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  1. #1
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    Martha's Vineyard Resident Names! (1850 and 1880)

    So, in my Deaf Culture and History class we are learning about this island in Chilmark, Massachusetts called Martha's Vineyard. Several of the residents on this island were Deaf or hard of hearing during this time period (deaf gene not as common nowadays.) My teacher gave us the 1850 and 1880 Federal Census with the names of the residents of this island. Being a name nerd, I got very excited! There were a bunch of common names listed, but there were also some very unusual and surprising names.

    Note: I'm not putting the dates that they lived on this island. I'm just putting all of the names I found interesting

    Common names: (multiple people with these names)
    John
    Mary
    George
    Joseph
    Ann(e)
    Martha
    Francis/Frances
    Thomas
    Emma
    Harriett
    William
    Elizabeth
    Jane
    Sarah
    Charlotte
    Benjamin
    James
    Josiah
    Margaret
    Charles
    Elijah
    Lydia

    Unusual Names: (to me at least. lol)
    Thankful (f)
    Remember (f)
    Love (f)
    Ephraim (m)
    Rodolphus (m)
    Abner (m)
    Grafton (m)
    Granville (m)
    Sophronia (f)
    Lavina (f)
    Deidamia (f)
    Zadoe (m)
    Abba (f)
    Hepsah (f)
    Lucretia (f)
    Almira (f)
    Hepsibah (f)
    Tristram (m)
    West (m)
    Hilyard (m)
    Mehitable (f)
    Roundsville (m)
    Beriah (m)
    Asenatte (f)
    Ichabod (m)
    Horatio (m)
    Ruhamah (f)
    Beriah (m)
    Malatiah (m)
    Rufus
    Eunice (f)
    Abijah (m)
    Alpheus (m)
    Clarinda (f)
    Melvina (f)
    Parmelia (f)
    Christable (f)
    Bathsheba (f)
    Hasander (m)
    Lysander (m)
    Dulcinea (f)

    Names I was surprised to see (for that time period):
    Chloe
    Owen
    Clarissa
    Jared
    Carrie
    Prince
    Tamson/Tamsen
    Jethro
    Celia
    Levi
    Last edited by erin91; February 22nd, 2014 at 08:12 PM.
    Not expecting, just love collecting names!

    My name is Erin. I am 22 years old and I have loved baby names since I was 10.

    Girl names: Juliet Grace, Madeline Hope, Linnea ?, Stella Rose, Emilia Colette, Clara Noelle, Violet Elora, Lydia Charlotte, Elaine Victoria, Evelyn Ruby

    Boy names: Jonathan Rhys, Wesley Quinn, Evan Robert, Joel Dominic, Quinn Patrick, Dawson Cole, Judah Nathaniel, Rhys Jeremiah, Roman Gabriel, Lachlan Jude

  2. #3
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    I just want to clear something up, as I actually live on Martha's Vineyard and don't want there to be confusion. Chilmark is one of many towns on the island of Martha's Vineyard, which definitely still exists (the wording in op was confusing for me, sorry). While we do have a long and interesting history of people born with deafness, as well as MVSL, there was never a point where most people on the Vineyard were deaf, there were some prominent island families that carried a gene for deafness. More accurate info on the subject can be found at the link below.

    http://deafness.about.com/cs/feature...asvineyard.htm

    I hope I don't sound rude, I just wanted the information people took from this to be correct. The names around here were definitely interesting, and sometimes continue to be. I know a little Zephaniah who's name his parents found on a local tombstone from the 1700's.

  3. #5
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    Oooh I love unusual sources of name lists like this

    My favourites:
    Frances
    Elijah
    Ephraim
    Granville
    Sophronia
    Ichabod
    Horatio
    Alpheus
    Clarinda
    Lysander
    Jethro

    I feel a little sorry for Thankful and Roundsville!
    Victor | Ephraim | Phineas | Alfred | Rupert

    Trudy | Marceline | Ramona | Cicely | Winifred

  4. #7
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    Thanks so much for posting this, Erin -- really fascinating list of names and since the Social Security lists don't start until 1880, it's especially valuable and interesting to see a collection of names from before that period.

    I've been to Martha's Vineyard but I wasn't aware of the deaf culture connection. Kalebsmom, thanks for the clarification and further information on that.

    I'm not sure if or how these names might be related to deafness but they certainly seem related to Puritanism. I'd love to read a guest blog on historical names from Martha's Vineyard, if anyone is inspired to write one for us!
    Pam Satran
    Nameberry

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    That's a great list, so colourful.

    Lysander is one of my absolute favourites and I like Rufus too. I'd love to live in a place with such great variety.
    Not expecting but hopefully one day that will change.

    Favourite Combos
    Ivy Adelaide/Lyra Evangeline/Eliza Genevieve
    Hugo Benjamin/James Anthony/Rory Alexander


    Other Favourites
    Octavia, Astrid, Estella, Hestia, Wallis, Sheridan
    Rafferty, Malachy, Jasper, Harrison, Sidney, Killian


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