What were your great-grandparents’ names?

Are you lucky enough to know the names of your great-grandparents?

I know most of them: Garrett and Elizabeth/Lizzie, Patrick and Catherine, William and Margaret, and something and Eugenia.

They were born in Ireland and Austria and Scotland and  right here in the U.S.A., and their names make a combination of classic standards and intriguing vintage names.  Plus at least one great-grandmother had an intriguing maiden name that might work as a middle: Early.  Love it.

What were your great-grandparents’ names?  Do you know anything about their names or the lives of those more distant ancestors?  Where did they come from and what did they do?  Would you name a child after them?

Here, some notable names of famous people’s fathers.

Augustine Washington

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George Washington’s father was a Virginia Colony-born tobacco planter. Augustine, the influential saint’s name, snuck back onto the 2012 Top 1000 list at Number 999, after being in limbo for decades, perhaps slip-sliding in the wake of the growing popularity of August.

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JH Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Joseph George
Ellen Teresa
Margaret Elizabeth
Thomas Aloysius
Francis Joseph
Oscar Christopher
Clara Louise

Pretty classic!

Husband’s were:
Charles Conrad
Grace A?
Peder Howard
Stella Gertrude
Louis Friedrich
Theresa M?
Bertha Sophia

JH Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Forgot to say: My ancestors are from Ireland, Luxembourg, Germany, and one great-great-grandma from Holland. Genealogy is one of my passions and I have traced parts of my family back to the 1500’s. I will continue to search for more! I think it’s fascinating and want to learn more about the people I’ve already found. The Luxembourg and German sides are much easier than the Irish side. I would definitely name my future kids after my ancestors. My son is named after my grandpa.

My husband’s ancestors are from Norway and Germany.

Genealogy side-note: My brother’s wife and my sister’s husband are both descended from Charlemagne!

lillian85 Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

I liked this post! A family tree is a great way to find name inspiration!
My great-grandparents names were:

Harry, Julia, Lee, Josephine John, Jessie, George, and Ethel

acadienne Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:36 pm

Hailing from Japan, Ireland, Italy, and Portugal (the latter three adhering to the old “if you can’t marry a _______, at least marry a Catholic” adage):

Tsune and Jingo
Moto, and Noboru
Andrew Joseph and Ellen Grania/Grainne (varied on English/Irish documentation)
Giuseppe/Joseph and Maria Magdalena

inkonherfingers Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:43 pm

My great-grandparents were:
Herbert Weslie – Weslie is a traditional family middle name, but Herbert is too old-man for me.
Margaret Fern – I adore the storybook sound this has. The main reason why I have a soft spot for Margaret.
Haskle Dennis – Homesteaded in Nebraska with his parents, making me 5th-generation Nebraskan. Not fond of the name.
Elvia May – Another beautiful storybook name, but too outdated.
Frank Stanislav – Emigrated from Poland at 25. Only Stanislav is on the ship’s record, so we don’t know when Frank was added.
Balvina – Beautiful and unique.
Edward Theodore – So handsome, but bad connotations as he left his family shortly after the death of his wife.
Thresia Mary Ann Veronica – Died at 42 when her youngest child (my grandmother) was only a year old. Thresia/Teresa is a family name.

KateMP91 Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Nanna Louise
Dorothy S (No guesses on what the S stands for…)

Joseph F (my guess for the middle is Frederick, considering that is one of his sons names)
Benjamin (I believe he had a VERY Russian middle…I need to find out…)
Everett Lester

I know more about their history and ancestry than I do about their names! Crazy!

EmiTheDuckling Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

I know most of mine!

Magdalen and Robert Wayne Harris (Mom’s Maternal)
Magdalen and Elo (my little brother is named after him) (Dads Maternal)
Bessie Mae and Walter Tucker (I am named after Bessie Mae and my brother is named after Walter) (Moms Paternal)
Walter and ___________ (I have no clue what my dads paternal grandmother’s name was… but my brother is also named after this Walter) (Dad’s Paternal)

Funny story, Both of the Magdalen’s (one my mothers maternal grandmother, and one my fathers maternal grandmother) grew up in the same small west texas town (and by small, I mean TINY!) where Bonnie, as in Bonnie and Clyde, was born and lived for 4 years. They knew eachother and little did they know that their grandchildren would get married!

EmiTheDuckling Says:

March 25th, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Oh yeah! All of my family is German, except for Bessie Mae is 1/2 Cherokee Indian.

bnoelle Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:14 am

Bonnie Mae
Eula Mae

Herbert Ellis
Comer Brack

I included my “step great grandparents” as my mothers father died when she was a baby and she was raised by the man/family I consider my grandparents. I feel very lucky in that I actually know some of my great great grandparents names as well. My sister and I have done a lot of ancestry research and we’ve come across some very beautiful names.

danahc Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:16 am

Anna Mae

All of them have been used in other generations. My family is fans of recycling names. I think I could come up with a new twist such as

Charlene, Charlize or Charlotte for Charles
Francine or Francesca for Francis
Augusta or August for Gustave
Any of the other diminutives for Mary

SunKissedChild Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:24 am

Violet Everlyn and Sydney Herbert
Elizabeth and Ernest George

All my maternal great-grandparents were from England 🙂

Joyce Vivien and Ernest Albert
Annie Nancy Thelma and Herbert Charles

All my paternal great-grandparents were from Australia, though their parents were Scottish and Irish 🙂

Poppy84 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:37 am

Most of mine were born in Australia, with the exception of the first couple who were born in Scotland:

Charlotte and Bruce
Amy and Thomas (Thos)
Nelle and William (Bill)
Nella and Edward (Ted)

I’m not sure of most of my husband’s great-grandparents’ names, though I’m pretty sure his Cajun great-grandmothers were Clelie and Aurelia.

I would love to use Nelle as a middle name for a daughter. My father’s grandparents were the Nelsons and the Neilsens, and my mothers’s grandmothers were Nella and Nelle.

