Where did the baby name Westmoreland come from in 1917?

Westmoreland "Morley" Davis

The unwieldy name Westmoreland was a one-hit wonder in the U.S. baby name data in 1917:

  • 1919: unlisted
  • 1918: unlisted
  • 1917: 6 baby boys named Westmoreland [debut]
  • 1916: unlisted
  • 1915: unlisted

Why?

Because that’s the year Westmoreland Delaware “Morely” Davis was elected 48th Governor of Virginia.

But the early SSA data only accounted for a portion of the U.S. population, so the actual number of Westmorelands born that year is higher. For instance, according to records I’ve seen, at least 7 Westmorelands were born in Virginia alone in 1917:

(I especially like the well-balanced “Westmoreland Eastwood.” Even better, Westmoreland Snead’s father’s name was Grievous: “Grievous Snead.”)

Source: Westmoreland Delaware Davis – Dictionary of Virginia Biography

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