Throwback: America's Oldest Leap Day Baby

Hello everyone! I was so excited when I found this news article and I'm glad to be sharing the name of America's oldest leap day baby! Mrs. Daisy Belle Ward was born on February 29th, 1916 and last Monday, she celebrated her 100th birthday, or 25th, depending on how you look at it. 


Daisy is sometimes a nickname for Margaret but it's also so lovely on it's own. Daisies of course, are beautiful little flowers. They get their name from the phrase "day's eye", because the flower's petals open at dawn. In 2014, Daisy was ranked at #180. In 1916, when Daisy Belle Ward was born, it was #137. In the century in between Daisy did plenty of rsing and falling. I love the name Daisy so I'm glad to see that it's still being used!

Belle is a French word name meaning beautiful. Today we know it as a Disney Princess name but that association wouldn't have existed in 1916. Belle ranked #335 for first names in 1916 but it fell out of the top 1000 in 1934 and hasn't been back since. I think Belle is an amazing name. So many Belle/Bella names are popular today and I'm hoping that Belle itself will make a comeback soon!

All in all, Mrs. Daisy Belle Ward has a beautiful name and she looked just as fabulously beautiful at her 25th/100th birthday blow-out! (Seriously, she's awesome! Click the link and watch the video!) I hope you'll all join me in wishing her a happy birthday and many more!

What's your favorite flower name and what's your favorite Belle name?

God bless and thanks for reading!

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