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  1. #1
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    Old Fashioned Names from Genealogy

    I've been drowning in genealogy lately, and I find it neat to see names that were so common "back then", that we never hear now. Of course, there are a lot that I still think of as very old and then realize that I have heard it recently. Estelle and Estella seem to be getting used here and there. I know a little girl with the middle name of Esta. Millicent is poking out her head also.

    Anyway, here are some "common" names that I saw in my tree. Would any of them pick back up?

    Alma, Alta, Arlet,
    Electa (I always liked this)
    Essie (I know a 30ish one!), Etta (my grandmother!)
    Lafayette, Lemuel (this seems everywhere in my tree, but I can't imagine it now!),
    Lettice/Lettie (well Lottie is showing up, but I can't imagine Lettice -- maybe Letitia will bring Lettie back)
    Minerva, Myrtle
    Nelle/Nellie, Netta/Nettie (this reminds me of the Hatties coming back)
    Waldo

    And here are some uncommon ones!

    Albina, Alcesta, Arrilla, Diadema, Elburn, Fodie (or maybe Foda) Melona, Ozell, Sherburn, Urania

  2. #3
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    I really like Alma! It was my great-grandmother's name and it's high on my list if we ever have another girl. I love the meaning of "soul", too.

    I have a friend that just named her new son Lafayette earlier this year.

    I can't see Lettice coming back - too close to lettuce.
    Mom to Sylvia Caron and Linus Roman



  3. #5
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    My newborn cousin has the nn Essy / Essie (nn for Debussy) .
    i have a 35 yrs old aunt named Urania whose nn is Rania !
    I particularly love Nelly and Electa .

    The names i would definetly use are :

    Nelly .only as a nn for Penelope or Eleanor
    Electa
    Etta only as a nn

    the others are not my style

    Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn

    Anything or anyone that doesn't bring you alive

    Is too small for you

    DAVID WHYTE

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    My two times great grandmother's middle name was Electa

  5. #9
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    I see Matilda a lot in records from the 1700s and 1800s. It started to drop off around the 1850s. Malinda is another one that's surprised me. In general I've noticed that names were a little more "out there" pre-Victorian era.

    Seaborn
    Minerva
    Godfrey
    Aurelia
    Parthenia
    Sophronia
    Justinian
    Hazeltine
    Cornellis
    Glovenia
    Marcenia

    Seaborn was actually kind of trendy in the 1850s. I've found at least 7 in my family tree born in that decade.

    You also don't start seeing "filler" middle names until the 40s and 50s. In my experience the common formula was a classic first name with an unusual middle name. Most people in my family went by a quirky nickname for their middle name or a nickname that had something to do with their their appearance or personality.
    Last edited by southern.maple; July 31st, 2013 at 05:44 PM.
    Alice / Mary / Helen / Rosa / Georgia
    Edward / Samuel / George / Joseph / Ezra

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