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Name Origins: Manila

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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MANILA (f): Manila Dewey (Stafford) Browne (b. 12 June 1898) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, daughter of Leroy and Priscilla (Allen) Stafford of Cheneyville, Louisiana, “received her name in response to her father’s patriotic enthusiasm during the Spanish-American War, her birth having occurred about the time of Admiral Dewey’s famous victory over the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay” (George Mason Graham Stafford, Three Pioneer Rapides Families: A Genealogy [New Orleans, 1946], pp. 369, 371).

Of 534 persons named Manila in searchable census indexes for 1900, 279 were born in 1898 or thereafter (seen 17 February 2012 on

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