In the ’60s, the Britton brothers of Ireland took up surfing after their mother brought home a couple of surfboards from California.
One of those brothers, Barry, went on to have two daughters. Both became surfers, and one became a very successful professional surfer.
The pro-surfing daughter is named Easkey (b. 1986). How did she get that name? She’s named “after a famous surf break off the west coast of Ireland.”
The wave got its name from a nearby village, which was in turned named after the Easkey River. The river’s name comes from the Irish word iascaigh, which is based on the word iasc, meaning “fish.”
Together with her sister Becky-Finn, she grew up balanced on a surf board, more often than not riding the very wave that she is named after.
Perhaps younger sister Becky-Finn was named with the ocean in mind as well…
P.S. Easkey Britton was the first female surfer to ride “Aileen’s Wave,” a famous break off the Cliffs of Moher. The name “Aileen’s” is derived from an Anglicization of Aill na Searrach, “cliff of foals,” the name of a nearby sea cliff.
Sources: Aileen’s – Ireland’s Perfect Wave, Easkey Britton – Irish Pro Surfer, Easkey: surf’s new role model, Irishwoman Easkey Britton makes surf waves in Iran
In the winter of 1986, after the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, a baby boy in Haiti was named Mats Naslund Civil after Swedish player Mats Naslund.
The name was his godmother’s idea. “While Civil’s mother agreed to name her baby Mats Naslund, in private she called him Jean-Loup, a name she preferred and found easier to pronounce.”
Mats now lives in Montreal. He works and a bank, and the topic of his name frequently comes up. “Every day, at least two or three customers would ask me about it. They would say: ‘Is that your real name?’ Some of them thought it was a joke.”
Despite this, he likes his name. “It is a great conversation starter. It makes people smile. I have even been asked for my autograph.”
(The “Loup” in Jean-Loup is derived from lupus, Latin for “wolf.” Same with the “Lupe” in Guadalupe.)
Source: Wilton, Katherine. “Say hello to Mats Naslund.” Montreal Gazette 19 May 2010.
Let’s start the week with a third legal battle* involving a baby’s name. This one didn’t cause a divorce, but it was caused by a divorce.
In 1980, William and Tammi Wilcox of Illinois were expecting a baby. They’d already decided that, if the baby was a boy, he’d be named William Earl Wilcox IV.
But in August, when she was about seven months pregnant, Tammi filed for divorce. She also declared that she would name the baby whatever she wanted.
William then filed an emergency petition seeking to force Tammi to name the baby William Earl Wilcox IV if it was a boy.
In mid-October, the judge “continued the case to Nov. 19, giving himself a 50-50 chance that he [would] not have to make a ruling.”
No ruling needed — in late October, Tammi gave birth to a baby girl. She named the baby Kirsten.
*Here are the first and second battles.
- “Birth of Girl Ends Lawsuit Over a Name.” Milwaukee Journal 1 Nov. 1980: Green Sheet, 2.
- “The Judge May Have to Name This Baby.” St. Petersburg Independent 17 Oct. 1980: 11-A.
Swiss tennis player Martina Hingis, born in 1980, was the top female tennis player in the world for 209 weeks (in the ’90s and ’00s).
And who is she named after?
Czech tennis player Martina Navratilova, born in 1956, who was the top female tennis player in the world for 332 weeks (in the ’70s and ’80s).
I found this little factoid in a 1994 Sports Illustrated article critical of Martina Hingis turning pro too young (at age 14):
Hingis’s mother, Melanie, a 37-year-old former top Czech player, was also in favor of the move [to turn pro], having groomed her daughter for a pro career ever since she named the child after countrywoman Navratilova. “We’ve worked 10 years for this,” Melanie said. “It’s a natural development.”
Source: Proceed With Caution
This baby didn’t get 139 names, but 49 is still excessive, don’t you think?
Diana and Arthur Martello of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, had a baby girl in May of 1989 and gave her 49 names. (Initially it was just 43, but they added 6 more a few weeks later.)
Here are all 49 names:
Princess India Rosa Kathleen Pearla Meshelle Suzanne Luchianna Irena Iris Veronica Donna Holly Robin Concha Kristian Tonya Elizabeth Joana Magali Lavinia Ruth Sandy Lori Appolonia Concepteone Stephenie Victoria Ira Maria Jane Claudia Pamela Shirley Mellissa Leah Rebecca Simone Alana Loren Joy Angie Pheonix Cynthia Christine Eleanor Meg Sophia Eunice
Diana was the one who came up with them. She said her inspiration included TV shows like Matt Houston, T.J. Hooker, Santa Barbara, and The Young and the Restless.
If you could go back in time and rename this baby girl, which two names (out of the 49) would you choose as her first and middle names?
- Musala, Jane C. “A Nickname Makes it 45.” Allegheny Times 30 May 1989: A3.
- Musala, Jane C. “The Good News is Short-Lived.” Allegheny Times 28 Jun. 1989: A3.
Kim and Lynne Rilleau of Provincetown, MA, welcomed a baby boy in January of 1985.
But they didn’t know what to name him.
“After five months of indecision, the Rilleaus turned to the local weekly newspaper, The Advocate, for help and agreed to take part in a ‘name this baby contest.'”
Kim (dad) and Lynne (mom) received dozens of suggestions–Brillo, Gore, Lynke, Jericho, Rambo, Rupert, Ziggy, and more–over the next few weeks. “It sort of got to be a town joke,” said Kim.
Finally, in July, they made a decision: Guy (pronounced ghee, as in geese). It had been suggested by a group of tourists Kim met while waiting tables.
The couple was so happy they’d finally found a name that they “hired a plane to skywrite the news over Provincetown as residents cheered.”
Source: “Baby’s Name is Town Game.” Lawrence Journal-World 31 Jul. 1985: 1.
In December of 1987, President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington.
According to Soviet news agency TASS, a Moscow couple welcomed twin boys during the summit (on December 8) and named them Ronald and Mikhail for the two leaders.
In May of 1988, there was another Reagan-Gorbachev summit, this time in Moscow.
TASS reported that Latvian parents Romuald and Biruta Saltsevich welcomed a baby boy, their fifth child, during the Moscow summit. They named the baby Ronald in honor of the visiting American president.
Source: “Soviet couple name baby boy Ronald, in honor of president.” Miami News 1 Jun. 1988: 3A.