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Unusual or Interesting Names in your Family 🌻

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FannyCornforth Mon 07-Jun-21 10:44:28

Hello Everyone! 🙋

Vaguely topical, but very non-controversial.
I'm fascinated by names - I know that a lot of us are.

It's oft mentioned that names' popularity is cyclical; and I recall that recently someone in the public eye has named his new born daughter after her grand mother and great grandmother...🤔

My Grandparents' names have never really come back into fashion:
Kenneth Gilbert and Doreen Clara on one side, and on the other, Frederick and Margaret.

I think that Freddie is currently quite popular, and Margaret, I'm sure, must be due due for a revival.
Gilbert is an an absolute cracker!

So, what were your Grandparents' names?
Or do you have any unusual or interesting names in you family?

Thank you! x

fiorentina51 Mon 07-Jun-21 12:04:21

On my English side, I have, James, Benjamin, Edwin, Jesse, William, Susannah, Clara, Mary Ann, Florence, Emma, Pheobe.
The Italian branch consists of, Giovanni, Torello, Giuseppe, Giacomo, Francesco, Stella, Maria, Rosa, Antoinetta, Dina, Delia.

FannyCornforth Mon 07-Jun-21 12:07:30

I had an Uncle Horace, who I very, very, vaguely remember.
He had a mate called Horace, and the two of them were unseparable, so they were known as Big Horace and Little Horace.
My Uncle (Big) Horace died when I was about four.
For some reason, unknown to me, I have his tie pin.
It's a beautiful gold art-deco thing, with a little ruby.

Calendargirl Mon 07-Jun-21 12:11:44

All my mum’s family were named after flowers, Rose, Pansy, Violet, Daisy.

Sounds like Hyacinth Bucket’s family.


M0nica Mon 07-Jun-21 12:18:35

Catherine and William John on one side and Patrick and Constance Charlotte on the other. John and Constance are not that common now, but the rest have stood the test of time.

It is my parent's names that have dated most: Aubrey Edgar and Kathleen Teresa, although I have noticed in the last year that Aubrey is returning as boys name among the metropolitan elite.

babzi Mon 07-Jun-21 12:19:49

My grandparents were Barbara, James, Elizabeth and George. There are several Barbaras and James' within my many cousins. Also William or Bill.

MountainAsh Mon 07-Jun-21 12:21:21

My Grandmother was Snowdrop. Rest of the family were quite ordinary.

Nannagarra Mon 07-Jun-21 12:24:21

I rewrote my previous post omitting names + relationships/very unusual names/specific details/opportunities for nosy genealogists/info for anyone strange as I’m wary of being identified on a public forum. Just saying...

MayBee70 Mon 07-Jun-21 12:29:27

I have an Edwardian ancestor called Harry Fido. He’s quite a round man with a huge handlebar moustache and looks as if he’s stepped right out of the pages of Three Men and. Dog. And my daughter just sent me a photo of the grave of an ancestor she’s just visited (she’s traced her fathers family tree back hundreds of years ) called Thomasin which is so Thomas Hardy’ish.

MayBee70 Mon 07-Jun-21 12:30:06

I meant rotund not round: auto correct again….

SueDonim Mon 07-Jun-21 12:39:02

My grandfather had the resplendent name of Methuselah! Funnily enough, no one in the generations since has chosen it for their son. grin

He was known as Meth to his friends and as a child I thought that was short for Methylated as in spirit.

grumppa Mon 07-Jun-21 12:43:41

Tom Edgar and Edith Mary on father’s side, and Thomas James and Dorothy Gladys Gertrude on my mother’s. Run of the mill, really.

Katek Mon 07-Jun-21 12:47:40

My maternal grandparents were James David and Jessie Jane, paternal ones were William and Anne-not sure if they had middle names. Paternal grandfather William was born in 1894 and we have had a William in every generation since, usually as a second name. Current holders are my son and grandson who both have it as a middle name.

muse Mon 07-Jun-21 12:58:05

My DH and one relative have very unusual names. Don’t want to post though. Possible instant recognition- sorry

Lucca Mon 07-Jun-21 12:59:03

Everett, and Garnett.

ginny Mon 07-Jun-21 13:04:06

My grandmothers were Elsie and Lillian.
Grandfathers were Joseph and Clarence.
My dad was Arthur Ernest and his brother was Clarence Hodget. Doubt that will will come back.

Esspee Mon 07-Jun-21 13:04:26

I started work on my family tree at the end of last year and was delighted to find I had a great granny Fanny.
[Please don't bother trying to inform me it was Frances as some gransnetters did. It wasn't. I have her birth certificate.]
Somehow I can't see her name coming back into fashion.😆

MiniMoon Mon 07-Jun-21 13:18:30

My grandparents were Jack (John) and Martha and George Armstrong and Sarah Jane (known to all as Jeannie). Armstrong as a middle name came from I don't know where, but Jeannie's maiden name was Armstrong.
Going further back, there are a lot of Thomases Henrys, Williams and Johns.
There was a great aunt Etty, which must have been short for Henrietta, but I've never been sure.

nadateturbe Mon 07-Jun-21 13:28:26

Grandmother was Ethel. Granddaughter called Ethelann. Grandfather (who also had a sister named Ethel) was Herbert, unlucky son called after him - Herbie.
Recent children called Zenneth, Malmo (guess why), and Jaxx.

kittylester Mon 07-Jun-21 13:28:43

We have Alices coming out of our ears - on both sides - to such an extent that we have big Alice, Little Alice and baby Alice. Our own daughter, also Alice is known as Al!

An unlucky few have DeLap as a middle name. Luckily my middle name is Jane after my granny although she was always called Jenny!

My father's middle name was Charteris. No one else has bothered using that.

sharon103 Mon 07-Jun-21 13:37:09

My grandparents were Florence and Walter and Ada and Edward.
My mum loathed her name, Gladys Hilda. grin

grandtanteJE65 Mon 07-Jun-21 13:39:18

My grandparents were Ella Isabella, which I personally have always found an odd combination and David on one side of the family, and Elisabeth and James Henry on the other.

James Henry was 20 years older than his wife, which has some bearing on the matter.

My father born in 1920 was named for both his grandfathers as he was his parents eldest son. My mother was named after her own mother and an aunt, plus given a third name that I have not been able to trace in the family. Her elder sister had been named after both their grandmothers.

When my turn came I was named for a friend of my mother and for my maternal grandmother. My paternal grandmother didn't seem to mind, so I may not be the only one who found Ella Isabella an unfortunate combination..

lemongrove Mon 07-Jun-21 13:42:30

I think many people had a grandfather called Frederick, as German names were popular throughout Victorian Britain (until the war of course.)
Names in our family were ordinary ones, but I do have a great grandfather who was called Rufus, and a great uncle called Sylvester ( although both names were ordinary at the time.)

Lin52 Mon 07-Jun-21 13:44:02

My G G Aunts on mums side, Thirza, Clarice, Olga, Una Tessibell, Zetha and Aurelia. Twelve children in total.

Callistemon Mon 07-Jun-21 13:44:17


One GM was Catherine Elizabeth, her mother was Hannah.GGM to me.
Other GM was Sarah Ellen.

All my mum's sisters were named after flowers grin Rose Pansy, Violet and Daisy.

Was your Mum called Hyacinth by any chance, *EllanVannin?

Callistemon Mon 07-Jun-21 13:45:59

My MIL was nearly named Primrose as she was born on Primrose day.
Her parents chose something else, as Primrose would not have suited her at all.