The first Memorial Day—then called Decoration Day— was observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. It was a date chosen because it was a time when flowers would blooming all across the country.
In the past we have looked at some of the more interesting names of Civil War leaders, but this year we thought it could be more enlightening to look instead at well-known, well-named people who were born in that year of 1868—giving us a bird’s-eye view of post-Civil War period baby naming, both in America and elsewhere.
The last couple of weeks have seen some big baby name stories in the news, including the release of the US 2018 popularity charts and a new baby for pop royalty – plus scintillating snippets from the rest of the world.
We’re looking for another unusual name, preferably one that has no religious connotations, references nature – we especially love plant names, is easy to spell and pronounce, and feels somewhat gender neutral.
His middle name will be my (German) surname; last name is my husband’s (Irish) surname, which is also a common first name and sometimes causes confusion.
We’ve considered Jupiter(but is it too out there?), Hawthorn/e (too surname-y?), Zephyr(too close to Cedar?), and Salix(the Latin genus for willow trees, but maybe too confusing?)
These nicknames are all cool, but they’re not hot. A hot nickname is one that is climbing quickly, rising fifty or more places in the Top 1000. Nicknames often become hot thanks to pop culture references or due to similarities to other popular names.
The most exciting celebrity baby news of the past few weeks has undoubtedly been that of the birth of PrinceHarry and Meghan Markle’s little prince. ArchieHarrison does not have any family names, but his middle name honors Dad—Harrison literally means Harry’s son.