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Remember when I blogged about the elusive baby name 54º 40′?
I still haven’t managed to track down anyone named 54º 40′, but I’ve discovered something close.
In April of 1845 — while the U.S. and Britain/Canada were embroiled in that dispute over the Oregon Territory (a.k.a. Columbia District) — Edmond and Eliza Winters of Ohio welcomed a baby boy.
They named him Oregon Territory.
In most places he’s listed as “Oregon Winters” or “Oregon T. Winters,” but on his daughter’s birth certificate his full name is written out (though misspelled) Oregon Teritory Winters:
(My search for a 54º 40′ continues, of course! I am not deterred. If there are any Fifty-Four Forties out there, I will find them. And blog them.)
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