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How did Cara Delevingne get her name?

British fashion model Cara Delevingne in 2014.
Cara Delevingne

Here’s a baby name explanation I’ve never come across before: in-flight magazine!

British property developer Charles Hamar Delevingne — talking last month to the Irish Times at an event celebrating the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty (which his father, Hamar, helped negotiate) — let it slip that he’d named his famous fashion-model daughter Cara Delevingne after the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine Cara:

I remember I used to go backwards and forwards to Dublin a lot, and the name of the Aer Lingus magazine was Cara. I loved the name.

Cara was first published in 1968. The magazine’s title comes from the Irish word cara, meaning “friend.” Cara was discontinued in December of 2020 due to “the impact of Covid-19,” but the airline plans to re-introduce it as a digital publication in the future.

Cara Jocelyn Delevingne (pronounced DEL-ah-VEEN) was born in 1992. Her middle name presumably honors her maternal grandfather, Sir Jocelyn Stevens.

And let’s not forget the distinctive name Hamar. According to one source, Hamar’s birth name was Thomas Hubbard Hamer Greenwood, but he chose to go by “Hamar” — an altered spelling of the maiden name of his Welsh paternal grandmother (Mary Hamer, 1795-1838).

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Image by U.S. Embassy London from Wikipedia

Name Quotes #69: Larry, Darryl, Darryl

From the ’80s TV show Newhart:

“I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl.”

From a 1936 newspaper article about movie actress Veda Ann Borg:

Miss Borg was given a new tag almost the minute she stepped into the studio. It was “Ann Noble.” […] Miss Borg contended that her own name is more descriptive of her personality than Ann Noble. The former model’s argument was convincing. She will be billed as Veda Ann Borg.

(Keavy, Hubbard. “Screen Life In Hollywood.” Wilkes-Barre Record 23 Apr. 1936: 19.)

From an Atlas Obscura article about Australian nicknaming conventions:

How in the world did we get from “Jeremy” to “Jezza”?

There is a rule for how this works. Names which have the letter R in them–Jeremy, Catherine, Sharon, Barry, Murray–are trouble for speakers of non-rhotic variations of English to abbreviate. Rhoticity is a linguistic term for describing when the letter is pronounced; in non-rhotic dialects of English, the sound will be discarded unless followed immediately by a vowel. The dialects of England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and, well, New England are all non-rhotic, which is why the word “car” sounds like “cah.”

This isn’t a problem in any of those names if they’re pronounced fully; there’s always a vowel after the R. But to truncate them would be difficult. Typically hypocoristic nicknames are formed by cutting everything but the first syllable and then either leaving that as-is or adding a vowel. That’s how “Daniel” becomes “Danno”: clip to the first syllable (“Dan”) and add a vowel. (The -o ending is most common for male names; -ie is more common for female names.)

From a press release about a newly discovered prehistoric shark:

The team, led by North Carolina State University’s Terry Gates, named the shark Galagadon nordquistae, a nod to its teeth, which have a stepped triangle shape like the spaceships in the 1980s video game Galaga, and to Karen Nordquist, the Field Museum volunteer who discovered the fossils.

From a 1976 article in People about pianist Lorin Hollander and his then-wife Cali:

Lorin now often finds himself babysitting while Cali campaigns against atomic power. Symbolically, not long ago she shed the name she’d “hated for 30 years” for one that sounded right. Margo became Cali. “I look at myself differently now,” she says firmly, “except people all across the country think Lorin has remarried.”

From a WPMU DEV blog post about the Wayback Machine digital archive:

The Wayback Machine was named to reference Mr. Peabody’s WABAC machine from the popular cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle. In the show, the machine was pronounced as “way back,” which is where the index got its name.

From a BBC article about unpopular baby names in the UK:

The name Clive was 44th most popular choice for boys in 1954 but dropped to 58th place in 1964, and has not been in the top 100 since.

Clive Tricker, 70, from Kesgrave in Suffolk, said the cultural references associated with his name were no longer current.

[…]

“I don’t really mind too much if it dies out because the less of us there are the more unique we are.

(Tricker specified that he was named after Clive of India because his grandfather had been stationed in India while he was in the Army.)

