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  1. #1
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    prizes for your ancestors' names

    Tell us some of the most interesting names in your family background: which of your ancestors had the funniest name, the oddest name, the name that would sound most trendy now, the most uncommon name, the ugliest name, the one that would sound the most vintage now, the name no one has ever heard before, the name that sounds the most like a currant celebrity baby, etc. (Feel free to make up your own categories!) For example,

    Prizes for My Ancestors' Names:

    oddest prize: General Pinckney Watkins-one of my great great great grandfathers. He wasn't really a general. He was named after a general that his father served under in the Civil War.

    funniest prize: has got to go to Marmaduke Mendenhahl Farson. My great grandfather.

    name that would sound vintage now prize-Clara May Arthur. My grandmother.

    name that would sound trendy now prize-Emma. My husband's great grandmother.

    Never Heard of It Before Prize-Narcissa Jane Pulley. Great great grandmother.

    Ugliest Prize: Sorry you Berthas out there: Bertha Elizabeth Smith. My step-grandmother.

    Sounds like a Celebrity Baby Prize: Quillian Hilton. My great uncle.

  2. #3
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    Re: prizes for your ancestors' names

    Most Unusual:Corine ?, great-aunt
    Vintage: Nellie May, great-grandmother
    Name No Ones Heard Of: Maxmilliamos, cousin
    Cross Gender: Robert Tracy, great-grandfather. Sadly my middle name is Tracy too.
    Current Celebrity: Florencia and Mariella, twin cousins

  3. #5
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    Re: prizes for your ancestors' names

    Quote Originally Posted by bizzyizzy28
    Most Unusual:Corine ?, great-aunt
    Vintage: Nellie May, great-grandmother
    Name No Ones Heard Of: Maxmilliamos, cousin
    Cross Gender: Robert Tracy, great-grandfather. Sadly my middle name is Tracy too.
    Current Celebrity: Florencia and Mariella, twin cousins
    Ugliest: Wilma, grandmother

  4. #7
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    Re: prizes for your ancestors' names

    Nicest name: James Potter Collins
    Foreign sounding name: Juanita
    Ugliest name: Virgene or Dallars (ugh! pronounced dall-erss)
    Most popular name (when born): Jennifer
    Wimpiest name: Rodger Lamb
    Twin name (there are no other sets of twins in the family): Neda Faye & Neva Mae
    Celebrity name: Nina Marie
    Best 3 names: William, James, and Thomas (they're brothers)
    My favorite: Daniel

  5. #9
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    Re: prizes for your ancestors' names

    Retro-hip prize: Otis, Frank, and Leo - three of my great-grandfathers
    Cooler than coolator prize: Grady - paternal grandfather (my sister has had dibs on this name for years)
    Classic and lovely prize: Pauline, Marcella - various great-aunts
    Sassy twins prize: Ruth and Ruby - grandmother and her twin
    Classy twins prize: Richard and Raymond - uncles, sons of Ruth
    Runners up: Elizabeth, Mary, Lena, Hilda, and Rose - given as first or middle names to multiple generations, mostly on maternal side

    Gosh, I hope I don't remember some fantastic family name after I post this.
    Anybody think my maternal grandmother's name, Marjorie, is due for a comeback, or has Marge Simpson marked it for all time?

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