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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #36 on: Thursday 31 July 08 15:33 BST (UK) »
I've got Albert Stratford Guildford George Bonmon Canning McLeod born 1868- most of the names from the local landlord, Lord Garvagh.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #37 on: Thursday 31 July 08 16:34 BST (UK) »
I forgot about "Thurstan" my 3great grand aunt-in-law.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #38 on: Thursday 31 July 08 19:50 BST (UK) »
Funnily enough Mary ,that name did creep into my thoughts and I discounted it as it would mean her parents were being TOTALLY frivolous  ;D ,no ,surely they wouldn't have ....would they .....?
Can't think of anything else ,they were not from the most learned background ,all other siblings had relatively normal names ,though on one census her father is down as John Hershall Smith ,but just the once ,strange.
Hubbie is still  laughing about it .
Poor girl ,I did notice that she never married and is plain Boadicea Diana on her death cert ,bless her heart.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #39 on: Thursday 31 July 08 20:17 BST (UK) »
Actually the first Boadicea was quite the gal, led her people in an uprising against the Romans though in the end was defeated. But that,s poor consolation when you have to go through life with a name like that. Wonder what they called her for short? Boady?
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Did you mean Emphesema?
« Reply #40 on: Thursday 31 July 08 20:28 BST (UK) »
Only the second outing on Rootschat for this name - Ricky found one a couple of weeks ago

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #41 on: Friday 01 August 08 14:42 BST (UK) »
I've got a couple of names which do not appear to be the norm in my family lines, we have Euphemia (female), Uriah (Male), there's a few Temperances passed down through one particular line,   There's an Elflada (female) - like to know where that one comes from, Maide (female), Othneil (i'm told that one's of welsh origin).

I think the strangest one though is on my hubby's side.  His great grandfather was one of 8 children, all of which had what i would say were normal names (by that I mean you know roughly the origin).  His great grandfather's christian names were Mescach Edward, which I thought was odd but I've since discovered that Meschach was a common biblical name around the 1860s, he dropped the use of Meschach and called himslef Edward from the age of 20.  His siblings all had names like Robert, Rosa, William, Charles etc. apart from one poor soul who they called Europe Euphrates.  I can only assume their parents saw or read something about travel and were inspired!!

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Durham/Newcastle: Richardson, Glendenning, Glendening, Glendinning, Postle, Carr, Tatters
Norfolk/Suffolk: Love, Sharman
Somerset/Glamorgan, Wales: Brooks, Elliott, Smith
Cumberland: Richardson, Gribbin, Butler, Tatters
Shropshire/Welshpool: Thomas, Bradshaw, Summers, Weatherby, Phillips
Scotland: Baxter, Service, McMaster

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #42 on: Friday 01 August 08 15:25 BST (UK) »
There's an Elflada (female) - like to know where that one comes from, Nad

It should be Elfleda, which is the Latinised form of the Old English female personal name elfld copmposed of the elements el noble + fld beauty.
It was revived briefly in the 19th Century.
"The Oxford Names Companion"

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #43 on: Friday 01 August 08 15:37 BST (UK) »
Thanks Stan

Interesting - I wonder if she was a noble beauty, unfortunately I have no pictures of her.

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Durham/Newcastle: Richardson, Glendenning, Glendening, Glendinning, Postle, Carr, Tatters
Norfolk/Suffolk: Love, Sharman
Somerset/Glamorgan, Wales: Brooks, Elliott, Smith
Cumberland: Richardson, Gribbin, Butler, Tatters
Shropshire/Welshpool: Thomas, Bradshaw, Summers, Weatherby, Phillips
Scotland: Baxter, Service, McMaster

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #44 on: Friday 01 August 08 15:47 BST (UK) »
There are 60 Elfleda on FreeBmd between 1840-1921.

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