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Top baby names in Nova Scotia, 1914

Speaking of popular baby names Nova Scotia…did you know that the province’s Open Data site includes birth registration records from the mid-1800s and from the early 1900s? I isolated the records from 1914 — the most recent year in the data — and came up with baby name rankings for about a century ago:

Top Girl Names, 1914
1. Mary (close to 700 girls)
2. Margaret
3. Annie
4. Marie
5. Helen
6. Dorothy
7. Florence
8. Elizabeth
9. Catherine (over 100 girls)
10. Alice

Top Boy Names, 1914
1. John (close to 600 boys)
2. Joseph
3. James
4. William
5. George
6. Charles
7. Robert
8. Arthur
9. Donald
10. Edward (over 100 boys)

The rankings represent about about 6,700 baby girls and about 6,800 baby boys born in Nova Scotia in 1914. I’m not sure how many babies were born that year overall, but it looks like the province’s total population in 1914 was roughly 500,000 people.

Hundreds of the names were used just once. Here are some examples:

Unique Girl namesUnique Boy names
Adalta, Adayala, Ailsa, Amilene, Anarina, Aniela, Attavilla, Birdina, Buema, Burance, Caletta, Cattine, Celesta, Claviettee, Deltina, Elta, Erdina, Ethelda, Eudavilla, Evhausine, Fauleen, Genneffa, Gennesta, Heuldia, Hughenia, Iselda, Ivenho, Lanza, Lebina, Lelerta, Loa, Lougreta, Manattie, Meloa, Milnina, Minira, Namoia, Naza, Neitha, Neruda, Olava, Oressa, Prenetta, Ramza, Ruzena, Sophique, Stanislawa, Taudulta, Udorah, Velena, Vola, Vonia, Waldtraut, Willina, YuddisAlbenie, Alpine, Alywin, Alyre, Armenious, Bayzil, Bernthorne, Briercliffe, Carefield, Cicero, Colomba, Craigen, Desire, DeWilton, Docithee, Edly, Enzile, Ethelberth, Ewart, Exivir, Fernwood, Firth, Florincon, Glidden, Gureen, Haliberton, Haslam, Hibberts, Irad, Kertland, Kinsman, Kitchener, Langille, Lemerchan, Lockie, Lubins, Meurland, Murl, Neddy, Nevaus, Niron, Odillon, Olding, Phine, Rexfrid, Roseville, Saber, Sifroi, Sprat, Stannage, Venanties, Waitstill, Wardlo, Wentworth, Wibbert

I also spotted one boy with the first and middle names Earl Gray, and another with the first and middle names “Kermit Roosevelt” (the name of one of Theodore Roosevelt’s six children).

Sources: Open Data Nova Scotia (specifically, Birth Registrations 1864-1877, 1908-1914), Nova Scotia – Population urban and rural, by province and territory

Names from Central Burying Ground in Boston

Boston’s Central Burying Ground was established in 1756, so it’s newer than the other Boston cemeteries I’ve blogged about (King’s Chapel, Granary, and Copp’s Hill). Nevertheless, it still contains some pretty interesting names:

  • A: Aderline, Alford, Alona, Alpheus, Alsendorf, Annjulett, Antice, Anstice, Arodi, Artemis, Asadel
  • B: Barstow, Barzillia, Belcher, Benaset
  • C: Calista, Christeena, Clarena, Clarentine, Cumming
  • D: Dolley
  • E: Ede, Elbridge, Elhanah, Eliakim, Emely
  • F: Fletcher, Freelove
  • G: Giles, Gilman, Gustavus
  • H: Hannahretta, Hawkes, Hepzibah, Hermione, Hezekiah, Hitty
  • I: Ichabod, Ignatius, Iphigenia
  • J: Jaazaniah, Jennet
  • K: Keziah
  • L: Lendall, Llewlwyn, Loms, Lot, Lyman
  • M: Manasseh, Mansfred, Marayanna, Marston, Mayday, Mehitable, Micajah, Milla, Mindwell, Minerva
  • N: Nabby, Nahum
  • O: Orvilla
  • P: Pamelia, Percival, Phebee, Philander, Pliny
  • R: Rodolth, Rosalinda, Rosamund, Ruhamah
  • S: Sally, Salome, Seiba, Shubael, Shubel, Sibley, Silence, Silvanus, Sophronia, Sukey, Sylvanus
  • T: Tamer, Ternon, Theophilus, Tristam, Tryphena
  • V: Vivia
  • W: Waverly, Wentworth, Worham, Winthrop
  • Z: Zabiah, Zebiah, Zeal, Zephaniah, Zilpah

I bet Vivia would appeal to modern parents looking for an alternative to Olivia and/or Vivian.

Which of the above do you like best? How about least?

Source: Gravestone Inscriptions and Records of Tomb Burials in the Central Burying Ground (1917) by Ogden Codman

Rare names in early Boston (1630-1805)

Embroidered by Rooksby Creese
Embroidered by Rooksby Creese, 1700s

Yesterday we looked at popular baby names in early Boston, so today let’s check out some rare names.

