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Guys named House

PostThu Sep 28, 2017 11:54 am

Just wondering this... there are some guys named House, House Jameson, House Peters, etc.

There must be some famous guy named House they're named for, but I can't think who it is. (And it's not easy to search for.) Only famous House I can think of is Woodrow Wilson's Col. House, who is both too late (by the time he was on the scene, Houses Peters and Jameson were both long since born and named), and not the sort of guy you name somebody for anyway, any more than there are kids out there named Rove or Meese.

Who's the famous House? And I'll smack anyone who cites the TV show.
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Re: Guys named House

PostThu Sep 28, 2017 12:01 pm

Bleak?

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Re: Guys named House

PostThu Sep 28, 2017 12:17 pm

House Jameson is easy enough:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Jameson" target="_blank
House Baker Jameson was a native of Austin, Texas. He was named for Edward M. House, a political figure who was a friend of the family.

So that seems to Colonel House?

House Peters is actually Robert House Peters, so perhaps he thought it was more distinctive, or there was another Robert Peters? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Peters_Sr" target="_blank.


These slightly unusual first names are usually to honor an ancestor's surname though; at least that's what we genealogists always hope.

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Re: Guys named House

PostThu Sep 28, 2017 12:26 pm

Okay, so Col. House after all!

That all makes sense. Sometimes there's obvious antecedents— guys get named Grant, Sherman, and so on— and sometimes not.
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Re: Guys named House

PostThu Sep 28, 2017 12:32 pm

In the case of House Peters, his full name was Robert House Peters and House was his mother's maiden name. It was a not-uncommon practice in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to bestow a maiden name on at least one of the children as their first or a middle name -- other examples, with the mother's maiden name highlighted, include Madge Bellamy (née Margaret Derden Philpott) and Stanislaus Pascal Franchot Tone.

Sometimes a child would be named after a more distant relative or a family friend, as seems to have happened with House Jameson, whose obituaries state that he was, in fact, named after Colonel House. Jameson was also the widower of Edith Taliaferro of Young Romance fame.

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PostThu Sep 28, 2017 2:44 pm

A Peabody winning pilot- written directed narrated by Billy's pal.


Note the film's Louella Parsons send- up - despite the "no impersonation" disclaimer:
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Re: Guys named House

PostFri Sep 29, 2017 1:18 am

I always just figured that the first name House was an abbreviation of the name Houseley (like actor Houseley Stevenson).

Another with House as last name was actor/comedian Billy House. He was a big guy and I've seen more than one review of films he was in, in which an attempted pun was made that his name reflected his size.
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Re: Guys named House

PostFri Sep 29, 2017 9:09 am

Good documentary about Son House: Two Trains Runnin': http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3738128/?ref_=_2
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Re: Guys named House

PostFri Sep 29, 2017 11:31 am

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House Peters was around a long time in the silent era. Here he is rough-housing a Chinese crew member in Head Winds (1925).

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Here is a young House Peters in Paramount's Clothes (1914).
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Re: Guys named House

PostFri Sep 29, 2017 11:52 am

"Head Winds" (1925) is a decent [very] little, minor film, only 52 minutes of which survive (if there was any more?), and it's available through Grapevine Video. I watched it a year ago or so.
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Re: Guys named House

PostMon Oct 02, 2017 11:36 am

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According to the Library of Congress database, the UCLA copy is beleived to be complete, as the original film was 5486 feet, which is a short feature. (It apparently only survives in 16mm.)

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