Women’s History Month: High-flying heroines

It’s just in the nick of time, but we couldn’t let Women’s History Month go by without a salute to some of the adventurous women who have blazed trails, in this case literally reaching new heights.  Kudos to the the early lady pilots known then as aviatrixes, many of whom have been hidden too long in the shadow of Amelia Earhart. And of course, Nameberry being Nameberry, our choices were based as much on their interesting names as on their accomplishments.

Willa Brown

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Willa Brown was the first African-American female to earn a pilot’s and a commercial flying license in America. The stylish name Willa is both strong (Willa Cather) and delicate (the willow tree) at the same time, and has become popular with celebs, having been chosen for their daughters by Keri Russell, Philip Seymour Hoffman and David Mamet. Willa originated as the short form of Wilhelmina.

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Poppy528 Says:

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.

Nicole1031 Says:

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!!

Mischa Says:

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!

Roux Says:

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

beccachan Says:

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.

Dearest Says:

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 🙂

Rachaol Says:

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.

carolinemchd Says:

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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