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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
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    Southern girl here and proud of it! From our family tree in that time frame-

    Ari Leona (Ari Lee)
    Lily Beatrice (bee-at-triss) -Lily Bee
    Anolia (Nolie)
    Vera
    Gettie Mae
    (Mary Louise)
    Eva Maude
    Dorothy Ann
    Jeannie
    Charla Lee
    Grace Rebecca
    Doris Patricia
    Glenda Bess
    Sue Lorraine

    Warren Gainer
    Albert Ray
    Gus Lamar
    Robert Buck (R.B.)
    Howard Martin
    Bryant Ray
    Basil Kilby (B.K.)
    Palmer David

  2. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
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    Check out the SSA popularity lists from that time period. The names in TN and AL during that time were pretty much the same as everywhere else. Please do not give all of your characters corny double names.

    If it helps, here are the names of my great-grandparents and some of their siblings (they were born in the 10s and 20s). We're from AL.

    Estelle, Nona, Fannie, Arthur, James, William, Myrtice, Earl, Eloise, Daniel, Juanita, Bernice, Betty Sue, Jimmy, Donald, Wayne, Catherine, Dorothy, Jeff, Virginia, Chester, Eugene, Charlie, Emma, Winston, Barbara, Elmer, Ray, Guy, Lamar, Harold, Homer, Mildred, Gordon, Pearl, Walter

    I could go on. It's pretty much your standard old people names.

  3. #10
    I thought of a few more:

    Estelle
    Delcie/Dulcie
    Blanche
    Bernice
    Clarice
    Audie
    George
    Current Favorites

    Girls: Susannah, Mahalia, Tosca, Cassia, Jerusha, Jewel, Rose, Dove, Kate, and Eve
    Boys: Gideon, Gabriel, Rafael, Dominic, Benedict, Sam, Desmond, Theodore, Tobias, and Sebastian
    Guilty Pleasures: Aurelia, Cosima, Eowyn, Neytiri, Rukia / Remy, Gryffin, Gareth, Eddard, and Judah

  4. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
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    My grandparents, their siblings & friends (very blue-collar, these are mining & farming families in Alabama and North Carolina):

    Clyde
    Lloyd ("Shine")
    Gracie
    Charles
    Myrtle
    Daisy
    Stella (x2)
    Mayo
    Marguerite
    Evelyn
    Maggie (short for Mary Magdalen, believe it or not)
    Wallace
    Ruby
    Eva Clare
    Maude
    Lucille
    Elton
    Harold (x2)
    Donald
    Vernon
    Jessie Pearl
    Mildred
    Lillian (two syllables, rhymes with "million")
    Doris
    Gladys
    Dot
    Hazel
    Orpha (not Oprah, Or-fa
    Evie Mae (Evie rhymes with "Chevy," not "Stevie")
    Mert (I don't think it's short for anything. It's just Mert.)

    **The key here would be avoiding names with an obvious foreign origin. Most Southerners are of a vague Scots-Irish background and there was very very little immigration here because of the lack of industry. So nothing like Anthony, Leo, etc. There are exceptions, such as the French Catholic-dominant Gulf Coast. It's really fun (imo) to delve into the double-names, the Evie Maes and Jessie Pearls. I confess that those are my favorite.

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
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    I am from Louisiana. Here is a list of my oldest female relatives:

    Dacia Marie
    Maggie Lea
    Charlotte
    Janet (prn. Janette)
    Yvonne
    Serena
    Janice
    Gertrude
    Ruby
    Callie
    Libette
    ~ "How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers."~ Mother Teresa

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