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    Old Church Directory names

    I work at a church, and this afternoon as I was digging through the filing cabinet, I found a bunch of church family directories (complete with photos) from the 1980s. They turned out to be a gold mind of interesting names, many of which I'd never heard before or had heard only rarely. Bear in mind many of the church members were in their 70s and 80s at the time (30ish years ago). Here are some that stood out:

    Men
    Cornelius (more than one; I have a soft spot for this name), Elwood, Ewald, Glover, Mervin, Norval, Simeon, Theophilus (actually know someone who just used this for her baby)

    Women
    Augustina, Barton, Berdena, Delsena, Emgar, Etheline, Evona, Faylene, Fronnie, Germaine, Henzel, Hyacinth (this is the only real one I've met; it's hitherto been all "Keeping Up Appearances" to me), Jacoba, Keitha, Letris, Mapleine, Melvena, Normalyn, Oatley, Pearline, Pearlyn, Sabrian, Toddinya (whose brother was named Todd - yikes!), Williamina

    Mer/Myr seemed to be a hip first syllable at some point. In addition to Myrtle, there was Merle, Merna, Mervis, Myricyl, and Myrtice (all women).

    Ver- names were also hip. There was a Verda, Verleta, and Verna.

    And lest we think creative spelling is a new phenomenon, there was an Imojene, and a Taunya.

    What do you think of these names, berries? Would you use any of them? I like Augustina, Sabrian, and Pearline, Hyacinth.
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    For the men, I like Simeon and Theophilus. I could see myself using Simeon, but Theophilus is a little bit OTT. The only one I like from the women's names is Hyacinth, but if I considered that it'd be middle name only. Pearline is okay, too, but I prefer Pearlette.

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    Wow! What a cool find! And love the "Keeping Up Appearances" reference. Barton for a woman's name? That one stood out to me as interesting even amidst all the other strange picks. The odd spellings also strike me even in addition to what you pointed out: Merna instead of Myrna, the Pearline/Pearlyn combo, Myricyl sort of like Marisol...

    I totally want to do this at my home church where my dad is still a minister! I bet there are some gems in those files.
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    Quote Originally Posted by courtneylarking View Post
    Wow! What a cool find! And love the "Keeping Up Appearances" reference. Barton for a woman's name? That one stood out to me as interesting even amidst all the other strange picks. The odd spellings also strike me even in addition to what you pointed out: Merna instead of Myrna, the Pearline/Pearlyn combo, Myricyl sort of like Marisol...

    I totally want to do this at my home church where my dad is still a minister! I bet there are some gems in those files.
    If you find any interesting names, be sure to post them! I'm going to skim the more recent directories today for more names. I'm really wondering where the pre-1980s books are, since the church has been around much longer than that.

    I never thought of Myricyl/Marisol. My first thought was that Myricyl sounds like some kind of prescription drug! I have actually spoken to Barton on the phone and the first time was taken aback by her name.
    Miriam ~ Helena ~ Estella ~ Beatrice ~ Anastasia ~ Alice ~ Marilla ~ Sarah
    Paul ~ Wesley ~ Walter ~ Edmund ~ Isaac ~ Abram ~ Gabriel

    Trying for baby#1
    Avatar: Nathan Altman, Portrait of Anna Akhmatova

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