I’m not sure I wanted to get into this, but, oh, well . . . . One of the books mentioned on my recent reading list is Bertha Venation by Larry Ashmead, who’s spent decades collecting funny names of real people. The post prompted this comment from Thomas MacEntee of Destination: Austin Family, in which he lists quite a few funny names. Just for the heck of it, I decided to try and find some of them . . . . and,
1. There are more “Rosie Cheeks” in America than you’d care to know.
2. Up until 1930, “Charity Cases” were widespread around the country. On the first census of the Depression , there’s just one!
3. The 190 census shows “Della Ware” from coast to coast.
4. Emma Grate came from Germany in 1865 [true!].
5. Just five “Emma Grants” applied for U.S. passports between 1873 and 1925, while approximately 65 “Emma Grants” entered the United States. One “Emmy Grant” came from Canada in 1931.
6. For decency’s sake, I’ll just note that the name “Eileen Dover” is way more popular than it ought to be.
7. The 1910 census shows two women in Manhattan who are “Helen Bedd” [a mother and daughter, no less!].
8. I couldn’t find “Ida Slapter,” but there are numerous people named “Ida Kister.”
9. California and Texas each have six women who are “Robyn Banks.”
10. And census records report at least 32 Virginia Hamms!
Check out Thomas’ s comment for more names.
January 20, 2008 Sunday at 9:23 pm