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  1. #1
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    On my way home from my apprenticeship placement, there's a graveyard I always walk through, because it basically leads into my backyard. Normally, I only pay attention to the names on the stones to the right of the graveyard, because that's the path to get to my house, however, today, I scanned the entire graveyard. This one is one of the earliest in my town, so some deaths are as early as 1812. There's the typical Alice's, Mary's, Jane's and Dorothy's, but also Eleanor's, Martha's, Florence's, Allie's, Annie's, Isabella's and Susannah's. One name really stood out, because I've never EVER encountered this one before. The name is....

    Florala.


    I'm not sure if I like it, it's cute, and could be an alternative to Florence or Flora, but, it appeared unrelated to her parents names. Neither had Flor or Ala components in their names. Florala's year of death (there wasn't a year of birth stated) was in the 1840's/1850's, and she was (according to the gravestone) about 1 year old when she died. I wasn't sure if any historical name experts on Nameberry (I'm sure there's a few) could help me out by shedding some light on this name? I've never heard/seen any names quite like this, other than the standard Florence and Flora. When I googled the name Florala, all that came up, were sites about a town in Alabama named Florala. The town was named in the late 1700's/early 1800's after the two states it borders, Florida and Alabama. Other than that, I've found nothing.


    Hopefully someone has some ideas on it!
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    Interesting find! I'm pretty sure both Flora and Ala/Alla were fairly popular around that time period, so it seems likely enough it was just a smoosh/variant following trends. That's been around a long time : D. Other possibilities: They had some connection to the town Florala, or it could be a typo for Floralma, which is a name that gets used by Spanish speakers sometimes (literally Flower-Soul, Flor-Alma).

    If I see or hear anything else I'll post back. Nice spot!


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    Florala seems to be a rare surname so it's possible it could be a family name.
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    Florala is interesting! I thought of the Czech name/word Fiala, which means "violet". It seems like a smoosh of Flora and Fiala to me, which is rather fun. "violet flower", maybe? That's my best guess! I've never heard it before, but I do like it, instinctively. I like Fiala a wee bit more, though.
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