Ancestor Names: Any Treasures in Your Family Tree?

The nameberry question of the week:  Have you discovered any great names on your family tree?

Have you found inspiration in any previous generation’s first, middle or surnames?  Have you researched your ancestry on the web in hopes of coming upon a wonderful name?

Have you already used or are you planning to use any ancestral names for your children, and if so, in first or middle place?  How far back did you go?  Do you feel that this will forge a meaningful  connection between your child and her roots?

Did you consider using a variation–a nickname, a modernization, a different spelling?

Care to share your discoveries?

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Ami Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 1:36 am

There aren’t many unique names in my family (lots of Mary’s) but I love my Great Grandma’s name, Viola. She was really special to me, so I will probably honor her by naming one of my future kids Viola.

Jleigh Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 2:07 am

I adore my great grandfather’s name, Henry (actually it was Henrik, and changed at Ellis Island when he brought the family over from The Netherlands in the late 1800s. In fact, I have always loved Henry and when I found out it was a family name when I was about 14 I was/am determined to use it. Plus, it goes perfectly with my other favorite boy name: Theodore. Henry & Theodore. Swoon.

CassieCake Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 3:22 am

We have some pretty nice names in my family tree; Whitney, Joel, Lee, Hellen, Clayton….. Many more.

LJandRL Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 4:41 am

We recently found a Euzalia (I believe that’s how it’s spelt!!) in a family of sisters one of whom is my great-great-great grandmothers! None of the other sisters names were as interesting though which was odd (I think a Mary, possibly a Sarah). I wonder where Euzalia came from! I can’t find anything about it online.

Karen Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 5:57 am

Jerusha — a biblical name and a gggreat-grandmother. Juh -roosh-uh

crescentmoon Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 8:19 am

Catlette is an old family name that I think would make a great first name. I’ve always loved the nickname Cat anyway.

Lola Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 8:43 am

I found my daughter’s middle: Rosamel in mine. The original was my Paternal Great Grandma (whom I knew as a kid. It was *her* mother’s maiden name. I also found surname Coe on my other half’s tree. His also has the delicious Tilley surname there. If there’s a fourth kid, that one’s getting used, boy or girl!

Beth Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 8:50 am

I love family names and plan to use surnames for middles. My grandmother’s maiden name was Graham and I intend to use that as a middle for either a boy or a girl.

For first names I also have a few plucked from the family tree on my short list. On my paternal side we have a male Kit (nickname for Carson), which I love. Also a great-aunt Twyla which I think has a lot of charm and is on my girl list.

Monica Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 8:51 am

My husband and I had a son in August. Our daughter’s middle name is after my family. When we found out our son was a boy we decided to search his family tree for potential names. We found out his great grandmother’s maiden name was Bastian. Our son’s middle name? Sebastian. Which is a gorgeous name with a cool family connection!

Sandra Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 8:59 am

My husband’s gr-gr grandmother was Juda Elizabeth Willoughby. Love the name Juda but would have spelled it Judah.

Jasmine Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 9:40 am

I love the names on my mom’s side – my grandparents were Diana and Samuel, and my great-grandmother was Sadie, and my great-great grandmother was Pearl. I love all those names!

Yarrow Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 9:57 am

My Great Grandfather was named Llewellyn, which is now me and my son’s middle name. My second son is going to have the middle name Angus, which goes back as many generations as we can find on my fathers side. It also happens to be my fathers name. I love honouring family through a name.

Vanessa Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 10:13 am

My husband’s grandfather has done extensive research into the family tree. All the way back to the beginning of Colonial America, 1630 something. There are some amazing names, lots of Marys, Sarahs, Roberts, and Jonathans. Bet here’s a few gems: Marelda, Major, Edythe, Osborne, Keziah, Austie, Spicey, Asa, Irena, Enid, Annice, Ethelyn, Clement and many more. My family has a tradition of V names, my son Vincent is the 5th generation.

AshleyM Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 10:30 am

My great-grandmother’s name was Savannah so I always associate that with her instead of the place name trendiness going on right now. I was going to name my daughter Savannah but we ended up putting it in the middle.

Still trying to find a gem for the middle name of the baby we are expecting in March (a boy).

Rhiannon Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 10:34 am

Not all are useable, but these from my tree are certainly interesting:

Lot, Finlay, and Eliakim; Sarepta, Honor, Flora, Minetta, Delight, and my favorite–Tryphena.