Those two books I discovered with the early Boston birth records also included lists of Boston baptisms, marriages and deaths. I scanned all of these lists to come up with the names below:

A: Admonition, Aftar, America, Amiable, Amorel/Amorill, Androse, Aniball, Angola, Annice, Anstis, Apfier, Archdale, Arimnel, Atterlanta, Avery, Avise, Azor

  • America, full name America House, was born in 1660. Could she have been the very first New World baby named America? I can’t find anything earlier…
  • Avery was a baby girl born in 1645. This could be the earliest girl-Avery I know of.

B: Bagwell, Bagworth, Bant, Barbary, Belcher, Benaniwell, Betteris, Bezaliell, Bickford, Blish, Bossenger, Boylston, Bozoun/Bozoon/Bozoune/Bozon/Boozone, Brattle, Broughton, Budd, Bulkely, Buny, Buttalph/Buttolph, Byfield

  • Bagworth‘s full name was the Hobbit-like Bagworth Endicutt.
  • One of the Belchers had the unfortunate full name Belcher Noyes.
  • The Bozoun-group refers mainly to one person: Capt. Bozoun Allen (d. 1652), an immigrant from England who was active in early Boston politics.

C: Caylance, Cazneau, Cerston, Chanterlin, Chuzziah, Civil, Cletord, Clorinda, Coneniah, Consider, Constancy, Cord, Crumil, Cumbey/Cumby, Custin/Custine, Cutting

  • Could Chuzziah be a version of Josiah?
  • Cord‘s full name was Cord Cordis.
  • Cutting‘s full name was Cutting Bean.

D: Decline, Delicia, Derlow, Dermin, Desire ye Truth, Dickery, Digory, Dinisha, Dionysia, Dixe, Dosithea, Dowsabell, Drewry

  • Desire ye Truth gave her daughter the exact same name in 1666. The “ye” here would have been pronounced “the,” as the letter y actually represents the letter thorn.
  • Here’s more on the derivation of Digory.
  • Dionysia‘s full name was the very romantic Dionysia Savage Ravenscroft. (Savage was her maiden name; Ravenscroft was her married name.)

E: Electa, Eleshaway, Eliphall/Elliphall, Ellener, Emmin, Emmorold, Estick, Ethlan, Evos, Exercise

  • Exercise‘s full name was Exercise Blackleech.

F: Fairbanck, Fathergone, Faur, Fearnot/Fearnott, Febee, Ffitz-John, Foreland, Fortescue, Fortune, Freeborn, Freegrace, Freelove, Frizzel

  • Here’s the story behind Fathergone.
  • Fearnot is a Puritan name that needs to make a comeback, I think.

G: Gartright, Gatliffe, Gedny, Gee, Gier, Goodith, Grafton, Gravingham, Griffyn, Grimstone, Grindall, Grizzel/Grizzell

  • Gartright could be a version of Gertrude.
  • Goodith is probably Judith.
  • Grimstone! I love any name that features the word “grim.” I remember Grimsley popping up in Idaho a few years back…

H: Habbakuck/Habbakuk, Habbiah, Hananeel, Hanniball, Harborne, Harbottle, Hazelelponi, Hazelpanah, Heiborne, Hennerina, Hopefor/Hoptfor, Huldy, Humilis, Humility, Huxtable

I: Ibroke, Indego, Ireland, Isanna

J: Jaleham, Jamina, Jarratt, Jeffs, Jehosebath/Johoshabeath/Josabeth/Joshabeth, Jolley, Jolliff, Joylieffe/Joyliffe

K: Kellon, Kinsman, Knight

L: Laomi, Lately, Leech, Lettysse, Lilingston, Love, Lucrana, Lucresia, Ludwick

M: Macartey, Mackworth, Mauditt, Maverick, Maybe, Meddlecot, Mehalaliell/Mahalaleel, Melatiah, Meribah, Metsathiell, Milam, Milcha, Mindwell, Minot, Mordica, Moremercy, Mungo

  • Maverick, born at the end of the 1600s, got his mother’s surname as a first name.

N: Nabby, Nebery, Neezer, Neverson, Newgrace, Niot/Nyott

  • I’m guessing Neezer was derived from Ebenezer.
  • Nyott‘s full name was Nyott Doubt.

O: Onner, Opportunity, Orchard, Oulando, Oxenbridge

  • Opportunity‘s full name was Opportunity Lane.

P: Palfrey, Palsgrove, Palti, Parnell, Parthenia, Pepperrell, Perciful, Perring, Phaline, Phesant, Philadelphia, Philippe/Philippi/Philippy/Phillipee/Phillippi, Pilgrim, Pittie, Pool, Posthumus, Pouning, Preserved, Pyam

  • Perciful looks like Percival under the influence of “merciful.”
  • A number of women had names like Phillippi, which is curious…
  • Posthumus was once kinda trendy.
  • Pilgrim, despite his name, had nothing to do with the Mayflower Pilgrims. (He’s buried at Granary, btw.)

R: Ranis/Ragnis, Recompense, Redemption, Redigon/Redgon/Reddigan/Redigun, Reforme, Rely, Rich-Grace, Ronas, Rooksby/Rooksbey/Rooksbee/Rookby, Roop/Roope, Ryal

  • The Redigon group represents one person (female).
  • The Rooksby group represents several people, all female. You can see embroidered chair seats sewn one of them, Rooksby Creese (1703-1742), at the MFA in Boston.

