Back in 1910, Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaus Kottarsky were traveling by ship from Austria to the United States. They were ultimately bound for Cleveland, Ohio.
What was the name of the ship? The SS Cleveland, coincidentally.
So when Mrs. Kottarsky gave birth to a son during the journey, the couple decided to stick with the theme. They named their baby boy Cleveland.
And that’s not all.
The ship brought 6,000 canaries from the Hartz Mountains, and the man in charge of them gave a fine singer to the parents. Kottarsky said he would name the bird Cleveland also.
Source: “Named the Baby Cleveland.” New York Times 10 Oct. 1910: 20.