Names Rescued from the Titanic
You may have read that the last living link to the Titanic tragedy of 1912, a British woman named Millvina Dean, died last week at the age of 97. She was only nine weeks old when she was lowered into a lifeboat in a canvas mail bag and, along with her mother and two-year-old brother, was rescued by another ocean liner and taken to New York, the youngest survivor of the world’s worse ever maritime disaster.
Millvina. Now that’s a name that hasn’t been heard much since 1912. (She was actually christened Elizabeth Gladys, but for some reason was always called Millvina.) This started me wondering what other long-lost names might be found on the ship’s passenger list. Since the records are recorded by class (Millvina’s family was traveling in Third Class), it offers some insight into class differences among names as well.
Here are some more unusual names that stand out:
FIRST CLASS MALES (the majority of whom were American)
FIRST CLASS FEMALES
SECOND CLASS MALES (more of these were British)
SECOND CLASS FEMALES
THIRD CLASS MALES (much more multi-cultural, including a number of Austro-Hungarians, Bulgarians, Swedes, and Syrians.)
THIRD CLASS FEMALES
SERVANTS (ladies’ maids, etc.)
P. S. Thanks to Nephele for the inspiration.
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on June 8th, 2009 at 2:30 am
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on June 8th, 2009 at 7:53 am
great post! It’s fascinating to see the way the name styles break down across cabin class. A couple names from my husband’s family tree here: Archibald, Percival, Leila. All of which I love. Archie and Percy are adorable, Leila just lovely.
on June 8th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
what about jack and rose?
on June 8th, 2009 at 3:56 pm
Very interesting! Some of these names are fantastic and some are almost bizarre. It makes me wonder how many of the “interesting spellings” are due to literacy issues (is Saiide actually Sadie?) and foreign language obstacles (e.g. Marija is probably a slavic spelling of Maria, but is said pretty much the same the same). The word names are interesting – Encarnation is not so difficult to understand, but Clear? and Sultana? I would never imagine dried grapes as an inspiration for a baby name. But I love Sigrid, Amelie, and Eugenie!
on June 8th, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Sultana is actually an Arabic name–the feminine of Sultan, meaning a ruler, or empress.
on June 8th, 2009 at 6:33 pm
Sultana is a fairly popular name in the middle east, and it always has been. Its not just a word name. Saiide looks like a transliteration of the Arabic Saide and not a form of Sadie. Baloioura really intrigued me.
on June 8th, 2009 at 6:33 pm
I’m sorry I meant to write Banoiura.
on June 9th, 2009 at 9:08 am
The feminine Arabic name “Banoiura” (also written as “Banoura,” “Banura”) appears to be composed of the element “Nour, Nur,” meaning “light,” and most likely the name means “bright, dazzling light.”
on June 9th, 2009 at 7:08 pm
Clear! What an interesting name. I guess creative choices have been happening for ages, heh.
on January 17th, 2011 at 10:39 am
Ugh! Another great post tainted with untrue claims! While there are a lot of interesting names, and that’s really what this post is about, I hate it when people writing blogs don’t check their facts. Titanic was far from the worst maritime disaster in history. While Titanic was a horrible tragedy and is remembered because of its interesting story (unsinkable ship, luxury liner, maiden voyage, celebrities who perished), it had about 1/6th of the loss of life that the german liner, the Wilhelm Gustloff, had.
Anyway, it seems that the higher up in class you get, the more likely a man will be named after a surname, presumably his mother’s maiden. Wyckhoff, Washington, Thorton, Hudson, Fletcher, Englehart- (I’m sure if you listed their first, middle, and last name, they would sound like a law firm).
I also think it’s interesting that the servants’ names are more appealing to me than their first class counterparts. (Amelie and Eugenie vs. Hedwig and Sigrid)
on March 21st, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Some of these names are cool… but now when I hear them I will think of a bunch of dead people on the ocean floor… so I probably wouldn’t use any of them. I mean, think about it.
“Mommy, why did you name me Florentina?”
“I saw it on a list of passengers on the Titanic.”
“But my teacher said a lot of people died on the Titanic.”
*akward silence while you think of something to console your child*
“Well, I thought it was pretty….”
Of course, you could just not tell you kid…Florentina is really pretty…but I think it would plague my concience.
on June 3rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Wow! Thats so strange that someone with my name and spelling was on the Titanic!! i wonder where about she was from!
on January 16th, 2015 at 2:26 pm
Quigg. Now that IS fantastic.
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