KaylaC Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:41 am

On my mother’s side: Mattie and Millard (the only time I have every heard Millard in my life) and Sina and Willie. This side of my family is mainly of mulungen decent (mixed raced) in Appalachia. Mainly English and Scottish immigrants that married freed slaves and Cherokee Indians ….unfortunately I did not inherit that beautiful caramel skin color. Wonk wonk…

On my father’s side: Edward and Daisy and Dewey and Zelda. This side is pretty much only made up of English and German settlers that came to America in the 1600 and 1700’s.

ty13 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 1:13 am

Rachel and David
Jenny and Max
Lana and Abram
Pauline and Joseph

sarahmezz Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 1:23 am

Anna (no middle name)
Dorothea May
Esther Elizabeth
Margaret Mary

Reinhold Friedrich
Stanley William
Thomas Leigh
William (no middle name)

My middle name is Elizabeth after my great grandmother, Esther Elizabeth, who passed away when I was nine (the only one of my great grandparents I ever knew).

lizziebreath Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 1:30 am

Gareth Ephraim <Scottish parents They used several old testament names
Georgia < English but have been here since the 1700's and she was named after her Father
Sariah Christina < Danish Mother, Father from New England Christina is after her Grandmother Kirstina and Sariah is a religious name.
Samuel James< English parents. Old family name
Herbert Claude< Appalachian family that lived there forever
Violet Filinda< Eastern Cherokee parents. I don't really know the story behind her name but she was child number 11.
Burnes Tebbs< Named for his Mother's and Grandmother's maiden names
Frances Elizabeth< Her parents were immigrants from AustrioHungary(Yugoslavia). The wanted to give the kids American names and Americanized their own names too.

I sort of know my Husband's family but I don't know many of the stories them.
Flossie Jane
Ernest Boyd
Emma Jane

tabitha Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 2:14 am

Paternal great grandparents:

Lillian May and Karl Bastian [Australian & Norwegian]
Jane and John (went by Jenny & Jack) [English]

Maternal great grandparents:

Emily Mary and Patrick [Irish]
Charlotte Evangeline Matilda and William James [French & Scottish]

marypoppins Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 2:15 am

My grandparents and great-grandparents came from Austria, Germany, and what was Bohemia (now in the Cezech Republic but my grandfather was Austrian, Czech and German without ever moving from his birthplace, so the concept of nationality is a little amusing to me). Anyway, here are their names:

Rudolf (Rudi) & Ottilie (Otti)

Karl August & Karoline Luise

Hermann Emmanuel & Wilhelmine

Jakob & Johanna

Out of those sets, I love Rudolf & Ottilie the most. Rudolf, Ottilie, and also Karl, actually appear several times in the family tree on my mother’s side (e.g. my grandfather was Rudolf, known as Rolf), and my grandmother was Auguste, after her father. On my father’s side there is an abundance of Hermanns, and my brother’s middle name is Emmanuel.

bluejuniper Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 2:33 am

The ones I know are:
Wilfred Thomas
Elsie Ellen
Samson Percy
Bessie May
Henry William
Olive Vera

My middle name Olivia is in honour of Olive Vera 🙂

The ones we know on my husband’s side are:
Arthur William
Daisy Maud
Charles “Carl”
Matilda May

I hadn’t twigged to the fact that we have May on both sides before – I’d definitely think about using May, probably as a middle. I actually really like most of these 🙂

Ani77 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 3:12 am

I like a lot of my great grand parents names 🙂
Ada and Frederick
Henry and Hannah
Edward and Ellen
Gertrude Jane and John

I’ve used Jane as a middle name for my first daughter as it is my mother’s middle name too.

SerenRuby Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 3:27 am

French : James Henry (yes, he was french. we’re still not sure what happened there XD )
Louise Marie
René Marcel
Blanche Émilia

English : John (sadly I have no middle names for these)
Edith Shirley

Nothing I would be too enthusiastic to use, except maybe James as a middle.

sarah15 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:21 am

I only know the ones from my mum’s side, they were:

Walter Reuben and Queenie Lavina
Alexander Norman and Florence May

SoDallas3 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:37 am

Dad’s Side (Adopted:)
Irene Pearl
Maud Mary

Mama’s Side:
Theresa Florence
Franz Joseph
“Elsie” Margarethe Hedwig Else

Elina Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:11 am

Mum’s side; Denis Ivor & Marguerite Cecilia and Osmond Bead & Ella May
Dad’s side; Peter Willis & Mary Ann and Arthur Ernest & Frances

I’d use Margeurite, Cecilia, Osmond and Arthur out of those.

lunarblue Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:31 am

I know only Eunicie (actually Eunice, but she preferred to spell it that way) on my mother’s side and Daisy on my father’s side

ajt Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:31 am

Maisie Frances and Ronald Blank
Harry and Gladys
Victorine and Albert
Lilly and John

freddiethepink Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:31 am

Henry Gilbert and Kathleen Elsie
Frank and Gertrude Elizabeth
Leonard and Emily
(I don’t know my fourth set)

Partner only knows one set of great grandparents:
George and Laura Bertha

Other family members have already used Emily and Elsie. I intend to use Trudy one day (but not Gertrude, sorry G.Grandma!)

araminta Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:38 am

On the Danish side:

On the Australian side:

jessiemay Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 6:00 am

Mine were:
Isobel Freda “Freda” and Maxwell “Max”
James Vernie and Hazel Pearl (love!)
Margaret and ??
Gudrun and Sigfried (Norway)

marisarose Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 7:03 am

I actually know all of my great-grandparents names!

On my dad’s side:
Paternal: Francis Keena and Mary (Ring) Keena; both of them were off the boat from Ireland around 1880
Maternal: Jean-Claude Casse and Rose (LeDuc); both born in Quebec Canada, but Jean-Claude passed away in a factory accident when my grandmother (Vivian Rose) was only 2. My great-grandmother moved them to New York City in 1920 (Vivian was 3 and Rose was 20). She was a serial wife, marrying 5 more men (each wealthy), until settling down with William Small when my grandmother was 16 (making Rose 33, 3x a widow and a 2x divorcee in 1936). My middle name is 1/2 because of her (Rose) and I think she was kickbutt! My son Liam is named after her final father (William Small), who was really the only father-figure she ever knew.