S: Salmagrave, Salphin, Sarahjah, Satisfaction, Savel/Savell/Savil, Scarborough, Scissilla, Seaborne, Secunda/Secundas, Sendall/Sendell, Shippie, Shoreborne, Shove, Shrimpton, Sibbella/Sibla, Sivil/Sivill, Skinner, Skipper, Smyth, Snell, Spiller, Story, Strange, Sucky, Supply, Sweet

  • Sucky is an regrettable rendering of Sukey, a diminutive of Susanna.

T: Tacey, Teasant, Torshel, Tregoweth, Tremble, Trine, Tristram, Trueworthy, Turfry, Tuttle

  • Tacey has the same root as Tacita: the Latin verb tacere, meaning “to be silent.”
  • Torshel was the twin of Harborne (see above).

U: Union, Unite

V: Verrin, Vigilant, Vsal

W: Waitawhile/Wayte-a-while, Wentworth, Wheelwright, Wigglesworth/Wigleworth, Winborn, Woodbery, Woodmansie, Woodward

  • Waitawhile (female) had the birth name Waitawhile Makepeace. Sounds like a 2-step process for conflict resolution, doesn’t it?

Y: Yelverton

Z: Zerubbabel, Zibiah, Zuriell/Zuryell, Zurishaddai

…So, which of the above names intrigue you the most?

Sources: Boston births, baptisms, marriages and deaths, 1630-1699, Boston births from A.D. 1700 to A.D. 1800

Popular baby names in England and Wales (UK), 2013

The top baby names in England and Wales were announced last week.

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, the most popular baby names last year were Amelia and Oliver.

Here are England and Wales’ top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2013:

Girl Names

  1. Amelia, 5570 baby girls
  2. Olivia, 4598
  3. Emily, 4049
  4. Ava, 3575
  5. Isla, 3526
  6. Jessica, 3507
  7. Poppy, 3422
  8. Isabella, 3246
  9. Sophie, 3013
  10. Mia, 2993
  11. Ruby, 2948
  12. Lily, 2883
  13. Grace, 2799
  14. Evie, 2767
  15. Sophia, 2764
  16. Ella, 2722
  17. Scarlett, 2643
  18. Chloe, 2401
  19. Isabelle, 2287
  20. Freya, 2266

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 6,949 baby boys
  2. Jack, 6,212
  3. Harry, 5,888
  4. Jacob, 5,126
  5. Charlie 5,039
  6. Thomas, 4,591
  7. Oscar, 4,511
  8. William, 4,268
  9. James, 4,236
  10. George, 4,202
  11. Alfie, 4,138
  12. Joshua, 3,973
  13. Noah, 3,830
  14. Ethan, 3,572
  15. Muhammad, 3,499
  16. Archie, 3,265
  17. Leo, 3,264
  18. Henry, 3,248
  19. Joseph, 3,225
  20. Samuel, 3,188

There were some big moves on the boys’ side: Oscar rose from 17th to 7th, while Riley plummeted from 8th to 21st. (Here are the biggest moves overall for boy names and girl names.)

New to the top 20 are Scarlett, Archie, Henry and Joseph. They replaced Charlotte, Riley, Daniel and Max.

One thing I found interesting? Freya wasn’t on the England top 20. It also wasn’t on the Wales top 20. And yet still it managed to rank 20th on the combined top 20. Very sneaky, Freya.

Here are some of last year’s rare baby names, each given to between 3 and 10 babies (inclusive):

Rare Girl NamesRare Boy Names
Akvile, Alaska, Alphonsa, Andromeda, Arena, Arizona, Atlantis, Belinay, Bellatrix, Blousey, Boadicea, Boglarka, Bonnie-Blue, Boo, Boux, Charm, Cressida, Crystal-Rose, Daenerys, Delphie, Disney, Duru, Edwina, Ellery, Eloghosa, Enfys, Enlli*, Eos, Ernestine, Esila, Evan, Frayer, Freshta, Fausta, Garance, Gelila, Gemini, Gerda, Glorious, Halo, Honour, Io, Iole, Ionie, Iseult, Isla-Belle, Izna, Lava, Lleucu, Llinos, Llio, Loveday, Loxy, Mafalda, Man, Maple, Miami, Migle, Milda, Misk, Mirabella, Mirren, Myfi, Myrtle, Nandi, Nephele, Nma, Ottoline, Pebbles, Popi, Purity, Quorra, Quratulain, Rory, Ruby-Tuesday, Salsabeel, Sehrish, Sequoia, Sibel, Sobia, Solveig, Sundus, Tiggi, Tiggy, Tirion, Tulsi, Vespa, Vogue, YiyiAlaric, Bramwell, Cavalli, Ceirion, Denley, Diesel, Diggory, Drin, Eesaa, Eyoel, Fiachra, Finlo, Fyfe, Ghyll, Greatness, Gruff, Hanzala, Haoyu, Heathcliff, Henley-John, Ho, Hocine, Innis, Iori, J, Jai-Jai, Jay-J, Jaygo, Johnboy, Jonjoe, Kebba, Kelly, Khizr, King-David, Klevis, Lebron, Liutaruas, Llyr, Lochie, Messi, Mortimer, Nebi, Nimrod, Noman, Olti, Omarion, Orpheus, Osgar, Oska, Perseus, Ptolemy, Qi, Rhythm, Rozh, Rhon, Sandor, Shady, Shaquille, Sheriff, Shko, Soul, Swayley, T, Tiger, Tirath, Tobenna, Toprak, Tuguldur, Tylah, Tyrion, Ugnius, Viggo, Wentworth, Winter, Wolf, Wolfgang, Wren, Yanky, Yug, Zeus, Zsombor

