Birth and Naming

A few weeks after the birth of a child, the father might host a feast for the community. Usually children were not named until they were old enough that parents could be sure that the child was going to survive. Often children were named after relatives who had passed on, but new names could be bestowed later to mark important events in the person’s life. 

L-R: Sarah DeWolfe holding son Michael Smith, Patricia Lindgren with godson Douglas Smith, Mary Bergman with son John Roberts, and Agnes Barber and her son Clarence, at St. Paul's Church, 1959. Yukon Archives #5770, Martha and Brian Kates fonds