From a Mental Floss article about Ron Howard:

However, Howard did go out of his way to confirm one long-held belief about Willow: that two of the villains were named after famous film critics. The evil General Kael was named after the notoriously ruthless Pauline Kael and the two-headed monster Eborsisk was named after the iconic At the Movies duo of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert.

And, finally, a pair of snippets from a Colorado Public Radio article about Denver street names. First:

William McGaa [one of Denver’s founding officials] had a debaucherous reputation of his own, drinking and adulterating his way out of favor with the city’s elite. McGaa even named Wazee and Wewatta streets after two of his many wives, both Native American woman from local tribes.

(The settlement of Denver was named in late 1858. McGaa’s son, William Denver McGaa, was born in the settlement in March of 1859 and named after it. His mother was neither Wazee nor Wewatta, but a half-Native American woman named Jennie.)

Second, regarding Denver’s “double alphabetical” streets, which were renamed in 1904:

The pattern is a proper noun name, ideally British, followed by the name of a tree or plant. Albion and Ash, Bellaire and Birch, Clermont and Cherry.

The switch wasn’t without resistance from those wealthy neighborhoods. When Eudora Avenue became Fir Street, residents decried the name as “too plebeian.”

How did “Broken Arrow” influence baby names?

The character Sonseeahray from the movie "Broken Arrow" (1950)
Sonseeahray from “Broken Arrow

Elliott Arnold’s 1947 novel Blood Brother was a fictionalized account of the adventures of Old West historical figures Cochise, a Chiricahua Apache chief, and Tom Jeffords, a U.S. Indian agent.

The book was later adapted into a movie and a TV series, and both of these things ended up influencing U.S. baby names.

Sonseeahray & Debralee

The movie Broken Arrow was released in the summer of 1950. It starred Jeff Chandler as Cochise and James Stewart as Tom Jeffords. But the two baby names that debuted in the data thanks to the movie were associated with a different character: Sonseeahray, played by teenage actress Debra Paget.

Broken Arrow wasn’t Debra Paget’s first movie, but it was her first big hit, and it helped her achieve a new level of fame. And in 1951, her birth name Debralee debuted in the data. In fact, it was that year’s top debut name.

  • 1953: 11 baby girls named Debralee
  • 1952: 9 baby girls named Debralee
  • 1951: 19 baby girls named Debralee [debut]
  • 1950: unlisted
  • 1949: unlisted

The public had become aware that Debra Paget was born “Debralee Griffin” in mid-1950, thanks to a newspaper article by AP journalist Hubbard Keavy, who called Debra’s birth name “improbable” (a curious comment, coming from guy named Hubbard Keavy). He quoted Debra’s mother, Margaret Griffin, as saying:

I christened her Debra. Her father’s people were Pagets. I used to call her Debra Lee, thinking that would be a good professional name. But Paget is more unusual and there are no Pagets in the movies.

Debra’s sister, Marcia Eloise Griffin, also acted under a stage name: Teala Loring.

The name of the character Sonseeahray also debuted in 1951:

  • 1953: unlisted
  • 1952: unlisted
  • 1951: 7 baby girls named Sonseeahray [debut]
  • 1950: unlisted
  • 1949: unlisted

Sonseeahray, defined in the novel as “morning star,” seems to be legitimate Apache name; it was included and defined in the book Life Among the Apaches (1868) by John C. Cremony.

Two real-life Sonseeahrays are Fox News reporter Sonseeahray Tonsall and German actress Sonsee Neu, born Sonsee Ahray Natascha Floethmann-Neu.

Marsheela & Ansara

The TV series Broken Arrow first aired on ABC from 1956 to 1958. (Reruns aired in 1959 and 1960.) The show starred Michael Ansara as Cochise and John Lupton as Tom Jeffords. While it did not include the character Sonseeahray, an early episode did feature a Sonseeahray-like character named Marsheela.

Marsheela, played by actress Donna Martell, appeared in the episode “Apache Girl” in mid-1957. The same year, the name Marsheela was a one-hit wonder in the baby name data:

  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted
  • 1957: 11 baby girls named Marsheela [debut]
  • 1956: unlisted
  • 1955: unlisted

I figured out the source of this one only after posting about Marsheila, which was the most-used spelling of Marsheela that year (no doubt because of the familiarity of the Irish name Sheila, which was a top-100 girl name in the U.S. throughout the ’50s and ’60s).

