Funny Christmas Names Make for a Holly Jolly Holiday!
Craig L. Foster
This is a special time of year and to celebrate this season; and by scanning census, voting, birth and death records found at FamilySearch and other genealogical websites, as well as online directories, an avalanche of funny and interesting names were found that celebrate Christmas and winter.
There are a number of people with the first name of Avalanche. It, of course, would have been better if someone had been named Avalanche Snow. There are, however, people named Snow Ball, like a girl born in 1918 in Hempstead County, Arkansas and another Snow Ball who was a member of the Royal Navy in 1881.
Other names celebrating winter and its weather are:
Snow Removal Blizzard 1993 Colorado Springs, CO
Winter Day 1845 Romsey, Hamp., ENG
Jack Frost 1940 Pueblo, CO
December Snow 1996 Las Vegas, NV
Winter Snow 1930 East Grand Rapids, MI
As a result of the white stuff, all kinds of winter fun take place. Probably the people across the country surnamed snowman have a good idea what to do with the snow, but Frosty Snowman, Columbus, OH in 1990 and Frosty T. Snowman of Park City, UT in 1996, would have the best idea. Whether or not they have some magic in that old silk hat is not known.
But Christmas is the main reason for the season. And while most of us get Christmas for just one day each year, the following people have Christmas every day:
Merry Christmas 1930 San Francisco, CA
Merry Christmas 1940 Fitzgerald, GA
Merry Christmas 2013 Mountain View, CA
Merry Christmas 2013 Killeen, TX
Merry Christmas 2013 NYC, NY
Merry Christmas 2013 Englewood, FL
Noël Christmas 1881 Grand Narrows, CAN
Christmas Day 1940 Columbus, OH
Alfred Christmas Eve 1911 London, ENG
Feliz Navidad 1885 Cojutepeque, EL SALVADOR
Joyeux F. Noel 2009 Brooklyn, NY
Yuletide Smith 1920 Wolf Creek, KY
Christmas time is the time to celebrate. Christmas bells will be ringing and Christmas Bells (1990, Boaz, AL) certainly appreciates that. Others feeling a special connection bells are:
Christmas Bell 1920 Lower Chichester, PA
Jingle Bell 1977 New York City, NY
Jolly Jingle Bell 1940 Ratcliff, AR
Silver Bells 1991 Tempe, AZ
Sylver Bells 1940 Ephrata, WA
Caroling is a favorite at this time of year, as the two people named Christmas Carol (1912, Southwark, England and 1952, Ventura, CA) would probably agree, as well as Thongchandar Christmas Song (1986, Stanislaus, CA).
Eating delicious food is another favorite holiday pastime. Or at least it certainly is in my house. Following are those with perhaps a little too close of a connection to Christmas food:
Russell Christmas Candy 1915 Harrisburg, PA
Candy Cane 1870 Gallatin, TN
Eggnog Clardy 1880 Fort Davis, TX
Gingerbread Dytman 1748 Westminster, ENG
Cynthia Holiday Fudge 2008 Twentynine Palms, CA
Taffee Hades 1900 Hudson, NJ [which must be one hell of a recipe . . . I mean, person]
Christmas C. Hamm 2001 Green Valley, AZ
Spicey Hamm 1945 Alachua, FL
Spicy Mead 1880 Pottersville, NY
Candy Ann Orange 2001 Bowling Green, KY
Cheeseball Simpson 1990 Centreville, CA [perhaps friends with the Crackers family of Orange, CA, 1940?]
Orange Wassall 1861 Glasgow, Scotland
Godlove Wassle 1880 Bennington, VT
And, of course, there’s jolly old St. Nick, and Santa Claus (1930, Marshall, MO) and Chris Kringle (1880, Jackson, IA) probably find this time of year to be fun but particularly busy. They do, however, have their helpers. There are plenty of people in census returns and directories with the surname of Elf. There are also Blitzen Reindeer (2013, Scottsdale, AZ) and Rudolph Reindeer (2013, Troy, AL). Keeping with that theme is William Christmas Angel (1911, Great Yarmouth, England).
Along the lines of Christmas-themed literature and movies, there are plenty of people named Charles Dickens, but there is also a Bob Cratchit (2001, Newark, NJ). Personally, I feel a little sorry for Ebenezer Scrooge (2013, Carrollton, TN). There are also plenty of men named George Bailey and while there wasn’t a Clarence Odbody, there are several people named Clarence Angel (1940, Heflin, AL: Baton Rouge, LA : and Talihina Township, OK). What would Christmas be without Ralphie Parker (1930, Morristown, TN) and his Red Ryder (1940, Lousiville, KY). All we need now is a Clark W. Griswold – oh wait, Clark W. Griswold (1880, Chicago, IL).
Snowflakes and snow angels, jingle bells and Christmas carols, delicious food and fancy-wrapped presents. All the signs of Christmas. All we need are holly, ivy, mistletoe and a Christmas tree. That would be just fine with the following:
Holly A. Berry 2013 Midlothian, TX & Las Vegas, NV
Christmas Holly 1802 England
Christmas Holly 1993 Springfield, MA
Ivie Holly 1930 Union, WV
Ivie Holly 1910 Trinity, TX
Holly Jolly 1910 Matthews, AR
Mary Mistletoe 1841 St. Nicholas Guildford, England
Lilian Ruth Christmas Tree 1903 Hackington, England)
The bottom line is the world needs more Christmas Love (1909, Brymbo, Wales) and maybe a little Christmas Joy (1860, Vincennes, IN) and even
Wonderful Joy (1995, Essex, NJ) in order to have a Happy Holliday (1891, Heigham, Norfolk, England).
Part of that joy comes through doing family history. Sometime during this Christmas season when family is gathered together, talk about your family history. Share stories and photos and then go to FamilySearch.org and see what information is available about your ancestors.