Memorial Day Namesakes: Alburtus to Loyola
by Linda Rosenkrantz
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.
ALMA Kruger, a Shakespearean actress who was later featured in Dr. Kildare movies
EDITH Holloway, a British chess champion, winner of the first post-World War 1 British Women’s Championship
LOYOLA O’Connor, an actress of the silent film era, appearing in 48 films
MARTHA Woolstein, the first woman member of the American Pediatric Association
PHILIPPA Fawcett, an English mathematician whose high exam scores gathered worldwide media coverage
AXEL Hägerström, a Swedish philosopher who authored books on law and morals, philosophy and religion
BAJO Topulli, an important Albanian freedom fighter
BERNARR Macfadden, a magazine publisher who was an early proponent of physical culture and bodybuilding
BORIS Thomashefsky, one of the greatest stars of the Yiddish theater
CAI Yuanpei, an influential Chinese educator
CAMILLO Olivetti, the Italian engineer who was the founder of Olivetti & Co.
CUNO Amiet, a Swiss artist who was a pioneer of modern art in Switzerland
ÉDOUARD Vuillard, major French painter, decorative artist and printmaker
EMANUEL Lasker, the world chess champion for 27 years
HAMISH MacCunn, a Scottish romantic composer
HARDEE Kirkland, a silent screen actor and director
HARVEY Firestone, the rubber tire baron who founded one of the first global makers of automobile tires
REN Shields, The American musician who co-wrote “In the Good Old Summertime”
SEWELL Ford, American novelist, humorist and short story writer
SOLON Borglum, an American sculptor who worked on Mount Rushmore
HAVE A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
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on May 24th, 2019 at 7:24 am
I think Alida, Jennings, Loyola, Axel, Bajo, Cai, Hardee, Sewell, and Solon would all sound especially fresh to American ears, so I love that this list highlights how names have been coming in all kinds of styles forever. Also appreciate that you’ve included namesakes from outside North America and Western Europe!
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