Carcar first names 1850: A Rose by any other name…
Actually, Santa Rosa de Lima (1586-1617) of Peru was baptized Isabel – Isabel Flores de Oliva. Three girls were baptized Rosa in Carcar for the year 1850, two of whom were born on the saint’s feast day of August 30, with the third just two days after on September 1.
And, indeed, what names did parents give their children in 1850, or 160 years ago?
This is one of those by-products we can churn out provided we have the data. This is one of those statistics that town genealogists should have at hand and be ready to answer the inevitable question: what were the more popular first names during a particular era? For this year, 1850, the reasons for the choices, however, would be subject to much guessing.
All it takes is simple drudgery of course: tally all the first names (male and female) in the baptismal records of the entire year 1850. This, and similar data should be the stuff of local civil or election registrars whose agencies in fact handle just that, names. I hope their computer data base programs have been insightful enough to have included such statistics-gathering.
In the few months in 1850 before the Claveria decree surnames appeared, where we would still have two first names for a person, should we include both in our list? We have to consider this because there were many times when an individual later used his second name as the new first name when he got the surname. And this is most often the case for females where the predominant first name Maria would have been dropped and the second was used.
The first record to have a surname already was, by March 9, way ahead of the rest, Tomas Joaquin Aleson of Cogon. The next was in March 23 — Nicetas Nuñes, natural son of Domingo Nuñes of Bacsiji, and the father was also already recorded with the surname. This was even when Domingo’s cabeza was only named as D. Jose Clemente, and whose later surname, mea culpa, I haven’t even unearthed.
[13-Mar-2011]: Eureka, I’ve got cabeza D. Jose Clemente’s surname, and it was Caballero, and thus was from San Nicolas.]
And earlier also than Ambrosia Ma. whose father was a sitting cabeza de barangay, Domingo Agustin (later Domingo Gemperoso), a mestizo Sangley former feligres of Parian but by then a resident also of Bacsiji. Gemperoso went on to become the gobernadorcillo of Carcar in 1857.
The result. As the preferred second name, Francisco was way out there with 39, with only 4 for the second-running Agustin. Maria was so overwhelmingly either the first (ex., Ma. Teresa) or as the second name (ex., Teresa Ma.) that I did not bother tallying them anymore, and second-place Francisca had only 2 as a second name.
Catalina. But what is extremely surprising was the glaring fact that of the total 195 or so baptisms for girls, there was absolutely none baptized Catalina, the patron saint of the town. On the other hand, there were two boys baptized Catalino.
Anyway, here are most “popular” first names of 1850: