History Slam 121: Historically Inspired Baby Names, Canadian Mash-Up Edition

By Sean Graham

A couple of years ago, we did an episode talking about the best names you could use if you wanted your kid to have an immediate connection to history. At that point, we were trying to name Aaron Boyes’  daughter and now, a couple years later, our good friend Jeremy Garrett is about to become a father for the first time (in fact today is the due date) so we thought it would be fun to take another stab at naming the newest member of the History Slam team.

To change things up, though, we decided to keep it uniquely Canadian. Using the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designations of historically significant people, we selected 24 people and combined their names (one person for first name and another for middle name) to come up with 12 names that could be used to name a newborn.

In this episode of the History Slam, I present the 12 names to Jeremy and Aaron. We talk about the individuals who inspired these names, why they were designated as historically significant, and the best sounding name combinations.

Sean Graham is an editor with Activehistory.ca and host/producer of the History Slam Podcast.

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