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Unusual names

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Muokkaaja: syyskuu 18, 2010, 7:56am

Does anyone have strange names in your family tree? Here are some of mine:
Thankful Howe,
Sarah Minnie Bigg,
Thankful Howe's mother was Hepzabah Death,
Needless Oakely married James Day becoming Mrs. Needless Day.
There are more but that is good for now.
What strange names do your ancestors have?

syyskuu 19, 2010, 1:26am

I haven't found many that were strange. I'll have to go back and look. I couldn't imagine Hepzabah Death. goodness!

syyskuu 19, 2010, 6:01am

Christian Abstinence Ffrost

syyskuu 19, 2010, 7:12pm

Not my family, but a place where my sons' would go camping with the Boy Scouts is on a piece of property that was part of the original Land Grant given to the widow of a man who fought for Texas Independence. She had the now-tittering name of: Freelove Woody.

syyskuu 20, 2010, 8:09am

Not really , but I have several unique names on my website

Orange Lemon

Richard Crap

A. Lincoln GoLinkin

syyskuu 20, 2010, 8:21am

those are so cool. I dont have any cool names like that in my family... : )

Muokkaaja: syyskuu 22, 2010, 2:24pm

I've got a gentleman named Valentine Honey on my wife's side of the family.

syyskuu 22, 2010, 4:07pm

#7 Poor guy.

syyskuu 22, 2010, 4:28pm

Zorrababel Endicott. It's in the Bible somewhere.

Whole slews of virtue names like Remembrance and Restore etc.

syyskuu 23, 2010, 6:34am

#9 Puritan? In other words do they come from early New England? The ones I mentioned in #1 do. They loved those Bible and virtue names.
BTW Zerubbabel or Zorobabel was a great king of Judah at the time the Jews returned from Babylon. The name means born in Babylon. Of course you probably already knew that and I should tell the nerd in me to shut up.

syyskuu 28, 2010, 3:26pm

Son of John Endicott, Governor of the colony of Massachusetts.

lokakuu 4, 2010, 7:19am

You can't beat those Puritan names, but I have some great Victorian names in my family. Two come to mind immediately: Belveretta Pringle and Cinderella Hewitt.

lokakuu 7, 2010, 7:22pm

Another interesting name - Shearjashub Goodspeed. He was born in Montgomery, Vermont; his father and mother were from Massachusetts.

lokakuu 10, 2010, 9:55am

I've got a cousin Sherjashub, but he's not a Goodspeed. Maybe a Lippincott, and in Massachusetts or New Jersey.

lokakuu 10, 2010, 10:18am

Another interesting name: I have a great-aunt named Electa because she was born on election day shortly after women got the vote.

lokakuu 10, 2010, 4:49pm

I had a great grand-uncle whose wife was Electa. (She's not related by blood, but I suppose she would be considered a gg-aunt.) She, however, was born in 1876 so I have no idea how she came by the name.

lokakuu 12, 2010, 7:14pm

I had two great great uncles and all my dad could remember was that the called them Uncle Fuzzy and Uncle Tater. Thankfully, the Tombstone project exists adn I found James Franklin "Fuzzy" Rhea in the county they were from!

joulukuu 2, 2010, 2:10pm

I've found this Dutch family who emigrated to the US in the middle of the 19th century. They keep giving their children traditional Dutch names like Jan (John), Hendrik (Henry) or Willem (William). But then they decide to name their daughter Nelly Nevada! What??

joulukuu 2, 2010, 3:34pm


Could her parents be in any way connected to Edison? He started his Edison Electric Light Co. (US) and American Electric and Illuminating (Canada) just two years later and he had to be doing research prior to that.

joulukuu 5, 2010, 8:14am

I have a distant cousin named Antha Euphemia. No idea where that came from. She was known as "Daisy."

joulukuu 5, 2010, 9:39pm

I had a great aunt who died before I knew her. Her name was Missouri, but she was known as Aunt Zurry.

tammikuu 8, 2011, 3:11pm

I just stumbled onto an interesting name in my latest research activities...Exam Jessup. What would you call him? Ex?

helmikuu 17, 2011, 11:29pm

Major Henry Payne Kidder, 1844-1925. "Major" was his given name, so he appears in some records as Major Kidder. We like to call him "Major Payne" Kidder.

maaliskuu 18, 2011, 12:38am

On my mother's SPRATT line, we've gone back to the 1500s to a John. So I guess I'm descended from 'Jack' Spratt!

