Conrad and Nellie Miller built Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, in the early 1950s. It’s now “one of the top attractions in Interior Alaska,” according to the website.
Con and Nellie also had three children, the third of which was a daughter born in 1961. She was named Merry Christmas Miller.
A name like “Merry Christmas” might have made sense for the proprietors of Santa Clause House, but what about for the rest of us? Have any other parents named their children “Merry Christmas”?
Merry Christmas Miller is one of only about 40 people that I’ve found so far with the first and middle names Merry Christmas.
Another is Merry Christmas Easter, 1918-2008, of California.
I’ve also discovered about a dozen people with the first and last names Merry Christmas.
Many — though not all — of these Merry Christmases were females born on December 25, just like Merry Christmas Miller.
Source: Williams, Verne. “Santa not in red at $1.50 a letter.” Miami News 29 Nov. 1976: 1A.
More holiday baby names: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Christmas Carol, Christmas Tree, Happy New Year
Hilda was a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in Louisiana in early October, 1964.
While the storm was raging, “a baby girl was born in a Morgan City school being used as a refugee center. She was promptly named Hilda.”
The name Hilda comes from the Germanic word hild, meaning “battle.” It was originally a short form of names containing hild, like Hildegard and Brunhilde.
Other hurricane baby names: Alicia, Andrew, Elena, Gloria, Iniki, Isabel, Barbara & Florence, Charlie & Gilbert
Source: “Hurricane-born twisters rip Gulf Coast; many dead.” Press-Courier 3 Oct. 1964: 1+.
On the day John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth (February 20, 1962) a baby boy was born in Ogden, Utah, to Mr. and Mrs. H. Ray Hill.
He was named Orbit.
(In fact, hundreds of U.S. babies have been named orbit over the years. Two particularly memorable Orbits are Glenn Orbit Reeves, born on 2/20/1962 in Texas, and Orbit Paul Moon, born on 3/10/1902 in Iowa.)
Source: “Utah Parents Name Arrival Orbit.” Florence Times 27 Feb. 1962, section 2: 8.
In mid-1961, Isaac Reed of Miami rear-ended the car in front of him while driving his wife, Ethel, to the hospital to give birth to their 10th child.
By the time cops tracked him down, he had a new baby girl. So patrolman Bob Rossman decided not to give Reed a traffic ticket.
In appreciation, Reed told Rossman he would name the baby girl “Charity.”
Doesn’t look like it. According to Isaac Reed’s Miami Times obituary, he had 12 children in total, and his eight daughters were named Bertha, Barbara, Deborah, Sharon, Cassandra, Kathy, Katrina and Carol.
- “Kerplunk–A Baby.” Daytona Beach Morning Herald 11 Aug. 1961: 3.
- Kohn, Ray. “Hard to Win.” Fort Scott Tribune 11 Aug. 1961: 2.
In 1961, Patricia Huckett of London decided to name her daughter Princess.
Officials tried to dissuade her, telling her that “Princess” was a title, not a name. But they could find no law against it, and she insisted, so the baby was named Princess Huckett.
Mrs. Huckett said she got the idea from her father.
“He said he knew a chap with the Christian name Lord. When they went on a plane to Switzerland, everybody was fussing around this chap.”
“At work they’ve all started calling me King Huckett,” noted Princess’s father.
(See take 2.)
Source: “Want to be a princess? It’s possible.” Tuscaloosa News 21 Aug. 1961: 3.