Name mystery from Nancy's blog
Alright, Nancy's fantastic name blog sometimes draws attention to naming mysteries and usually she provides immensely satisfying resolutions, but in this particular case, I'm left totally intrigued and wanting to tap into the excellent hive mind we have here. It's been slow, right, and you are looking for a distraction in our post-Deneen era?
The name is Caster (http://www.nancy.cc/2017/04/10/mystery-monday-baby-name-caster/), which shows up with a very high debut in 1953 and then trails off.
"Caster doesn’t seem to be a variant of some other name (like Casper, or Lancaster). So I’m assuming this usage corresponds to someone named Caster — either real or fictional — who was in the public eye for several years in a row.
The tricky thing is, of course, that any online search for the name “Caster” turns up all sorts of extraneous stuff — fishing, furniture, music (stratocaster), sports (sportscaster), and so forth.
Still, I was able to track down a few clues.
Records suggest that the majority of these 1950s Casters had middle names that started with D. Here’s a Caster D. born in 1953, and another Caster D. born in 1957.
And every single D-middle I tracked down included the letter L and/or the letter R. Some examples: Dell, Derrell, Derrel, Derriel, Daryl, Deryl, Derald, Derra, Doria, and Doral. A handful of people even had combination names like Casterdale or Casterdell (b. 1953).
Finally, it looks like most of the people named Caster D. were born in the South.
Do you have any idea where the name Caster might have come from?"
The fact that there are combination names with D/l/r middles makes me particularly intrigued. Is it a heard-aloud phenomenon? Are the D/l/r middle names homaging a surname? Does anyone want to showcase their google skills or their excellent pop culture recall? Help a name puzzler out, please!
Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:47am