A friend of mine has a couple of unusual names--his Goldstine ancestor came to the USA in the mid-1800s, and wanted to show his enthusiasm for his new country. Two of his children were Alaska Goldstine (named after Sewell's purchase) and Mark Twain Goldstine, after meeting the famous author while working along the Mississippi.

tammikuu 9, 2013, 11:04pm

I have an ancestor whose first name was Bishop, and another whose name was Squirrelskin Lumpkin!

tammikuu 10, 2013, 7:54am

lol, these are great! Wish I had some good ones to share. Some unusual names I'd never use on my kid today, but nothing that funny.

tammikuu 20, 2013, 9:31am

In a very remote branch of my extended family there was an Italian-American named Osvaldo Rabbitini, whose Italian parents, it is claimed, were utterly unaware of the Disney cartoon character of much the same name.

tammikuu 24, 2013, 8:00am

I did remember one name that's unusual - not funny, more like awkward. My great-grandfather (1883-1972) was named Adolphus. Normally that would be shorted to "Adolf", but for some reason he preferred just "Dolf". Weird, huh? :

tammikuu 24, 2013, 8:18am

In re #28. Nor weird in my experience. There once was a famous polka band led by "Dolph" Hoffner. The weird part was that he was from Texas.

tammikuu 24, 2013, 12:11pm

Texas had its share of German immigrants. Have you noticed the accordions in Tex-Mex bands?

tammikuu 24, 2013, 3:20pm

In rebus 29 & 30. Actually, I DO know about the German immigrants, and of-course, about the squeeze-boxes. My crack was a little joke for the benefit of our Canadian colleague cecrow -- who might NOT have known about all of this. Back -- or should we "zurueck"? -- to Hoffner. He started-out as Adolf, but changed his name for fairly obvious reasons later-on. enough of this! It's Polka-time!! And-a one and . . .

tammikuu 24, 2013, 4:32pm

Dolf is actually a common Dutch nickname for Adolf/Adolphus (or at least used to be, when that name was still in use...). Any possible Dutch ancestry?

tammikuu 25, 2013, 8:35am

>28 Cecrow:, I was being tongue-in-cheek with my "Weird, huh?" In light of the times through which he lived (in Canada), particularly the 1930s and 1940s, it's not surprising that he would wish to avoid being called "Adolf".

tammikuu 25, 2013, 11:54am

He was 56 when WW2 broke out. What was his name before that?

Muokkaaja: helmikuu 4, 2013, 9:33am

>34 rfb:, I think he generally went by Adolf prior to the other one becoming infamous. Incidentally his younger daughter is turning 97 this year.

helmikuu 28, 2013, 9:29am

Golden Bird(no indian in this line) had sisters named: Kiturah and Caletha.
also have a Napoleon Bonaparte Herron, Kunigunda Gehring,

helmikuu 28, 2013, 9:35pm

My mother's paternal family has an unusual first name that has been passed on for generations - Hazelle. People confuse it all the time for Hazel or mispronounce it. As a young woman I told my mom the last baby in the family to be "cursed" with the name, that the name would die with her. Two years ago I had my son, who will be my only child. Needless to say I didn't have to worry about passing the name on to him. My own maternal grandmother who agreed to name my mom Hazelle started calling her Suzie Q at the age of 4! Now my mom just goes by Sue.

maaliskuu 3, 2013, 2:51pm

I have a family of Vaughn ancestors from the southern U.S. who, through several generations, named their children Christopher Columbus Vaughn, George Washington Vaughn, Benjamin Franklin Vaughn and Andrew Jackson Vaughn.