*Enlli, which debuted last year, comes from the name of the Welsh island Ynys Enlli (called Bardsey Island in English). The island name is usually translated as “island of the current,” with ynys meaning “island,” and enlli meaning “current.” You can hear the proper pronunciation of Ynys Enlli at Forvo.

Finally, all of my previous posts on the popular (and unique) baby names in England and Wales: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Source: Baby Names, England and Wales, 2013 – ONS

List of unusual names: Delazon, Twentyman, Narsworthy

Here are many dozens of interesting and uncommon names that have caught my eye over the years…

  • Adonijah Strong Welch (b. 1821) – U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Adoniram Judson (b. 1788) – the first Protestant missionary sent from North America to Myanmar.
  • Aeriwentha Faggs “Mae” Starr (b. 1932) – American athlete.
  • Alcaeus Hooper (b. 1859) – mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from 1895 to 1897.
  • Almroth Wright (b. 1861) – British bacteriologist and immunologist.
  • Anning Smith Prall (b. 1870) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Anzia Yezierska (b. 1885) – Polish writer.
  • Arphaxed Loomis (b. 1798) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Astyanax M. Douglass (b. 1838) – Politician/physician from Tennessee.
  • Atoosa Rubenstein (b. 1972 in Iran) – Former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine.
  • Autherine Juanita Lucy (b. 1929) – Activist from Alabama.
  • Banastre Tarleton (b. 1754) – British soldier and politician.
  • Baskerville Holmes (b. 1964) – American basketball player named for The Hound of the Baskervilles.
  • Behethland Foote Butler (b. 1764) – from Virginia.
  • Berbiedell Slate (b. 1930) – from North Carolina.
  • Beveridge Webster (b. 1908) – pianist.
  • Bird Segle Mcguire (b. 1865) – U.S. Delegate and representative from Oklahoma.
  • Bland Ballard (b. 1761) – soldier and statesman.
  • Bluma Appel (b. 1919) – Canadian philanthropist.
  • Bolling Hall (b. 1767) – U.S. Representative from Georgia.
  • Bourke Blakemore Hickenlooper (b. 1896) – U.S. Senator from Iowa. (Previously the Governor of Iowa.)
  • Brazilla Carroll Reece (b. 1889) – U.S. Representative from Tennessee.
  • Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse (b. circa 1944) – Halliburton whistleblower.
  • Burgoyne Diller (b. 1906) – abstract painter.
  • Burrhus Frederic “B.F.” Skinner (b. in 1904) – American psychologist, author and inventor.
  • Calouste Gulbenkian (b. 1869) – Armenian philanthropist.
  • Calvary Morris (b. 1798) – U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • Camoralza Hagler Spahr (b. 1826) – Politician from Ohio.
  • Canvass White (b. 1790) – American civil engineer.
  • Carpoforo Mazzetti Tencalla (b. 1685) – Painter/sculptor from Switzerland.
  • Catulle Mendès (b. 1841) – French writer.
  • Cedella “Ciddy” Marley Booker (b. 1926) – mother of Bob Marley.
  • Chamintney Stovall Thomas (b. 1899) – Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Cherubusco Newton (b. 1848) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana.
  • Chesselden Ellis (b. 1808) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Chichester Bell (b. 1848) – Chemist from Ireland.
  • Chittenden Lyon (b. 1787) – U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
  • Chloethiel Woodard Smith (b. 1910) – architect and urban planner.
  • Ciallagalena “Lena” Cobb Williams (b. circa 1900) – from Faubourg Tremé (New Orleans).
  • Clairève Grandjouan (b. 1929) – Archaeologist from France.
  • Claricia (13th century) – German illuminator:

claricia, german psalter

  • Cleanth Brooks (b. 1906) – Literary critic and Yale professor.
  • Collingwood Schreiber (b. 1831) – Canadian surveyor and engineer.
  • Comfort Sands (b. 1748) – merchant, banker and politician.
  • Cornthwaite Ommanney (b. 1736) – grandfather of Erasmus, below.
  • Cotton Tufts (b. 1734) – U.S. physician.
  • Coventry Patmore (b. 1823) – English poet and literary critic.
  • Craphonso Thorpe (b. 1983) – professional football player. (“Craphonso” is a combination of his father’s given names, Craig and Alphonso.)
  • Cree Summer Francks (b. 1969) – Actress and musician. (Her brother is Rainbow, below.)
  • Crispus Attucks (b. circa 1723) – first of five civilians killed in the Boston Massacre.
  • Cydnor Tompkins (b. 1810) – U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • D-Cady Herrick (b. 1846) – politician from New York.
  • De La Mancha “Mancha” Bruggemeyer (b. 1865 in England) – Chicago judge.
  • Delarivier Manley (d. 1724) – (female) English novelist.
  • Delazon Smith (b. 1816) – Senator from Oregon.
  • deLesseps Story Morrison (b. 1912) – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1946 to 1961.
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (b. 1931) – American actress (stage name Della Reese).
  • De Sacia Mooers (b. 1888) – Silent film actress from Michigan.
  • Dingle Foot (b. 1905) – British barrister and politician. (His first name was his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.)
  • Diocletian “Dio” Lewis (b. 1823) – early exercise advocate, from New York. (He wrote about the importance of physical training for both sexes in The Atlantic in 1862.)
  • Donelson Caffery (b. 1835) – U.S. Senator from Louisiana.
  • Dunkinfield Henry Scott (b. 1854) – English paleobotanist who established the class Pteridospermeae.
  • Dusolina Giannini (b. 1902) – Italian-American soprano.
  • Elbridge Thomas Gerry (b. 1744) – Fifth Vice President of the United States.
  • Elfyn Llwyd (b. 1951) – Welsh barrister and politician.
  • Elgin Gay Baylor (b. 1934) – NBA Hall-of-Famer who was named after the Elgin National Watch Company.
  • Eliphalet Dyer (b. 1721) – U.S. Delegate from Connecticut.
  • Epaphroditus Champion (b. 1756) – U.S. Representative from Connecticut.
  • Epiphanny Prince (born in the 1980s) – Set the U.S. high school girls’ basketball record by scoring 113 points in a single game on February 1, 2006.
  • Erasmus Ommanney (b. 1814) – English explorer.
  • Erminnie Adele Platt Smith (b. 1836) – American geologist and linguist. (Erminnie is a diminutive of Ermintrude.)
  • Errett Bishop (b. 1928) – mathematician.
  • Espy Van Horne (b. 1795) – U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.
  • Eudald Carbonell i Roura (b. 1953) – Spanish archaeologist, anthropologist and paleontologist.
  • Eulavelle Lee Drake (b. 1913) – from California.
  • Falconer Madan (b. 1851) – Librarian of the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. (His granddaughter was Venetia Burney, below.)
  • Felissa Rose Esposito (b. 1969) – Actress.
  • Feramorz Little (b. 1820) – mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 1876 to 1882.
  • Filippo “Lippo” Lippi (b. 1406) – Italian painter.
  • Fiorello Henry LaGuardia (b. 1882) – U.S. Representative from New York. (Later the Mayor of New York.)
  • Fitzedward Hall (b. 1825) – Sanskrit scholar and OED contributor.
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck (b. 1790) – poet.
  • Foxhall A. Parker (b. 1821) – U.S. Navy officer during the American Civil War. (His father was also a Foxhall, and he had a brother named Dangerfield.)
  • Ghillean Tolmie Prance (b. 1937) – British botanist and ecologist.
  • Ginery Twichell (b. 1811) – U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.
  • Glendy Burke – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1865. The Stephen Foster song Glendy Burke is about a steamboat that was probably named for the mayor.
  • Godlove Stein Orth (b. 1817) – U.S. Representative from Indiana.
  • Gouverneur Morris (b. 1752) – U.S. Senator from New York.
  • Goyn A. Sutton (b. 1816) – mayor of Springfield, Illinois from 1860 to 1864.
  • Grantzberg Hart (b. 1961) – musician.
  • Green Berry Raum (b. 1829) – U.S. Representative from Illinois.
  • Green Clay (b. 1757) – Kentucky politician.
  • Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims (b. 1986) – Alabama State University basketball player.
  • Gumersindo Laverde Ruiz (b. 1835) – Spanish writer.
  • Halifax Shackleton (b. circa 1895) – 16-year-old girl born in Halifax, Yorkshire, according to the 1911 England and Wales census.
  • Harlow Shapley (b. 1885) – American astronomer.
  • Harmanus Peek (b. 1782) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Hawthorne Wingo – New York Knicks player during the 1970s. (Discovered this one in a Beastie Boys song, of all places.)
  • Heartsill Ragon (b. 1885) – U.S. Representative from Arkansas.
  • Hempstead Washburne (b. 1852) – mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1891 to 1893.
