Thursday, December 23, 2021

ICYMI: Christmas Names in the Records

 Here's an oldie but a genealogy goodie for my devoted Genea-Musings readers --

I was devastated when, back in 2006, Dan Lynch posted about Christmas characters on his web site, which has disappeared. I had worked on most of those names for two weeks and was waiting for the "season" to post them.

So, here are the rest of my "character" findings (originally posted in 2006) with some recent additions:

1) Ebenezer Scroggs (1850, Harrison County OH) is as close to Ebenezer Scrooge as I can get.

2) Robert Crachet (1880, Scott County AR). Another Robert Crachet flew into New York City from Paris on Air France on 2 August 1956 - maybe to perform in a play on Broadway?

3) Three Grinch brothers (Charles, John and Lenwards) came into New York City on 6 September 1875 aboard the vessel "Egypt." There is no word if they came to steal Christmas. Obviously, if they did, they failed.

4) There is a Jasper Magi and Baldermo Magi 
(1930, Fairfield County CT) but no Melchior; there are Gaspar Wiseman (1930, Queens County NY) and Melvin Wiseman (1930, Muskegon County MI), but no Balthasar or Melchior similar.

5) There are 18 Harold Angel persons in the 1930 census. No Hark Angel, however.

6) Sila Knight (1870, Randolph County, AL) is the closest to Silent Night I could find. Lots of Silas Knight people.

7) There are 3 Noel Noel persons in the 1930 census.  I don't know if they are The First!

8) Angel Angel (1930, Maricopa County AZ) is one of the repeating angels, but heard on high?

9) There are two Merry Christmas girls in the 1930 census (there are lots of Mary Christmas females too).  

10) Holly Bush (1930, Roanoke County VA) sticks out.

11) Christ Tree (1930, LaPorte County IN) probably extended his branches.

12) Jessie Manger (1930, Polk County IA) - parents were not Joseph and Mary.

13)  Felix Navidad is in the 1930 Mexican census (thanks, Chris).

14) Joy Noelle lived in Blairsville, GA in 2000 (thanks, Chris).

15)  Angel Gabriel is in the 1940 U.S. Census in New York (siblings Milagro (miracle?) and Rafael) (thanks, Diane).

16)  Angel Hark is in the 1940 U.S. Census in Massachusetts (thanks, Diane).

17) Then there are Santa's reindeer: Were they:
* Cupid Wiseman
* Melvin Dancer
* Hugo Blitzen
* Chris Donder
* Rudolf Dasher
* Dasher Berry
* Prancer Saner
* Vixen Locke
* Theodore Comet

Just wondering!!

18) You know, if Bah Morgan (1900, Stephenson IL) had married Cecil Humbug (1900, Delaware County PA) we would have had more Humbugs than we would know what to do with.

19) I'm wondering if Alvin Monk (1930, Schoharie County NY), Simon Monk (1930, Lonoke AR) and Theodore Monk (1930, Cotton County OK) really got together in 1958 to sing The Chipmunk Song. Maybe they weren't a figment of Ross Bagdasarian's imagination!

OK, I'm done! I hope you enjoyed this little prance down Santa Claus Lane.

What other Christmas related names are there? C'mon, lay them on me.

One more thing - what is your Christmas Elf name?

Ah, I'm Jolly Sparkley-Toes!!  Who knew?  My wife is Tinker Pointy-Toes! What is your Christmas Elf name?


Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at

1 comment:

Larry said...

I grew up living about a block from Santa Clause in Marshall, Missouri. He passed away in 1957, and is buried in Blue Lick Cemetery.

1940 Census:

Find A Grave: