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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:

    Royalty

    Frozza
    Swanhilde
    Viridis
    Cymburgis
    Ermesinda
    Munia
    Adosinda
    Usenda
    Paterna
    Muniadona
    Urraca
    Erato
    Katranide
    Phokaina
    Helvis
    Angelesia
    Polyxena Christina Johanna
    Oneca
    Acibella
    Sancha
    Violant
    Elisenda
    Chalde
    Tetradia
    Fulberte
    Ingeltrude
    Bilichild
    Aremburga
    Engelberga
    Emilienne
    Garsinda
    Adalemode
    Prisca
    Eustachie
    Ermesinde
    Garsende
    Dangerosa
    Aenor
    Berenguela
    Berengaria
    Bonne
    Hereswind
    Liutgard
    Regelinda
    Mecia
    Acropolitissa
    Ramondina
    Milica
    Bartolomea
    Cleofa
    Grimhild
    Brynhildr
    Ostrogotha
    Caretena
    Venerande
    Marcatrude
    Austerchild
    Faileube
    Bertrude
    Sichilde
    Nanthild
    Amatilda
    Fastrada
    Alda
    Marozia
    Aldiud
    Teutberga
    Guilla
    Eupraxia
    Imagina
    Mahaut
    Gersenda
    Helie
    Smiltsena
    Dragana
    Argentaela
    Marmohec
    Lotitia
    Roscille
    Jelena
    Kujava
    Lukarta
    Helbirga
    Hellicha
    Zita Maria delle Grazie Adelgonda Micaela Raffaela Gabriella Giuseppina Antonia Luisa Agnese (not kidding that was her full name!)
    Geila
    Gleisnod
    Fara
    Regintrude
    Biltrude
    Ota
    Ethelinde
    Wulfhilde
    Mechtild
    Maddalena
    Taddea
    Jadwiga (thinking this probably just the Polish form of Hedwig and isn't really 'odd')
    Anonsaura
    Richelida
    Uta
    Contessina (not sure if this a title or her real name)
    Adeliza
    Gyda
    Ulvhild
    Boedil
    Euphemia
    Alexandrine Auguste
    Eschive
    Plaisance
    Alyette Isabelle Odile Marie
    Gontroda
    Mafalda
    Maria Bona Margherita Albertina
    Aelia
    Ingund
    Egliona
    Theophanu
    Borena
    Natia
    Keteven
    Darjean
    Zira
    Nuria
    Rozala
    Isabeau
    Basina
    Radegund
    Aregund
    Audovera
    Galswintha
    Fredegund
    Galswitha
    Haldetrude
    Merofleda
    Gomentrude
    Ermenchilde
    Arda
    Morphia
    Mathsuenetha
    Theodelinda
    Tassia
    Sarolt
    Synadena
    Fenenna
    Ortrud Bertha Adelheid Hedwig
    Milena
    Darinka
    Esclaramunda
    Rodelinda
    Morta
    Velasquita
    Ragnhild
    Brigida
    Persida
    Eilika

    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.

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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 Lindbergh
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    I have to say I like Emilienne!

    Princess Helena (Lenchen) was born into the British royal family at the time the German heritage of the family was still very visible (audible?) and, of course, Albert was German. It is a nn for Helene.

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    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.
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    Ooh, I like so many of these! Polyxena, Aelia and Zira are all gorgeous, as is Sancha. I've also seen it spelled Sancia somewhere.

    The list is so comprehensive that it might already be there, but I've always liked Artemisia, the name of a number of historical figures.
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