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I know more about the women than the men.


We had the Months. April. May. June.


The gemstones. Opal, Pearl, ruby. Jewell,Garnet, jade, Beryl. Coral.


The flora. Ivy. Rose. Pansy.daisy.fern.poppy.aster. joy.


There's some more, but can't recall.


What are those you remember? We had the almas, Edna, mabels, etc

had two uncles-twins one was named Frank, one Ernie together they were Frank and Ernest we used to laugh at that
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Looking at grandparents of my grandparents brought out some more: Aceneth Emeline, Verlinda, Franklin Delonia
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We also had a Maude, along with Fanny, Sally, Nora, Georgia, and Esther. For men there was an Ernest, Julius, Seymour, and best of all, a Dude!
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Oooh, great thread! My Polish grandmother's name was Aniela, and we pronounced it anYELLuh. I think it's so beautiful.
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I shook the family tree [3,000 on my Dad's side] and here are the names I really like:

Albert, Gustave, Gersham, Harlow, Wilheim

Emma, Mattie, Fredericka, Flora, Kate
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Mahala seems to have been a popular name in the early 1800s and continued to be used into the 1880s or so, probably as a passed down family name.

In the 1900s, Pernia and Pernicia also briefly appear in the family tree.
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Great, gr. gr. gr. gr. Aunt Catherine.
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Margaret,
In answer to your question:
Among them, from the descendants of Judah, were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The chief official gave them other names: he gave the name Belteshazzar to Daniel, Shadrach to Hananiah, Meshach to Mishael, and Abednego to Azariah.
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There are still a few men named Beverly living in the area (known as Bev), not part of my family tree though.
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Margaret,

I agree about the Queen, Prince, etc names.

As an adult I saw a photo of my Aunt Queenie in some sort of velvet robes and a HUGE crown. I asked my Dad if this is where she got the nickname Queenie. He told me no. Her real name was Queen Alice.
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Mina,

My DH had a great Aunt Agnes. Her sister’s name was Grace. There was a cousin in there named Wille Mae.

Also in DHs family there is a middle name of Teal. It goes way back to the first Irish immigrant in his family.

The middle name Teal has been used a lot in is family for a couple of generations.
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On my dad's side there were gemstones and flora - Opal and Fern. Interesting to see all these names posted here.
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I'm really impressed by Shadrack, Meshack & Abednego. What were they actually called normally?
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My husband has Ebeneza & Maude, from Connecticut County.

I had a Great Uncle Ces & Great Aunt Silve (Cecil & Silvia I suppose). He spoke with a whistly S.
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My Dad's ancestors include a man called Almond Cornish.

Also a coal mining family from Snedshill, Shifnal, Shropshire (UK) with children named Shadrack, Meshack & Abednego.
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Hah! Have I missed it?, ...or has no one mentioned "Agnes"?....Grandpa John was escorted across the vast Atlantic from Ireland in the late 19thC at 18 YO by his Aunt Agnes (30+YO). She was revered in the family, or so I learned at the family gatherings. She apparently lived to be about a gazillion years old.

God Bless her....strong young and old woman....YESS.....but, I do not believe, despite her worthiness, she ever had a namesake in the family.
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Parazetta!
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My mom is Violet ( becoming popular again), and her sisters were/are Betty and Edith ( both mom and Edith wish they were named Nancy). My MIL was Emilline. My GM was Sarah and my GM was Lottie. One Fay. Of the men we have a line of Walkers, and a Harry. even my name is sort of old fashioned.. not many Pamelas out there now. But I love my name!
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This is lighthearted and fun.
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My great grandfather had the given name Potter. He was named after his grandfather. Other names Wilson, Ezra, William, Amity, Spencer, Robert
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lizzywho61,

I think the last Rufus passed in 1950. He was married twice & had 2 stepdaughters from his second marriage. I am from Texas & we could be cousins of cousins 🤗
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The diminutives ie shortened versions of names are interesting too. Segoline, there is a teenage-type book called Playing Beattie Bow, and they called their Dorcas “Dovey”. And Cwillie, Flossie was the shortened form of ‘Florence’ and it really was a common cow’s name. My mother’s name was Everett – unusual for a girl but probably easier than a Boy Named Sue. I’ve only ever come across ‘Cunigunde’ in ‘All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds’ ie Voltaire – I didn’t know it was a real name. I’ve always thought it was most of a challenge to be labelled Queen, Prince, King, Duke etc.
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Longears,

If either one of your elders named Rufus married a woman in the TX hill country named Marie in the mid 60s we might be related. My step grandad’s name was Rufus.

My grandmothers name was Wille Marie she went by Marie.

The women in my Dad’s family: Alvarene, Nora Bell, Tony Bell, Georgie Luzelle, Queen Alice.
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Edwina(and she was not a favorite),Gladys,alot of Dorothy's and shortened versions of same,Leonora which I was almost named,and the others were more common. My children have unusual names but I was very into the meaning of names so there was always a purpose. The middle names in my family have honored family members for decades and this tradition is continuing with the newest generation.
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You know this inspired me to search for Kunayunda. According to Wiki

"Kunigunde, Kunigunda, or Cunigunde is a European female name of German origin derived from "kuni" (clan, family) and "gund" (war).[1] In Polish this is sometimes Kunegunda".

Isn't the internet a wonderful thing?
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On one side, my grandmother, Lura. Great grandmother Matie. Greataunts Minnie, Rose and Gertrude. On the other side, two *female* great-great-greats named Joseph and Robert, and a *male* great-great-great named Beloved.
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Edith, Horace, Arthur, May, Maybelle
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Alva, Helen, Frances, Gertrude, Olga, Lillian, Edna, and I could go on forever.
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Friends/Family...Olive, Floyd, Bess, Eugenie, Martha, Earl, Marge, Irene, Aletha, Etta, Nolan.
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We had this discussion at the dinner table a couple of months ago. The grandchildren laughed like crazy at the first & last name combos!

Etta, Edna, Ellen, Yura, Audie, Burlie, Louise, Marian, Myrtle, Hazel, Jackie, Jewel, Clara, Pearl, Veda, Beatrice, Bernice, Eltha

Everett, Burl, Valgene, Aubrey, Hollis, Ocie, Rufus, Chester, Garland, Guy, Rufus, Ira, Sargent, Leon, Kenneth, Carl, Johnson, Dwight, Niles

Some names are on both sides of the family so may have been popular at the time.

When Uncle Johnson was born his mother (my great-great-grandmother) was tired & worn out by too many babies too close together. When it was time to name him, she said she didn't care. Let the children name him. He had 5 names & went by Burl in public & Johnson among family.
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