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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #207 on: Sunday 25 September 16 08:52 BST (UK) »
Marrying into my family was an Agathos, who named his son Augustus.  The latter is not so unusual but whence came papa's name?

Definitely looks Greek, and may be their version of Augustus.  Ag- meaning Saint or saintly.

It would be quite unusual.  These were a family of lowly origins and were mainly domestic servants, agricultural labourers, gamekeepers, etc.  Not to say that they weren't intelligent but looking at the censuses, none of the family went to school past the age of about 12 (until they had to stay until they were 14 in the 1800s).  Interesting, though...
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #208 on: Sunday 25 September 16 15:05 BST (UK) »
Found this, in regard to Agathos...

" ...inherently (intrinsically) good; as to the believer, 18 (agathós) describes what originates from God and is empowered by Him in their life, through faith..."

The Greek word for saint is 'agios' (male) or 'agia' (female), so it's obviously the same root;  however, the question still remains...I wonder where they got the idea for the name, as it's not actually a name but an adjective ??? ???
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #209 on: Sunday 25 September 16 18:48 BST (UK) »
...I wonder where they got the idea for the name, as it's not actually a name but an adjective ??? ???

So (I believe) is Augustus, or Benedict or Amanda.  Most names will have been descriptive originally, those meanings have just faded away, or come from an unfamiliar language.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #210 on: Monday 26 September 16 18:28 BST (UK) »
Isn't it just the masculine form of 'Agatha'?

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« Reply #211 on: Monday 26 September 16 23:10 BST (UK) »
Isn't it just the masculine form of 'Agatha'?

Yes, it will be; and as Agatha (according to my name book) means Good Woman (Greek) it will simply mean Good Man.  Rather uninteresting really ...  :-[
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« Reply #212 on: Saturday 29 October 16 03:32 BST (UK) »
Just found this while helping a RC'r;

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #213 on: Tuesday 01 November 16 18:45 GMT (UK) »
Bungate Bunney was not a Beatrix Potter character, but a child christened in Rothley, Leic, in May 1737   ;D
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« Reply #214 on: Sunday 18 December 16 03:09 GMT (UK) »
I've just come across 'Onely'...

I thought it must of been transcribed incorrectly until I found her getting married!

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #215 on: Sunday 18 December 16 03:24 GMT (UK) »
I've put this on another thread in the past, but came across this recently: Thomas and Mary Day had a son born 25 December 1762 and named him Christmas.  ;D I even have proof in 1801 with his signature on a marriage document when he was one of the witnesses!

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