Marcia Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 10:35 am

My grandfather (currently 94yrs) was one of 16 kids so I have a lot of treasures to choose from. Just to name a few: Absolom, Ephraim, Lillian, Ella, Herman, Malinda, Lanie, Cephas, Lawson, Amelia, Olive, Winifred, Burgin, Nellie, Jonas, Dulcenia, Viola, etc. I’m really loving the option of these names coupled with cute nn.

Julie Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 11:01 am

My Japanese mother’s maiden name (and grandmother’s last name) is Kai. I am totally using that name for my child someday! The other cool thing is that my husband’s mom’s maiden name is Seay, pronounced “Sea.” and… “Kai” often means “of the sea” in Japanese. Huzzah!

pippa Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 11:09 am

We named our son Peregrine, after my husbands great great great grandfather.

Valerie Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 11:10 am

My paternal grandmother was Claylee Claire, I believe to be a Creole name, my maternal grandmother was Lottie Mae, and my mom is Charlotte Virginia.

Brooke Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 11:14 am

Genevieve is a big name in my family and is used in my generation as a middle name.

linelei Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

My grandmother’s name was Ada, and I have always loved that. My great-grandmother was Samantha, another great name. But the best family name I have that will without a doubt be used for my future daughter is: Elizabeth. 🙂

Bella Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I have a great aunt Zora, I am planning to use that name.

My great-great grandmother was full blood Cherokee indian and her name was Blue Sky, I plan to use Tigerlily in honor of her

Rose Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I have a lot of great names in my family tree. There’s Elodia, Adeline, Hedwig, Rita, Helen, Cora Belle, Cecilia, Irene, Rose, just to name a few. We ended up using Matilda Ann for my daughter (born in July ’10) after my great-grandmother and my mother! I love family names!

Myka Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 12:45 pm

My great grandmothers name’s were Cuba and Mamie. My grandparents are named Melva and Ray, Mary-Ruth and James. I am not particularly fond of any of these names however, my mother’s middle name is Renea and we plan on using that as a middle name if we have a girl.

Sellons Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

The name Edward is seen many times on both sides of my family. But the only actual family tree I’ve found is one for my mom’s side of the family. And it goes back quite a ways.

Some names are:

Bertha Madeline (Madeline is also used on its own)
Violet, Viola
Irene Lillian
Myrtle Emma
Mary Alice (Lol totally reminds me of desperate housewives)
Reginald Maurice
Truman (also used several times in my family)
Samuel Estrom
Julia Ethel
Jeremiah Hebbert
Harvey Alexander
Clarence Wellington
Julia Etter
Mabel Vaughan (married Percy Leander just thought I mention it cause I love the name Leander. And WDYT about Vaughan as a middle name for a girl? Lol I didn’t expect it then I saw it in my family tree and I was like woah!)
Labra Almeda
William Nelson

eechick Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

My granddaddy’s real name is Myron but goes by his middle name: Ben. Just Ben, not Benjamin. Grandmother’s is Gwendolyn which I adore! There is also a Shelley who was my great grandmother. I also have a great-aunt named Lavonia which I’ve never heard on anyone else. My older cousin’s name is Lillie, her mom picked it when it wasn’t popular (you go girl).
My mom’s dad’s name was Earnest; yes, he spelled it like the word.
I want to use Ernest and Gwendolyn in the future (and I’m an English major so they work lol).

ycw Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

DH and I: Peter Sidney Jr. and Jessica Jane
Our parents: Peter Sidney, Cynthia May, Gary Mark, & Lindsey Jane
Grandparents: Alfred James Jr., Rhoda May, George, Lucy Fields, Ernest, Elizabeth Marie, Junior Vincent “John”, Susan Jane
Our siblings: Benjamin Alfred, Rebecca Rose, Virginia (deceased); My SIL is Cheri Lee
So far we have Hannah Jane and Peter Sidney III.
I absolutely plan to have (God willing): Benjamin Mark, Rebecca May, George Alfred “Geordi”, John Ernest, Rhoda Lucy, Elizabeth Susan, and would also love to use Virginia, Rose, and Leah (apart from my SIL, but still a nod). Other possibilities I like are James, Vincent, Jesse, and perhaps Charity and perhaps some version of Marie or Mary–maybe Mara. Family last names I like are Brigham and Locke, but I probably won’t use them. I plan (at this point) to name our next child Rebecca May or Benjamin Mark, but for g/g or b/b twins I’d use my grandpa/grandma names.

