Memorial Day Names: Baby naming in 1868
Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and first observed on May 30 of that year, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. So this year, instead of looking back again at the names of Civil War generals and such, I thought it could be more enlightening to look instead at well-known people (with interesting names) who were born in 1868—giving us a bird’s-eye view of some aspects of post-Civil War baby naming, both in America and elsewhere.
ALEEN Cust, first British female veternarian
ALMA Kruger, Shakespearean actress, later featured in Dr. Kildare movies
EDITH Holloway, British Woman’s chess champion
HENRIETTA Swan Leavitt, American astronomer
KATTI (born Catherine) Møller, Norwegian feminist, children’s right advocate and pioneer of reproductive rights
LOYOLA O’Connor, early film actress
MARTHA Woolstein, first woman member of the American Pediatric Association
PHILIPPA Fawcett, English mathematician
AXEL Hägerström, Swedish philosopher
BAJO Topulli, Albanian freedom fighter
BERNARR Macfadden, early proponent of physical culture and bodybuilding; magazine publisher
BORIS Thomashefsky, one of the biggest stars of the Yiddish theater
CAI Yuanpei, influential Chinese educator
CAMILLO Olivetti, Italian engineer, founder of Olivetti & Co.
CUNO Amiet, Swiss artist, a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland
ÉDOUARD Vuillard, major French painter and printmaker
EMANUEL Lasker, world chess champion for 27 years
ÉMILE Bernard, noted French Post-Impressionist painter
HAMISH MacCunn, Scottish romantic composer
HARDEE Kirkland,silent screen actor and director
HARVEY Firestone, rubber tire baron
KORBINIAN Brodmann, important German neurologist
REN Shields, American musician, co-wrote “In the Good Old Summertime.”
RHODY Hathaway, silent film actor
SEWELL Ford, American novelist ad short story writer
SNITZ (!!!) Edwards, silent movie character actor
SOLON Borglum, American sculptor who worked on Mount Rushmore
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on May 28th, 2010 at 12:53 am
Rosetta Wakeman (1843-1864) – Posed as a male to serve in Union Army during Civil War.
Pamela Redmond Satran Said
on May 28th, 2010 at 8:40 am
This is a great list, Linda! (We don’t always see each other’s blogs before we post.) CassieCake, just FYI, these are people who were born in 1868 — though Rosetta Wakeman sounds like a very worthy namesake indeed.
on May 28th, 2010 at 9:35 am
Loyola is interesting. I have never seen it used as a first name.
on May 28th, 2010 at 11:07 am
What a great list of notable, worthy namesakes! I was very pleased to see the wide range of countries you had covered, too.
- Taffy Said on May 28th, 2010 at 1:45 pm
on May 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm
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on May 31st, 2010 at 8:02 pm
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on June 1st, 2010 at 1:58 pm
I love this list. It’s a name tree heavy with low-hanging fruit.
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