Another one-hit wonder was the surname of Arab-American actor Michael Ansara. Five baby boys were named Ansara in 1960:

  • 1962: unlisted
  • 1961: unlisted
  • 1960: 5 baby boys named Ansara [debut]
  • 1959: unlisted
  • 1958: unlisted

Though Broken Arrow had made Michael Ansara a household name, this debut lines up more cleanly with a later TV Western that Ansara also starred in: Law of the Plainsman, which lasted from 1959 to 1960.

His surname may be based on the Arabic term al-ansar, meaning “the helpers.”

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List of Unusual Names: Delazon, Twentyman, Narsworthy

Here are many dozens of interesting and uncommon names that have caught my eye over the years…

  • Adonijah Strong Welch (b. 1821) – U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Adoniram Judson (b. 1788) – the first Protestant missionary sent from North America to Myanmar.
  • Aeriwentha Faggs “Mae” Starr (b. 1932) – American athlete.
  • Alcaeus Hooper (b. 1859) – mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from 1895 to 1897.
  • Almroth Wright (b. 1861) – British bacteriologist and immunologist.
  • Anning Smith Prall (b. 1870) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Anzia Yezierska (b. 1885) – Polish writer.
  • Arphaxed Loomis (b. 1798) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Astyanax M. Douglass (b. 1838) – Politician/physician from Tennessee.
  • Atoosa Rubenstein (b. 1972 in Iran) – Former editor-in-chief of Seventeen magazine.
  • Autherine Juanita Lucy (b. 1929) – Activist from Alabama.
  • Banastre Tarleton (b. 1754) – British soldier and politician.
  • Baskerville Holmes (b. 1964) – American basketball player named for The Hound of the Baskervilles.
  • Behethland Foote Butler (b. 1764) – from Virginia.
  • Berbiedell Slate (b. 1930) – from North Carolina.
  • Beveridge Webster (b. 1908) – pianist.
  • Bird Segle Mcguire (b. 1865) – U.S. Delegate and representative from Oklahoma.
  • Bland Ballard (b. 1761) – soldier and statesman.
  • Bluma Appel (b. 1919) – Canadian philanthropist.
  • Bolling Hall (b. 1767) – U.S. Representative from Georgia.
  • Bourke Blakemore Hickenlooper (b. 1896) – U.S. Senator from Iowa. (Previously the Governor of Iowa.)
  • Brazilla Carroll Reece (b. 1889) – U.S. Representative from Tennessee.
  • Bunnatine “Bunny” Greenhouse (b. circa 1944) – Halliburton whistleblower.
  • Burgoyne Diller (b. 1906) – abstract painter.
  • Burrhus Frederic “B.F.” Skinner (b. in 1904) – American psychologist, author and inventor.
  • Calouste Gulbenkian (b. 1869) – Armenian philanthropist.
  • Calvary Morris (b. 1798) – U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • Camoralza Hagler Spahr (b. 1826) – Politician from Ohio.
  • Canvass White (b. 1790) – American civil engineer.
  • Carpoforo Mazzetti Tencalla (b. 1685) – Painter/sculptor from Switzerland.
  • Catulle Mendès (b. 1841) – French writer.
  • Cedella “Ciddy” Marley Booker (b. 1926) – mother of Bob Marley.
  • Chamintney Stovall Thomas (b. 1899) – Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Cherubusco Newton (b. 1848) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana.
  • Chesselden Ellis (b. 1808) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Chichester Bell (b. 1848) – Chemist from Ireland.
  • Chittenden Lyon (b. 1787) – U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
  • Chloethiel Woodard Smith (b. 1910) – architect and urban planner.
  • Ciallagalena “Lena” Cobb Williams (b. circa 1900) – from Faubourg Tremé (New Orleans).
  • Clairève Grandjouan (b. 1929) – Archaeologist from France.
  • Claricia (13th century) – German illuminator:

