Question of the Week: What's the most unusual name you've found in your family tree? [closed]

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We've all struggled with the families who use the same names generation after generation. When we come across someone who dared to be different, it's like a breath of fresh air, AND it makes it easier to trace those ancestors.

What unusual names have you found?


in The Tree House by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (373k points)
closed by Julie Ricketts
I have two LittleBerrys:  LittleBerry Shields and his grandson, LittleBerry Chandler.  A southern thing?
I just read the will of one Solomon Wood, of Jefferson County, Georgia... His son's names?? Green Wood, Red Wood and White Wood,
I also have a Theophilis, my 3rd or 4th GGG was Theophilis Thompson.
Classical Roman-Greco names rated right up there with the  Biblical names.
I've come across a Clapsaddle somewhere on my mother's side, a relative of one of her 3 marriages. Some names should be changed, please!
one family I found, with the surname of Branch, they named their sons, Forrest and Oak, and their daughters, Olie and Leafy Glenn.

Just found a new one:

Increase Clapp

That is cruel. What were they thinking? LOL
It would have to be Mey(i)nolph,the first name of a maternal 8th Great-Grandfather Happe who probably was born in Germany during the late 17th Century.

190 Answers

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The surname of Zeoli .
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
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I've found an Experience in my family tree. Also an Edith America.
by Anonymous Hunter G2G Crew (890 points)
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My great grandfather Richard Banks wife Thel La Vell
by Anonymous Rundell G2G Crew (500 points)
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This may not the most unusual, but I think it is my favorite... would sti!! Be a great name today. Totally hippie/ flower child Indiana Boone. My 1st cousin 4 times removed .Daughter of my 4th great aunt who was married to Daniel Boone.....The Daniel Boone's  1st cousin.The ,Daniel  Boone is my first cousin 7 times removed. Kind of like being 20 feet from stardom !o!
by Anonymous Joslin G2G6 Mach 1 (14.1k points)
edited by Anonymous Joslin
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I found a Lancelot Yellow whose father was Abner Yellow ( , the other children were called William, Elizabeth, and John though
by A. C. Raper G2G6 Mach 4 (45.9k points)
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Local Vicar in Bolton Lancashire Rev Daft
by Jim Leach G2G1 (1.1k points)
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Abimelech Allen, Abimelech told Joshua off in the bible for being such a sneak.
by Richard Belcher G2G6 (7.0k points)
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You probably won't believe this one but I swear it's true.  I came across it researching some sources for a friend.  Icy Ann Frost.  and her great nephew, Cooly Frost.
by Lynn Wiggers G2G6 Mach 1 (15.9k points)
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In Donnie Blackstone's tree, fellow with first name of Zorababel
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (552k points)
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Chief Cornstalk Hokoleskwa Stream

by Eric Dodd G2G2 (2.1k points)
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I have a man that married into my Qualls family by the name of Applehans
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My gg/grandmother's middle name was Sicoria.
by Nan Starjak G2G6 Pilot (255k points)
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Weneedyou a girls name
by R Reid G2G Crew (470 points)
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I have two Zilphia and a Seaborn
by Kimberly McComb G2G1 (1.7k points)
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Well how about my 4x great grandfather Theophilus and his brother Parmenas and sister Sarephana. Their is also a Branch and Banner a Lawson,a Tillman, Issachar, Mayme, Esker, Maynard, Talitha, Hezekiah,Pleasant, Elzeazer, Korah, Arimon. Loads more even my name is different than most.
by Anonymous Trueman G2G3 (3.6k points)
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I found a 4th Great Grandaunt whose name was Freedom Rider.  The family name has been spelled Ryder and Rider, changing over time for various reasons.  My Great Grandfather changed his spelling to Rider because his older brother married an Indian woman which was not acceptable in the 1880s.
by Jack Thomas G2G Crew (930 points)
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Increase Mather

Before starting my search, I had never heard of "Increase" being used as a name. I thought I had come across a mistake! Lol

by Shirley York G2G2 (2.8k points)
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Not my family and possibly not an unusual name but it amused me greatly when I found Pink Floyd. He was enumerated as a boarder, living with the Skipper family in Brunswick County, North Carolina, on the 1910 Census.
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (299k points)
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I tried for a few years to locate the death certificate for my father's younger brother, Clifford, who ded in 1938, or so I found on every family tree, etc. However, I wanted to find the original one, so I contacted the Canadian Archives, and a couple of weeks later, my answer came! His birth name was: Cleophas! Who knew? I received a copy of same by email and have scaned it to my ancestry tree(s).


Jeannette (Martin-Brideau) Saladino
by Jeannette Saladino G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)
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A few more unusual names in my family tree: Stanislaus, Magloire, Lazare - there were quite a few. If I think of any more, will share.


by Jeannette Saladino G2G6 Mach 1 (12.6k points)

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