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Distinctive Forenames?

Discussion in 'Wills and probate' started by Bryman, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. palfamily

    palfamily LostCousins Member

    I think a normal first name with a distinctive second name is a good solution. A lot of my ancestors have had a second name which is a family surname passed through the generations. One of my lines has a middle name Conway which I first found in 1780 and was still being used in 1920. I still haven’t found the original Conway.
  2. Davean

    Davean New Member

    Some 19th century people in Lacock, Wilts gave their children unusual Old Testament names, e.g. my ggg grandparents Daniel and Sarah Gray had a son Shadrach. But the prize must go to Nebuchadnezzar Grey (or Gray), 184o-1921, son of Henry and Anne. Needless to say, the Ancestry transcribers, census enumerators, and even the clergyman who baptised him had a bit of trouble with that! His brother Uriah probably caused less of a problem...
  3. Bob Spiers

    Bob Spiers LostCousins Superstar

    A heap less I guess!;)
  4. Davean

    Davean New Member

    Nice one!
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Megastar

    As I feared might happen, I just saw this news report! I think that the original reporter should go for a hearing check (there is no t) and perhaps the child might eventually call herself Abi with silent cd (as with p in swimming).
  6. Pauline

    Pauline LostCousins Superstar

    While browsing through a Wiltshire BT from 1669, I came across the somewhat unlikely forename Grease. However, as the name was followed by 'daughter of', I realised it was probably an imaginative way of spelling Grace.
  7. Susan48

    Susan48 LostCousins Star

    I came across a marriage recently in the Colchester records for the parish of St James in 1702 where the bride's name was Phenix Cheek. Tryphena was a not unusual girl's name in the late 1600s, and the most common were Elizabeth and Mary.
  8. DavidL

    DavidL LostCousins Member

    Jewish families regularly gave Old Testament names to their children. My father was registered as Israel. The problem is that they rarely used those forenames in life, which makes tracking that much harder. Uncle Jack was registered as Jacob; uncle Sid was Isidore; Auntie Betty was Bertha and Uncle Alf was Abraham. Easier, however, than the Welsh side. Bad enough to pin down a John, Thomas, Evan or Morgan: worse when they took patrimony too far, such as John John, Thomas Thomas, Evan Evan or Morgan Morgan. I even came across a Morgan Morgan Morgan which, quite accurately, showed him as Morgan, son of Morgan, who was also son of Morgan.
  9. Helen7

    Helen7 LostCousins Superstar

    I have a relative with the forename Damsel. Appropriate for a young girl, I guess, but less so for a married woman with a brood of children!

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