tarynkay Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

We have the usual multitude of Henrys and Marys, but some more unusual ones as well. Some of the more interesting and usable ones are Elwyn, Silas, Eliza, Neosha, and Evanelle. I think that Evanelle could be a great Evelyn alternative, if anybody is looking for one now that Evelyn is getting more popular. And it has cute nn potential- Evie, Nellie…

Nyx Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

My mother had a grandfather named Wheeler (my great-grandfather, but I never had a chance to meet him), and she loves the name. I don’t really care for it (or any occupational name honestly), but think it would be a great alternative to Tanner/Mason/Carter etc.

alex Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I love to search through my family tree for name inspirations and we have our ancestry recorded back to the middle ages or further so I have a lot of choices!
some of the more unique ones are
Amala, Andli, Avena, Arrillia, Azura, Idella, Iva, Keturah & Keziah, Rosella, Saphroni for girls and for boys Tilly, Thierry, Soule, Sachem, Snowden, Rhodri, Moray, Miller, Kye, Fielding, Hartzel, Denning, Bruce & Angus

corsue Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Barron, Thompson, Mitchell, Maughan – each was used as one of 4 my brothers’ middle name but make great 1st names, too.

Kat Beall Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Lottie Beall is my favorite name I have found.

Mallory Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

haha, I have soo many names it’s ridiculous.
Mom’s side: Geraldine, Nita, Bud, Emmet, Lee, Featheretta, Annie, Ludell, Marie, Kay, James. Actually two of my great uncles are both named James, but they are called Bud and June, which is hillarious to me. I learned that with southern families a lot of times the name you’re given isn’t necessarily what ppl call you.
Dad’s side: Callie Conegie, Clarice Louise, Lila Leona, Wilhemina, William, Howard, and Minnie.
I think if I were ever to use one of those it would be William, but I would follow that southern tradition of nicknaming by calling him Liam:)

British American Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

My husband and I both have a Henry on the family tree – both of our father’s mother’s have a brother with that name. But we don’t know anything about them and so it’s not like we named our Henry after them. It’s just more of a fun coincidence and it’s not like the name was unusual back then anyway.

We used Robert, as a middle name, from my husband’s family tree – but that was to honor my husband’s grandpa, rather than being especially fond of the name.

My great grandfather was Alfred and I like that for a middle name – because I have a thing for the name Fred lately and I have fond memories of my great grandfather (and I didn’t know my two grandfathers).

My husband likes Lucy, which is on my family tree. I like Wilhelmina from his – though I know nothing of the ancestor with that name. He also has an “Ex-ah-reen” on his tree – I don’t know the spelling, but that’s how I’ve heard it pronounced.

I think it’s more of a meaningful connection if you knew and have memories of the person from your family tree. It would be awkward to use a name from your family tree and later find out something negative about that person from another family member or just from research.

Emmy Jo Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

What a great question! When we were expecting our son, we researched names from our family tree going back several generations (to the early 1800s, I believe). Here are some lovely and/or interesting gems we found:

Leta Alice
Minnie Gwendolyn (and another Gwendolyn on my husband’s side)
Flora Louise
Cora Elizabeth
Mary Magdalene

Robert Oscar Link (he was the last child and thus the last “link”)
Isaac Branson
Wilbert Arthur

We are seriously considering a few of them for future children — Clara is slated as our first daughter’s name, and we also love Leta, Demetra, Gwendolyn, and Hazel. For boys, I love Simeon and Calvin.

Our son ended up being Julius Arthur. Julius is not a family name, but Arthur actually comes from both sides of the family (my dad and husband’s grandpa).

Francy Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Three of my great great grandmothers are Cora, Phoebe, and Mae. I love all of those names and hope to use at least one of them some day. Although, I wouldn’t really feel as though I was naming them after their great great great grandmothers as I know nothing about any of them besides their names and their relationship to me, I just happen to love their names. I do plan on using my parents’ names as middle names and that would definitely be to honor them.

megalega Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

My great-grandmother’s name was Lucy Maud, my grandmother’s Lucia, and my mother’s middle name Lou. Loving the thought of Loulou/Lulu as a mn or nn for our baby girl due any day now!

