who made headlines for being born in an airplane was also named after Lindbergh.
“3 Babies Are Given Name of Air Ace.” Painesville Telegraph 23 May 1927: 1.
“New Born Baby Gets Lindbergh’s Name.” Border Cities Star [Windsor, Ontario, Canada] 23 May 1927: 14.
“San Diego Baby Is Named for Aviator.” Prescott Evening Courier 8 Jun. 1927: 1.