On my mom’s side:
Maternal: Paulo Faulise and Rosa (Tuveri) Faulise; all I know about Paulo is that he and his family came to the US 3 years before the outbreak of WWI from the same village that Rosa was from; Rosa, however, is a little more exciting. Her parent’s didn’t have the money to get the family out of Italy, so they sent their son, Giovanni, to England, kept their eldest daughter Mary (17) at home because she was engaged already; but Rosa, they sent to America. She was 12, sailed alone, and was given a picture of her uncle who had come to America 15 years prior to meet at Ellis Island. Rosa had 12 living children (her first baby was a stillborn) and she raised my mother when her youngest daughter (my grandmother) get pregnant out of wedlock at 18. Rosa is the other 1/2 of where my middle name comes from.
Paternal: Tomasino Piccolo and Bomina (Trelli) Piccolo; I don’t know anything about Tomasino; Bomina was an Intalian Roma Gypsy. She lived her entire childhood in a wooden wagon with 9 brothers and sisters. She married young (15) to my great-grandfather in order to get to America, which was refusing entrance to Gypsies. In the course of her life, she birthed 19 children, 7 of which were stillborn; 3 of her children died from scarlet fever; 1 of her children drowned; and her eldest born-live son, Tomasino, died from a botched tosal removal when he was 7. He bled out on her kitchen table. My grandfather, Tomas, was named for him, since she was pregnant with him when Tomasino died. In 1956, when Bomina was around 45 years old, she killed herself by throwing herself into a river (she couldn’t swim).

valentinayvonne Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 7:24 am

My side:
Edward and Emma
John and Catherine
Clarence and Gladys
Villis and Grace

Husband’s Side:
Ivan and Arlene
Warren and Hazel
Something and Della

Pam Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 7:30 am

What great names and great stories! EmtheDuckling, that is amazing about the two Magdalens — that is one of my favorite names and I hope you or someone else in your family gets to use it one day.

jem Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 7:41 am

I believe that mine are all from Australia.
Mildred (Millie) – I love Millie, but not Mildred so much!
Reginald (Reg)
Margaret Irene (Betsy/Betty … no idea how that nickname came about!)
Edith (Dit)

I don’t know any of the others unfortunately!

@inkonherfingers, I LOVE Margaret Fern. Swoon!

lizibet2 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:03 am

Catherine Jane and Charles Henry
Frank and Annie
Dorothy May and James
Elsie and Frank

MaryKathryn Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:04 am

I know my maternal great-grandparents names:

Cindia Jane – great-grandmother
Mattison – great-grandfather (he didn’t have a middle name, just like my grandfather)

Velma Evelyn – great-grandmother
James Andrew Wesley – great-grandfather “Wesley”

findemaxa13 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:08 am

Catherine and Joseph “Joe”–both on my list, although I don’t consider Joseph to be as much of a family name, since it’s not as distinctive and Catherine has been passed down through several generations–it was my aunt’s FN, and my MN.

Eulalia and Clarence–Eulalia is on my list, both as an honorific and because it’s a flipping awesome name. Clarence is decidedly not, because it’s a dreadful name and not someone I would want to name my child after.

Samuel “Sam” and Myra–Samuel is on the list, and it’s also a name that’s been passed down for multiple generations–my uncle and cousin are Samuels, and it’s my brother’s middle name. Myra is decent, but NMS.

Collett and Helen–Interesting story behind Collett! My great-grandfather was named after his father’s college professor, who was named after the surname of an obscure English poet. My brother is named after the original Collett–it’s a difficult name to bear. The first syllable pronounced like Colin but the ending sounds like “it”. It is very often misheard as “Colin” or mispronounced as “Collette”. It’s a strong name, but somewhat of a struggle. Wouldn’t use it because it’s too difficult and it belongs primarily to my brother for me. Helen is lovely, but more of a middle name choice.

Erinm Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:15 am

I only know 3 from my mother’s side- Florence, Nina and John. I might consider Florence as a middle name…

katybug Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:37 am

Firsts and middles:
Edwin Dewitt
Mary Agnes (I think she went by both as a double name)
Carl Webster
Lurline _____ (I don’t know her middle)
Austin Bascomb
Mary Motheral
Lester Earl
Katherine _____ (I don’t know her middle)

They were all born in the last decades of 19th century and most had long lives, except for Austin who died of an infection at the age of 36, before the discovery of penicillin. Both Edwin and Mary Agnes and Carl and Lurline lost children to childhood illnesses. Katherine’s parents immigrated from Ireland, and her as well as Lurline’s families homesteaded in Oklahoma in the land runs of the 1890s. Lurline’s grandfather was a Civil War veteran. Katherine’s brother Robert was killed in World War I. Edwin was a Baptist minister who came from a long line of Presbyterian ministers–the Presbyterian church has records of his ancestors going back to 1780s. They all lived difficult, extraordinary lives. I wish I had known them all and had more info about them. Their children are almost all gone now.

indiefendi Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:15 am

I can only remember my great-grandma’s name and it was Mamie or something.

emilybk Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:20 am

Mine were:

Francis Rufus
Samuel Wickham

My daughter’s middle name is Margaret (which I assume is what Maggie was short for – my grandmother, Maggie’s daughter, was named Margaret). And we want to use Wickham as a first name if Baby 2, due in October, is a boy.

miloowen Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:25 am

I wrote a blog about some of the more unusual names in the Brewster family tree but here are great-grandparents;
Georg Willem and Sofie-Katarine. Both of Bergen, Norway. They were “bundling” but not officially married (a common practise in Norway) when my grandmother Gerd was born in 1919. Sofie-Katarine arrived in New York at Ellis Island with her two brothers, Ketil and Erling, in 1923, leaving my grandmother to be raised by her parents. Georg Willem was on the Norway’s Olympic football team in the 1936 Olympics and later joined the Resistance. He was captured and sent to a camp — his fate is unknown. In the US, Sofie married Rocco John Marzullo, the youngest of seven who was the only member of his family to be born in the US — the others were born in Calabria.

George Thomas and Lina Cushman. George Thomas Brewster is co-founder of the Arts Student League in NYC and was a sculptor and painter who studied in Paris during the 1860-1880’s. He is most famous for the Washington Square Arch, the bas relief on Radio City Music Hall and Grand Central Station, and the statue of Robert E Lee, in the American Hall of Fame. He specialised in bronze and copper sculptures, and his Confederate Memorial Garden in Vicksburg, MS is amazing. Lina Cushman Totten was a socialite — her first child, Thomas, was my grandfather.


George Cushman and Eleanor C Dow. George Cushman Owen was the owner of the famed Merrill-Owen Department Stores in Maine and a leading citizen of Portland; his wife Nell was the sister of the great Neal Dow. At one point George Owen owned considerable property in Portland, including Great Diamond Island. Their only surviving son was my grandfather, George Wadsworth.