Kayt Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

My dad’s side is largely unknown, but I do know a lot about my mother’s side. They consisted mostly of women, and the men were almost exclusively Edward Francises and Francis Edwards.

My great-aunts married interestingly named men, though:
Oscar Lee
Orville Edward
Buddy John
Loo-pop (wtf?)

The women were:

Mildred Louise
Jewel Elissa
Margaret Isobella (my grandmother)
Charlotte Melba
and they had a brother that died as a teen named William August.

Their parents were Jewel Elizabeth and Gus.

My husband doesn’t have a lot of nice names. His mother is Mary Jane, and if we ever had a second girl, her middle name would definitely be Jane. Kenneth is a huge family name for them. My son is James Kenneth, and he’s the seventh generation of Kenneths in their family.

trich323 Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

My husband’s g-g- grandmother was Texana! She was native American, but we’re not sure what tribe.

Helly Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

there are some interesting names in my tree, especially in the norwegian branches. we have one son, so far, and his middle name is that of my husband and my husband’s father and grandfather (wesley). soooo, if we have a second i’d love to use either a first or middle, or both, from my side. i’ve gone back further on my mom’s side than my dad’s, but would love to explore his side further as well. i like how ancestral names tell a story and do think it’s a more meaningful connection. i like hazel, eugenia, elsie, curtis, stanley. i like the norwegian ones, too, but some would be difficult for people to pronounce correctly: liv, signe, magne, kjell, hamre (a surname).

Mommato4boys Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Some great/interesting names from my family tree (going back 4-5 generations) are:
Girls: Stella, Evelyn, Miriam, Grace, Olive, Violet, Rose, Seraphina, Charlotte, Vashti, Elizabeth, Hannah, Ruth, Beatrice, Celia, Minnie, Petranella

Boys: Giles, Ross, Roscoe, Franklin, Jacob, Serenus, Linus, Frederick, Nathaniel, Wilfred, Howard, Ralph, James, Parke

I only have boys, so I haven’t been able to use any girls’ names, but I love Miriam, and my sister-in-law wants to use the name Evelyn, and my sister loves the name Grace for a mn, all for family reasons. We used the name Jacob as a mn for our first son to honor my husband’s grandmother’s father, since his grandmother had passed away during our pregnancy. The family was all really touched by that.

Ruth Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

My great grandfather had two middle names and one of them was Crateus, I would love to use that name for a middle name if I have a son. Also my mother’s maiden name is Winston and she really wanted a son so she could name him Henry Winston. If I had two sons I would name one son Henry Winston and the other son Peter Crateus. For girls names I found an Elilia in my family tree! I would love to use the name Elilia! My great grandmother’s name was Udie Alberta. It’s a unique name but I wouldn’t want to use it.

Nicole Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

AshleyM, that’s so cool your great-grandmother’s name was Savannah, because it’s so popular now! If it weren’t so trendy I’d probably use it. It’s lovely.

I can’t go too far back in my family tree because much of it is unknown. I’m Jewish, so my ancestors were always moving from country to country; it’s hard to find any information on them.

I don’t know if this is a “gem”, but my great-grandmother’s name was Davida. I think that’s kind of cool.

Michelle Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Nicole, Davida is one of my best friend’s names! It’s a strong name with a lot of character.

My maternal grandmother was named Esther, which I think is gorgeous and I plan on using it as a middle name one day.

TeacherMA Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Nunziata (I’m totally loving the idea of a little Annunziata to honor her)
Katarina (another favorite of mine)
Anna Cordelia
Phoebe nicknamed Polly


babynamesrule Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Just one…Lunn. It’s an old Irish surname given as a middle name to my grandfather. But I don’t know what it means, I’ve looked everywhere!

Nicole Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Michelle, that’s really cool! And I also love the name Esther! I like that it means “star” as well.

Avery Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 12:35 am

I found Parmelia on my tree and fell in love with it! I plan on using it for a middle name someday.

Jaime Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 1:40 am

Not all of these are useable but I find many appealing and/or interesting.

Jedidiah (Jed)
Alta Plennie (went by Plennie)
Mary Helen
Harve (not Harvey)
Morris (my mom’s maiden name which will be my son’s middle name when he arrives in March)

The rest that I can think of are all more normal (albeit some lovely classics) e.g., James, George, Robert, Henry, Katrina, Angelina, Gabriel, Wade, etc.

