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Popularity of the baby name Pascaline

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Baby born on Halloween, named Halloween


First a spring holiday name, now a fall holiday name…

I saw an article recently about an Oklahoma woman born on Oct. 31, 1924, and named Halloween.

As a child, Halloween Putman (née Williams) was teased about her unusual name:

She was called “Valentine” or “Holiday,” but she continued to go by Halloween until high school, when she began to use her middle name.

As an adult, though, she took pride in it. She got a kick out of “showing her driver’s license and seeing people’s reaction,” for instance.

Now, you’d think that Halloween would be a rare first name — rarer than Pascaline, right? But when I checked the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), I was surprised to find 36 (!) people named Halloween and just 26 named Pascaline. Even more surprising? Some of these Halloweens were neither born nor conceived anywhere near October 31st. Very curious…

Source: Westbrook, Leigh Ann. “Local lady born to celebrate October treat day.” Durant Daily Democrat 31 Oct. 2002: 1A+.

Image: Adapted from 2017 Halloween 6 by anoldent under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Baby born on Easter, named Pascaline

I’ve posted about plenty of babies named after the boats on which they were born (e.g. Australis, Burgess, El Nil, Jesse Roper, Numidian) so here’s something new — a baby born on a boat, but named after the holiday on which she was born:

La Champagne, like the Cedric, had a pleasant voyage and reported, as her principal contribution to the news of the day, the fact that on Easter Sunday there had been born on board the liner a little girl to Mme. Boyer, one of the cabin passengers. The baby was named Pascaline.

A much better choice than “Champagne,” certainly.

Pascaline is related to the adjective paschal, which refers to both Passover and Easter. Historically, many babies born around the time of Easter/Passover were given some form of this name.

Source: “Liners’ Good Weather.” New York Times 20 Apr. 1903: 3.