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Horrific names from your family tree

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Fantail Tue 14-Jan-14 21:12:19

We have been working a little bit on DH's family tree lately. There are some hmm names in there but none more horrific than a little boy in the 1800s named Ethelbert who grew up in East London.

Have you come across any in your family?

notso Tue 14-Jan-14 21:52:45

Brother and sister Boy and Baby surname Fokker. I'm not even joking shock

Toptack Tue 14-Jan-14 21:53:01

My great grandad was called Adolf. Do I win?

BigBoPeep Tue 14-Jan-14 21:53:48

LOVING these names! Mine are all pretty normal, abraham's about as unusual as it gets sad

Aristobulus, I am so naming something that!!!

BitchyHen Tue 14-Jan-14 21:54:47

Going back to the Victorian era there is a set of sisters all with flower names. Most of the names are conventional and lovely,except for Chrysanthemum.

SicknSpan Tue 14-Jan-14 21:55:24


from the Welsh valleys, early 1800's, on my mums side.

BananaNotPeelingWell Tue 14-Jan-14 21:55:25

Wow there are some corkers on here!grin But Toptack wins.

NotAnotherNewNappy Tue 14-Jan-14 22:03:18

I see your Berthas and raise you to an Albertha. Surely that beats. 12 regular Berthas?

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Tue 14-Jan-14 22:05:01

Between me and DH we have

Clough (born 1895)
Comfort (born 1876)
Heppenstall (born 1838)
Lenness (born 1888)
Mansel (born 1885)
Vitruvius Partridge (born 1881. OK, in that case Partridge was his mother's maiden name, but still, imagine going through life saddled with a name like Vitruvius Partridge Lastname)

Sukebind Tue 14-Jan-14 22:09:02

Also have a Mona Temperance...

JacqueslePeacock Tue 14-Jan-14 22:10:43

Jack (as a first name) Jack (as a surname) - actually, not just one but several of these in my DH's family tree.

In fact, his great great great grandfather was Jack Jack, son of Jack Jack, married to Mary Jack, whose father AND elder brother were also called Jack Jack.

And what did Jack Jack and Mary Jack name their first son? Jack, of course!

MooncupGoddess Tue 14-Jan-14 22:11:50

I have an Apollo lurking somewhere in mine!

JacqueslePeacock Tue 14-Jan-14 22:11:59

I also have an Inkerman (yes, as a given name) in my family tree. Named after the Battle of Inkerman I guess.

Starballbunny Tue 14-Jan-14 22:14:24

And of course my great Auntie G (who hated Gladys so much she always sighted her cards just 'Auntie G' lovely curly flourishy G and nothing more)

SparklingMuppet Tue 14-Jan-14 22:14:34

They're not necessarily awful but certainly unusual and of their time - between 1770 and 1918 I have:

Adelaide and Adeline
Barcus Aquila (just how glorious is that?!)
Douglas Maria Theresa (yes, she was a woman named Douglas...)
Innocent (she was born illegitimately, her mother presumably making a point of the child's innocence in that)
Septimus (yes he was the seventh born)
Thomasine and Thomasina
Verdun (named after the battle his father died in)

and various other rather obscure biblical names too.

SoftSheen Tue 14-Jan-14 22:16:57

Urquart. Never heard of another.

Also several outlandish biblical names including Hepzibah and others I forget.

Mooncup I rather like Apollo!

JanePurdy Tue 14-Jan-14 22:16:57


I can only think of


SparklingMuppet Tue 14-Jan-14 22:17:42

Oooh I missed Appolina and Ariel (1880's)

WynkenBlynkenandNod Tue 14-Jan-14 22:18:57


MirandaGoshawk Tue 14-Jan-14 22:19:46

We have a Mafeking, a girl. She was born in South Africa when the town of Mafeking was relieved (around 1900?)

HumpheadWrasse Tue 14-Jan-14 22:19:52

I have a Mepsibosheth. Good Yorkshire Methodist stock!

SparklingMuppet Tue 14-Jan-14 22:21:33

And Britten, Clay, Dominica, and Ellsworth.

Fantail Tue 14-Jan-14 22:27:21

Some of these are fantastic!

Sukebind Tue 14-Jan-14 22:29:10

Just had a quick look at the family tree. My husband has a Rahada, Thosada and a Laumia and I have two Philadelphias, Xenia, Love, Aenophon and a Hephzibar. I also have a Lancelot - yay! I was also feeling left out. Do you think we can collect a roundtable of knight names?

Sukebind Tue 14-Jan-14 22:31:19

SparklingMuppet - I have a Mahala in my FT too. I also know a baby called Kesia (rather than Kezia) - 2nd daughter of Job.

Augustwedding Tue 14-Jan-14 22:33:17

We have a Gertrude maud and a trophy, believe to be pronounced trothee

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