Baby name story: St. Louis

SS St. Louis
SS St. Louis

On July 8, 1895, a steerage passenger aboard the steamship St. Louis (traveling from Southampton to New York) gave birth to a baby boy.

The passenger, Marie Sillanpau*, named her son St. Louis “in honor of the ship.”

(She was also given a gift of $69.50, collected from the saloon passengers.)

Sources:

*Her surname may have actually been the Finnish Sillanpää.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.