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Popularity of the baby name Emsy

Posts that mention the name Emsy

Siblings named Tonsillitis, Meningitis, Appendicitis…

Gravestone of Tonsillitis Jackson (1932-2006)
Tonsillitis’ gravestone

About 80 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Emsy Jackson of Oklahoma started naming their children after medical conditions:

  • Tonsillitis “Tonsy” Jackson (boy) – born Nov. 7, 1932
  • Meningitis “Mennie” Jackson (boy)
  • Appendicitis “Pendy” Jackson (girl) – born Dec. 25, 1936
  • Laryngitis Jackson (girl)
  • Peritonitis Jackson (girl)
  • Jakeitis Jackson (girl)

The family first made the news in early 1937, right after Appendicitis was born. Their story ran in Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, and TIME, not to mention a bunch of regional papers.

Tonsillitis made headlines twice more after that — when he enlisted in the Navy in 1951, and when he re-enlisted in 1955. (Before he re-enlisted, he had to be treated for tonsillitis, ironically.) In these articles, he explained that his mother had been suffering from a sore throat when he was born, hence the name Tonsillitis.

And what about Jakeitis — was her name made-up? No, actually. Though “Jakeitis” isn’t a recognized medical condition, the word was used in the 1930s to describe the paralysis that afflicted drinkers of Jake, a slang word for Jamaica Ginger.

What are your thoughts on these names?


  • “Aftermath.” West Australian 8 Nov. 1951: 1.
  • All in the Family – Futility Closet
  • “Miscellany.” TIME 25 Jan. 1937: 36.
  • “Navy Has Case of Tonsillitis.” Toledo Blade 26 Aug. 1955: 2.

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