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    The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    I'm a huge genealogy fan, and more than anything I love poring through old baptism records. Here is a sample of interesting names (or ones you wouldn't expect being used that far back) I have collected, all from Norfolk (England) baptism records circa 1500-1800. The entire list is huge so I'll have to do it in stages if anyone would like more :)

    Boys:
    Barbary -- used for girls as well occasionally
    Bartlett
    Barton
    Brettingham
    Cleophes
    Cloudesley -- popular surname-firstname
    Collen
    Dorothie -- yep, on a man. 3 in fact
    Dycker
    Framlinggim
    Godsgift
    Heth
    Kelah
    Kirby
    Maher Shalalhasbaz
    Paston
    Phinchas
    Postle
    Priest
    Raynor
    Salathiell
    Seaman
    Salmon
    Saunders
    Smithley
    Wallers
    Willoughby
    Wolfrie
    Zaphnathpaneah

    Girls:
    Amphillis / Amphylis -- popular
    Anice / Annis
    Anthonie / Anthoney -- popular on boys in 1600s and ocassionally used on girls
    Arimathae
    Bennet -- quite popular for girls in early 1700s
    Bethsabe / Bethsaby
    Bethshien
    Boyden
    Christmas
    Climelche
    Crissa
    Delariviere
    Dionyse
    Dove
    Edone
    Elling
    Emery
    Emmenie
    Euphane
    Grissell
    Jeronomie / Jeronomey
    Hizzia
    Marylina
    Mathew -- loads of girl Mathews in the 1600s!
    Meurrabell
    Milliottia
    Oley / Ollye
    Pretoria
    Raphaell
    Rosila
    Thomizen / Thomashen / Thamason
    Thyrsa
    Verele / Verily
    Willow
    Willoughby -- This was pretty popular for both boys and girls in the mid-1700s. Even my gtx4 grandmother had this name.
    Wishers
    Zippery

    Sex unknown:
    Christmas Eve -- born on Dec 24th ;)
    Fortune
    Kennedy
    Lydda
    Trife
    Wolstone


    Most of the surname-first names come from where a child was born out of wedlock and were given their father's surname e.g Wallers Moate son of Anne Moate and Thomas Wallers.
    Secondly, they are taken from the mother's maiden name or just popular surname-firstnames in that village/area at the time.


    I also love the spellings of 'recognisable' names:

    Ezegielle (Ezekiel)
    Hewghe (Hugh)
    Joseve (Joseph)
    Matthewsella -- it took me ages to see Methuselah lol
    Samewell (Samuel)
    Umffry (Humphrey)

    Abygaille (Abigail)
    Awdrye (Audrey)
    Brygitte (Brigit)
    Cecelye / Cecylie (Cecily)
    Dorithie (Dorothy)
    Ellyne (Ellen)
    Jone (Joan)
    Letace (Lettice)
    Liddia (Lydia)
    Marable (Mirabel)
    Margrate (Margaret)
    Milleson (Millecent)

    Added to this of course, we have all the post-reformation biblical favourites:
    Dorcas, Keziah, Hepzibah, Zipporah, Jemima, Bethel
    Mordecai, Shadrach, Meshach, Moses, Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Esau, Bartholomew
    etc (too many to list lol)

    The virtues:
    Temperance, Pleasance, Honesty, Prudence, Virtue, Mercy, Patience, Modesty, Silence
    Godsgift, Livewell, Amorous, Noble


    Reference to local heroes:
    Julian (f)
    Horatio, Kett

    -- Horatio Nelson, Robert Kett & St Julian (medieval female saint)

    16th Century sense of classical grandeur:
    Aurelia, Aquilla, Priscilla, Benedicta, Christiania, Ursula, Beatrixe, Diana
    Octavian, Augustin(e), Augustus, Valentine, Erasmus, Theophilus, Lancelot, Cornelius, Emmanuel, Marmaduke, Eusebius
    Trends, styles and quirks of British names:
    www.britishbabynames.com

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 17th/18th Century

    These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing the list.
    Pam Redmond
    Nameberry

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 17th/18th Century

    My pleasure, Pam. I'm glad you found them interesting! :)
    Trends, styles and quirks of British names:
    www.britishbabynames.com

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    Thanks for sharing these. I have several female Barbary's in my family tree. I have always loved Willowby/Willoughby for a girl. Glad to see I am not the first to think of it. :)

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    Arimathea (I'm not sure it's spelled that way) is a place in the bible. Your relative Arimathae could have been named for it. I like Emmenie but it looks like a mis-said enemy. These are great, thanks for sharing them.

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    Oh, I hadn't noticed that! :)

    There were other biblical place names as well like: Kelah (Keilah?) (m), Bethel (f), Judah (f), Lydda & Zebulun (m)
    Trends, styles and quirks of British names:
    www.britishbabynames.com

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    So interesting!

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    i love the name Temperence..
    it's even on my list as Temperence Grace..

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    Elea thank you for posting this. :)

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    Re: The Weird and the Wonderful from the 16th/17th/18th Century

    Yes I am definitely interested in having more of these names please! My mum and I are into genealogy, and have spent years going round the UK looking at gravestones, so I totally understand your passion!

    More please!

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