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Old 12-02-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: East Valley, AZ
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I had a great-great grandpa named Orange Eli
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:45 PM
 
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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?
Not so far -- but there is that old joke about the Army and initials. A guy by the name of R B Jones joined the Army and they were insisting he needed a NAME. A full name. And they went back and forth and there were payroll problems and no one could get it through their heads that his name was R B Jones.

So one day he filled out yet another form and he thought he'd this time he'd make it as clear as possible he was R B Jones. So he wrote "R(only) B(only) Jones".

The next week when the paymaster showed up with payroll, he called out for Ronly Bonly Jones.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:54 PM
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Location: North Texas
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We had several by the name of Troilius in one of the branches.
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Old 12-03-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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great uncle name 'Erraney'.

is it short for something else? The family origin is French Canadian.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:06 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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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.
Biographers of Truman have sometimes said he had a grandfather named Shippe and one named Solomon. So as not to show favoritism his parents used teh initial so he was sort of named for both.

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great uncle name 'Erraney'.

is it short for something else? The family origin is French Canadian.
Is that the spelling they used? Do you know if it ends with an E sound or an A sound?

Names popping to mind are Rene and Henri.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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It's spelled 'Eraney' in the 1910 Census.

He also has a brother 'Calirzsodogue' --whoa.
He seems to go by the name Lloyd, later. I would too! ; )
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Old 12-04-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Some ancestors have such unusual first names.

Here are some in our family tree.

These are so-called "Virtue" names from my Puritans:
Female
Hope and Hopeful
Thankful
Mercy

Both male and female
Deliverance
Experience

I'll jog my memory for others.

What are some of yours? Of any kind, not just virtue names....
I don't think "Hope" is that unusual of a name. The rest are though. I used to know a family that named all their female children virtue names: Hope, Charity, Grace, etc.

Naturally, some of the foreign names in my tree seem a bit unusual like Niels/Nels, Abelone, Maren, Wilhelmina. And I have a lot of Biblical names in my tree: Josiah, Jeremias, Gabriel, Enos, Magdalena, Jechoniah.

I particularly like Josiah but out of fear of it being shortened to "Joe", I could never name my child that (sorry to all the Joe's out there, lol).

Other odd/uncommon ones:
Griffin
Addison
Roland
Sterling
Octavia
Wenzel
Irma
Lena
Delorma
Leon
Rena
Idella

I know these names exist but they are not exactly common for our times and they also don't seem to be common for the times these people lived in either.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:32 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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MIL - Missouri
SIL - Geneva

Neither have been to either of those places.

Grandmother - Nellie
FIL = Buster
When I was kid I read these books that were about two friends, Ginnie and Geneva. I always thought Geneva was a pretty name.

My grandmother was Nellie also, but she was actually Anna Petranella.
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:33 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don't think "Hope" is that unusual of a name. The rest are though. I used to know a family that named all their female children virtue names: Hope, Charity, Grace, etc.

Naturally, some of the foreign names in my tree seem a bit unusual like Niels/Nels, Abelone, Maren, Wilhelmina. And I have a lot of Biblical names in my tree: Josiah, Jeremias, Gabriel, Enos, Magdalena, Jechoniah.

I particularly like Josiah but out of fear of it being shortened to "Joe", I could never name my child that (sorry to all the Joe's out there, lol).

Other odd/uncommon ones:
Griffin
Addison
Roland
Sterling
Octavia
Wenzel
Irma
Lena
Delorma
Leon
Rena
Idella

I know these names exist but they are not exactly common for our times and they also don't seem to be common for the times these people lived in either.
The only time I've ever heard Idella was the character played by Esther Rolle in Driving Miss daisy.

I actually like Octavia.
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