Philip Melanchthon and Maria Louisa. Philip Melanchthon Hammett (named after Martin Luther’s friend and supporter) was the head of the Boston to Portland rail line. His father ran a famous bookstore and literary salon in Newport, Rhode Island. Maria Louisa Plack was a writer and socialite who originally came from Altoona, Pennsylvania; her parents were from Hesse-Darmstadt. Their youngest daughter was my grandmother Helen, who, along with Anne Carroll Moore, began the New York Children’s Public Library system. She wrote for the Herald Tribune and Publishers Weekly.

My daughter is named Caitlin Louisa, after my great-grandmothers Sofie-Katarine and Maria Louisa. The daughter I lost was named Rachel (both my grandmothers had favourite cousins named Rachel) Helen. My son is Thomas Caleb; I have a nephew Peter George.

I love my family’s rich cultural heritage and the fact that my sisters and I have all in some way continued our family names into this generation.

KatieNana Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:27 am

Lark Alfred
Wilfred George
Thomas Preston

Mary Nell

jtucker Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:36 am

Mother’s Family
Dioscorro “Coro” and Opal
Cecil and Julia

Father’s Family
Harry and Evelyn
Hazel and not sure of great grandfather’s name, she outlived three husbands.

chellemma1 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 9:38 am

I can not find any evidence that any part of my family is anything but Scottish – certainly my great-grandparents were all 100% Scottish.

As far as I know they were called.

Douglas and Margaret
Robert and Mary
Donald (Donnie) and Mary (although sometimes recorded as Mairi)
David and Jane (she was known as Nelly so we assume her middle name must have been Helen – also she was known to her grandchildren as Lala, which I always thought was cute!)

Saracita00 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

Does anyone know whether the name of the snow-gripped land of Arendelle in the recent Disney hit, “Frozen,” was inspired by Arundel Elias Disney’s name? I thought Arendelle was just fantasy-esque name to follow-up to the “Enchanted” land of Andalasia, but now I’m curious as to whether there’s a bit more to the story.

elizabethdittmer Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 10:18 am

I don’t know any of the middle names but here are the first names I know:


vicioustrollop9 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 10:21 am

I am a family ancestry junkie, so I can tell you a bunch of greats back on a few of the branches of my tree.

My maternal grandfather’s parents were Harold Joseph, son of a Scottish immigrant who came to Rhode Island and married and Irish immigrant’s daughter, and Dorothy Mary Louise, born in Rhode Island to parents who both traced their lineage to the French areas of Canada (last names are the Americanized Harper and Tebo, but back a few generations were Arpin and Thibeault).

My maternal grandmother’s parents were Andrew Joseph, son of Irish immigrants, and Lena Marie, daughter of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores – cool! Her mother was Olinda Augusta, which I think is an awesome name.

My paternal grandfather’s parents were Harry Benjamin Sr. (his son was Jr and my dad is III), and we are honestly not sure of his origins – we’ve heard French, Scottish, German. Could be all three, could be none of them. His mother was Mary Loretta (went by Loretta) who was supposedly born on a Blackfoot reservation and was full-blooded Blackfoot (her native name was something like Chebusa, according to the family stories), but my research shows her parents as French Canadian. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t a Native American, I know back in that time those records weren’t kept well, and that in this country it was better that the fact not be known… but I digress. My Grampy has Native American features, and so did she in the couple pictures we have, so it is likely truth, I just haven’t found solid evidence of it yet…

My paternal grandmother’s parents were Dewey Rene and Mary Laure, both French Canadian (my Pepere was born in the US, but Nanny was not). I can trace both their ancestry back to the 1500s, Nanny’s direct ancestors helped found prominent areas of Canada, Pepere’s ancestors came to Canada a bit later, as they were part of the French aristocracy. He always used to call my sister and I his little princesses, haha.

I have some pretty awesome names back even further. Lots of Marie/Mary, Joseph, Francis, etc of course. But then there are the gems like Angelique, Azelia, Florence, Margurite, Ursula, Balthasar, Gaspar, Hyppolite, Laurent, Narcisee, and Philippe. Fun stuff 🙂

TaylorBlueSkye Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 11:04 am

Mathilde Catharina Rebecca & Adolf (don’t know about his middle names)
Bertha Catharine & Wilhelm Friedrich (not sure about Friedrich)

Margit (or something similar) & Walter
Martha & …

lesliemarion Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 11:07 am

On my mother’s side:

Martha Mable
Roland Garfield (aka RG)
Very German! Prussian even. Tiny bit of Scots-Irish.
Martha is too severe a name, but I have named a duplex and my boxer’s middle name Mabel, which is sweet.
Garfield has unpleasant associations for me (that ugly cat, bad political stuff), but I love the name Roland, its soft rolling sound.


Marie Aidele
John Fred
Both came from Switzerland and were Swiss French and Swiss German.
John Fred was no doubt originally Johannes or Jean.
Marie is boring and Aidele is prettier without the I.
I dislike the severity of the name John, also its toilet and pimp meanings, but I think Fred is a cool name.

On my father’s side:

Francis Chester Rockwell (aka FCR)
First wife: Josephine
Second wife: Beatrice E. (aka Birdie)
English through and through, pre-William the Conqueror, nobility and all.
I have three Francis ancestors, bur prefer the less sissy Frank or Franklin.
Chester I adore and will probably have a cat or dog named that in the future.
Rockwell is a super cool name, both for ancestral reasons and the two artists I like.
Josephine is a great name, and so is Beatrice.
I named my husband’s rabbit Beatrice.
And Birdie is the best.


Robert Baron
Katie Emma (first name probably Kathleen)
Scottish, Scottish, Scottish. A tiny bit of Irish and German.
I love the name Robert and had I had more children would have used it.
Baron I like b/c of my ggrandfather and father, but I would not burden a son with it (maybe a big woofing dog!)
I hate loathe and detest the name Kathleen.
Emma is overused.

This was fun to do!

MeganJoy Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 11:33 am

My great Grandparents were
Anna & George
Beatrice & Vernon
Violet & Millard
Bessie & Harry

My Grandfather is also Vernon, but hates it and goes by Tony. My brother is Anthony and goes by Tony.
My father is Orville Leroy.