Tarat3232 Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 8:30 am

I also have a lot of the “usual suspects” but here are a few super special ones.

On both sides of my family tree I have a Melchior who married a Magdalena. I would never use these as first names, but if I have b/g twins they will totally get these as mns!

Anson, Gustav, Lydia, Myers, Morris, Myrtle, and Seaward.

Livi Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 9:10 am

I’ve seen some awesome names in my family tree:
Hiawatha (2 of them)
Britton (fought in the American Revolution; my brother was named after him)

I’m sure there are more I can’t think of right now. I would use the ones I listed either as firsts or middles. My siblings and I all have family names as middle names.

Barbara Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

My mother’s, sister, grandma: Tiscar.
My middle name: Nieves
Other’s: Pura, Oli (Olimpia), Serafina, Pilar.
Men: Calixto.

Becca Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

My grandmas name was Lena ( which I love ) and her moms name was Leona ( I also love )! I would possibly use Lena as a first name and Leona as a middle name ( for diff child )!

Gingersnap Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I have a great-great uncle named Ambrose, which I really like. There are also a couple of Josephines and Winifreds, neither of which I care for, even though Josephine is enjoying a comeback.

Kat Says:

November 18th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

We searched and searched for a family name to use. None of my family have names that appeal to me: Linda, Gerald, Ruth (although this one is growing on me), Shirley, Donna, Larry, Horace (!), Johnnie, Jerry, Eugene, and so on. However, after we had our daughter, I found out that my husband’s maternal grandparents were Lucian and Flora. I about dropped dead. Two amazing names and he didn’t tell me???? AUGH!

Zipporah Says:

November 19th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Well, on my mothers side most of my known female ancestors were named Jane (or the French Jeanne, via my grandmother). I had an an ancestor called Elizabeth, and my grandmother’s name is Eliane. She’s French, and i always thought that was a nice, unusual name.
I can’t really remember any on my dad’s side, but i remember that i have an ancestor called Eliyahu! And (on my mother’s side) Job!

Lovbug Says:

November 19th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

There are some pretty interesting names that I really think are neat *
mom’s side: Luanne* Shirley* (mom), Louise Elma (grandmother), Drusilla* (greatgreat-grandmother). Evelyn Inez, Adeline*, Winnifred (great-aunts), Shirley (grandfather), Blanche Inez (great-grandmother). William Fred (great-grandfather and uncle). Others: Beulah, Willard, Ray, Bettie, Cheryl, Wilma, George Elmer, Jennifer Elisabeth, Aaron, Adrienne, Willow, Dinah, John

Dad’s side: Wallace Ray (dad) Richard Jeremiah, Marion Adelaide (grandparents). Wilbur Wallace, Corinne*, Jeremiah, Vera (great-grandparents). Others: Joan, Phyllis, Jennifer, Diana, Andrew, Holly, Julius*, Douglas

CanaLyn Says:

November 20th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

In my family, I’ve got my mom’s maiden as my middle, my sister has a gg-grandmother’s from either side, and my other sister has my mom’s mom’s middle.

My brother is named after a supposed monk from, like, the 13th century. Random? Yes.

Rachel Says:

November 21st, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Lots of great, interesting names in my family tree -Euphemia, Electra, Keturah, Meriby, Clarinda, Burnett, Harvey, Keay…and my great-granduncle’s name was Ermie, which I find oddly appealing.

Miriam Says:

November 24th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

The best names from my family include:

Henrietta Maria (64 of them!)
Leeds Clayborne (a boy– so WASPy, I love it!)
Halbert, Tench, and Philemon, all boys
Melliora, Laurana, and Dallas Bowie, all girls (Dallas Bowie, in the 1860’s!)

Rachel Says:

November 25th, 2010 at 1:24 am

My great-great aunty (I think) is named Augusta Ruby. My daughter’s name is Ruby, after her seeing as I like family names. There is another Ruby in my family (possibly more, I think). I don’t have too many interesting names far back. However, my grandmother’s names are Gwenda and Merlene.

