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  1. #1
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    I took a trip through my family tree...

    ...and this is what I found. :) Enjoy!

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    WITH HISTORY

    (these were names I could trace back to "important" family members)

    Major (The family patriarch who fought in the Revolutionary War)

    Sophronia Magnolia (daughter of Major, mother of Tellie, Ressie, Fannie, Lebbie, and Mannie Maybelle)

    Marmaduke John (Civil War soldier, wounded so badly in the battle of Maven Hill that he had to leave the army for thirteen months before returning at the end of the war)

    Deveraux (Civil War soldier, died of small pox in Virginia, 1863. Brother of Marmaduke)

    Judd and Obadiah ("the fighting preachers" - Brothers and preachers who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War and apparently led a captured Union soldier to Christ after the battle at Bull Run)

    Loretta and Josephine Wilkins (a mother(Loretta)/daughter (Josephine) singing group who became famous in the NC/VA area for entertaining the soldiers....definitely the "black sheep" of the family)

    Snowden and Maude (twins) - The daughters of Josephine and the granddaughters of Loretta. Maude, a circus performer and dancer, was last seen boarding a ship bound for the Caribbean with her French lover.

    Artelia Frances Jane (The daughter of Snowden. She was later married to lifelong friend Calvin Hawkins ____ by her stepbrother, Hezekiah Terry. My great-great-great-grandmother)

    Vivian Roberta (My great-aunt. Fell into the fire at the age of 3 and was burned beyond recovery. She died three days later.)

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    VIRTUE NAMES

    Hasten, Charity, Loyalty, Verity, Remember*, Worth, Mercy, Thankful, Prudence

    *Note: Remember was born at the end of the Great Depression. She also had a brother named Slim Hope, who was born during the Depression (see "Honorable Mentions: Male")

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    FAMOUS NAMES

    George Washington (x4), Andrew Jackson (x2), Woodrow Wilson, David Livingston, Marie Antoinette and King David (twins), Artemus, Cleopatra, Bathsheba, Benjamin Franklin

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    WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?

    Green, Spright, Gattis, Bizzle, Beetsie (given because of her love of beets as a baby), Bidda Scoggins, Rozilla

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    THE BELLES

    (apparently all the -belle variations were as popular in the 1880s-1900s as they are today)

    Zenora Belle/Eliza Belle/Roberta Belle/Fanny Belle (real name Frances Isabella)/Alberta Belle/Mozella Belle
    Isabelle Irene/Isabel Jo/Isobel Nancy
    Cornelia Isabella (x2)

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    TWINS

    Alonzo and Alonzolette
    Artelia Catheron and Parthena Jane
    Florence Virginia and Eleanora Virginia
    Marie Antoinette and King David (I'm serious)
    Viola Lillian Alison and Lola Mae Gwynn
    Lottie Mae and Vera Mae
    Cornelia Frances and Cornelia Jane (one went by "Connie" and the other "Nellie")
    Ebenezer Bartlett and Eula Beatrice
    Josephine and Pello (Pello later married a girl named Coma Luann)

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    BEST OF THE GIRLS

    Josephine
    Mabel
    India
    Clara
    Susannah
    Beatrice
    Rosemary
    Emeline
    Margaret
    Mary
    Ruby
    Pearl
    Vivian
    Sadie
    Letitita "Lettie"
    Nora/Norah
    Eleanor/Eleanora
    Nell /Nellie
    Florence/Flora
    Catherine
    Abigail
    Magnolia
    Cornelia




    BEST OF THE BOYS

    Charles (the most widespread name in our family, used at least 25 times)
    Henry
    Moses
    Alonzo
    John
    Ephraim
    Oliver
    Nathaniel
    Jasper
    William
    Franklin

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    HONORABLE MENTIONS: FEMALE

    Euphemia (mother of Sophronia Magnolia)
    Nora Ell
    Ruby Pearl (died at the age of 6, the daughter of Nora Ell)
    Flora (married Leon Flowers at the age of 17 (!), becoming Flora Flowers)
    Henrietta
    Pansy June
    Lillian Helen Delight
    Caroline Alice
    Sadie Maude (my great-grandmother)
    Lutilda Clementine (she later had 18 children)
    Magnolia Jane
    Lula (x18)
    Susannah Claire (so sweet)/Susannah Verity
    Clara Iris
    Stella Ruth/Stella Jane
    Dorothy Louise
    Ophelia Casnora/Ophelia Edna/Ophelia Elsie
    Zilphy Ann
    Posey Astor
    Hazeltine (x7 times, mostly as a middle name)
    Narcissus Jane (for some reason I love this combo)
    Nicey Painter (Painter later showed up as a middle name three times)
    Xenie Violet
    Clarky Jane (love it )


    HONORABLE MENTIONS: MALE

    Noel (all male)
    Charles (x 25)
    Lorenzo (nn Ranza)
    Jesse Theopphilus
    Oliver
    Rocky Monroe (a rock star born in the 1920s!)
    Slim Hope (male, born during the Great Depression. Brother of Remember)
    Commodore Dewey (his father was a Commodore in the navy)
    Percival James Louis Maximus (Percy, father of Commodore Dewey)
    Fletcher Holden Thaddeus
    Beauregard Patrick (love love love)
    Edgar Knox (this combo pops up twice, but the name Knox comes up at least nine times)
    Abraham Venable (x5)
    Dewey Lane (born on a "dewey country lane" early one morning)
    Nathaniel Wise
    Weldon Jasper
    Oscar Fitzalot (according to the notes, he threw a lot of fits as a child, hence his middle name)
    Cleophus

  2. #3
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    Re: I took a trip through my family tree...

    Wow, entertaining names! Much more interesting than my family tree. The most interesting from my tree:

    Married couple Chris and Christina Christianson.
    First names:
    Ingeborg
    Cattager
    Flora
    Eldora - my grandmother
    Alma

  3. #5
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    Re: I took a trip through my family tree...

    Catheron - I've never seen this spelling before, and Catherine has more familiar variant spellings than any other name I can think of.

    Painter - I thought this was ultra-modern, like Sailor. Apparently not.

    Snowden - Oh, I can see this coming back, and people will think it's entirely new.

    Just one question: How many relatives in total did you go through?

  4. #7
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    Re: I took a trip through my family tree...

    I easily went through +2,000 plus names during this search (according to our geneology and family bibles, my family settled in Massachusetts in the early 1630s, so I had a lot of history to dig through).

    I'm very fortunate to have the resources avalible to learn more about my family in such an intimate way. It sounds silly, but I feel so much closer to them, even though they've been dead (in some cases) for hundreds of years.

    PS - An interesting side note here...but remember how Savannah was a daring choice in the 1980s and 90s? Well, through this search I discovered a Savannah Jane who was born in the 1780s -- talk about being ahead of your time!

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