I don’t have a lot to go on for family names on the male side.
My grandmother is Dorothea Belle. Her mother was Anna. If I were to have a daughter, I’d name her Annabelle Violet.

tintri Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 11:39 am

There are some seriously fabulous names in my family tree. Great-grandmothers include:
Edna Pearl
Jewel Irene
I’ve seriously considered using all of them except Theda. Great-grandfathers that I’m aware of were Blanton and Leo. I really love Leo and had planned to use it for years. But when the time finally came, it was just too popular for my taste. Love those vintage names!!!

genevievemf Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I wish I knew more-some people seem to have unreal stories!
I have:
Doreen May (but she always went by the pet name Kit, short for ‘kitten’ which her husband began calling her when they were young) & Jonathon
Katherine Beatrice Pearl & William George

Doreen (Margaret) is also my grandmother’s name (she uses ‘Do’ usually) but I’d still have a hard time using it because it sounds so dated.
I’d consider using Margaret, May, Beatrice, Pearl & Katherine, as well as William & George. I also love the nickname Kit (for Katherine probably), its so peppy and sweet.

pamjsg99 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

My great-grandparents were:

Gertrude Vera and Eugene Leroy
Acsha* Ada and Bernice Manchester
Charles and Maude
Edward and Bertha May (or Mae)

I was lucky enough to know all of them except Maude Edward. Charles lived long enough to celebrate his 100th birthday. He continued to cook on a stove heated with wood, smoked cigars, and cooked food using bacon grease. His wife died very young and he raised his five children and he and his son, Herbert, raised some of the grandchildren.

My grandmother’s name was Althea Lillian and I would love to have a grandchild named after her. Maybe a little Lilliana Althea.

Will Bertha ever make a comeback?

*Grammy pronounced Acsha as X-EE. (My mother seriously doubts that it was the correct/original pronunciation.) I have never heard of anyone else using the name. Nameberry, I would love some information on this name.

misskendra Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

George Francis and Elizabeth Mary from the Netherlands
William Lee and Hazel May American
Paul Z and Blanche Louise American
Harold Martin and Barbara Kathryn British
I have used Paul . I will use William Lee. I would use George, Elizabeth, hazel, Blanche, Louise, and Kathryn. I have some good names in my family

arabella77 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Rosie Belle “Belle” and Alec
Dewey and Drusie
Henry Curtis and Liddie
William Harve and Ida Mae

I really like Alec, but my grandfather had a poor relationship with his father, so that name is negative in our family. I dislike Dewey, Drusie, and Liddie, although Lydia has possibilities. Henry, Belle and William are too common. Curtis and Harve are nms. I actually love Ida, but worry that it’s too old-fashioned for a modern child. Mae is sweet, and I would combine it with other traditional family middle Lynn in the middle place for Maelynn.

sixpomegranateseeds Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

My best great grandparent name is my mother’s paternal grandmother. Her name was Carolina Wilhelmina, and she was called Minnie.

Valmont Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

As a French person coming from a very French family, my great-grandparents had very old-fashionned and common first names:

My maternal great grandparents were:

Jean-Louis and Juliette
Alexis and Alphonsine

My paternal grandparents were:

Lucien and Marthe
Gabriel and Marcelle.

Apart from Lucien, Gabriel and Juliette most of these names aren’t popular nowadays in France.

Valmont Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

As a French person coming from a very French family, my great-grandparents had very old-fashionned and common first names:

My maternal great grandparents were:

Jean-Louis and Juliette
Alexis and Alphonsine

My paternal grandparents were:

Lucien and Marthe
Gabriel and Marcelle.

Apart from Lucien, Gabriel and Juliette most of these names aren’t popular nowadays in France.

oboeplayer1 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Ross Mitchell (Irish)
Patricia Gail (Scottish)
Ida Margaret (Finnish immigrant)
Arvo John (Finnish immigrant)

Luigi (Italian)
Maria Rose (Italian/Greek)
Anders John (Danish immigrant)
Karen Elisabeth (Danish immingrant)

rollo Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Now you have made me wonder a bit more about the people in my ancestral line.

I am very pround of my great grandfather Alexander Smith a Presbyterian minister from Scotland who travelled out to Australia with his large family.

His wife was named Elizabeth.

So we have Alexander and Elizabeth, they could have been named last week, their names are so current.

My grandfather on the other hand was given the moniker Reginald and while it suited him I don’t think it is a name that needs revival.

OliviaJayne Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Jean Pierre and Renee Christine – both French
Antoine Nicholas and Elodie Lucille – both French

William Theodore Franklin and Ada Nunez – William was English or American (not really sure) and Ada was Portuguese
Vincenzo Milo and Leila Florence – both Italian

aloysia Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I only remember the ones on my mother’s side off the top of my head – George Christian and Maria, Stefan and Joanna. Joanna is the only one I knew; she had seven older half-brothers and -sisters who all had fabulous names, but my great-grandmother was named by her godparents, as had apparently become fashionable by the time she was born.

jame1881 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Alida Donalda (French-Canadian)
Emile ? (French-Canadian)
Georgiana ? (French-Canadian)
Jean-Baptiste ? (French-Canadian)

Angelo Anthony (Italian)
Hilmar ? (Norwegian/English)
Gertrude ? (German – perhaps Scottish as well)
Daniel Francis (Irish)

I like Georgiana, Angelo, and Gertrude, plus I like Francis/Frances as a middle.

Frankie Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Madeleine Elise Juliette & Henri Roger – French
Antoinette Marie & Adolph – Polish, Lithuanian & Mongolian
Margaret Mary & Thomas J – Irish
Agnes & Walter – Irish

My partner’s:
Ruth E (poss. Esther) & Robert – British, German, & possibly French
Ella & Ralph – German & poss. British

njm222 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Frederick Weldon & Alice May
(can’t find my grandfather’s parents’ names, unfortunately)

Thomas William & Abbie Adelia
Howard Andrew & Ruth Lenora

All American.

Knelli Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

My grandmas are… Ruby, Glenna Ruth, and Barbara Ann.

mrsironman Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Daniel – his parents immigrated from Italy. I like the name but everyone that has been named after him has met with a tragic fate so I think I will avoid that one.
Sylvia – her parents immigrated from Austria. I LOVE this name.

