Women’s History Month: High-flying heroines
Harriet Quimby has many firsts on her record—first US female licensed pilot, first to make a night flight and first to pilot her own plane across the English Channel. The name Harriet, despite a respectable historic and literary pedigree, has been off the Top 1000 for more than forty years, though we have been hearing rumblings of some brave souls interested in reviving it.
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on March 30th, 2012 at 1:55 am
Harriet and Willa are at the top of out list! Looks like somebody just found a new sibset theme (; Interesting history lessons too.
on March 30th, 2012 at 9:17 am
This was a GREAT article!! I love the history behind the names. Great names and great stories, very intersting! Good Job!!
on March 30th, 2012 at 10:52 am
Lots of lovely names from the flying ladies: Amelia, Harriet, Willa and Florence. I prefer Bessie to Bessica (which just looks like Jessica with a “B”). This blog was a reminder of something that many often forget: the female population has made many contributions to society as well! It saddens me that we still have to have a Women’s History Month. We’ve come so far but still have a long way to go!
on March 30th, 2012 at 1:13 pm
I love this post 🙂 Amelia and Harriet are two of my favorites, and planes are a huge passion of mine
on March 31st, 2012 at 12:00 am
I know a girl who goes by the nickname “Netta.” It sounds perfect on her and I think it is spunky and fun.
on April 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am
I like Quimby more than Harriet.
Opal and Marjorie are wonderful, and I like Marvel as a unisex name 🙂
on April 1st, 2012 at 11:13 am
Another “Bessie” aviatrix was Bessie Coleman. She has a pretty fascinating history. Being a black woman meant she had to find a French flight school, but she became a daredevil stunt pilot and instructor.
on March 9th, 2013 at 7:56 pm
there’s also the WWII “Night Witches”, a soviet group of female military aviators who t flew harassment bombing and precision bombing missions against the german military.
The most famous of them, Natalya Meklin, had been in 980 bombing missions before she was even 20. Besides, Natalya is a pretty cool name for those with slavic heritage.
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