From a 1923 issue of the Boston Globe:
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sole of Newark N. J. named their baby after the cities they visited on their honeymoon. Francisco Washington Boston Newark Sole is the burden wished on the mite.
For those who traveled to multiple locales on their honeymoons: If you used this formula to come up with a baby name, what would the name be?
Source: “Odd Items From Everywhere.” Boston Globe 5 Dec. 1923: 24.
Here’s a bizarre tale for you.
Alfred Johnson of Chicago took his wife, Alice, to divorce court in 1943 after she’d had him arrested 12 different times over the course of their 24-year marriage.
The stories behind the arrests weren’t just recounted in court, but also published in several newspapers.
The first time his wife had him jailed, he told the court, was in 1919, a few months after their wedding.
He had given her $6 for a new dress, he said, but she refused to go on a vacation with him because she wanted a better dress.
“She ran out of the house and pretty soon the police came and took me off to jail,” Johnson said.
Here’s another arrest:
In 1922, Johnson and his wife argued over his bridge playing at a card party.
“Again I was arrested,” he told the court.
And, finally, the baby name arrest:
In 1925 they argued about their baby’s name.
“I was to name the boys and she was to name the girls,” he said. “I name our son Frank and got a letter from the Board of Health saying his name was Frank Robert. I asked her about it and landed in jail again.”
Too bad the articles didn’t offer Alice’s side of the story. Especially on the baby name arrest. (I wonder why she felt compelled to throw “Robert” in there…)
- “Alfred Objects to Wife’s Habit of Jailing Him.” Chicago Daily Tribune 28 May 1943: 2.
- “Dozen Arrests Annoy Husband.” Telegraph-Herald 28 May 1943: 2.
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Two babies born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 29, 1927, were named Maitland. Why?
Because pilot Lt. Lester Maitland had just landed in Honolulu after piloting the very first transpacific flight from the mainland to the islands.
He and navigator Lt. Albert Hegenberger had left San Francisco, California, early on June 28. They flew 2,400 miles in about 24 hours.
(This was just five weeks after Charles Lindbergh’s famous solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris.)
The babies’ full names were Maitland Paul Stearns and Maitland Albert Jowell (Albert for Hegenberger).
- “Active Day for Flyers to Islands.” Los Angeles Times 2 Jul. 1927: 1.
- “Honolulu Baby Is Named for Pacific Aviators.” Evening News [San Jose] 12 Jul. 1927: 7.
- Lt. Lester Maitland – Hawaii Aviation
On 1 December 1922, the African-American community in New Bern, North Carolina, was devastated by a fire that “leveled 40 city blocks and left 3,000 people homeless.”
After the fire, St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church at 604 Johnson Street was turned into a makeshift emergency hospital.
A record in the church makes note of the first baby born after the fire: a little boy named St. Cyprian Emergency Dillahunt.
Source: Mayo, Nikie. “Program offers chance to ‘experience’ historic fire.” Sun Journal 28 Jan. 2010.
First a spring holiday name, now a fall holiday name…
I saw an article recently about an Oklahoma woman born on Oct. 31, 1924, and named Halloween.
As a child, Halloween Putman (née Williams) was teased about her unusual name:
She was called “Valentine” or “Holiday,” but she continued to go by Halloween until high school, when she began to use her middle name.
As an adult, though, she took pride in it. She got a kick out of “showing her driver’s license and seeing people’s reaction,” for instance.
Now, you’d think that Halloween would be a rare first name — rarer than Pascaline, right? But when I checked the SSDI, I was surprised to find 36 (!) people named Halloween and just 26 named Pascaline. Even more surprising? Some of these Halloweens were neither born nor conceived anywhere near October 31st. Very curious…
Source: Westbrook, Leigh Ann. “Local lady born to celebrate October treat day.” Durant Daily Democrat 31 Oct. 2002: 1A+.
The Pope traditionally resides in Rome. (Makes sense, as he’s the Bishop of Rome.)
But one thing I didn’t realize until recently is that, while Rome has been around for centuries, Vatican City isn’t even 100 years old.
Vatican City, an enclave within Rome, has been an independent state only since mid-1929. It was established via treaty between the Holy See and Fascist Italy (under Mussolini).
How did I come to find this out? Via baby name, as usual.
Here’s the full text of an article I found in a newspaper published in June, 1929.
First Vatican City Baby Is Named Pius
The first baby born in the new papal state is named Pio (pius). He is the son of a papal servant.
Too bad there were no other details. Leaves me wondering if the name Pio was a tribute to the location, to the pope (Pius XI), or both.
Source: “First Vatican City Baby Is Named Pius.” San Jose News 19 Jun. 1929: 8.
During the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, Mrs. Lester Guidry of Evangeline, Louisiana, gave birth to a baby boy at a refugee camp. She asked the attending physician to name the child. He wrote L’Eau Haute (French for “high water”) on the birth certificate.
Source: “First Baby Born In Refugee Camp Named “High Water.”” Atlanta Constitution 21 May 1927: 20.