The rest of my ancestors were from England, France, Scotland & Germany.
Jetty Clyde – everyone called him J.C.
Edith Van – Yes, her middle name was Van after her father’s middle name -Vanburen.
Jefferson Davis – Jefferson is ok but I like Davis better.
Donia – No. Just no.
Benjamin Franklin – no joke… I think if I ever had a son either his first or middle name would be Benjamin.
Carrelia – I’m not even sure exactly how to pronounce this. Everyone called her Rilla.

Eleanor Nickerson Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

My great grandparents are fairly conservative on the name front:

William Edward & Alice Mary
William Henry & Florence Alice Ethel

Henry “‘Herry” & Margaret “Maggie”
David John & Rachel Ann “Molly” (no one knows where ‘Molly’ for Rachel came from).

All are English except for David and Molly who were Welsh.

junebabie Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

I’m from Newfoundland, so all I know about my heritage is… they’re all from Newfoundland! haha most likely all Irish & English.

my great-gradparents were:
Wilfred “Wiff” (no middle name) & Clarinda Porter
Theophilus (no middle name) & Dorothy Isabell Fillier
Charles & Elizabeth Hutchings
Anastasia “Annie” (no middle) & John Belbin King

Ida & Lemuel Hoddinott
Levi & Victoria Fillier
James & Selena Porter
Samuel & Sarah Warren
John & Laura Cole

that’s all I know!

Netta5187 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I don’t know all of their names, but I do know:
Maternal side:
Rosa-Great Great Grandma
Augustine-Great Grandpa
Delfina-Great Grandma

Paternal side:

emarias22 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

I don’t know much about my paternal side, so here’s my maternal great grandparents:

Maternal Grandfather’s side-
Lucy Elizabeth & Chesleigh Walter – Great-Grandparents
Joseph Ragsdale & Nannie Baxter- Great-Great Grandparents (I’ve always thought that Baxter was a very rad middle name for a girl, at least in that time period. Nannie also had a brother named Robert E. Lee…after the Confederate general himself. The E didn’t stand for anything!)
Julias Lambert & Susan Jane – Great-Great-Great Grandparents

Maternal Grandmother’s side-
Cora Irene & George V. – Great-Grandparents
Johnson & Harriet E. (probably Elizabeth)- Great-Great Grandparents
Johnson & Lucy A. (probably Anne)- Great-Great-Great Grandparents

Both sides of my maternal family (grandfather’s and grandmother’s sides) originated in England. I have the family traced back to the mid 18th century…my family tree is a work in progress, but I won’t bore you with more than just these three generations of names 🙂

puzzlesarecool Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

(From Switzerland)


(From Antigua)

Naomi Elizabeth
Clarence Elmes

( Father From Texas)
Rudolph Carlton
Vera Katherine

Mary Katherine Ashley
Luther Charles

A_Tate Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

All English except for for Arnold who was German

CharacterNamer Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Edward Wallace
Theresa Marie- Swedish
Ambrose (no middle name)
Lydia Rebecca

Ralph Raymond
Rose Etta
-Step-great-grandmother/my dad’s grandma: Gladys
Emil Carl David- Swedish
Louise A.-German

emmie113 Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Well, I know quite a lot about my mother’s side of the family, and especially about my mom’s mother’s side. However, I don’t know much about my dad’s side of the family yet. All that I know about them is that they were all country folks. I have no idea where they came from, and I don’t really have any names yet. They never really talk about their past. I don’t even think they themselves know much.

I know that my great-grandfather Frank was Irish and English and that my great-grandmother Carolyn was German.
I also know that on my mother’s father’s side of the family we have German, as well as some Jewish and Native American.

Mom’s side: (I never knew my grandfather Troy, but I knew my grandfather Frank well. My grandmothers are both still living.)
Franklin Earl (Frank)
Ruby Carolyn (Carolyn)
Florence Eileen
Troy Calvin

Dad’s side: (I only know his mom’s parent’s first names – my great-grandmother passed away at a relatively young age and my great-grandfather died when I was a toddler)
Lala (pronounced like Layla, but spelled like the Telletubby)

I might consider using a different spelling variation of Lala, like Layla or Leila, especially since I had a grandmother Leila way back on my mother’s side.

I would also like to use Franklin or Frank as a first or middle name for a son. It’s really coming back into style now and I love the laid-back, 50’s feel it has to it. It reminds me of my grandfather back when he was a young man, wearing his Navy uniform and sipping a Coke.

Ruby has never really appealed much to me, but I don’t hate it.
Troy is a nice enough name but I’d probably never use it. Same with Calvin.
Murris and Earl are out of the question. No way to Carolyn as well. Caroline, maybe.

Florence could be cute as a middle name or first name. Could be used nicknames like Florrie or Flossie.

Overall, I think I like the names that I’ve found going even farther back into family history. Some examples:

SuperZombieMom Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

My family is from Jamaica. I know my maternal great grandparents were Catherine and Simeon, Jethro and Icilda (I adore this name!). The only one I know from my father’s side was Ettie

MeleriHaf Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Samuel Phillip
John Isaac
Richard Alma
Grant Draper (his mother’s maiden name)

Edith Marian
Bertha Mae
Gaylie Belle

I love Gaylie Belle. I think it’s the sweetest name, but it’s unusable now. Since I grew up knowing Dee, who was one of the best women I’ve ever met, I would definitely use Dee in the middle. Funnily enough, when Dee was in her thirties, she found her birth certificate and discovered that Fay was her real name. She had been called Dee her entire life, so she got it legally changed, but I’ve always wondered how it would make me feel to find out that I wasn’t who I thought I was name-wise.

ClaireDarling Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:33 pm

It’s been awesome to read all of the interesting names from everyone’s personal histories!

The ones that I know are

John Wiley

I’ll try to dig up some more history! Fun fact: I’m named Claire after my paternal grandmother, however, the Clara in my family is on the maternal side!

WarpedBritt Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Addy and Charlie
Aileen and Reedy

rkrd Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Let’s see…g-grandmothers: Hellen Marie, Susan Pinkney, Martishie Elizabeth & Julia Evelyn.
g-grandfathers: David Grant, Oliver Sharp, Harlan Alex, and James William. All American for several generations.

opheliarhiana Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

mm Katie Bond and Samuel Kirk
mf Gertrude and Irwin Wood Pyle (completely serious)
ff Alfhild (nee Thompsen) and Johan Johansen (again, completely serious)
fm Ethel Leona (nee Batey) and Charles Edward Moore

leahchristine Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 10:25 pm


Dorothy- My mom has this name and I totally love it! I also like Thea.
Wilmath “Wilma” Monroe- Wilmath/Wilma is definitely a no. I like Monroe as a middle name, though.
Jacqueline- I love this name so so so much! Although I do prefer the lyn ending I just love Jacquelyn with the nn Jackie!!
Margaret- Ohmigod this is so lovely! I was almost a Maggie myself after her. It’s sososo adorable.


