Today, as I went about my weeding, I discovered My New Favorite Name. Friends, I give you Octavius B. Frothingham (1822-1895), who must have briefly been in the running for The Most Interesting Man In Boston once upon a time.
Apparently, the “B” stands for “Brooks,” which makes this even more awesome. People just don’t name their kids Octavius Brooks Frothingham nowadays. Such a shame!
As it turns out, Mr. Frothingham was a notable Unitarian minister — indeed, he was well known as a “radical” Unitarian, against slavery before it was cool to be anti-slavery, a big Darwin fan, anti-supernatural, and for a while in his life even anti-transcendentalist (obviously not the period during which he wrote this book). He gave grand and popular sermons and was a fairly prolific writer.
None of this should be surprising, though. With a name like that, how could he not be sort of amazing?