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Old 12-01-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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I have what appears as Clifford, but I also found his name in the Quebec file as Clehophas...makes it hard to track
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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I'm not sure about my family history, but my grandma's name was Minnie Leona (first and middle name). That's unusual combination.

She was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian.

My real birth name is "Shining Star" (my grandma named me). But they gave me a more traditional name.
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Old 12-01-2009, 05:22 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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My ex has a lot of initials on his family tree. The initials don't stand for anything.
Some of the kids weren't given either first names or middles names of any sort, and it apparently still goes on to this day as his uncles entire name is FM "Smith". I've always found that sort of unusual. Anyone else ever run across such?
I've heard of "initials only names" like AJ, TJ, etc. Lots seem to involve the letter J which is also a name: Jay.

As for random letters? Never heard of that. Did these folks go by nicknames? What national origin are they from? (if you don't mind being asked)

I don't have any of these in my family, but maybe others can shed some light?

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My grandfather name was almost named "Thanksgiving" His name was "Deogracias" (from Latin "Deo gratias, I thank God) I always thought it was an outdated and ugly name.
Sorry. I think that's "neato!"
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Old 12-01-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I've heard of "initials only names" like AJ, TJ, etc. Lots seem to involve the letter J which is also a name: Jay.

As for random letters? Never heard of that. Did these folks go by nicknames? What national origin are they from? (if you don't mind being asked)

I don't have any of these in my family, but maybe others can shed some light?
No idea on the nat'l origin. All the ex would ever say was he was a mutt. Dark skin, dark eyes and curly hair suggests lots of possibilities.
The story he tells is that his family is from the backwoods of Tennessee, really far back in the woods according to him. They were very, very rural and uneducated. Couldn't read or write much at all, so way back when, some of the kids were given letters for names because it was easier. OTOH some of the others had actual names. They weren't biblical names, but they were quaint and unusual. I'm half inclined not to believe my ex, but I've seen the family bible and I've seen FM's drivers license so... It's one of the reasons I asked here, to see if anybody had ever heard of this kind of thing.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Eastern time zone
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No idea on the nat'l origin. All the ex would ever say was he was a mutt. Dark skin, dark eyes and curly hair suggests lots of possibilities.
The story he tells is that his family is from the backwoods of Tennessee, really far back in the woods according to him. They were very, very rural and uneducated. Couldn't read or write much at all, so way back when, some of the kids were given letters for names because it was easier. OTOH some of the others had actual names. They weren't biblical names, but they were quaint and unusual. I'm half inclined not to believe my ex, but I've seen the family bible and I've seen FM's drivers license so... It's one of the reasons I asked here, to see if anybody had ever heard of this kind of thing.
Rural Tennessee, dark hair and eyes, unclear national origin...any possibility of shovel teeth or an Anatolian ridge? If so, particularly if Goins, Kennedy or Mullins (or any from the list below) are family names, you might want to check out Melungeon sites.

Melungeon Names by Geographic Area
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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My husband has a cousin whose name is TJ, no name just letters. I had a great aunt whose name was Venitia Leodora Theodosia SMITH!
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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Not so unusual for the time and place, but these names would probably raise eyebrows today: Seneca & Indiana.
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:58 AM
 
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My husband has a cousin whose name is TJ, no name just letters. ....
President Harry S. Truman didn't have a middle name as I recall, only the initial.

I knew a TJ, he was called Teej for a name.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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I don't really remember much, since my Aunt is the family historian, but my 2x great grandma was named Izorah.

Never heard of anyone elsed named that, and I SOOOOO wanted to name my youngest girl that and call her Zora; but DH nixed that one, lol. I still call her Zora and my personal pet name.

The rest I can remember are pretty standard, lots of William, Ashley, Matthew, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Sarah, etc... Mostly Biblical from what I gather.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Glen Burnie, Maryland
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Our family has very "plain" names, but my BIL's mother's name is Oina (O-I-na)
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