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Unusual middle names - laugh with me

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Jools Report 29 May 2005 10:51

Named after a racehorse which won his father quite a lot of money Mornington Allen Not surprisingly, when he married, Mornington did not carry on the tradtion !!


McDitzy Report 29 May 2005 11:05

Cat BaLou? Are you Lancashire Lou? Was wondering where you had disappeared off to! Chloe

~ Oleander

~ Oleander Report 29 May 2005 11:20

I worked with a lady who was christened IRIS DAISY as if that wasn't bad enough the silly lady married a MR FLOWERS!!! Jacquie


elliedg59 Report 29 May 2005 12:45

Hi guys Found a listing with the name Robert Hollocks. I did feel rather sorry for him because his name would have been shortened to bob. Why dont some people never think of these things LOL. Linda Goodman


Lucinda Report 29 May 2005 12:47

Hi all, My father in law was called Victor Fortune Hannant - his father was serving on HMS Victory at the time of his birth and had been one of the 11 men to survive the sinking of HMS Fortune at the Battle of Jutland! The middle name Fortune did not, however, bring my FIL much! Lucinda

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Janet 693215 Report 29 May 2005 13:42

I found a groom called Elder Balls


Ann Report 29 May 2005 16:23

I am Ann Boyd Boswell, Boyd being my Grans maiden name. Not very unusual, but everyone at school thought it was funny to have Boyd as a girls name. I was at school with a Christopher Christmas, because he was born on Christmas day. Worked with a Mr Bush, who called their Daughter, Holly. When I said, I thought he must be joking, he couldn't understand why. Ann


Unknown Report 29 May 2005 16:43

Hi Chloe Yes, 'tis me! A name change was in order to stop certain personal messages! Lou x


Heather Report 29 May 2005 16:43

My dad was born in 1914 youngest of 14 children and only one of them was a girl. This poor girl was name Lily followed by a further 11 flower names. I guess mum had been desperate for more girls eh? How the **** did they get them on the cert?


Rachel Report 29 May 2005 17:45

TC, order the certificate and you'll find out. Just remembered my nan's middle name is Bertha, after her grandmother. She was born in 1933 in Dover - you can just imagin how much she hates the name now and why. (hit WW2, big guns called Big Bertha) I also have a William Williams and knew a child called Lewis Lewis. There should be a law preventing the use of surnames as firstnames.


maggiewinchester Report 29 May 2005 17:59

Not in my family tree, but I did find an Obadiah Orange Lemon on a census return. maggie


Carol Report 29 May 2005 18:47

I have a Snowball in my tree tooo!!!!


Jane Report 29 May 2005 20:07

I have an Olive Branch & Jane Payne in my tree, they are maiden names too !!!!!!!


Sue Report 29 May 2005 20:49

My great grandfather was called Charles Raffell TIVERS. I don't know where it came from, I haven't found any maiden names that it could be taken from. My Grandmother told me his mother won him in a raffle! LOL Sue xx

Sunny Rosy

Sunny Rosy Report 29 May 2005 20:54

How's this for first name. Just. Registrar probably asked any second name and father replied 'No Just Jill'. So her name was registered as Just Jill (Truthfully, found this on official documents) Just remembered another one from Official documents a boy named Niggel John.


Liz Report 30 May 2005 00:43

Stranger Taylor! The Taylors seem to be a pretty inventive lot. A friend is researching a family of them where 'Shepherdess' is used several times as a first name for the girls! I have my grandmother's maiden name of Gilchrist in the middle - can be useful in family history. Liz


Sylvie Report 30 May 2005 09:41

Yvonne – I did find a Squire Hall on the same GRO page and I have a Henry King Brown but I suspect the King was just a mother's amiden name rather than a sapiration of royalty! And Sue at Langley Vale – are you sure that ‘ff’ isn’t a ‘ss’ in old script? I’m sure you are aware of that but just in case! This thread is giving me smiles every morning Thanks Sylvie


Sitta Report 30 May 2005 11:50

My brother has the middle name Olaf and he is not from Norway and his first name is Dermont - I did ask my Mother if see took drugs. The Dermont is spelt incorrectly because the person registering it couldnt spell


Sheila Report 30 May 2005 12:57

I once knew a man named Needham Balls! Honestly. My16 year old daughter has just discovered that she had a great great aunt whose maiden name was Edna Butt...guess you have to be 16 for that one! Anyone remember the Likely Lads - Robert Andrew Scarborough Ferris... Sheila


Sitta Report 30 May 2005 13:03

Used to work with a Penny Green - took me ages to work out it was P Green