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Thread: British Baby Names from 1863
May 19th, 2013 02:19 PM #1
British Baby Names from 1863
So I found this list of baby names from 1863…. Anything interesting?
FINDS FROM 1863
A selection of names from the GRO Birth Records for England and Wales in 1863. All are first names and middle names — the surnames are not included unless indicated by 'sn' — and have been checked against other records for accuracy.
Aldred Henry John
Amandus Francis Charles
Anstice Arthur Charles
Arphaxad Vernon Lewis
Baskervyle Thomas Overington
Bruno Simon DeLacy Aemilianus
Cloudsley Shovel Henry
Chrysidus Adelbert Isadore Cyrus De'Lys
Excelsior Tyrel Chiney
Mark Adolphus Claudius Cline
Prince Albert Edward
Rafael Carlos Amador
Robert Ernest Alphaeus
Septimus Ido Francis
Strange (sn: Livings)
Theophilus Elihu Elkanah
Walter Vandeleur Zaphnath-paaneah
Wellington George Richard
Agnes Amy Esther Fanny Tryphena
Alberta Victoria Sophia Mary Ernestina
Alice Alexandra Beatrice Mary Magdalene Eugenie Victoria
Augusta Georgiana Alberta Kate
Desirée Esther Rachel Anita
Etheldred St Barbe
Eudora Beatrice Stella
Evangeline Alicia & Thirza Regina (twins)
Ferdinanda Caroline Maria
Florence Sophia Honorine
Lilla Ximena Alexandrina
Mary Elvira Voltelina
Nerissa Rosalind May
Princess Alexandra (no doubt named in honour of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra's wedding that year)
Priscilla Glennie Agnes
Rose Alice Emerentiana
Theodorine Eugenie Anne
Verona Sylvia Seraphina Phancy
Zeffie Agnes Lydia (sn: Tilbury -- the actress)
There are definitely some strange ones… Zingra? Orizaba? Ranulphus? Ecroyde?
But I feel like some of them could feel modern. Zillah, Verona (esp. for a Romeo & Juliet fan), Louetta, Ninevah (a biblical place name), Albany, Anderson, Noa, Lilia, and I definitely feel like Cloudsley will be used by a reality TV star at some point. :/ There are a few more too, but definitely some that should stay in the dustpan of history. Also interesting how many children were given the names Prince and Princess.
Source: http://www.britishbabynames.com- current loves -
Harriet - Flora - Violet - Clementine - Matilda - Wilhelmina - Josephine - Cordelia
Milo - Frederick - Dashiell - Gus - Atticus - Felix - Theo - Harrison - Jack
May 19th, 2013 02:42 PM #3
Strangest Male Combo: Excelsior Tyrel Chiney, Garibaldi Forest, Golden Charles, Sharp James, Squire Sykes and Strange Livings.
Strangest Female Combos: Pleasure Elizabeth (oh dear! I'm glad she's not living in this day and age. Golden and Pleasure for siblings, anyone? ),Tydfil Mary, Brock Mary and Commarina Mary.
Names that Sound like Diseases and/or medications: Phylotha, Lystra, Zingra, Crestova, Orizaba, Bronzola (too much sun on the skin), Admonisha (a cleanser to wash away your sins?)
An Old English treasure: Ethelred
Thanks for sharing!All the best,
May 19th, 2013 08:26 PM #5
Going to check some of these against Ancestry because I don't believe them quite frankly, lol.
EDIT: Posting names that DON'T exist in the records for 1863 or any other time. Will add as discovered:
All the others seem legit, though I didn't check every single one. Bronzola is a typo. The record is actually Bronzolia O_o
Last edited by renrose; May 20th, 2013 at 06:38 AM.~Boys~
★ August Eli Benedict ★ Bram ★ Casimir Mordecai ★ Edmond John Meirion ★ Gillon ★
★ Jory Leander ★ Julian Charles ★ Macsen ★ Magnus ★ Vasiliy ★
★ Aira Rose ★ Arietta ★ Clover ★ Delphina ★ Eleni ★ Fiorella ★ Hester Isobel ★
★ Iris ★ Lilah ★ Merit ★ Sylvia ★
Sorry to anyone who read TSI. First draft was terrible. Second drafting now.
May 19th, 2013 11:28 PM #7
Aside from a few of these that have already been pointed out, this could pass for a berry's list. Multiple middles, elaborate feminized forms, word names for boys, and a dash of V, X, and Z. I'm rather surprised that there aren't many more Marys and John is only a middle name.
My favorites are:
Septimus Ido Francis
Florence Sophia Honorine*
Susieva Marina -- smoosh name? I think it's kind of cute!
...Seraphina Phancy <-- as if the first 3 names weren't already fancy enough...
Love it. Thanks for posting, alphabetdem!若兰
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In loving memory of Margot
May 20th, 2013 02:15 AM #9Senior Member
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Renrose, because there are so many transcription errors and typos, I check every name against marriage, death and census records as well to find the most common spelling. If a name on my list does not exactly match the birth transcription, it's because the birth entry itself doesn't reflect the most accurate form of the name (Amandus was mistranscribed as Amandine, for example).
Bronzolia Houchen is listed on the 1863 birth entry, yet it's Bronzola Houchen on her marriage entry in 1927 and on census entries (many of these are mistranscribed into the database -- e.g. "Brensely" -- but can be clearly seen when you look on the original pages).
Orizaba Harriet is Oriziba Harriet on birth record, Orizaba Harriett on her baptism record, Orizaba Harriett on marriage, Orizoba H. on death record. She is also Orizaba on census records. I've just checked and "Orizaba Wallace" is on the 1911 census on ancestry.
I'm surprised Ancestry didn't show Kendaleana. Kendaleana Chew is one of the few people whose name appeared in this exact same spelling for her birth, both marriage (in 1888 and 1900), death entry and 1881 census. Her grandfather was Kendal Chew, so she appears to have named after him.
Last edited by elea; May 20th, 2013 at 02:24 AM.Trends, styles and quirks of British names: