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.

Cassius Clay

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, and fought under his birth name until 1964, when he entered the Nation of Islam and was renamed Muhammad Ali, rejecting Cassius Clay as “a slave name”—though the original Cassius Clay was an abolitionist. The august Latin Cassius is another ancient relic that has recently been revived, along with Caspian, Cassian and Casper.

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