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Offline sleepybarb

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Re: Unusual first names in Cornwall
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 08 March 18 17:17 GMT (UK) »
My husbandís grandmother was Catherine George, her mother was Salome and her brother was Samson.
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Re: Unusual first names in Cornwall
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 08 March 18 18:09 GMT (UK) »
A religious aspect not mentioned is naming children after saints with local connections. Cuthbert belongs to Durham of course but there was a fondness for the name in other parts of Northern England. His monks transported his body around until it finally came to rest at Durham. A small cell of monks from Durham existed at Lytham on the Lancashire coast, opposite side of England to Durham. Parish church of Lytham is still St. Cuthbert. Many families in that region of Lancashire named a son Cuthbert, sometimes shortened to "Cuddy".
 Sir Cuthbert Clifton became Lord of the Manor of Lytham at beginning of 17thC. Some of his tenants and staff may have named a son in his honour. He may have been godfather to some. Members of later generations of his family were godparents to babies in my family and some were named for the godparent or other members of the Clifton family (one example being a baby christened Frederick).
The family from Co. Durham which I mentioned in post #4 also had children called after aristocratic godparents. If some namesakes had several surviving children and grandchildren then those names might appear frequently in later generations.

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Re: Unusual first names in Cornwall
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 11 March 18 14:04 GMT (UK) »
Then, of course, there are names peculiar to locality?

In the Isle of Man these would include Cesar, Juan (pronounced joo-an), Christory, Colby, Faragher, Finbar, Orry, Fenella, Greeba, Joney, Voirrey, Mona, .
Garrad (Suffolk, Essex, Somerset), Crocker (Somerset), Vanstone (Devon, Jersey), Sims (Wiltshire), Bridger (Kent)

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Re: Unusual first names in Cornwall
« Reply #12 on: Sunday 18 March 18 18:36 GMT (UK) »
My great-great-great grandfather in Cornwall, Ambrose Bowden, and his father and grandfather were all called Ambrose. His wife and grandmother were both called Elizabeth. His mother was Beatrice. Elizabeth seems very common in Devon and Cornwall, Ambrose and Beatrice less so.
Cornish (Devon)
Bowden (Cornwall, Devon)
Kitson (Devon, not North Lancashire)
Karslake (Devon)
Duncan (Ireland)
Colclough (Ireland, not Staffordshire)
McMurtry (Ireland)