  • Henderina “Rina” Victoria Scott (b. 1862) – was born in English botanist and cinematographer.
  • Hiester Clymer (b. 1827) – politician from Pennsylvania.
  • Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael (b. 1899) – American composer, singer, actor, and band leader.
  • Holiday Reinhorn (b. 1964) – fiction writer and wife of Rainn Wilson (see below).
  • Hubbard Hinde Kavanaugh (b. 1802) – Methodist Episcopal bishop.
  • Hurieosco Austill (b. 1841) – from Alabama.
  • Huw Wheldon (b. 1916) – Welsh broadcaster and Royal Television Society president. (Huw is the Welsh version of Hugh.)
  • Icie Macy Hoobler (b. 1892) – American physiologist and biochemist.
  • Idawalley Zorada “Ida” Lewis (b. 1842) – American lighthouse keeper.
  • Idola Saint-Jean (b. 1880) – Canadian activist.
  • Iley Lawson Hill (b. 1808) – from Ohio. One of the longest-living “Real Daughters” of the American Revolution, she died in 1913 at the age of 104.
  • Isagani R. Cruz (b. 1945) – Filipino writer.
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel (b. 1806) – English engineer who created the Great Western Railway, along with a number of steamships, bridges and tunnels.
  • Ithamar Conkey Sloan (b. 1822) – U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.
  • Itimous Thaddeus Valentine (b. 1926) – U.S. Representative from North Carolina.
  • Itti Kinney Reno (b. 1862) – writer from Tennessee.
  • Jacobena Angliss (b. 1896) – Australian philanthropist.
  • Jacquemin (15th century) – brother of Jeanne d’Arc.
  • Jacquetta Hawkes (b. 1910) – British archaeologist and writer.
  • Ja Hu Stafford (b. 1834 in North Carolina) – early Arizona settler. His name was originally Jehu. He also went by “J. Hugh.”
  • Jascha Heifetz (b. 1901) – Lithuanian violinist.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru (b. 1889) – First Prime Minister of India. Served for 4 terms, from 1947 until 1964.
  • Jeduthun Wilcox (b. 1768) – U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.
  • Jeh (pronounced “Jay”) Charles Johnson (b. 1957) – politician from New York. His name “comes from a Liberian chief his grandfather met on a U.N. mission” according to the Washington Post.
  • Jettabee Ann Hopkins (b. 1905) – radio scriptwriter from Nebraska.
  • Jetur Rose Riggs (b. 1809) – U.S. Representative from New Jersey.
  • Jouett Shouse (b. 1879) – lawyer, newspaper publisher, and politician.
  • Kindred Jenkins Morris (b. 1819) – mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1869 to 1871.
  • Kirkpatrick Macmillan (b. 1813) – Scottish blacksmith who invented the pedal bicycle (circa 1840).
  • Kirtland Irving Perky (b. 1867) – U.S. Senator from Idaho.
  • Kittredge Haskins (b. 1836) – U.S. Representative from Vermont.
  • Kroum Pindoff (b. 1915) – Canadian philanthropist (originally from Bulgaria).
  • Lascelles Abercrombie (b.1881) – British poet and literary critic.
  • Le Gage Pratt (b. 1852) – U.S. Representative from New Jersey.
  • LeBreton Dorgenois – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1812.
  • Leonidas Lent Hamline (b. 1797) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Lianella Carell (b. 1927) – Italian film actress.
  • Lieven Gevaert (b. 1868) – Belgian philanthropist.
  • Lilialyce Akers (b. 1927) – first female professor at the University of Louisville.
  • Loammi Baldwin (b. 1744) – Engineer, politician, and American Revolutionary War soldier.
  • Lodowicke Muggleton (b. 1609) – English religious thinker.
  • Lodusky Jerusha Taylor (b. 1856) – from Minnesota. (The name Lodusky is based on the name of the 18th-century opera Lodoïska.)
  • Loleatta Holloway (b. 1946) – American singer.
  • LuEsther Mertz (b. 1905) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Lystra Gretter (b. 1858) – Nurse and public health care innovator.
  • Macpherson Robertson (b. 1859) – Australian philanthropist.
  • Magloire Pélage (b. 1769 in Martinique) – Soldier and leader of the resistance movement against the English.
  • Mahonri Macintosh Young (b. 1877) – sculptor and artist.
  • Majestic Mapp (b. 1980) – basketball player. (Brother of Scientific, see below.)
  • Mamphela Aletta Ramphele (b. 1947) – South African doctor and activist.
  • Manton Marble (b. 1834) – editor of the New York World.
  • Marjabelle Young Stewart (b. 1924) – etiquette expert from Iowa.
  • Marshevet Hooker (b. 1984) – American sprinter.
  • Mattiwilda Dobbs (b. 1925) – American opera singer.
  • Marmaduke Furness (b. 1883) – English shipping magnate.
  • Marmaduke Williams (b. 1774) – U.S. Representative from North Carolina.
  • McKaskia Stearns Bonnifield (b. 1833) – from West Virginia.
  • Mellcene Thurman Smith (b. 1872) – from Missouri.
  • Melquiades R. Martinez (b. 1946) – U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Melusina Fay Peirce (b. 1836 in Vermont) – Feminist and leader of the “cooperative housekeeping” movement.
  • Meridel Le Sueur (b. 1900) – American feminist/socialist writer.
  • Merze Tate (b. 1905) – scholar and professor.
