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April 28th, 2013 11:38 PM #1Junior Member
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Unsually Named Historical Figures
Browsing for names for characters I've come across a few unusual old names, for girls at the moment boys I'll probably add those I start looking for them. These are the ones that caught my attention, ranges from good, bad, and ugly. Do any of these sound nice to you? Which ones are god awful? Anything to add? Listed middle when available:
Polyxena Christina Johanna
Zita Maria delle Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese (not kidding that was her full name!)
Jadwiga (thinking this probably just the Polish form of Hedwig and isn't really 'odd')
Contessina (not sure if this a title or her real name)
Alyette Isabelle Odile Marie
Maria Bona Margherita Albertina
Ortrud Bertha Adelheid Hedwig
Also and British Princess called Helena who used the nickame Lenchen
I'll stop here. Post is getting gigantic and I'm tired. Add more later.
April 29th, 2013 04:18 AM #3Junior Member
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Ok adding some more. I apologize for the double post but I didn't want to stretch the other one any longer. Leaving the realm of obscure medieval royalty here are some other ones I found:
Arbella- her name is also given as Arabella
Honor- Tudor Era Noblewoman
Douglas- Lady Douglas Sheffield (also spelled as Douglass) named in honor of her grandmother Margaret Douglas.
Nabby- nickname for John Adams' daughter Abigail
Septimia Anne- granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson.
Thenia- daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings
Critta- sister to Sally Hemmings
Payne- son of Dolly Madison, full name was John Payne but he is known by his middle name.
Lyncoya- adopted son of Andrew Jackson
Dilsia- kinda obscure rumored to be the illegitimate daughter of William Harrison and a slave.
Tazewell- son of John Tyler
Sardis Birchard Austin- Son of Rutherford Hayes
Dolley- First Lady, there's debate on if this was her real first name or if it was short for Dorothy or Dorothea
Lucretia- First Lady wife of James Garfield
Varina- wife of Jefferson Davis also had a daughter named Varina Anne who went by Winnie.
Emeline- Confederate spy during the American Civil War
Sojourner- escaped slave and activist her birth name was Isabella Baumfree, she took up Sojourner Truth as an adult.
Caresse- Caresse Crosby best known for creating the first modern brassiere her birth name was Mary Phelps Jacob.
Opha Mae- Opha Mae Johnson first women to enlist in the US marines
Reeve- daughter of Charles Lindbergh
Land Morrow- son of Charles LindberghI have no idea where I came up with my account nameLauren
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April 29th, 2013 02:40 PM #5
April 30th, 2013 10:35 AM #7
Boudica / Boadicea - the queen of the British Icini tribe who lead the battles against the Romans who had invaded and occupied Britannia (the ancient name for Britain).
One of my English great-great grandfather's brothers married a woman named Boadicea. I was quite surprised, but when I had searched the UK records of Ancestry, I found that Boadicea cropped up more than I thought it would during Victorian Britain. I did a bit of digging and discovered that Boudica's story and legend had a resurgence during the Victorian era, which would explain why the name cropped up more than anyone would expect during that period. Fascinating stuff.♥ Margaret Mary ♥
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April 30th, 2013 04:18 PM #9Gwen
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