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  1. #1
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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):

    Latha
    Bethana
    Hasting
    Douthard
    Dover
    Luvada
    Buford
    Henerietta (yes spelled like that)
    Olvie (not Olive)
    Orpha
    Toccoa
    Ola
    Boyce (TWO of those)
    Fletcher
    Zoe (born in 1903!)
    Jeptha
    Margaretta
    Dock
    Boley
    Turner
    Waller
    Haskell
    Earnest
    Ida Ina
    Kale
    Justice
    Garnet
    Earlie Mae
    Erline
    Non
    Jakie
    Diedrich
    Armindie
    Missouri
    Coaxie Ivory (?!)
    Truman
    Adline (yes spelled that way)
    Haddy
    Redmond
    Elisha
    Saley
    Wilene
    Palestine Mary
    Genvea
    Trumer
    Newton
    Azalee
    Clemson
    Dewey
    Hoyt
    Lemuel
    Corene
    Huldah
    Niomah
    Nokilee
    Theodosia
    Rose Ella
    Edker
    Tilmon
    Alis Gale
    Ennis
    Lissie
    Malissa
    Anya Angelina, Alessandra Mary, Delilah Claire, Adella India, Lydia Emanuella, Susannah Lenore, Caroline Michaela, Rikarah Jade, Liadah Cristina, Leah Cassandra, Alicia Cordelia, Eliza Francesca, Jade Antonia, Jessamine Faith, Audrina Rosemary, Shana Ariadne, Dana Rachel
    Nathaniel Malachi, Wesley Joseph, Gavin Daniel, Daniel Alexander, Lewis Malcolm, Jared Levi, Jesse Gabriel, Connor Michael, Callum Wade, Keegan Jude, Quentin Dominick, Micah Lucian, Miguel Antonio, Adam Gabriel

  2. #3
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    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:

    Earlie Mae
    Missouri
    Truman
    Haddy
    Saley
    Theodosia
    Tilmon
    Ennis
    Lissie

    Some of my favorite finds that you may like include:
    Abitha
    Arletta
    Birdine
    Capitolia
    Chatarina
    Chella
    Fayne
    Halina
    Idessa
    Kittie Belle
    Kizzie Mary
    Lelah
    Leonorah
    Lovelia
    Lovina
    Marchmont
    May Bell
    Memory Jo
    Mitta May
    Mystel
    Nealy
    Parmelia
    Philena
    Pluma Hallie
    Rispa
    Silvina
    Syvilla
    Tressa
    Tryphena
    Viella

  3. #5
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    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.

  4. #7
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    Jan 2013
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    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who writes down names off of tombstones. I like some of the names you and alzora mentioned.

    Theodosia
    Memory
    Mystel
    Lovelia
    Elisha (Eli-sha, long E and I)

    There were some forward thinking namers back then too.:-D

  5. #9
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    Nov 2012
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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):

    Almarinda
    America
    Araminta
    Ardney
    Armstead
    Bernhardt
    Berry
    Chelif (I'm not even sure how to pronounce this)
    Emsy (or possibly Enisy)
    Florianus (late 1700s tombstone)
    Larkin Zophar
    Missouri
    Othelia and Ottilia
    Pinkney and Parham (brothers)
    Prudie
    Renata
    Rowland
    Sinia
    Zella
    Zelma
    And both Marissa and Amanda in the 1830s - I had no idea they were that old!
    Last edited by madeliner; January 13th, 2013 at 09:29 AM.

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