How popular is the baby name Suffrage 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 Suffrage.
Suffrage Adelia VanHook was born in North Carolina in 1864.
So far, she’s the only U.S.-born person I know of with the name Suffrage. (Suffrage is the right to vote, btw.)
Suffrage’s father had fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. This suggests to me that her name is a reference to women’s suffrage, not to black suffrage.
That’s just a guess, though. Is anyone out there a descendant who could tell me the real story behind Suffrage’s name?
P.S. Suffrage had siblings named Charles, Carey, Charlotte, Edgar, Isaac and Robert.
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:
- Cape Cod
- Celerie (celery)
- Emancipation Proclamation
- Eiffel Tower
- Golden Palace
- Key West
- Legal Tender
- Opera House
- Soccer City
- Union Jack
- Vick Vaporup (Vicks VapoRub)
- Wilmot Proviso
Did I skip any good ones? Let me know in the comments!
- Sputnik, 10/4
- Nintendo, 10/22
- Annexation, 10/25
- Windchime, 11/9
- Oregon Territory, 11/22
- Gold Dust, 11/29