Holz Says:

December 3rd, 2010 at 1:23 pm

We had a great great grandma named Artemicia. She went by Artemecy for short. I thought it was kind of pretty and classic in a funky way, and I considered it for a middle name, but then my husband gave me a reality check.
After going crazy with – I found some other gems. Pelatiah Adams was one of my great great greats – I guess the puritans just picked random names out of the Bible. Pelatiah wasn’t that great of a guy.
We did find lots of Margarets, Amandas and Beatrices – all of which I still love. And one 30th some generation French dude named “Fulk the Rude”. That might be a good Dog name.

Rita Says:

December 3rd, 2010 at 9:19 pm

i personally have had good search through my family tree, but ended up laughing at name more then falling in love. With a ‘Esta Fanny LASTNAME’ (spelt correctly, for her) and poor Ronald McDonald, i can’t say it really help me. I dont feel like using the family name ‘Stanley’ XD

B.T’ Says:

December 4th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Researching family surnames can be ZZZZZZZ at times but thank goodness for those pioneering souls who went beyond the ordinary and sometimes good taste . My own family line had their flashes of creative nameologist. my alltime favorite is “‘Tennessee Lee ” others in the family not wanting to be outdone called their daughter “Missouri” (never mind we are Tennesseans) but the trend continued with “Indianna Alabama”t

B.T’ Says:

December 4th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

The geography theme ended with” Indianna “but wait …here comes Elizabeth America . The less formal names “Love ” “Janus” “Laeacy Jane.” I dont know what to think of the following names as our line was traditionally Baptist and conservative but here came ” Spica Ann” “Dicy” “Saucy” “Joicey” These were given names not nicknames. “Polka” probably had musical parents but im not sure about “Dilly Ann”. The paternal side of the family however didnt pass muster . Only two notable examples could be found “Royal Trust” (no kidding) and “Ananias” the parents obviously never read their bible.

Sarah Says:

March 7th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Ignatius, Graciela, Charlotte, Tess, Graham, Nina, Marta, Gray, Margaret, Rosemary, Helene, Thornton, Thomas. I am amazed at my family’s taste. 🙂

DonnaTN Says:

April 17th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Marie Elise was my great grandmother’s name. When I first heard it I fell in love with it as a double name (as opposed to Mary Ann, etc). She was Canadian French. Twenty years later I gave birth to my daughter and named her that. I tell people it’s like Mary Elizabeth, but in French. Every one that hears it for the 1st time says how pretty it is. I tell my daughter when someone compliments her on it being a pretty name she should reply, “It was a birthday present from my mom.” 🙂

E. Nicole Says:

May 4th, 2011 at 1:03 am

My grandmothers maiden name was Syson & I plan on naming my first son that, and my great grandfathers name was Lowell and I love the thought of “Lowery” for a girls middle name.
Another family name is Knowles and I’m gonna change it to “Knowlan” for my future daughter.

Hannah Says:

May 17th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

I personally don’t know a ton of names on my family tree, but one of my favorites that I do know is my grandmother’s middle name: Eljane. I’ve looked it up on countless name sites, but the closest I’ve found is Elgin, which is actually a guy’s name. As much as I detest ‘made up’ names, Eljane is definitely on my list.

Olivia Says:

May 18th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I’m a strong believer of ‘pre-loved’ names! I know for a fact my first son will be an Alec, after my grandfather who I much adored. I usually think that unless it’s the real thing, it’s not really worth using (Getting Chloe from great aunt Clover wouldn’t be too bad, but I mean, Campbell from Alanna because they both have a meaning to do with ‘beautiful’ is far to much of a stretch for me) but I also plan on naming a future daughter either Margo or Pearl after my grandmother, Margaret (if not Margaret itself).

linda Says:

May 18th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Olivia: I love that pre-loved phrase! We might just steal it.

laurann Says:

May 22nd, 2011 at 9:40 pm

My mother has done extensive research into our family tree, but I can’t remember all the unique names off the top of my head. But, I do love the names of my more immediate ancestors: grandmothers are Gladys and Estelle.. and both have the middle name “Mae” so it’s definitely going to be used if we have a girl. My great-grandmother was Flossie, which I like but would probably lengthen to Florence. For grandfathers, I have a Clyde (like but probably wouldn’t use) and Clifford Decatur. Decatur was also the name of my great-grandfather, and while I like it, I don’t think DH would go for it.