claricia, german psalter

  • Cleanth Brooks (b. 1906) – Literary critic and Yale professor.
  • Collingwood Schreiber (b. 1831) – Canadian surveyor and engineer.
  • Comfort Sands (b. 1748) – merchant, banker and politician.
  • Cornthwaite Ommanney (b. 1736) – grandfather of Erasmus, below.
  • Cotton Tufts (b. 1734) – U.S. physician.
  • Coventry Patmore (b. 1823) – English poet and literary critic.
  • Craphonso Thorpe (b. 1983) – professional football player. (“Craphonso” is a combination of his father’s given names, Craig and Alphonso.)
  • Cree Summer Francks (b. 1969) – Actress and musician. (Her brother is Rainbow, below.)
  • Crispus Attucks (b. circa 1723) – first of five civilians killed in the Boston Massacre.
  • Cydnor Tompkins (b. 1810) – U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • D-Cady Herrick (b. 1846) – politician from New York.
  • De La Mancha “Mancha” Bruggemeyer (b. 1865 in England) – Chicago judge.
  • Delarivier Manley (d. 1724) – (female) English novelist.
  • Delazon Smith (b. 1816) – Senator from Oregon.
  • deLesseps Story Morrison (b. 1912) – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1946 to 1961.
  • Delloreese Patricia Early (b. 1931) – American actress (stage name Della Reese).
  • De Sacia Mooers (b. 1888) – Silent film actress from Michigan.
  • Dingle Foot (b. 1905) – British barrister and politician. (His first name was his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.)
  • Diocletian “Dio” Lewis (b. 1823) – early exercise advocate, from New York. (He wrote about the importance of physical training for both sexes in The Atlantic in 1862.)
  • Donelson Caffery (b. 1835) – U.S. Senator from Louisiana.
  • Dunkinfield Henry Scott (b. 1854) – English paleobotanist who established the class Pteridospermeae.
  • Dusolina Giannini (b. 1902) – Italian-American soprano.
  • Elbridge Thomas Gerry (b. 1744) – Fifth Vice President of the United States.
  • Elfyn Llwyd (b. 1951) – Welsh barrister and politician.
  • Elgin Gay Baylor (b. 1934) – NBA Hall-of-Famer who was named after the Elgin National Watch Company.
  • Eliphalet Dyer (b. 1721) – U.S. Delegate from Connecticut.
  • Epaphroditus Champion (b. 1756) – U.S. Representative from Connecticut.
  • Epiphanny Prince (born in the 1980s) – Set the U.S. high school girls’ basketball record by scoring 113 points in a single game on February 1, 2006.
  • Erasmus Ommanney (b. 1814) – English explorer.
  • Erminnie Adele Platt Smith (b. 1836) – American geologist and linguist. (Erminnie is a diminutive of Ermintrude.)
  • Errett Bishop (b. 1928) – mathematician.
  • Espy Van Horne (b. 1795) – U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.
  • Eudald Carbonell i Roura (b. 1953) – Spanish archaeologist, anthropologist and paleontologist.
  • Eulavelle Lee Drake (b. 1913) – from California.
  • Falconer Madan (b. 1851) – Librarian of the Bodleian Library of Oxford University. (His granddaughter was Venetia Burney, below.)
  • Felissa Rose Esposito (b. 1969) – Actress.
  • Feramorz Little (b. 1820) – mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 1876 to 1882.
  • Filippo “Lippo” Lippi (b. 1406) – Italian painter.
  • Fiorello Henry LaGuardia (b. 1882) – U.S. Representative from New York. (Later the Mayor of New York.)
  • Fitzedward Hall (b. 1825) – Sanskrit scholar and OED contributor.
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck (b. 1790) – poet.
  • Foxhall A. Parker (b. 1821) – U.S. Navy officer during the American Civil War. (His father was also a Foxhall, and he had a brother named Dangerfield.)
  • Ghillean Tolmie Prance (b. 1937) – British botanist and ecologist.
  • Ginery Twichell (b. 1811) – U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.
  • Glendy Burke – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1865. The Stephen Foster song Glendy Burke is about a steamboat that was probably named for the mayor.
  • Godlove Stein Orth (b. 1817) – U.S. Representative from Indiana.
