Category: name history
February 17th is the birthdate of Andrew Barton Paterson, affectionately known as âBanjoâ Paterson. Â He was named Andrew after his Scottish-born father, and his middle name Barton was a family name from his motherâs side; he was related to Edmund Barton, who would later become Australiaâs first prime minister. Because he and his dad had the same name, Paterson went by his middle name, and was always known as Barty to his friends and family.
Paterson lived with his grandmother while he was attending the prestigious Sydney Grammar School, and she encouraged in him a love of poetry. He was 21 when he first began submitting poems to The Bulletin, under the pseudonym of âThe Banjoâ (sometimes shortened to a simple âBâ). Â Full of fierce nationalism and a desire for a fairer society, he had some aspirations to write fiery polemic, and had even written a political pamphlet. Â However, The Bulletin had other ideas.
In the late nineteenthÂ century, there was a movement towards the British colonies of Australia becoming one country, a feeling that Australia should be a united nation, and Australians a united people. In the effort to provide Australia with a unifying mythology that wouldÂ instillÂ nationalistic pride, it seemed that the Australian bush and outback would be the symbol to draw everyone together.
Itâs pretty obvious that theÂ first initial letters of names move in and out of fashion.Â The last several years have seen a rotation of vowelsâA, E, O, I– as favoredÂ name-starters.Â But there have been instances, too, ofÂ ending sound name trends as well, which arenât quite so apparent.Â Case in point:
In the early decades of the twentieth century, in addition to name trends like Â the birth of the flower name crazeâRose, Violet, Lily, Daisy, Hazel and Myrtle– as well as gem names like Pearl, RubyÂ and Opal, and the month names of April, May and June, there was an infatuation with girlsâ names ending in âsâ. Â Appellations such as Doris, Phyllis and Lois were seen as ultra-poetic and romantic, having an appealing classical feelâbut it was a fad that faded fairly quickly.Â Todayâs most popular list , for example, shows only two female names ending with the S sound in the Top 100 (Alexis and Genesis), while in the years from 1900 to 1930, there were five times that number.Â Some of them still sound terminally dated today:
âŚwhile the other half are either ripe for revival or already back:
Some of those characters eventually have fictional children of their own.Â Mad Men couple Pete and Trudy just welcomed daughter Tammy.Â 90210âs Jen has a brand new son called Jacques.Â In honor of the two new arrivals, hereâs a look back at some notable small screen births.
Everyone was watching I Love Lucy when Ricky and Lucy welcomed Enrique Jr. â Lilâ Ricky â in 1953.Â The show was a sensation, but Richard was already a Top Ten mainstay, and even Ricky was in the Top 100 before the babyâs arrival.
The first influential television baby probably came from 1964âs Bewitched, a sitcom with a supernatural twist.Â Bewitching wife Samanthaâs name caught on, as did daughter Tabitha, who arrived in the showâs second season.
Thereâs more than one way to add a child.Â The Brady Bunchâs six kids became seven when Cousin Oliver came to stay during the showâs final season.Â While his name is the height of fashion today, it didnât catch on until decades later.Â The character did lend his name to Cousin Oliver Syndrome â the phenomenon of adding a younger child to revive a fading show.Â
I donât you know if youâve noticed a growing trendletâat least among celebritiesâfor what we might call generic-boy-nickname-names.Â In other words, these arenât specific short forms like Charlie or Archie, but ol- timey macho boy tags like Buddy and Buster.
In the recent past, weâve seen Noel Gallagherâs Sonny, a choice shared by British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextorâas well as Adam Sandlerâs daughter Sunny; Jamie Oliverâs Buddy Bear Maurice; Michele Hicks and Jonny Lee Millerâs Buster Timothy; the three Aces of Natalie Appleton, Tom Dumont, and Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle; the two Dukes of Diane Keaton and Justine Bateman; and the Junior of Peter Andre and Katie Price.
We canât help wondering if this is yet another offshoot of the midcentury Mad Men phenomenon, bringing us back to the days of Father Knows Bestâs Bud (birth name James Anderson, Jr.) and J. D. Salingerâs Buddy Glass (real name Webb Gallagher Glass), and Marlon Brando, who was known to friends and family as Bud.Â In those days, though, Sonny or Buster were not usually put on the birth certificate, andÂ over time those pet names began to be relegated to pets.
Yesterday we took a look at the girlsâ names moving in and out of fashion and now we turn our attention to their brothers.
And here we find aÂ somewhat different picture.
Overall, it confirms the fact that there is much greater consistency on the boysâ side of the fence, with a huge proportion of the names already established in the Top 100 list of 1880, and very few new ones entering in the succeeding years: only one or two per decade,Â with a large number of themÂ having Irish roots.
Names that we might think of as fairly recent favorites were already on the list in the 1880s: Cameron, Carson, Carter, Chase, Cole and Cooper, Hunter and Haydn, for example. (Further evidence of the 100-year rule.)
So, again, here they are, arranged by decade, and then giving the particular years that they were among the Top 100.
- Angel: 1888, 1891, 1899, 1907-1910, 1912-1914, 1916-2009
- Blake: 1883, 1886, 1892-1894, 1897, 1903, 1906, 1911, 1920-21, 1933, 1942-1943, 1945-2009
- Bryan: 1883, 1886, 1890, 1892, 1894-2009
- Caleb: 1880-1907, 1909-1911, 1914-1915, 1917-1918, 1920, 1922, 1925, 1964, 1966, 1968-1009
- Cameron: 1882-1885m 1888, 1895-1896, 1900, 1911-1912, 1916, 1920-1924, 1926, 1930-1931, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1941-2009
- Carson: 1880-1882, 1884-1892, 1894-1896, 1898-2009
- Carter: 1881, 1883-1977, 1980-2009
- Chase: 1885, 1972-2009
- Cole: 1886, 1912, 1951, 1954-1965, 1967-2009
- Cooper: 1882, 1885-1887, 1889, 1982, 1984-2009
- Diego: 1887, 1958, 1963-2009
- Dominic: 1885, 1887, 1890-1892, 1894-2009
- Ethan: 1882, 1884, 1886-1887, 1891, 1893, 1896, 1898, 1901, 1952, 1954, 1956-2009
- Hayden: 1880, 1885, 1888-1892, 1895-1901, 1903-1930, 1922-1936, 1941-1944, 1947, 1986-2009
- Hunter: 1880-1886, 1888-1902, 1904-1920, 1922-1924, 1926-1929, 1931-1932, 1934-1935, 1945-1950, 1954, 1956-2009
- Isaiah: 1880-1968, 1971-2009
- Jason: 1880-1898, 1900-2009
- Jesus: 1880-1890, 1892-2009
- Jordan: 1880-1889, 1891-1901, 1903-1910, 1912-1915, 1917, 1919-2009
- Josiah: 1880-1896, 1898-1899, 1903-1904, 1906-1907, 1912, 1914, 1916, 1975-2009
- Justin: 1880-1881, 1884-1886, 1888-1894, 1896-2009