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Offline Grothenwell

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #90 on: Wednesday 07 September 11 08:16 BST (UK) »
Hi Stan,

Thanks for replying. No it was the boy's forename (i thought Hope would be a girl's name). I presume now that the Ramsay was perhaps a family friend, I can't find it as a surname within the family (so far).

Yes that was the same BMD one I found, mine one does not have the same family surname and not in Liverpool either.

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #91 on: Friday 14 October 11 09:47 BST (UK) »
I bet you all thought that Allison was a girl's name - wrong!  I have four males called Allison in my tree.  Two are cousins in the same family (one of them being my great grandfather), and the others are nephew and uncle (one being the brother of gg father's bride).  Quite logical really - "son of Alice"! 

I've also got a few surnames as forenames - Sutcliffe, Wadsworth, Fairbank and Jennings.  And I came across a Beaujolais when transcribing for FreeBMD.

In more recent times (well, last century) I went out with a guy whose middle names were Shakespeare Ruskin!!

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That makes sense and I've also seen it prevalent as a male/family name, although it has been used as a female name in the past, eg the female character of 'Alison' in Chaucer's 'The Miller's Tale' written in the late 1300s!

It is bizarre to see the 'Carol' used frequently as a male name the further back you go. Apparently it's a European version of Carl, so Carl/Carla corresponds with Carol/Carola/Caroline. The male director of the film Oliver!, as well as Pope John Paul II, were both Carols. :o

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #92 on: Friday 14 October 11 16:06 BST (UK) »
It is bizarre to see the 'Carol' used frequently as a male name the further back you go. Apparently it's a European version of Carl, so Carl/Carla corresponds with Carol/Carola/Caroline. The male director of the film Oliver!, as well as Pope John Paul II, were both Carols. :o

Carolus is the Latin form of Charles, so not so odd when you think about it.  Charles, Karl, Carl, Karel etc, all forms of the same name.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #93 on: Friday 14 October 11 20:20 BST (UK) »
The unusual names in my tree are Kesannah,Fanny Duff(not surname) and Slaneyann
Hide/Hyde Kent,Sussex,West Ham
Beale/Burgess Sussex
Reed West Ham,East Ham London
Banks Seaford,Rottingdean Sussex
Koller Poplar London,Como Italy.
Checkley Northamptonshire.
Bentley Northamptonshire.West Ham,Poplar
Ridley Gatehead Durham Northumberland.
Poplar.Galt, Ontario, Canada
Corbyn Poplar,West Ham.Suffolk
Merritt Norwich.West ham
Watson Norwich,West Ham


Corbyn Fressingield Suffolk
Ridley.Galt Ontario

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #94 on: Saturday 15 October 11 11:59 BST (UK) »
The most unusual name I've come across so far is Manasseh Brumbill.  It's biblical, but I had to google it to find that out.


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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #95 on: Sunday 16 October 11 20:42 BST (UK) »
I have just come across a female name of Fridiswide.  Has anyone heard of that?

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Stoneham - Kent / Essex / Herts / Bucks / Devon
Pike - Kent
Pay - Kent
Swan/Swaine - Herts / London
Bissenden - Kent
Chappell - Herts
Hammond - Essex

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #96 on: Sunday 16 October 11 20:51 BST (UK) »
St Frideswide: Oxford's patron saint
St. Frideswide - more properly Fritheswith - was born in the Southern border regions of the Kingdom of Mercia, traditionally at Oxford, http://www.berkshirehistory.com/bios/frideswide.html


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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #97 on: Sunday 16 October 11 20:58 BST (UK) »
Thank you Stan.  How strange that they all came from Kent. 

Never mind - it has answered my question.

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Stoneham - Kent / Essex / Herts / Bucks / Devon
Pike - Kent
Pay - Kent
Swan/Swaine - Herts / London
Bissenden - Kent
Chappell - Herts
Hammond - Essex

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #98 on: Monday 17 October 11 16:28 BST (UK) »
My favourite first name in my family tree is Newyear.  Guess when he was born?   ;)
BANFIELD - Kent
CARTER - Dovercourt
COLLINS - Lambeth, Westminster, Thames Watermen
CRISPIN - Lulworth, Alverstoke, Woolwich
FLYNN - Chatham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
HODGKINS - Tanworth, East Ham
MAVITY - Enniskillen, Woolwich
PRICE - Stepney, Hackney, Deptford
PULLUM - Camberwell, Shoreditch
SHEPHARD - Camberwell, Mile End
SIMPSON - Chatham, Woolwich
SOMERS - Blagdon, Glastonbury
STEVENSON - Lambeth
SULLEY - London, Woolwich
SWAN - Lambeth, Westminster
WHITE - Swallowcliffe