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nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 19:39:20

I'm a lot bit crackers about family history and would love to take a name from my tree that is a bit more unusual.

I have to go very far back to find names other than the Margarets and Elizabeths, and around the 1100s I found 'Adeline' which I rather like - it sounds quite elegant IMO - but I'm not sure whether it's "add-a-line" (which I'd prefer) or "add-a-leen".

What d'you lot reckon? smile

meditrina Fri 18-Oct-13 19:45:47

I read it as Add-a-line

I've never heard it said out loud.

Frontdoorstep Fri 18-Oct-13 19:51:03

You pronounce it add- a- line, it's unusual, I like it, and if it haas family connections for you, even better, it would be a very good choice.

Frikadellen Fri 18-Oct-13 19:52:13

Pretty and yes Add a line

RoadToTuapeka Fri 18-Oct-13 19:58:20

I would pronounce it as Ad - a - line, is a very pretty name!

HorryIsUpduffed Fri 18-Oct-13 20:06:45

1100s though? Holy crap that's some serious genealogy!

Add-a-line, yes. Very cool.

HollyBen Fri 18-Oct-13 20:13:08

Love it!

QOD Fri 18-Oct-13 20:21:23

Oh I like!

Add a line

Like from Bread! Or was that Av a line?

Offcolour Fri 18-Oct-13 20:27:01


mysterymeg Fri 18-Oct-13 20:30:55

I had a friend at school who was Adeline pronounced add - a - leen but she was French if that makes a difference?

meditrina Fri 18-Oct-13 20:32:59

The Bread character was Aveline.

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 20:36:31

It does have French roots grin the poshest Adeline I found was "Adeline de Beauchamp" so yeah. Another for the list!

SconeRhymesWithGone Fri 18-Oct-13 20:45:18

There's a song:

Sweet Adeline

Mills Brothers singing Sweet Adeline

Bowlersarm Fri 18-Oct-13 20:46:37

I thought 'Bread' as well. Similar name. I think it's clumsy.

squoosh Fri 18-Oct-13 21:00:51

Adeline doesn't sound very 12th century!

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 21:52:04

Yup, it is -

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 21:52:17


squoosh Fri 18-Oct-13 21:59:09

Well you must come from posh stock, I'll bet my 12th century relatives had names like Grubb and Lump.

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 22:04:26

I wish mine were normal early on! We all have aristocratic ancestors - it's just sometimes almost impossible to trace them. I'm lucky because all my direct lines from the 1600s onwards is from one small town, so surnames are easy to trace, even though they lost their riches by then! It's sickening to see all these ruined castles that used to be my great x n grandfather's property... I should drop the National Trust a line...

All the lines I've traced were aristocratic before the 1600s (before official records of the whole population started) so it's easy to trace back to Norman times.

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 22:07:00

And since I've traced my direct line back to approx. 300 great x 24 grandfathers, I bet nearly everyone on Mumsnet is directly related to these same aristocrats, as they would have had tens of thousands of descendants.

My family tree has over 10000 people in it so far blush

HorryIsUpduffed Fri 18-Oct-13 22:26:43

Crikey. I got bored doing mine so DH took over. He said it got much easier once they turned up on Wikipedia and he could just keep clicking grin

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 22:34:46

I blame the English Civil War. I think my Northern aristocrats ended up supporting the wrong side (Royalists) so got a lot of their land taken from them. It would explain why my direct ancestors suddenly stop turning up in "Castle X" or "Manor Y" and instead end up marrying people with normal more Sirs or Ladies after the 1600s sad

ZombieMonkeyButler Fri 18-Oct-13 22:43:32

Wow, how posh! If your ancestors owned castles mine would have been their servants more than likely!

I can't believe you've had to go back 800 years to find a usable name though - were they all Margarets and Elizabeths?

marriedinwhiteisback Fri 18-Oct-13 22:43:38

So Adeline de Beachamp is likely to have French roots then. Anything to do with Beauchamp Place (Beecham Place) in Knightsbridge OP?

Lovely name by the way.

nomorecrumbs Fri 18-Oct-13 22:53:05

There's a fair few Alice's, which normally I'd love, but DP's ex and an ex's ex is called Alice so the name is ruined for me :P

There are 283 Margarets in my family. Over 300 Elizabeths. It's quite common, yeah grin Northern inbred aristocrats were a conventional bunch.

Beauchamp Place has its roots in the Seymour family and I haven't traced my ancestors back through that line yet - I don't think I'm directly related, that's getting close to royal links and I've only found cousins around that way!

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