A few days ago, while doing some research, I came across a really intriguing name: Ezzard. It belonged to professional boxer Ezzard Charles, who became Heavyweight Champion in 1949 and retained the title until 1951.
Where did his name come from? My best guess here is that Ezzard Charles, who was born in Georgia, was named in honor of William Ezzard (1799-1887), who served 4 terms as the mayor of Atlanta in the 1800s.
Ezzard was among the 1,000 most popular U.S. baby names right around the time (and only around the time) Ezzard Charles was champ:
- 1953: 37 baby boys named Ezzard
- 1952: 54 baby boys named Ezzard [ranked 975th]
- 1951: 85 baby boys named Ezzard [ranked 760th]
- 1950: 63 baby boys named Ezzard [ranked 866th]
- 1949: 21 baby boys named Ezzard [debut]
- 1948: unlisted
- 1947: unlisted
Have you ever met a person with the first name Ezzard?