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Road Trip Roundup: Calantha & Borghild

In Pierre, South Dakota, we visited the capitol building. It was quite nice on the inside:

Capitol - Pierre, SD

In one hallway, we found a few display cases featuring photos of former South Dakota first ladies/families.

Two names that caught my eye were Calantha and Borghild.

Calantha was the step-daughter of governor William Bulow, in office from 1927 to 1931.

She was the daughter of his second wife, Sarah. Sarah’s younger daughter, Venice, had died as a baby. Bulow’s children with his first wife, Katherine, were named Maurene, William Jr., and Kathleen.

Borghild was the sister of governor Nils Boe, in office from 1965 to 1969.

Nils wasn’t married, so Borghild served as first lady while he was governor. Their parents were Norwegian immigrants named Nils and Sissel (Sissel is a form of Cecilia). Their three sisters were named Karen, Dagney and Lois.

[What’s this road trip all about?]

Related post: Baby named “Speaker” by South Dakota state legislature

My Top 40 Baby Name Stories

Open BookOf the hundreds of baby name stories I’ve posted so far, these are my 40 favorites (listed alphabetically).

  1. Actsapostles
  2. Airlene
  3. Aku
  4. Carpathia
  5. Cleveland
  6. Dee Day
  7. Dondi
  8. Emancipation Proclamation
  9. Frances Cleveland
  10. Georgia
  11. Grant
  12. Guynemer
  13. Ida Lewis
  14. Independence & Liberty
  15. Inte & Gration
  16. Invicta
  17. Iuma
  18. Jesse Roper
  19. Job-Rakt-Out-of-the-Asshes
  20. Karina
  21. Legal Tender
  22. Livonia
  23. Louisiana Purchase
  24. Maitland Albert
  25. Maria Corazon
  26. Mary Ann
  27. Medina
  28. Pannonica
  29. Pearl
  30. Poncella
  31. Return
  32. Robert
  33. Saarfried
  34. Salida
  35. Seawillow
  36. Speaker
  37. Speedy
  38. States Rights
  39. Thursday October
  40. Zeppelina

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).

Baby Named by State Legislature

Gov. George Speaker Mickelson of South Dakota
George Speaker Mickelson
Here’s a unique (and prophetic!) occupational name for you.

Before George T. Mickelson became the 18th Governor of South Dakota in the late ’40s and early ’50s, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives for two terms (1937-1941). His second term, he was Speaker of the House.

His son was born on January 31, 1941, “during a mid-session recess of the legislature.” House members asked to name the baby, and Speaker Mickelson (after consulting his wife) agreed.

The baby was named George Speaker Mickelson by a resolution of the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Talk about “like father, like son” — George Speaker Mickelson ended up becoming the 28th Governor of South Dakota in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Before that, he served in the South Dakota House of Representatives for three terms (1975-1980). His third term, he was Speaker of the House.

And that made him Speaker George Speaker Mickelson.


  • “Legislature Names Speaker’s New Son” St. Petersburg Times 13 Feb. 1941: 6.
  • “Clues Sought on Mickelson Crash.” Telegraph [Nashua, NH] 21 Apr. 1993: 3.