The subject of onomatology has always interested me. Not so much the origins of surnames, but more so fueling the wordplay fun you can have on holidays such as Halloween.
While I couldn’t actually find Mr. Wene in any census records or city directory listings, I discovered more than enough of seasonally scary names…
Like Mary Scary, with husband George and son Charles, living in Boston, 1940.
How about Henry Horror in Allegheny, PA 1880 with mother Jane and two sisters?
Many Native Americans had the most colorful names, which usually involved animals or earth elements.
Ghost Head in South Dakota 1900 fell into neither category, opting for spiritual decapitation instead there.
Then things got a little HAIRY in Paterson, NJ…
As here, the twelve year-old’s file-heading… Wolf, Man!
And yes, there are plenty of creepy families in genealogical records.
Jennie, Anna & Helen in Philadelphia 1940… Whatta bunch of CREEPS!
Ten years earlier in Warren, Rhode Island…
The Zombies! With Anna being the HEAD of the family. And Rob Zombie’s real name is Robert Bartleh Cummings. Sorry, all you White Zombie fans.
And going back to 1940 for a very thirsty New Jersey family in Morris County.
George and Mary Dracula, with little daughter Dolores Dracula. Ya think she got teased in school at all, especially around this time of year?
And we can’t talk about ANY Halloween family without mention of…
Yeah, I had to go for 411Locate to find the pair of them. Though they’re current, it’s both Gomez and Morticia here, along with their double “D” spelling of Addams. A comic trifecta!
It was a similar deal for this duo. Still eerie to find them together; in Idaho, of all places. Found on PeopleFinders, of all places. Cue up the Dick Dale-like intro theme!
There were several Herman and Lilly Munsters in census records, but not together like this. <Insert classic Herman laugh here>
All right, so those last two pairs were probably a goof, though I couldn’t resist adding them here.
And how’s THIS for a gravely resting-place name?
From Find A Grave, of course!
Then there’s another head-scratcher from Ancestry’s mysterious U.S. Public Records Index.
Is this even a real source?? Their “original data” doesn’t tell me where Mr. Ghost’s info was extracted from. But this is a whole post topic in itself!
So, can we safely assume that Casper’s middle name is “The Friendly”?
And one of my all-time favorite bad pun names…
Frankie, Baby!! In Minneapolis, 1920.
There were way too many Stephen Kings and Alice Coopers in census records to include here. Heyyyy, I’ll feature them in my Halloween 2015 post!
Non-Dislaimer Clause: None of these names were manufactured fictionally by me. Click on any of the snippets. They link to the originals. They are all “real”. And as often is the case, ya just can’t make this stuff up!
Another thing I will NEVER make up is genealogy research! I may be extremely silly at times, but when it comes to family history research, I am DEAD SERIOUS. Get it? DEAD Seri- oh, just hire me and you’ll see…