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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #288 on: Tuesday 07 August 18 00:23 BST (UK) »
Apart from the usual categories of "rarely heard nowadays" and "obviously from a surname" names, I have a few oddities among ladies who married twigs on my tree. 

Daucha and Darnigo, and the splendidly named Evangeline Emmeline Eugenie, who named her daughter Dulcibella Eugenie.

From my main line I can only offer Etheldra, a name I haven't encountered elsewhere. 
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« Reply #289 on: Tuesday 21 August 18 16:13 BST (UK) »
Looking through a newspaper for a WW1 casualty my eye was drawn to a first name in another article which made me wonder WHY?

I can understand naming a child after a biblical character, one of the seven Virtues, a town, a national hero, or a famous event, but why would anyone name their daughter Reservoir?
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #290 on: Tuesday 21 August 18 17:25 BST (UK) »
"why would anyone name their daughter Reservoir?"

Dunno.  Why would anyone name their daughter Circuncisión?  But I did know a woman of that name in Iquitos, fondly know as Doña Circo [which in itself is a little odd since circo means circus].
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #291 on: Tuesday 21 August 18 17:57 BST (UK) »
Looking through a newspaper for a WW1 casualty my eye was drawn to a first name in another article which made me wonder WHY?

I can understand naming a child after a biblical character, one of the seven Virtues, a town, a national hero, or a famous event, but why would anyone name their daughter Reservoir?

I have seen Reservoir in Gypsy families. 
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« Reply #292 on: Wednesday 22 August 18 03:17 BST (UK) »
"why would anyone name their daughter Reservoir?"

Dunno.  Why would anyone name their daughter Circuncisión?  But I did know a woman of that name in Iquitos, fondly know as Doña Circo [which in itself is a little odd since circo means circus].

It does seem bizarre, but there is a tradition of naming children after Catholic festivals.  My Peruvian wife has ancestors (mostly with the first name Maria) named Asuncion, Circunsicion, Exaltacion, Natividad and others.
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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #293 on: Monday 07 January 19 10:53 GMT (UK) »
I too have Garthuried Ferres of St.Allen, cornwall - she married my gggreatgrandfather - been trying to find out more about her but have hit a brick wall - many times - then came across your post

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #294 on: Monday 07 January 19 11:14 GMT (UK) »
gezzers

http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~blanchec/genealogy/StAllenMarriagePt1.htm

not sure if thats her but could be a family name

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Re: Unusual First Names
« Reply #295 on: Monday 07 January 19 12:12 GMT (UK) »
One of the most unusual ones I’ve come across is Deidamia. She was born in 1795 and her niece (also Deidamia) was born in 1819.

Prudence is also a rare one in my tree, along with Stirland and Freeman (which turned out to be maiden surnames of grandmothers ect.)

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« Reply #296 on: Monday 07 January 19 13:21 GMT (UK) »
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http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~blanchec/genealogy/StAllenMarriagePt1.htm

not sure if thats her but could be a family name

Yonks

yes I have that thank you - but as to her parents were... give in, as of now, even variants of her maiden name or surname come up with nothing certainly not in St.Allen parish or near-by parishes.