In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded Ireland’s now-famous Guinness Brewery.
A couple of years later, in 1761, he married his wife Olivia. She had 21 pregnancies — 10 live births and 11 miscarriages. (“It is a testament to her solid constitution that she survived 21 pregnancies in an era when so many women died in childbirth.”)
Here are the names of their ten children (4 girls, 6 boys):
Elizabeth (born in 1763)
Arthur II (1768)
William Lunell (1779)
John Grattan (1783)
Mary Anne (1787)
Three of Arthur’s sons — Arthur II, Benjamin, and William Lunell — ended up working in the family business.
I don’t know where the middle name “Lunell” came from, but “Grattan” was a surname on Olivia’s side of the family. It was her mother’s maiden name, and it was also the surname of distant cousin/politician Henry Grattan, “through whose lobbying major changes in the fiscal status of beer were eventually secured, most dramatically with the abolition of the excise duty on beer in 1795.”
On October 6, 1963, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the fourth and final game of the 1963 World Series against the New York Yankees. They swept the series with the help of their pitchers — Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres, and reliever Ron Perranoski — who collectively gave up only four runs in all four games combined.
The same day, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie A. Turner of Compton, California, welcomed triplets — two boys and one girl. Several days later, they announced that they’d named the babies after Dodgers pitchers:
In 1750, Georgian noblewoman Darejan Dadiani married the twice-widowed Georgian king Erekle II (who, at that time, ruled the historical region of Kartli).
From the 1750s to the early 1780s, Darejan gave birth to 23 children (though some sources say it was just 19).
Here are the names of 22 of those 23 children, listed alphabetically:
Ekaterine – the Georgian form of Katherine.
Elene – the Georgian form of Helen.
Ioane – the Georgian form of John.
Ketevan (daughter) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Katayoun.
Levan – the Georgian form of Leon.
Luarsab (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Lohrasp, which is a form of Aurvataspa, which means “swift horse” in Avestan.
Mirian (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Mihran/Mehran.
Parnaoz/Pharnaoz (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Farnavaz.
Soslan-David – Soslan is the name of a hero/trickster god of the Nart sagas (Caucasian mythology).
Tekle – the Georgian form of Thekla.
Teimuraz (son) – the Georgian form of the Persian name Tahmuras, which is a form of Takhma Urupi, a character in the Avesta (the Zoroastrian religious text). The name means “strong body” in Avestan.
Vakhtang (son) – a form of the name Warkhtanag (“wolf-bodied”), a character in the Nart sagas.
(Wikipedia says the 23rd child was a boy named Aslamaz-Khan, but I can’t find any sources to back that up.)
Darejan’s own name also has an interesting history: it comes from the literary name “Nestan-Darejan,” which was coined by Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli for the name of a fictional princess in his epic poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin (ca. 1200). The name was based on the Persian phrase nest andare jehan, meaning “unlike any other in the world” or “no such beauty in the world.” Both components — Nestan and Darejan — are now used as given names in Georgia.
Chikovani, Guram. “Dialectological Material as a Source to Study Central Asian Arabs’: History, Ethnography and Culture,” Lisan Al-Arab: Studies in Arabic Dialects, edited by Hafid I. Alaoui, Muntasir Fayez Faris Al-Hamad, Rizwan Ahmad, Zurich: Lit Verlag, 2017, pp. 135-150.