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Old 07-06-2014, 06:52 PM
 
Location: in the sticks, SE Indiana
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My husband has a Nimrod in his family tree also. I used to think Nimrod was a term used to describe a dumb person. I didn't realize it was an actual name until I saw it in my husband's family.
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I looked back over the thread, and I have nothing to add from my own family. But I have a couple of customers with "different" first names. Demonica, who would name a child that?? and
Comfort, an older lady.
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Old 07-07-2014, 12:46 PM
 
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I believe this name was already mentioned: Lettice, but I didn't read through this whole thread. Sibella is another one. Lettice and Sibella are women's names I have seen in my family trees from the 1700s. These are merely derivatives of more commonly used female names today.

More often with women's names (and spellings) there are more variations I have seen than with the males. Male babies tend to have more of the common names. More often in my research, it seems that male babies were given family names as first or middle names than female babies were.
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Old 07-09-2014, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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I love this thread !
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:00 AM
 
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Oddest of many I have found?

Preserved -- 3 of them ( grandfather, son, grandson) 1700s/early 1900s) New England.
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Old 07-11-2014, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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We named our daughter Jovie :-)
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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I just found one (though not a direction ancestor, a 1st cousin many times removed) named

"Vallandingham Doty"

Now Vallandingham is a german surname, so probably the mother's line (though haven't found the connection yet), but still, of all surname to put as your childs first name. The full name is spelled out in all census' I've found spilling over the small box for the name lol.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:59 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Oddest of many I have found?

Preserved -- 3 of them ( grandfather, son, grandson) 1700s/early 1900s) New England.
You Jelly?
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Old 07-18-2014, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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Duella. Perhaps it was pronounced 'Jewella' meaning that she was precious?

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Old 07-19-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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I came across "Cunigunda" and thought what the heck?? Then I found more in the Polish cemetery I'm researching. Not that uncommon for a woman's name. No English equivalent, though.
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