  • Middleton Barrow (b. 1839) – U.S. Senator from Georgia.
  • Miel de Botton (b. 1960s) – Swiss art collector.
  • Milward Lee Simpson (b. 1897) – Governor of Wyoming.
  • Minervina (4th century) – the first wife of Constantine the Great.
  • Miquita Oliver (b. 1984) – British TV presenter and actress.
  • Montague Lessler (b. 1869) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Montfort Stokes (b. 1762) – Governor of North Carolina.
  • Moscelyne Larkin (b. 1925) – Native American ballerina.
  • Nanaline Holt Inman Duke (b. 1871) – Mother of Doris Duke.
  • Naphtali Daggett (b. 1727) – Pastor, professor, and Yale’s second president.
  • Narsworthy Hunter (b. circa 1802) – U.S. Delegate from Mississippi Territory.
  • Nelleke Noordervliet (b. 1945) – Dutch novelist.
  • Ney Elias (b. 1884) – English explorer/diplomat.
  • Nomaindia Mfeketo (b. 1952) – the fourth woman and the first black woman to become mayor of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Nunnally Hunter Johnson (b. 1897) – American filmmaker.
  • O’Brien Smith (b. circa 1756) – Irish-American politician.
  • Odalys García (b. 1975) – Cuban actress and singer.
  • Olinthus Gilbert Gregory (b. 1774) – English mathematician.
  • Orange Noble (b. 1817) – Pennsylvania politician.
  • Orator H. LaCraft (b. 1850) – Politician from Wisconsin.
  • Orchard Cook (b. 1763) – U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.
  • Orrice Abram Murdock, Jr. (b. 1893) – U.S. Senator from Utah.
  • Oseola McCarty (b. 1908) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Ossian Ray (b. 1835) – U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.
  • Otha Donner Wearin (b. 1903) – Representative from Iowa.
  • Ottobuono de’ Fieschi (later Pope Adrian V) was born in Italy during the 13th century.
  • Ottorino Respighi (b. 1879) – Italian composer, musicologist and musician.
  • Outerbridge Horsey (b. 1777) – U.S. Senator from Delaware.
  • Ovington Eugene Weller (b. 1862) – U.S. Representative from Maryland.
  • Owsley Brown Frazier (b. 1935) – businessman and philanthropist.
  • Pantazi Ghica (b. 1831) – Wallachian-born Romanian politician, lawyer and writer.
  • Pelatiah Webster (b. 1726) – political economist and writer.
  • Percenia Johnson – American nurse. She was on the cover of Jet in 1953:
percenia, nurse
  • Persifor Frazer (b. 1736) – soldier and industrialist from Pennsylvania.
  • Person Colby Cheney (b. 1828) – Senator from New Hampshire. (Previously the Governor of New Hampshire.)
  • Phanor Breazeale (b. 1858) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana.
  • Philadelph Van Trump (b. 1810) – U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • Phyllida Law (b. 1932) – Scottish actress. Also the mother of actress Emma Thompson.
  • Pierpont Edwards (b. 1750) – U.S. Delegate from Connecticut.
  • Pitcairn Morrison (b. 1795) – American army officer.
  • Pomeroy Tucker (b. 1802) – American journalist.
  • Potto Brown (b. 1797) – English miller and philanthropist.
  • Powhatan Ellis (b. 1790) – Senator from Mississippi.
  • Powhaten Woolridge Maxey (b. 1810) – mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1843 to 1844.
  • Quirinus Kuhlmann (b. 1651) – German Baroque poet and mystic.
  • Race Imboden (b. 1993) – Olympic foil fencer from Florida. He was named after the Jonny Quest character Race Bannon.
  • Rainn Wilson (b. 1966) – actor and husband of Holiday Reinhorn (see above).
  • Rainbow Sun Francks (b. 1979) – Canadian actor and songwriter. (His sister is Cree, below.)
  • Rensis Likert (b. 1903) – American organizational psychologist.
  • Rensselaer Westerlo (b. 1776) – Representative from New York.
  • Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr. (b. 1764) – U.S. Senator from Ohio. (Later, the Governor of Ohio. Later still, Postmaster General.)
  • Reverdy Johnson (b. 1796) – statesman and jurist.
  • Rienzi Melville Johnston (b. 1849) – U.S. Senator from Texas.
  • Rikissa Birgersdotter (13th century) – Queen of Norway.
  • Ringgold Lardner (b. 1885) – sports columnist and writer.
  • Rivers Cuomo (b. 1970) – musician.
  • Roberdeau Buchanan (b. 1839) – American astronomer. was born in Pennsylvania in 1839. (His first name was his mother’s maiden name.)
  • Rousseau Owen Crump (b. 1843) – U.S. Representative from Michigan. (Previously the Mayor of West Bay City.)
  • Rulon Gardner (b. 1971) – American Greco-Roman wrestler.
  • Rychacviana Coffie – Miss Curaçao 2005.
  • Sacheverell Sitwell (b. 1897) – English poet and art critic.
  • Schelto Patijn (b. 1936) – Dutch politician.
  • Scientific Mapp (b. 1980) – basketball player. (Brother of Majestic, see above.)
  • Shirin Ebadi (b. 1947) – Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. First Iranian and first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2003).
  • Smedley Darlington (b. 1827) – U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. (Grandfather of Smedley Darlington Butler, below.)
