A couple of weeks ago, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in dramatic fashion (with a score of 8-7 in the 10th inning of the 7th game).
So will we see a rise in the number of babies with Cubs-inspired names (like Wrigley) this year? Probably! Here are some recent examples:
Wrigley – Katie Stam Irk (a former Miss America) and her husband Brian welcomed a baby boy several days before the final game of the series. After the Cubs emerged victorious, they named the baby Wrigley Oliver.
Wrigley – “Bachelorette” couple Chris Siegfried (a former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher) and his wife Desiree welcomed a baby boy in October and named him Asher Wrigley.
Faith Victory – Chicago parents Jason and Kristy Amato welcomed a baby girl in October and named her Faith Victory.
Clark and Addison – Cubs fans Scott and Amber McFarland welcomed boy-girl twins in late June and named them Clark (son) and Addison (daughter), “after the iconic intersection outside Wrigley Field.”
The names Clark and Addison were also given to a pair of male-female red panda cubs born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo last year.
And here’s the most impressive set of Cubs-babies I’ve seen so far: A generation ago, Cubs fanatics Julie and Ralph Dynek named their five children Addison (son), Clark (son), Sheffield (son), Grace Waveland (daughter), and Ivy Marie Wrigley Diamond (daughter). The first four were named after the four streets that surround Wrigley Field, and the fifth was named after the field’s famous ivy-covered brick outfield wall.
And don’t forget this 2007 baby named Wrigley Fields. (Visitors who commented on that post mentioned three more Wrigleys, an Addison, and a Clark.)
Have you encountered any other Cubs-inspired baby names lately, either in the news or in real life?
Less than one minute after the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, a baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Herod of Ottawa, Canada. Mr. Herod had planned to name the baby Albert after himself, but then Canada’s Governor General personally requested that Albert name his son Victor, in honor of the end of the war. Albert agreed; Victor Herod it was.
(The Governor General also happened to be a Victor, coincidentally.)
A baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Howe of Middleton, England, “on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.”
My mother told me that while I was born she could hear bands playing outside as people celebrated the end of the war. People were coming up with all sorts of names but in the end they settled on Victory Haig to honour when I was born as well as General Douglas Haig.
Victory Howe went by “Victor” as an adult.
The baby name Armistice has always been rare in the U.S., but it did make the national baby name list a handful of times: 1918, 1919, 1921 and 1927.
The Second Battle of the Marne was fought in the summer of 1918, just months before the end of World War I. It takes its name from the Marne, a river in France.
The battle was won thanks to an Allied counterattack led by French general Ferdinand Foch, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Armies. Foch later launched the Hundred Days Offensive, which led to the defeat of Germany.
The name Foch, which sounds like “foe” with an sh attached, was given to at least 58 U.S. baby boys in 1918. It was the 873rd most popular boy name in the nation that year, according to SSA data. (The SSDI includes people named Foch Pershing, Pershing Foch, and Victory Foch–all born in 1918.)
The name Marne was given to at least 24 baby girls and at least 17 baby boys in the U.S. in 1918. (Marne was the third-highest debut name for boys, in fact. First and second were Foch and Victory.) In France the river name is pronounced “mahrn” with a French R, but I doubt any Americans named for the battle used this pronunciation.
Unusual baby names are discussed regularly online, in entertainment magazines, even on late night TV. But I don’t often see the topic come up in old newspapers, which is why I was surprised to find the following in a 1942 issue of the Spokane Daily Chronicle:
News pictures recently gave publicity to a baby who was born during a practice air-raid blackout and whose mother hit on the expediency of naming her Dawn Siren. Another baby has been named Victory Pearl Harbor.
These names did not impress our anonymous reporter:
Herewith is a brief for all children whose parents give them unusual mirth-provoking or humiliating names. The offending fathers and mothers may be well meaning enough and in some cases the names have significance at the time they are given, but before long the child is hanging his head in shame under the storm of derision of his playmates, or blushing when he gives his name for the roll at school.
Dawn and Victory seem tame nowadays…makes me wonder what this person would have had to say about Aussie, Crimson and Marijauna.
Source: “What’s in a name? Plenty.” Spokane Daily Chronicle 6 Jan. 1942: 4.