Isador Katz, later I. Allen Kates- I don’t really like Isador or Allen but Isadora is cute for a girl. He was born, I think, in the United States, but his sisters were all born in Russia.
Doris Clinton “John”- Not a fan of Doris but I might like Clinton as a middle name. He became John because of the last name Johnson.
Cecil- I really like Cecilia but I don’t love Cecil
My mom isn’t sure about my paternal paternal great-grandfather name.

TheFutureMrsB Says:

March 26th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

Helen (paternal great grandmother)
Robert Franklin (paternal great grandfather)

Virginia (paternal great grandmother)
Glen (paternal great grandfather)

Agnes (maternal great grandmother) (I actually just found out her name recently on my grandfather’s death certificate)
Walter (maternal great grandfather) (Also you found this out. My grandfather was a Walter as is my uncle)

William Churchill (maternal great grandfather) (Went by W.C. for his entire life. Also named his son W.C. just the initials)
Stella (maternal great grandmother)

I wish I had middle names for them but my family doesn’t pay much attention to them and the courthouse that housed all the birth and death records for my maternal great grandparents (W.C and Stella) including their children’s birth certificates burned down twice.

Ginafrances Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 10:13 am

Ursula {mn} Zack

Charles Otto Reeves
Ella {mn} Pommer

Ursula was from England. Her husband came from Russia. When being processed into the US he had to shorten his last name from a long, terribly hard to pronounce Russian name to just Zack.

Ella came from Germany to the US to learn English and be a translator. In Ohio she met my great grandfather, Charles Otto, who’s name has been passed down for the last 4 generations.

MissyLynn Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 11:48 am

I don’t know any of my Great-Grandparents middle names…. I will have to look into that…

Maternal Great Grandparents:

Rose Craparo (nee Nasuta) – Napoli, Italy
Leonard Craparo – Sicilia, Italy

Teresa Longobardo – Procida, Italy (pronounced teh-rez-ah)
Calcedonio Longobardo (pronounced Kal- che- don-ee-Oh) – Procida, Italy

Paternal Great-Grandparents:

Elizabeth Shashaty – Aleppo, Syria
Naim Shashaty – Aleppo, Syria (pronounced Nah-eem)

Santo Contino – Sicilia, Italy
Anna Contino – Sicilia, Italy

Believe it or not I’ve always loved the name Calcedonio, but my husband thinks it’s too much of a mouthful…. even for a middle. Oh well… a girl can dream 😉

I also like Naim, but it sounds awkward with our last name… too many similar vowel sounds.

KrystynElizabeth Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

William/Bill and Beuhla/Becky, George and Gladys, Jesus/Jesse and Mercedes/Mercy, and something and Cecilia.

loverofnamesX Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 5:51 pm

I know one set was…
Jane known as Sissie because she was the eldest sister of about 7
And Giorgio known by just George as he was Italian who Im named after (Giorgia/Georgia)
Then there was
Katherine known as Katie or Kate
And Robert known as Bobby like my granddad

orphanedhanyou Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Hubert & Callie, Neal & Dorothy, John

kitchi1 Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 6:56 pm


The others I don’t know.

sofiarosem Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

My grandma Anietta’s mother was French and her father was Spanish. Their names were Marie-Louise & Francisco Juan Manuel.
My grandpa Josue’s parents were both Spanish immigrants. Their names were Josefa Maria Carmen & Miguel Antonio.
My grandma Nicolette’s mother was Irish and her father was German. Their names were Rose Margaret & Bruno Theodor.
My grandpa Armando’s mother was Spanish and his father was Italian. Their names were Antonia Pilar & Leonardo Giovanni.

I had Nonna Marie, Nonna Jo, Nonna Rose, Nonna Anne, Papa Frank, Papa Miguel, Papa Bruno, & Papa Leo

frustratedauthor Says:

March 27th, 2014 at 7:54 pm

William Wallace
Zona May
Bert Walker

loislane1222 Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 7:48 am

My great-grandparents were mostly Czech. There is also some Irish and German in the mix.

Frank and Antonia

Adolf and Emma

Lewis and Mary Catherine

Cornelius and Elizabeth “Lizzie”

(Guess who was Irish!)

Many of these names are beautiful, but I would definitely pass on Adolf.

Antonia is probably my favorite on this list.

BrandiM27 Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Mattea (also known as Martha)
Francisco (also known as Frank)

C.C. (I was told growing up that his actual given name was Christopher Columbus, which he detested and refused to acknowledge; but I see from digging it may have been Columbus Cecil… either way he only answered to C.C.)

Jinxgirl Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

My great grandparents were Sadie and Norman on one side, Annie Lorette and Guy Gene on the other. there will be no namesakes, lol

ilovenames89 Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Alfred & frieda
Helen & Robert
Henri & ???
Marguerite & ???
I have to get back just drew a blank lol

Pemdas Says:

March 28th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

From Hungary: John/Janos & Elizabeth, Joseph & Rosalia, Istvan/Steve & Julia

From Germany: Otto & Augusta, Frederick & Anna, Frederick & Charlotte

United States: Frederick & Lillian

Larkspur Says:

March 29th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Edna Mae & William Famous (he went by Famous but hated it his entire life. He always signed his name W.F.)
Bertie Ora & Jessie James
Ida Mae & Roney ( he had a twin sister named Oney)
Myrtle & Clarence Lee

All born in the southern U.S.

elizpeyton Says:

March 29th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

The name of one of my great-grandmothers really stands out to me, Catherine Frances, however she went by Frances. I find it very classic and beautiful. I would love to name a future daughter Vivienne Frances after her.

lexical Says:

March 29th, 2014 at 10:18 pm

My great grandparents were John and Victoria and Wanda and Stanley. My grandparents were Francis and Anna and Lewis and Ann.

ekibbe Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Nelson Orlando and Esther,
Leo Henry and Doris Marguerite,
Roy Cecil and Beatrice Bertha,
James Roscoe and Ruth Ione.