Sarah Says:

May 30th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Here are some of my family names that I love after doing research on

Ethel (which I really love)

Micaela Says:

June 10th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I really love my grandmother’s name, Dorothea.

And my great-grandmother went by Leo, which I always liked. It sounds so strong and independent (how I hope my own daughter turns out).

Colleen Says:

July 2nd, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Flynn, Elmer, and Romeo for boys.
Melodie, Renee, and Opal for girls.

Cat Says:

July 6th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

My son’s name is Benton Grover. He is named for my husband’s great grandfather and my great great grandfather. Charles is an often used name in my family. I’ll probably use it as a MN if I have another son. My husband has a great grandfather named Ransom and I’ve come to love the name after hearing the great stories about the man behind it. I also like Helena as a variant of Lena which was my granny’s name. Hazel, Adell, August, Flora, Harrison, Garland, Lemuel, Miles, Nevada, Opal, and Pearl are all family names that are on my list. 🙂

Micaela Says:

July 28th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I recently found a distant relative named Margaret Adella, which I thought was sort of interesting…

Kaitlin Says:

August 3rd, 2011 at 5:44 am

My grandparents are as followed: Joseph James, Arlo Merle, Mabel Smalley, and Edna Florine. Their parents are Xavier, Teresa, Pearl Richard (yes, my great grandfather’s name is Pearl. Why? I don’t have any idea), Edythe, Urzinus Emmanuel, Zula Cordella (Afr.American name and Caucasian background in 1800s is interesting I LOVE Zula/Zola, went by Della, She is married to Urzinus), Clarence Heath (The physician who delivered him was Dr. Heath), and Ruth Mae. I am named after my Aunt Kay who was being treated for Ovarian cancer when my mom was pregnant and they were not sure if she would make it – she did! Ironically I called her Cruella DeVille before I knew the namesake connection.

I want to do Zula/Zola. My cousin already took Arlo for his baby’s middle name which is cute! The rest I just like as possibilities. I’ve noticed some names after presidents, James Polk, George Washington (full names). I’m more for naming my kids Harper after To Kill a Mockingbird and Rhiannon after Fleetwood Mac.

sunshinetina Says:

October 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

All three of my children ae named after those who have gone before us.
Matilda (my side of the fam)
Eloise (hubby’s)
Walter (Hubby’s)

Malaria Says:

November 24th, 2011 at 1:54 am

The only names that are truly unusual in my family tree(that I know of) are my maternal grandmother’s first and middle names:
Maurilia Nilsa

I already am a Maurilia, but I think I would use Nilsa on a kid, maybe as a middle name. I really like it.

CaliRN4kids Says:

January 25th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Since my grandfather was adopted, my search pretty much ends there, unfortunately. His name was Perly (*grimmace* – can’t bring myself to use that either way; and my grandmother’s real name was Goldie – I sense a theme here). However, after naming our son Logan, we have since found out that his great great great uncle’s name was Logan (on dad’s side, so the last name is also the same). While we didn’t intentionally name him after him, I still feel like it was in the *stars* that he receive that name. 🙂

CaliRN4kids Says:

January 25th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Also, my great grandmother’s name was Elsie Borden (named after the mascot cow for Borden Dairy Products). She was an amazing woman and lived to be 99. I love her name & would like to use it as mn (not bold enough to use it as a first, but I could rearrange the letters to spell Elise, which I LOVE). Also, my husband’s grandmother’s maiden name was Wells – something I’d like to incorporate somehow (perhaps Wellsley, Wesley, Maxwell, I don’t know yet).

AquitaineEleanor98 Says:

May 7th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I don’t have a lot of cool names in my family but there were some pretty interesting ones!
-Oswald, Ernest, Lester, Ines, Gerald, Ruthanne, Clarenna, Gionna and Arleen
So I’m thinking of using Clara as a sort of toned down version of Clarenna and another name that I found that I want to use as a mn is Annetta (great auntie Nettie) 🙂

Chrisco Says:

June 12th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I love family names. Great-Grandmother was Hortense Wilomena, her father was Harry, her mother Mary Elise. Then there’s William Otto, and a couple Monroe’s, and way-way back from Scotland there was a Hercules. Most prevalent in our family tree are the names James, Joseph and Charles, most wonderful names if I may say so.

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