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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #117 on: Saturday 07 March 15 11:39 GMT (UK) »
Not a first name from me, but a middle name! My grandmother's middle name was Dreghorn. Whilst also being a Scottish surname, it's also the name of a village in Ayrshire, near Kilmarnock where she was born!

I have found no other Dreghorns in her tree, although her brothers and sister all carry the other ancestor's surnames as middle names.  A puzzle?

When I once read about the traditional Scottish naming patterns, the usual ones were named, but then it said a child could even  be named for the Minister that baptised them, or maybe a place name! 

I'll guess I'll never know where that one came from, but who knows, perhaps one day!

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #118 on: Thursday 12 March 15 18:14 GMT (UK) »
I have a Hercules in my grandfathers tree.
His surname was   Prisk-which was embarrassingly mis transcribed on the 1841 census !!!
I had researched the tree for my Auntie in Australia who was coming over to visit -as she was 82 I thought it best not to show her the 1841 census.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #119 on: Thursday 12 March 15 18:56 GMT (UK) »
Not enough time to read all but doing a tree for a relative (in-law) I found the forename "Ezskiel".....another biblical name.

At least most of those names have an origin to look back...............unlike some of the more unusual names of today  ;D

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #120 on: Thursday 12 March 15 19:08 GMT (UK) »
My two most unusual are Providence Butt and Thankful Anthony.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #121 on: Thursday 12 March 15 19:59 GMT (UK) »
I have just come across a very odd name in the Scottish branch of my tree.
I have a girl baptised Jamsie in 1807 in Cummertrees, Dumfries. 
For a long time I thought it was a boy mis-transcribed as James but I have now seen the original record and it is definitely Jamsie, daughter.
There is actually a baptism for another girl called Jamsie on the same page of the parish record.
Would this just be a female version of James?

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Unusual First Names - 'Kizdore'
« Reply #122 on: Saturday 04 April 15 07:06 BST (UK) »
I have one that I've never heard an explanation for.  My father's aunt was known during her entire life (not as Ann, but) as 'Kizdore'.   In one letter, she signed her name as 'Kiz' for short.  (Australians have a habit of abbreviating Christian names.)

If anyone has ever heard of 'Kizdore' I'd be delighted to hear, but I'm not expecting a rush!

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #123 on: Saturday 04 April 15 07:56 BST (UK) »
Few unusual ones from my tree ....

Salome
Israel
Richardus
William Esau (Middle name)
Elias
Jabez
Mickaiell
Reynald
King Fisher
Queen Fisher
* Brother & Sister
Augosten
Johanis
Levi
Jemmice
Wheatley
Rehobaon
Druscilla
Tobias
Wakefield
Hepizabah
Arabella
Barnet

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #124 on: Monday 06 April 15 01:32 BST (UK) »
Interesting blog entry by Alex Cox at Find My Past about Puritan names:
http://www.rootschat.com/links/01f3l/

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #125 on: Monday 06 April 15 01:39 BST (UK) »
Very interesting!  But what a "mission" calling them all inside for tea!!

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