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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #70 on: August 24, 2008, 07:54:29 PM »
My grandson has a classmate whose name is Espn. Apparently his parents are true sports fans.


Do they say each letter or run it together as a word? ???

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #71 on: August 24, 2008, 08:21:41 PM »
It's pronounced Espen.

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #72 on: August 26, 2008, 05:47:28 PM »
I'll just add to the list:  Tazewell, Iden, Cordial, Corda, Vienna, Canada, Alphious, Dema, Comfort, Hardaman, Leander, Hunter, Lusha, Aetna, Ventner, Pella, Tarice, Ardena, Anice, Rufus, Sirilda, Harwood, Semir, Alfa, Marvelle, Lessa, Lovie, Lovisa, Leovicy, Perley, Alena, Slater, Arminta, Malchus, Arlow, Burleigh, Philena, Hannibal, Permenas, Greenberry, Nenia, Ransom, Milo, Ercell, Warwick, Americus, Fidelia, Arista, Villis, Rodema, Wilkie, Clavy, Chois, Elderick, Lionel, Fremont, Syntha, Prentice, Zerelda, Elby, Kizzie, Philetus, Darius, Finley, Dessie, Allwyn, Norval, Cordelia, and Temperance.
Good heavens...what are these??? Strange town names in Kansas?

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #73 on: August 26, 2008, 05:53:14 PM »
Beleive it or not  ;D, but these are given names that are engraved in stone (tombstones) in the Grace Lawn cemetery!

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #74 on: November 12, 2008, 04:54:36 PM »
I have been in genealogy and land research since 1989, east coast and east of the Mississippi and incl IA, MO & NE. .

  I think one of the saddest bizarre names I ever saw that has stuck with me, and I always wondered WHAT was behind it, in a MO county birth index was c1920s:

FORMICA DINETTE JOHNSON

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #75 on: November 12, 2008, 10:04:25 PM »
That is a good one.  I found Finely Stretchberry  (Not a relative) while searching genealogy.  It has always stuck in my mind as unusal.  Gee, I think my mother had a formica dinette in her kitchen . :laugh: :laugh:
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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #76 on: November 12, 2008, 10:24:44 PM »
back in the mid1990s before the Internet.....  I traveled all over the USA to get to the courthouses and land deeds and indexes and sub-basements full of moldy damp leather ledgers and libraries and city directories etc.. and all those newspapers on microfilm I guess I just can't ever forget are the secret goldmines..

I love the early Colonial period: wives: Solace, Comfort, Mindwell, etc.

 but I had the most bizarre experiences with first names in MO, they had SUCH a run of initials as ''names''  around Columbia ...      RG {Argie} OC {Ocie}, DC {Deecee} boys... XE {Exie, a girl} etc. ...... like the mothers liked the sound the initials made.    no one was left alive to explain WHY.      but every combo of ABCs you could sound off!!   at first  I thought it was just the census taker but no, that WAS their names on everything.   !!

I had to look up a NICHOLS family too, and I was astounded.  I was about to burn out the xerox machine in exasperation.   I told Paul he'd have to help with the NICHOLS cos I just ran out of DIMES. 

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #77 on: November 12, 2008, 10:31:09 PM »
My granma Smith used to tell us about some girls she grew up with last name Hogg, their dad named them Ima and Ura  :P She was from Polk Co. Missouri. Can you imagine?
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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #78 on: November 12, 2008, 11:51:03 PM »
POLK CO MO, hmm.. isn't that Cane Hill and Fair Play?!   or was that BOLIVAR??   anyway, somewhere there;  I don't have my files handy, but I was doing a lot of family in POLK CO MO.  see, SMALL WORLD.   

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Re: Unusual Given Names
« Reply #79 on: November 13, 2008, 08:51:51 AM »
She grew up in Halfway.  That's a town half way between Boliver and Buffalo.  Her maiden name was Samples.
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