  • Gouverneur Morris (b. 1752) – U.S. Senator from New York.
  • Goyn A. Sutton (b. 1816) – mayor of Springfield, Illinois from 1860 to 1864.
  • Grantzberg Hart (b. 1961) – musician.
  • Green Berry Raum (b. 1829) – U.S. Representative from Illinois.
  • Green Clay (b. 1757) – Kentucky politician.
  • Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims (b. 1986) – Alabama State University basketball player.
  • Gumersindo Laverde Ruiz (b. 1835) – Spanish writer.
  • Halifax Shackleton (b. circa 1895) – 16-year-old girl born in Halifax, Yorkshire, according to the 1911 England and Wales census.
  • Harlow Shapley (b. 1885) – American astronomer.
  • Harmanus Peek (b. 1782) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Hawthorne Wingo – New York Knicks player during the 1970s. (Discovered this one in a Beastie Boys song, of all places.)
  • Heartsill Ragon (b. 1885) – U.S. Representative from Arkansas.
  • Hempstead Washburne (b. 1852) – mayor of Chicago, Illinois from 1891 to 1893.
  • Henderina “Rina” Victoria Scott (b. 1862) – was born in English botanist and cinematographer.
  • Hiester Clymer (b. 1827) – politician from Pennsylvania.
  • Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael (b. 1899) – American composer, singer, actor, and band leader.
  • Holiday Reinhorn (b. 1964) – fiction writer and wife of Rainn Wilson (see below).
  • Hubbard Hinde Kavanaugh (b. 1802) – Methodist Episcopal bishop.
  • Hurieosco Austill (b. 1841) – from Alabama.
  • Huw Wheldon (b. 1916) – Welsh broadcaster and Royal Television Society president. (Huw is the Welsh version of Hugh.)
  • Icie Macy Hoobler (b. 1892) – American physiologist and biochemist.
  • Idawalley Zorada “Ida” Lewis (b. 1842) – American lighthouse keeper.
  • Idola Saint-Jean (b. 1880) – Canadian activist.
  • Iley Lawson Hill (b. 1808) – from Ohio. One of the longest-living “Real Daughters” of the American Revolution, she died in 1913 at the age of 104.
  • Isagani R. Cruz (b. 1945) – Filipino writer.
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel (b. 1806) – English engineer who created the Great Western Railway, along with a number of steamships, bridges and tunnels.
  • Ithamar Conkey Sloan (b. 1822) – U.S. Representative from Wisconsin.
  • Itimous Thaddeus Valentine (b. 1926) – U.S. Representative from North Carolina.
  • Itti Kinney Reno (b. 1862) – writer from Tennessee.
  • Jacobena Angliss (b. 1896) – Australian philanthropist.
  • Jacquemin (15th century) – brother of Jeanne d’Arc.
  • Jacquetta Hawkes (b. 1910) – British archaeologist and writer.
  • Ja Hu Stafford (b. 1834 in North Carolina) – early Arizona settler. His name was originally Jehu. He also went by “J. Hugh.”
  • Jascha Heifetz (b. 1901) – Lithuanian violinist.
  • Jawaharlal Nehru (b. 1889) – First Prime Minister of India. Served for 4 terms, from 1947 until 1964.
  • Jeduthun Wilcox (b. 1768) – U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.
  • Jeh (pronounced “Jay”) Charles Johnson (b. 1957) – politician from New York. His name “comes from a Liberian chief his grandfather met on a U.N. mission” according to the Washington Post.
  • Jettabee Ann Hopkins (b. 1905) – radio scriptwriter from Nebraska.
  • Jetur Rose Riggs (b. 1809) – U.S. Representative from New Jersey.
  • Jouett Shouse (b. 1879) – lawyer, newspaper publisher, and politician.
  • Kindred Jenkins Morris (b. 1819) – mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1869 to 1871.
  • Kirkpatrick Macmillan (b. 1813) – Scottish blacksmith who invented the pedal bicycle (circa 1840).
  • Kirtland Irving Perky (b. 1867) – U.S. Senator from Idaho.
  • Kittredge Haskins (b. 1836) – U.S. Representative from Vermont.
  • Kroum Pindoff (b. 1915) – Canadian philanthropist (originally from Bulgaria).
  • Lascelles Abercrombie (b.1881) – British poet and literary critic.
  • Le Gage Pratt (b. 1852) – U.S. Representative from New Jersey.