Ruth is my maternal great grandma. Her mother was Phila Caraphene, and her daughter was Ila May. My grandma Ila has been so surprised that her name (Isla) is becoming popular!

amajo319 Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Paternal – Benedict and Anna, Allen and Mattie Lou

Maternal – Clyde Donald and Vonah, Clyde Evan and Anna Mae

Arlina Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Those I know off the top of my head are
and the rather regal
George Alexander

karacavazos Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Miguel & Beatrice
Francisco (Frank) & Elvira Carmen

Harley Fred & Thelma
Clyde Malvern & Leila Grace

PhillipsWife Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Mallie (Mallory?)

Anna and Josef were Polish
Jack and Mallie, Scottish/English/American

callmekay Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Ezekial and Mary
Oscar and Ruby Bell
Dick and Viola
Rae and Willie Lee

robkris82573 Says:

March 30th, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Verna and Justus
Marguerite and Ersel
Harold and Anna
Albert and Clara

madeliner Says:

March 31st, 2014 at 6:01 pm

On the all German side:
Walter George
Agnes A
Robert Heinrich Louis
Louise Marie (born Louisa Marie)

On the half German, Half English side:
Hermann Howard
Ruby Violet
Russell White
Ivy Rosalie

lunazola Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 9:16 pm

My father’s side (Irish & German):
John Lawrence
Alice Ellen
Leo Peter
Frances Catherine

Mother’s side (Scandinavian, mostly Sweden I think)
Reinhard Ludwig
Earnest Victor
Emma Gladys Albertine

lunazola Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 9:16 pm

My father’s side (Irish & German):
John Lawrence
Alice Ellen
Leo Peter
Frances Catherine

Mother’s side (Scandinavian, mostly Sweden I think)
Reinhard Ludwig
Earnest Victor
Emma Gladys Albertine

mLbrooker Says:

June 8th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Great Grandparents
Frederick Eugene
Mary Elizabeth
Loretta Mae
Ellen Josephine

Gary Eugene
Caron Marie Romelle
Anthony Donald
Sandra Elizabeth

TYorke59 Says:

June 20th, 2014 at 5:15 am

David Henry
Eva Viola
Milton Everett
Christine Ferne
Elwin Lorenzo
Ruth Evelyn
Harley Frank
Clarice Hope (pronounced CLARE-iss)

NaomiNY Says:

August 6th, 2014 at 1:08 am

My paternal great-grandparents:
Frank and Beatrice
Edward and Patricia

My maternal great-grandparents:
Joseph and Johannah (my)Pop-Pop’s parents, Polish immigrants, came here sometime before WWI because of nutty Kaiser Wilhelm II)
Frank and Dorothy (my Nani’s parents, Dorothy was Nani’s biological mother who died in 1938 or 1939, when my Nani was 17)
Elizabeth (my Nani’s stepmother, I called her Nanny until she died when I was about 4 or 5. My middle name is a tribute to her.)

My maternal great-great-grandparents: Edward and Alice (my great-grandpa Frank’s parents, possibly immigrated from Ireland)

Not sure if my paternal grandmother’s parents, Edward and Patricia, were born in the U.S., or if they were Irish immigrants (their last name was Connelly), but I know for sure my paternal grandfather’s parents were born in the U.S. Same goes for my Nani’s parents.

dineh_fish Says:

October 2nd, 2015 at 4:52 am

I love stuff like this. Luckily my cousins (who are all 40+ years older than I am) know the family history and have therefore told me everything else that my mother doesn’t know. Plus I’ve talked to aunts and uncles.

On the maternal side:

Harry Leroy and Louisa Elsa
John George and Bertha Emma
William and Mary
William and Jane (Ireland)
Adam and Francisca (Germany)
Friederick and Katherina (Germany)
Johann Ulrich and Gertrude (Switzerland/Germany)

Paternal side:

Luis Manuel and Maria Eufemia
Vicente and Candelaria
Jose and Lola
Antonio and Maria
Jose and Ana (Ana came from the Native American slave settlement of Abiquiu in New Mexico Territory)

My father’s side is strictly Navajo/Apache/Nahuatl, so they’ve been on the continent for millennia. My mother’s side is all from Ireland or Germany. That being said, I lean more toward the names on my mother’s side or traditional Navajo names such as Nizhoni and Lautiss or Hashke and Notah. Maternal names that I would LOVE to use are the first and middle names of my great grandmother Louisa Elsa, though her brother’s name is awesome too. That would be great great uncle August. Friedrick would make a good strong middle name as well.

Klouie Says:

October 2nd, 2015 at 11:04 am

Love family history!
Roy & Violet
Orlando & Marjorie (2nd husband Roy)
Albert & Marjorie
Herman & Alice

English, Danish & German heritage

SarahLouise1975 Says:

February 19th, 2017 at 4:50 am

John (Jack) & Mary (Minnie)
William & Sarah
William & Alice
Francis & Ellen

loverofnamesX Says:

February 19th, 2017 at 10:39 am

My Mothers:
Jane “Sissie” & George (Jane was the only one I was lucky enough to know, Her nickname “Sissie” came to be because she was the oldest of many children and it stuck even with non family members, it is also what I called her. I was also extremely lucky to know HER Mother Elizabeth “Lizzy” who was married to James & George was named for his Italian uncle Giorgio, it is half after my great-grandfather George that I am named Georgia, however I mostly got the name from my Dad’s father who died young)
Robert & Katherine “Kate/Katie” (These were my amazing Granddad Bobby’s parents, Kate died when my Granddad was 18 months old from TB and my Great-Grandfather raised my Granddad and his older sister Marie *Pronounced Marry* along with his parents William and I think Mary)

My Fathers Side:
Mary & Robert (These were my Nanna Kathleen’s parents who I know quite minimal about, Robert died when my Dad was very young and Mary was known by everyone in our area but died before I was born)
Mary & Patrick (My Granddad George’s parents, Mary died before my Granddad but after he died my Dad never saw Patrick again sadly so I know very little about them)

Think it also something to note that my grandparents called their grandmothers their Nins as did my Dad call his
My Mum called her grandparents Sissie and Father as she was the oldest who was also the closest to them and her aunts & uncles who called him Father

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