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July 31st, 2013 12:26 PM #1Senior Member
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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)
Nelle/Nellie, Netta/Nettie (this reminds me of the Hatties coming back)
And here are some uncommon ones!
Albina, Alcesta, Arrilla, Diadema, Elburn, Fodie (or maybe Foda) Melona, Ozell, Sherburn, Urania
July 31st, 2013 01:32 PM #3Senior Member
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July 31st, 2013 01:42 PM #5
July 31st, 2013 01:49 PM #7Member
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July 31st, 2013 05:41 PM #9
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 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.Emily • Nineteen • United States
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