  • LeBreton Dorgenois – mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana in 1812.
  • Leonidas Lent Hamline (b. 1797) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Lianella Carell (b. 1927) – Italian film actress.
  • Lieven Gevaert (b. 1868) – Belgian philanthropist.
  • Lilialyce Akers (b. 1927) – first female professor at the University of Louisville.
  • Loammi Baldwin (b. 1744) – Engineer, politician, and American Revolutionary War soldier.
  • Lodowicke Muggleton (b. 1609) – English religious thinker.
  • Lodusky Jerusha Taylor (b. 1856) – from Minnesota. (The name Lodusky is based on the name of the 18th-century opera Lodoïska.)
  • Loleatta Holloway (b. 1946) – American singer.
  • LuEsther Mertz (b. 1905) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Lystra Gretter (b. 1858) – Nurse and public health care innovator.
  • Macpherson Robertson (b. 1859) – Australian philanthropist.
  • Magloire Pélage (b. 1769 in Martinique) – Soldier and leader of the resistance movement against the English.
  • Mahonri Macintosh Young (b. 1877) – sculptor and artist.
  • Majestic Mapp (b. 1980) – basketball player. (Brother of Scientific, see below.)
  • Mamphela Aletta Ramphele (b. 1947) – South African doctor and activist.
  • Manton Marble (b. 1834) – editor of the New York World.
  • Marjabelle Young Stewart (b. 1924) – etiquette expert from Iowa.
  • Marshevet Hooker (b. 1984) – American sprinter.
  • Mattiwilda Dobbs (b. 1925) – American opera singer.
  • Marmaduke Furness (b. 1883) – English shipping magnate.
  • Marmaduke Williams (b. 1774) – U.S. Representative from North Carolina.
  • McKaskia Stearns Bonnifield (b. 1833) – from West Virginia.
  • Mellcene Thurman Smith (b. 1872) – from Missouri.
  • Melquiades R. Martinez (b. 1946) – U.S. Senator from Florida.
  • Melusina Fay Peirce (b. 1836 in Vermont) – Feminist and leader of the “cooperative housekeeping” movement.
  • Meridel Le Sueur (b. 1900) – American feminist/socialist writer.
  • Merze Tate (b. 1905) – scholar and professor.
  • Middleton Barrow (b. 1839) – U.S. Senator from Georgia.
  • Miel de Botton (b. 1960s) – Swiss art collector.
  • Milward Lee Simpson (b. 1897) – Governor of Wyoming.
  • Minervina (4th century) – the first wife of Constantine the Great.
  • Miquita Oliver (b. 1984) – British TV presenter and actress.
  • Montague Lessler (b. 1869) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Montfort Stokes (b. 1762) – Governor of North Carolina.
  • Moscelyne Larkin (b. 1925) – Native American ballerina.
  • Nanaline Holt Inman Duke (b. 1871) – Mother of Doris Duke.
  • Naphtali Daggett (b. 1727) – Pastor, professor, and Yale’s second president.
  • Narsworthy Hunter (b. circa 1802) – U.S. Delegate from Mississippi Territory.
  • Nelleke Noordervliet (b. 1945) – Dutch novelist.
  • Ney Elias (b. 1884) – English explorer/diplomat.
  • Nomaindia Mfeketo (b. 1952) – the fourth woman and the first black woman to become mayor of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Nunnally Hunter Johnson (b. 1897) – American filmmaker.
  • O’Brien Smith (b. circa 1756) – Irish-American politician.
  • Odalys García (b. 1975) – Cuban actress and singer.
  • Olinthus Gilbert Gregory (b. 1774) – English mathematician.
  • Orange Noble (b. 1817) – Pennsylvania politician.
  • Orator H. LaCraft (b. 1850) – Politician from Wisconsin.
  • Orchard Cook (b. 1763) – U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.
  • Orrice Abram Murdock, Jr. (b. 1893) – U.S. Senator from Utah.
  • Oseola McCarty (b. 1908) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Ossian Ray (b. 1835) – U.S. Representative from New Hampshire.
  • Otha Donner Wearin (b. 1903) – Representative from Iowa.
  • Ottobuono de’ Fieschi (later Pope Adrian V) was born in Italy during the 13th century.
  • Ottorino Respighi (b. 1879) – Italian composer, musicologist and musician.
  • Outerbridge Horsey (b. 1777) – U.S. Senator from Delaware.
