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Of the hundreds of baby name stories I’ve posted so far, these are my 40 favorites (listed alphabetically).
- Dee Day
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Frances Cleveland
- Ida Lewis
- Independence & Liberty
- Inte & Gration
- Jesse Roper
- Legal Tender
- Louisiana Purchase
- Maitland Albert
- Maria Corazon
- Mary Ann
- States Rights
- Thursday October
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).
While doing research for the NIRA post, I discovered that there’s a town in Iowa called Nira.
The town wasn’t named in 1933 after the legislation. It was named decades before, by Col. W. B. Bell, an early postmaster of Iowa’s Washington County. He named the town after his wife, Nira.
What I found especially interesting was that the town of Nira, Iowa — much like the town of Salida, Colorado — held a baby name contest in its early days. (In the 1880s, I’m guessing.)
Col. Bell watched the growth of the village named for his wife, Nira, and offered a gold dollar to the first baby girl born in the town who was named Nira.
The gold dollar eventually was awarded Nira Moffitt, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Moffitt. Her present location is unknown.
I wonder how many other U.S. towns held similar contests.
Source: “Nira Enjoys New Boom.” Telegraph-Herald 17 Aug. 1933: 1+.
EDIT: I’ve found Nira Moffitt on the 1900 census! She was born in June of 1880, to George and Anna Moffitt, and had a big sister named Lottie.
Not long after the Colorado mountain town of Salida* was founded in 1880, the town fathers announced that a free plot of land would be given to the first baby girl named after the community.
The Hunt family of Salida took them up on their offer. They welcomed a baby girl in mid-1881 and named her Salida Gertrude.
But when Salida Gertrude tried to collect her prize upon turning 21, she was denied. The offer apparently had never been entered into town record and made official.
Nearly 80 years later, on Salida Gertrude’s 100th birthday, Salida town mayor Ed Touber tried to make things right by presenting Salida with a plaque “bearing her name and the town symbol.”
Something’s better than nothing, I suppose.
*The town name is pronounced sa-LYE-da, even though it appears to be based on the Spanish word for “exit,” salida, which is pronounced sa-LEE-da.
Image: Bird’s eye view of Salida, Chaffee County, Colorado. 1882. – LOC