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In 1900, various newspapers printed an editorial by Lora La Mance that was mostly about the common surname Smith, but also mentioned (at the end) a person in Pennsylvania with the unlikely given name “Seven Weeks Sleighing in March.” Here’s the relevant bit:
We must first explain that in the olden days it was the custom to speak of an unusually long spell of one kind of weather after this paradoxical manner, “five-weeks-rain-in-June,” “seven-weeks-frost-in-August,” etc. Of course it is an impossible thing to compress more than four and a a half weeks in a month. But the meaning was so many weeks of such and such kind of weather beginning in such a month. And now, after this long preamble, to return to our oddest of all odd given names. Something over 100 years ago a snowstorm in Pennsylvania set in about the first of March. A long spell of sleighing followed, traditional for years for the length of time that it lasted this late in the season. What did these parents do but name the baby boy that same along with the snowstorm, but Seven Weeks Sleighing in March Smith! My grandfather when a child knew this Smith of a singular name–then an oldish man–and heard the story of how he received his queer name. Grandfather said the man went by the name of Weeks usually, but if he chose to sign his name his initials were written S. W. S. I. M. Smith, in itself a unique distinction.
Lora La Mance was somewhat of a public figure back then, and her mother, Kezia, was from Pennsylvania. So I imagine this story came from maternal grandfather, Valentine Waltman, born in 1790. If Weeks was an “oldish man” when Valentine was a child, then Weeks would have been born sometime in the mid-1700s.
I can’t find any record of him so far, but I want to! Are there any Pennsylvania-based historians/genealogists out there who can verify the existence of Seven Weeks Sleighing in March Smith?
Source: La Mance, Lora S. “Fourteen Million Living Smiths.” Salt Lake Herald 22 Jul. 1900: 14.
Valeska Suratt was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Indiana in 1882. Valeska was also a character name in multiple films, including For a Woman’s Honor (1919) and Broadway Scandals (1929).
Valli Valli was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Germany in 1882. Her birth name was Valli Knust. Alida Valli, often credited simply as Valli, was an actress who appeared in films from the 1930s to the 2000s. She was born in Italy (now Croatia) in 1921. Valli was also a character played by actress Margaret Livingston in the film What a Widow! (1930).
Vedah Bertram was an actress who appeared in films in the early 1910s. She was born in Massachusetts in 1891. Her birth name was Adele Buck.
Vedah, who died of appendicitis at the age of 20 in 1912, “became the first noted film player to be mourned by the movie-going public.” According to the San Francisco Call, her East Coast family had not been aware of her film career. “Hoping to keep her actions from her friends and relatives, she assumed the name under which she has been acting.”
Vee Newell was a character played by actress Olive Borden in the film Hello Sister (1930).
Velma Whitman was an actress who appeared in films in the 1910s. She was born in Ohio in 1885. Velma was also a character name in multiple films, including The Greatest Menace (1923) and The Lone Wolf’s Daughter (1929).
Vermuda was a character played by actress Martha Sleeper in the short film Sure-Mike! (1925).
Verna Mersereau was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1920s. She was born in 1894. Verna was also a character name in multiple films, including His Temporary Wife (1920) and Here Comes Carter (1936).
Vesta Tilley was an actress who appeared in films from the 1900s to the 1910s. She was born in England in 1864. Her birth name was Matilda Alice Powles. Vesta was also a character name in multiple films, including The House in Suburbia (short, 1913) and The Duke of Chimney Butte (1921).
Vilma Banky was an actress who appeared in films from the 1910s to the 1930s. She was born in Austria-Hungary (now Hungary) in 1898. Vilma was also a character name in multiple films, including Federal Agent (1936) and Meet the Boy Friend (1937).
There’s a family in Cardiff, Wales with children named:
Romeo Casanova Valentino (age 12)
Venus Valentine (11)
Angel Aphrodite (10)
Isis Ise (3)
Achilles Spartacus Mars (2)
Caesar Augustus Constantine (due in 4 weeks)
The parents are Tony and Elaine Romaeo (making son #1 “Romeo Romaeo,” of course). Elaine had this to say about the names:
We knew we wanted to give our children unusual names from the start. My husband used to be a male stripper and his stage name was Romeo so we decided to call our first son after the three greatest lovers of the world.