  • Ovington Eugene Weller (b. 1862) – U.S. Representative from Maryland.
  • Owsley Brown Frazier (b. 1935) – businessman and philanthropist.
  • Pantazi Ghica (b. 1831) – Wallachian-born Romanian politician, lawyer and writer.
  • Pelatiah Webster (b. 1726) – political economist and writer.
  • Percenia Johnson – American nurse. She was on the cover of Jet in 1953:
percenia, nurse
  • Persifor Frazer (b. 1736) – soldier and industrialist from Pennsylvania.
  • Person Colby Cheney (b. 1828) – Senator from New Hampshire. (Previously the Governor of New Hampshire.)
  • Phanor Breazeale (b. 1858) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana.
  • Philadelph Van Trump (b. 1810) – U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • Phyllida Law (b. 1932) – Scottish actress. Also the mother of actress Emma Thompson.
  • Pierpont Edwards (b. 1750) – U.S. Delegate from Connecticut.
  • Pitcairn Morrison (b. 1795) – American army officer.
  • Pomeroy Tucker (b. 1802) – American journalist.
  • Potto Brown (b. 1797) – English miller and philanthropist.
  • Powhatan Ellis (b. 1790) – Senator from Mississippi.
  • Powhaten Woolridge Maxey (b. 1810) – mayor of Nashville, Tennessee from 1843 to 1844.
  • Quirinus Kuhlmann (b. 1651) – German Baroque poet and mystic.
  • Race Imboden (b. 1993) – Olympic foil fencer from Florida. He was named after the Jonny Quest character Race Bannon.
  • Rainn Wilson (b. 1966) – actor and husband of Holiday Reinhorn (see above).
  • Rainbow Sun Francks (b. 1979) – Canadian actor and songwriter. (His sister is Cree, below.)
  • Rensis Likert (b. 1903) – American organizational psychologist.
  • Rensselaer Westerlo (b. 1776) – Representative from New York.
  • Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr. (b. 1764) – U.S. Senator from Ohio. (Later, the Governor of Ohio. Later still, Postmaster General.)
  • Reverdy Johnson (b. 1796) – statesman and jurist.
  • Rienzi Melville Johnston (b. 1849) – U.S. Senator from Texas.
  • Rikissa Birgersdotter (13th century) – Queen of Norway.
  • Ringgold Lardner (b. 1885) – sports columnist and writer.
  • Rivers Cuomo (b. 1970) – musician.
  • Roberdeau Buchanan (b. 1839) – American astronomer. was born in Pennsylvania in 1839. (His first name was his mother’s maiden name.)
  • Rousseau Owen Crump (b. 1843) – U.S. Representative from Michigan. (Previously the Mayor of West Bay City.)
  • Rulon Gardner (b. 1971) – American Greco-Roman wrestler.
  • Rychacviana Coffie – Miss Curaçao 2005.
  • Sacheverell Sitwell (b. 1897) – English poet and art critic.
  • Schelto Patijn (b. 1936) – Dutch politician.
  • Scientific Mapp (b. 1980) – basketball player. (Brother of Majestic, see above.)
  • Shirin Ebadi (b. 1947) – Iranian lawyer and human rights activist. First Iranian and first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2003).
  • Smedley Darlington (b. 1827) – U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. (Grandfather of Smedley Darlington Butler, below.)
  • Smedley Darlington Butler (b. 1881) – at one time, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. (Grandson of Smedley Darlington, above.)
  • Smoloff Palace Love (b. 1826) – Soldier, teacher, and lawyer from Kentucky.
  • Sobieski Ross (b. 1828) – U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.
  • Spark Masayuki Matsunaga (b. 1916) – Senator from Hawaii. (Previously a Representative from Hawaii.)
  • Speedy Long (1928-2006) – U.S. Representative from Louisiana.
  • Spessard Lindsey Holland (b. 1892) – U.S. Senator from Florida. (Previously the Governor of Florida.)
  • Spottswood William Robinson (b. 1916) – civil rights attorney and judge.
  • Spruille Braden (b. 1894) – Diplomat and businessman with an interest in Latin America.
  • Spurzheim “Spud” Derby (b. 1856) – Indiana politician.
  • Squire Whipple (b. 1804) – civil engineer.
  • Stanyarne Wilson (b. 1860) – U.S. Representative from South Carolina.
  • Stevenson Magloire (b. 1963) – Haitian painter named after U.S. politician Adlai Stevenson.