  • Smedley Darlington Butler (b. 1881) – at one time, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. (Grandson of Smedley Darlington, above.)
  • Smoloff Palace Love (b. 1826) – Soldier, teacher, and lawyer from Kentucky.
  • Sobieski Ross (b. 1828) – U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.
  • Spark Masayuki Matsunaga (b. 1916) – Senator from Hawaii. (Previously a Representative from Hawaii.)
  • Speedy Long (1928-2006) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana.
  • Spessard Lindsey Holland (b. 1892) – U.S. Senator from Florida. (Previously the Governor of Florida.)
  • Spottswood William Robinson (b. 1916) – civil rights attorney and judge.
  • Spruille Braden (b. 1894) – Diplomat and businessman with an interest in Latin America.
  • Spurzheim “Spud” Derby (b. 1856) – Indiana politician.
  • Squire Whipple (b. 1804) – civil engineer.
  • Stanyarne Wilson (b. 1860) – U.S. Representative from South Carolina.
  • Stevenson Magloire (b. 1963) – Haitian painter named after U.S. politician Adlai Stevenson.
  • Stirling Silliphant (b. 1918) – U.S. screenwriter.
  • Stith Thompson (b. 1885) – folklorist.
  • Sunshine Hillygus (b. circa 1976) – associate professor at Harvard.
  • Susybelle Wilkinson Lyons (b. 1923) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Tapping Reeve (b. 1744) – law professor, jurist and writer. Opened the first law school in the United States.
  • Tazewell Ellett (b. 1856) – U.S. Representative from Virginia.
  • Tench Coxe (b. 1755) – U.S. Delegate from Pennsylvania.
  • Theophylact Bache (b. 1735) – merchant.
  • Thorowgood Smith (b. 1744) – mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from 1804 to 1808.
  • Tilghman Mayfield Tucker (b. 1802) – U.S. Representative from Mississippi. (Previously the Governor of Mississippi.)
  • Tomlinson Fort (b. 1787) – U.S. Representative from Georgia.
  • Torquil Norman (b. 1933) – English philanthropist.
  • Trevanion W. Hugo (b. 1849) – mayor of Duluth, Minnesota from 1900 to 1903.
  • Trevenen Huxley (b. 1889) – Huxley brother (born after Julian, but before Aldous).
  • Turbutt Wright (b. 1741) – U.S. Delegate from Maryland.
  • Twentyman Wood of Connecticut received U.S. patent 19,275 in 1858. (His name reminds me of Twentynine Palms, California.)
  • Tzovfit Grant (born in 1964) – Israeli actress and TV show host. (Her first name is sometimes spelled Tzufit.)
  • Uncas Aeneas Whitaker (b. 1900) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Uz McMurtrie (b. 1884) – Politician from Indiana.
  • Venetia Phair (née Burney, born in England in 1919) – Suggested the name for the planet Pluto when she was 11 years old. (Her grandfather was Falconer Madan, above.)
  • Verplanck Colvin (b. 1847) – lawyer, author and topographical engineer.
  • Verrazzani C. Bratton, Sr. (b. 1860) – Arkansas judge.
  • Vespasian Warner (b. 1842) – U.S. Representative from Illinois.
  • Victory Birdseye (b. 1782) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Volckert Petrus Douw (b. 1720) – mayor of Albany, New York from 1761 to 1770.
  • Voltairine de Cleyre (b. 1866) – Anarchist and feminist.
  • Waddy Thompson (b. 1798) – U.S. Representative from South Carolina.
  • Wallingford Constantine Riegger (b. 1885) – American composer.
  • Wambly Bald (b. 1902) – U.S. writer/columnist.
  • Waveney Bicker Caarten (b. 1902) – (female) English playwright.
  • Wealthy Babcock (b. 1895) – professor at the University of Kansas.
  • Wellington Webb (b. 1941) – mayor of Denver, Colorado from 1991 to 2003.
  • Wentworth Miller (b. 1972) – American actor.
  • Whitehead Hicks (b. 1728) – mayor of New York City, New York from 1766 to 1776.
  • Whitemarsh B. Seabrook (b. 1793) – South Carolina politician.
  • Wigbolt Ripperda (b. circa 1535) – Governor of Haarlem (in the Netherlands) while the city was under siege by the Spanish army during the Eighty Years’ War.
  • Wilmot Redd (d. 1692) – one of the (female) victims of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
  • Wingfield Bullock (d. 1821) – U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
  • Wyke Bayliss (b. 1835) – British painter.
  • Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534) – French printer. (The surname refers to a location in France, not words on the page, unfortunately.)
  • Xenophon P. Huddy (b. 1876) – American lawyer. An early specialist in automobile law.
  • Xenophon Pierce Wilfley (b. 1871) – U.S. senator from Missouri.
  • Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced shu-tez-caht) Martinez (b. circa 2000) – Environmental activist.
  • Yellow Light Breen (born in the 1970s) – lawyer and senior VP of Bangor Savings Bank.
  • Zackquill Morgan (18th cen.) – founder of Morgantown, West Virginia. Son of Morgan Morgan.
  • Zadock Pratt (b. 1790) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Zealous Tower (b. 1819) – American soldier and civil engineer.
  • Zell Bryan Miller (b. 1932) – Senator from Georgia. (Previously the Governor of Georgia.)

Have you encountered any unusual or rare names lately? (In the phone book? In the paper? On TV?)