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Mardi Gras Baby Names: Devereaux and Delphine

Royal Names from New Orelans' Krewe of Rex

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By Abby Sandel

Mardi Gras is tomorrow, and in New Orleans, that means one thing: a parade featuring Rex, King of Carnival.  Mardi Gras parades begin days earlier, and every parade organization – called a krewe – has its royalty.  But Rex and his Queen, along with their court of Maids, Dukes, and Pages, occupy a special place in the revels.

Rex traces its roots to 1872, and their royals have been drawn from the most prominent of New Orleans families.  The men named Rex are accomplished civic leaders; their consorts are chosen from the season’s debutantes.

Over the years, Rex and his court have worn some fascinating names – a mix of old Southern tradition and French influence.  Here are some of my favorites, drawn from decades of Mardi Gras’ reigning royals:

 GIRLS

Nickname Names – Over the years, the listed names became more formal. It might reflect a change in naming styles, or perhaps simply a change in how names were recorded. Plenty of short names appeared amongst the early courtiers.

Annie

Belle

Bertie

Bessie

Caro

Hattie

Josie

Lottie

Lulu

Mamie

Minnie

Nellie

Nettie

Retta

Temmie

Southern Doubles – Over the years, it became much more common for queens and maids to list their full names. These appeared in the early decades, and appear to be examples of those great Southern double names.

Bonny Lorette

Cherry Thalia

Constance Claire

Emmy Lou

Lee Logan

Jane Louise

Maria Lisette

Marie Celeste

Marie Elise

Mary Nell

Nancy Eugenie

Shawn Ruth

Family Surnames – While the widespread popularity of choices like Mason and Harper is a recent phenomenon, Southern girls have worn family surnames for generations.

Hanton

Ingersoll

Lanier

Saer – Appears as a first and a middle.

Sedley

Townsend

Wilder

Les Mademoiselles – French influence is evident in many of the names.  Delphine, Perrine, and Arthemise repeat over the years, suggesting that they’re family heirlooms.

Amelie

Anais

Arthemise

Cecile

Clemence

Delphine

Felicie

Genevieve

Heloise

Jeanne

Josephine

Lea

Leonie

Marcelle

Marguerite

Mathilde

Odile

Perrine

Rosalie

Sidonie

Yvonne

Other Notable Names

Adina

Alba

Amoret

Amory

Aphra

Baylissa

Calla

Cecil – Yes, on a girl!  There was also a Queen Malcolm and a Maid Joel.

Ellenore

Ethelyn

Felicity

Flores

Glenny

Joby

Laine

Lashley

Leda

Leonora

Lolita – From the 1959 court.  If you’re counting, that’s a year after the novel of the same name was first published in the US.

Louella

Maridel

Marietta

Minerva

Minna

Odessa

Rosary

Roselle

Rosemonde

BOYS

Les Garçons – French influence is just as common for sons as daughters in New Orleans.

Amade

Arsene

Augustin

Devereaux

Emile

Gervais

Gustave

Guy

Jules

Lucien

Pierre

Ulisse

Family Names – If they’re popular for girls, they’re almost de rigeur for boys.  Many of these appear in combination over the decades, making it possible to trace a family by their names.  I stopped counting after I found my fourth Alden.

Adair

Audley

Ballard

Barnwell

Barrett

Bennett

Brooks

Campbell

Cartwright

Catesby

Clarendon

Crutcher

Davis

Ellis

Elwood

Fletcher

Ford

Gray

Hawkins

Hughes

Ingersoll

Kemper

Markham

McClain

Millard

Paxton

Pendleton

Porter

Rathbone

Richardson

Sanders

Thorne

Truman

Walker

Walton

Welles

Westerfield

Wilson

Other Notable Names – In more recent years, you can also spot modern favorites like Bryan, but they’re in the minority.

Alvin

Ambrose

August

Eben

Erasmus

Ernest

Fergus

Ivy

Lyle

Nigel

Stirling

Sylvester

Winston

2016’s Rex and his court won’t be announced until next week, when they make their traditional entrance from the Mississippi River.  I’ll post them in the comments as soon as they dock!

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Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio.
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Haids1987 Says:

February 8th, 2016 at 11:48 am

Wow, what a fun list! 🙂 I am from the Northwest and all the baby names I hear are either overly popular (Emma, Aiden, Madison), or ridiculously hipster (Henley, Bodhi, Maeve). It’s refreshing to see a list of traditionally Southern names, as well as unusual French variations and surnames that aren’t Harper and Taylor. Some of these are so amazing that I have to add them to my lists. Thank you very much!

headintheclouds Says:

February 9th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

So many lovely and offbeat, interesting choices on this list! It really goes to show the rich culture and history of the New Orleans area. I particularly love the French names on this list, such as Deveraux, Delphine, Gervais, Jules, Augustin etc.

teacupsandtiaras Says:

February 9th, 2016 at 5:59 pm

This list definitely confirmed my love for all names French!!!

So many great new names to add to my list.

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