  • Stirling Silliphant (b. 1918) – U.S. screenwriter.
  • Stith Thompson (b. 1885) – folklorist.
  • Sunshine Hillygus (b. circa 1976) – associate professor at Harvard.
  • Susybelle Wilkinson Lyons (b. 1923) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Tapping Reeve (b. 1744) – law professor, jurist and writer. Opened the first law school in the United States.
  • Tazewell Ellett (b. 1856) – U.S. Representative from Virginia.
  • Tench Coxe (b. 1755) – U.S. Delegate from Pennsylvania.
  • Theophylact Bache (b. 1735) – merchant.
  • Thorowgood Smith (b. 1744) – mayor of Baltimore, Maryland from 1804 to 1808.
  • Tilghman Mayfield Tucker (b. 1802) – U.S. Representative from Mississippi. (Previously the Governor of Mississippi.)
  • Tomlinson Fort (b. 1787) – U.S. Representative from Georgia.
  • Torquil Norman (b. 1933) – English philanthropist.
  • Trevanion W. Hugo (b. 1849) – mayor of Duluth, Minnesota from 1900 to 1903.
  • Trevenen Huxley (b. 1889) – Huxley brother (born after Julian, but before Aldous).
  • Turbutt Wright (b. 1741) – U.S. Delegate from Maryland.
  • Twentyman Wood of Connecticut received U.S. patent 19,275 in 1858. (His name reminds me of Twentynine Palms, California.)
  • Tzovfit Grant (born in 1964) – Israeli actress and TV show host. (Her first name is sometimes spelled Tzufit.)
  • Uncas Aeneas Whitaker (b. 1900) – U.S. philanthropist.
  • Uz McMurtrie (b. 1884) – Politician from Indiana.
  • Venetia Phair (née Burney, born in England in 1919) – Suggested the name for the planet Pluto when she was 11 years old. (Her grandfather was Falconer Madan, above.)
  • Verplanck Colvin (b. 1847) – lawyer, author and topographical engineer.
  • Verrazzani C. Bratton, Sr. (b. 1860) – Arkansas judge.
  • Vespasian Warner (b. 1842) – U.S. Representative from Illinois.
  • Victory Birdseye (b. 1782) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Volckert Petrus Douw (b. 1720) – mayor of Albany, New York from 1761 to 1770.
  • Voltairine de Cleyre (b. 1866) – Anarchist and feminist.
  • Waddy Thompson (b. 1798) – U.S. Representative from South Carolina.
  • Wallingford Constantine Riegger (b. 1885) – American composer.
  • Wambly Bald (b. 1902) – U.S. writer/columnist.
  • Waveney Bicker Caarten (b. 1902) – (female) English playwright.
  • Wealthy Babcock (b. 1895) – professor at the University of Kansas.
  • Wellington Webb (b. 1941) – mayor of Denver, Colorado from 1991 to 2003.
  • Wentworth Miller (b. 1972) – American actor.
  • Whitehead Hicks (b. 1728) – mayor of New York City, New York from 1766 to 1776.
  • Whitemarsh B. Seabrook (b. 1793) – South Carolina politician.
  • Wigbolt Ripperda (b. circa 1535) – Governor of Haarlem (in the Netherlands) while the city was under siege by the Spanish army during the Eighty Years’ War.
  • Wilmot Redd (d. 1692) – one of the (female) victims of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
  • Wingfield Bullock (d. 1821) – U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
  • Wyke Bayliss (b. 1835) – British painter.
  • Wynkyn de Worde (d. 1534) – French printer. (The surname refers to a location in France, not words on the page, unfortunately.)
  • Xenophon P. Huddy (b. 1876) – American lawyer. An early specialist in automobile law.
  • Xenophon Pierce Wilfley (b. 1871) – U.S. senator from Missouri.
  • Xiuhtezcatl (pronounced shu-tez-caht) Martinez (b. circa 2000) – Environmental activist.
  • Yellow Light Breen (born in the 1970s) – lawyer and senior VP of Bangor Savings Bank.
  • Zackquill Morgan (18th cen.) – founder of Morgantown, West Virginia. Son of Morgan Morgan.
  • Zadock Pratt (b. 1790) – U.S. Representative from New York.
  • Zealous Tower (b. 1819) – American soldier and civil engineer.
  • Zell Bryan Miller (b. 1932) – Senator from Georgia. (Previously the Governor of Georgia.)

Have you encountered any unusual or rare names lately? (In the phone book? In the paper? On TV?)