Middleton Place Names First Spring Lamb

For Immediate Release, March 2013

After hundreds of suggestions and a weekend of online voting, Middleton Place’s first spring lamb of 2013 officially has a name. “Leon” (Noel spelled backwards) received the most votes during the 54-hour poll.

Middleton Place staff asked the public for a name that was masculine (as Leon is a ram) and tied to a winter theme to match his mother’s name, Winter, and grandmother’s name, Noel. As the second generation of first spring lambs (Winter was the firstborn last year), Leon seems to be the perfect way to pay homage to the season, as well as the little ram’s lineage.

More than 400 names were suggested over the four days of the contest. Submissions were made through the Middleton Place weblog (www.middletonplace.org/blog). Suggested names ranged from the secular (Easton, Izard, Ramses) to the religious (Nicholas, Gabriel, Tomasso) to the weather-related (Frosty, Snowball, Blizzard) to the humorous (Hunychild, Rambo, Rama Lamba Ding Dong). Middleton Place staff narrowed the suggestions to Leon, Blitzen, and Winterfell, and asked participants to vote on their favorite via the Middleton Place Facebook page. “Leon” received the most votes.

The Name the Lamb Contest took place in two parts. Lisa Stadtmueller of Wisconsin won the first round by a random drawing from name submissions to win two passes for free admission to Middleton Place. Brian Haas of Summerville was picked at random from the pool of people voting to also win two passes for free admission to Middleton Place.

“We had great participation in this week-long contest, and are very thankful for all the submissions received,” said Warren Cobb, Middleton Place Director of Marketing. “We look forward to continuing this contest each year.”

The Gardens, House Museum and Plantation Stableyards at Middleton Place are owned and operated by the Middleton Place Foundation, a 501-c-(3) not-for-profit trust established in 1974, that also manages the Edmondston-Alston House Museum at 21 East Battery in downtown Charleston.

The Foundation's mission is to sustain the highest levels of preservation and interpretation for the National Historic Landmark, rich in classical and romantic garden design, horticulture and history. For additional information, call (843) 556-6020, or go to www.middletonplace.org.