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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
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    I started a list not long ago. Some of these are only on here because they were used so much...

    Men:
    Bartholomew
    Bowling
    Boyd
    Chester
    Cosby
    Donhue (no idea why his parents dropped the "a")
    Earl (I was surprised to see this one being used as far back as the 1700s)
    Enoch
    Erastus
    Foster
    Godfrey
    Green
    Hachaliah
    Hamilton
    Hamlet
    Hardy
    Harmon
    Harper
    Harvey
    Holmes (I would jump on this one for the Sherlock connection if it wasn't so far back...)
    Irby
    Isham
    Jackson
    Jasper
    Jesse/Jessie
    Layfette (instead of Lafayette)
    Lemuel
    Liptrot (originated as a family surname; I think it's hilarious)
    Mace
    Madison
    McLemore
    Murphy
    Newton
    Ransom (Matthew 20:28 is on his headstone, which I'm assuming is where his name came from)
    Seaborn (this one trended in the mid to late 1800s... no idea why)
    Sledge
    Tyre (pronounced like "tire," but their accents turned it into "Tyra")
    Wiley
    Wilson

    Women:
    Aurelia
    Belle (this and Pearl win the award for most frequently used in a double name)
    Cora
    Della
    Etta
    Eulalie
    Exa
    Inerree (absolutely no idea where this one came from)
    Lavena (never Lavinia)
    Leona
    Minerva
    Mittie
    Orpha
    Parthema (Parthenia?)
    Pearl
    Talitha
    Theodosia
    Therath (related to Theresa somehow, maybe?)
    ♂ | Samuel ◊ Edward ◊ George ◊ Arthur ◊ Ezra ◊ Gideon ◊ James ◊ Quentin ◊ Solomon ◊ Jasper
    ♀ | Helen ◊ Cora ◊ Anne ◊ Jane ◊ Caroline ◊ Catherine ◊ Gwen ◊ Georgia ◊ Elizabeth ◊ Lydia

  2. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Posts
    554
    Most of my family names are rather generic standard names (lots of Margaret, Emma, Charles, William)
    A few interesting ones:

    Male: Carroll, Rudolf, Chester, Edgar, Henschen, Conrad, Solomon, Jaro, Martin

    Female: Several Phoebes (love), Malinda, Myra, Josefine, Henrietta

  3. #10
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Munchkinland
    Posts
    1,598
    These are the less common ones, but not all of them are good!

    Female:
    Elsa
    Zelda
    Lucille
    Florence
    Hazel
    Minnie
    Rhea (pronounced Ree-uh, not Ray...unfortunately.)
    Cora
    Edna
    Missouri (as a middle name, thank goodness, but still - YUCK!)
    Robinette (also a middle name, but may have been her last name before she was adopted.)
    Josephine
    Etta
    Cecelia
    Eleanor

    Male:
    Ford
    Jonas
    Lorenz
    Adelmon
    Wilbur
    Eugene
    Maurice
    Atlee
    Elmer
    Alexandor (spelled like this, I think it's correct in Easter Europe. He was called Shandor as a nickname.)

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