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January 12th, 2013 08:25 PM #1Senior Member
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Unusual, rare, and surprising names found on 19th to early 20th century tombstones
I like walking around old cemeteries sometimes (partly to read the names) and this time I made notes of the more interesting ones in the memo pad on my phone. Here they are, first names only (with middles thrown in sometimes):
Henerietta (yes spelled like that)
Olvie (not Olive)
Boyce (TWO of those)
Zoe (born in 1903!)
Coaxie Ivory (?!)
Adline (yes spelled that way)
MalissaAdriana Josephine,Alessandra Mary,Leah Susannah Claire,Mariana Abigail,Marisol Demetria,Caroline Michaela,Angelina Josephine,Susannah Loretta Fay,Leah Katarina,Eliza Cristina Joyce,Antonia Faith,Diana Jade,Audrina Rosemary,Sarah Guinevere,Catherine Ariadne, Jade Olivia *Nathaniel Malachi, Wesley Joseph,Gavin Daniel,Daniel Nico,Lewis Malcolm,Jared Levi,Jesse Levi,Connor Sebastian,Callum Wade,Keegan Jude,Quentin Dominic,Adam Elias,Calder Avery,Riley Shea,Adrian Daniel,Avery Shea,Joseph Dominic
January 12th, 2013 10:17 PM #3Senior Member
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- May 2012
I have PAGES of names from cemeteries (mostly online records)! I love it. In fact, that's where my user name came from--an old cemetery! (Is that creepy? :/ ) My favorite find so far has been Monema, a name that I have found in SEVERAL cemeteries but I can't find ANY information on online. I assume it's pronounced mo-NEE-ma. On your list I like:
Some of my favorite finds that you may like include:
January 13th, 2013 01:47 AM #5
The house I grew up in was built in 1884 and had a small family (not mine) graveyard out back, like less than 20, but some of which had died in the house. I didn't write down any of the names and my mom moved after I'd gone to college and she remarried, but I don't recall any of them being particularly noteworthy. The small stones that belonged to children only had initials or were blank. I'd kind of like to go back and look at the headstones but I don't have the contact info for the guy that owns the place now and I'd feel weird just showing up to poke around.
Those lists are interesting. While many of the names are new to me, I had a great-uncle Lemuel.
January 13th, 2013 02:23 AM #7
January 13th, 2013 10:20 AM #9Junior Member
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You've hit on one of my favorite topics! Here are some of mine that I've found particularly strange or enchanting. (I tried to put them in alphabetical order):
Chelif (I'm not even sure how to pronounce this)
Emsy (or possibly Enisy)
Florianus (late 1700s tombstone)
Othelia and Ottilia
Pinkney and Parham (brothers)
And both Marissa and Amanda in the 1830s - I had no idea they were that old!
Last edited by madeliner; January 13th, 2013 at 10:29 AM.